Thailand bungalows: guesthouses,
Thailand accommodation & hotels
bungalows and other accommodations that PaddleAsia
employs vary in quality from place to place. Some bungalows are
very nice and very clean, while others are not exactly what we desire.
We are working on this. Still, this is often the price we have to
pay to access some of the most beautiful destinations in southern
Thailand. We go off-the-beaten-path. Join us as we explore the areas
that have yet to be impacted by mass tourism.
Khao Sok National
Sok National Park reservoir bungalow styles
are very simple, but not very well-kept. The are owned and operated
by the national park. They are made from very simple, low impact
material such as bamboo, small diameter timber and thatched roofs.
walkways require constant attention as they are floating
merely by the air chambers within the bamboo. The walkways flex
with the motion of the water and whenever anyone walks on
them. Care must be taken with negotiating these walkways.
floating bungalows have bamboo flooring
as well. The mattresses are thin and firm. Mosquito nets are provided
though mosquitoes are extremely rare. Click here if you'd like to
read more and see photos of the floating
bungalows in Khao Sok.
The Tropical Islands of Trang
first place we usually stay is at Pakmeng Resort.
Set in a lush garden environment with plenty of trees, flowers,
epiphytes and shrubs, Pakmeng Resort provide a very comfortable
setting. A variety of birds frequent the foliage... an added bonus.
rooms are very clean and they have proper beds instead
of mattresses on the floor. They have either air conditioned rooms
or fan rooms. The restaurant is one of the best around. One of their
specialities is a grilled long eggplant salad.
On Ko Muk (Pearl Island),
the first island we visit, the bungalows are simple but comfortable
(see image on the right). They have proper beds and fans.
The restaurant at Ko Muk
Resort is great. Every dish that they make is very tasty.
Their cashew salad is one of our favorites. When is season, they'll
put thin slivers of green mango in the salad to give it a bit of
The other islands we visit
have similar bungalows. Naturally, their restaurants are top-notch
as well. We often choose our accommodations based on the quality
of their restaurants.
National Park guesthouses and bungalows
meet our guests in Pak Bara, the small Muslim fishing
village with the pier that supports all boat traffic to the 51 islands
of Tarutao National Park. There are many fine guesthouses in Pak
Bara and the nearby town of Langu. We use several different guesthouses
or bungalows depending on the group size and availability. The Grand
Villa in Pak Bara is more of a substantial hotel and it's spotlessly
clean and is another option for our guests. Our Tarutao office is
we are out on the offshore islands, we usually stay at
Varin Resort Bungalows. They are simple, but clean.
There are bungalows with one bed and bungalows with two beds. The
matresses are not on the floor. Each bungalow has a front deck with
a very nice view.
at Varin Resort Bungalows is very good, but they tend to make authentic
Thai style food, which means that it is tasty... well, that is if
you can taste the food through the chillies!
There are other bungalows
that we have used, but these are our preferred choices. During special
holiday seasons such as Chinese New Year (mid February) it is often
difficult to get the rooms we desire. The rooms at the other bungalow
operations are nice, but their restaurants are not quite as good.
That's no problem of course as we can stay at one place and eat
Click here to see pictures of the Varin
The American TV show
filmed in Tarutao National Park in June & July
of 2002. PaddleAsia is offering special custom tours to Tarutao.
Click here or on the sign to our Survivor
Thailand tour packages
Phang Nga Bay Long Beach
of the nices bungalows we use are on Ko Yao Noi (Long
Little Island). The view from the bungalows is superb. Several small
islands sit just off the long beach infront of the bungalows. Early
birds can get some wonderful photos as the sun rises over the islands.
The mountains of Krabi Province stand tall behind the islands. Stunning
scenery? ... you bet!
Each room has two proper beds and a fan. The bungalows are clean.
The restaurant is one of the best that we visit. Everything they
make is special.