Lush and lovely
We felt like kids exploring a rich family's summer mansion while checking out the highly stylised rooms of Baan Thor Phan.
The resort is filled with lush gardens that lend a soothing and tranquil atmosphere. The kind woman on duty offered us a seat and a cool glass of water before we'd even inquired about the possibility of staying. She then led us into the maze of footpaths and common verandas with comfy furniture and tables. Each room is different from the next and have names like "Amma" and "Miyauchi". One gets the feeling the owners care more about expressing their creativity through design than they do about making money. All rooms have a cool and clean feel and come with air-con, flatscreen TVs, fridges, luscious hot water bathrooms and cheerful furnishings. We appreciated the generous but thoughtful use of colour -- especially the tasteful nature-inspired paintings in most rooms. Standard rooms have comfortable queen beds and tile floors while the priciest sleep up to five in three different beds, one of which is in a loft reachable by a spiralling staircase. Many rooms also have private verandas overlooking the gardens. Baan Thor Phan seems to cater mainly to weekending Thais -- at time of writing they offer a 50% discount on all but the cheapest rooms on weekdays (though those are negotiable too), so if you're in town outside of the weekend you might score a smashing room at a great price.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 15th September, 2013.