A beautiful spot
The Watermill Resort occupies an oxbow in a narrow river where guests can swim, jump off rope swings, row a boat or lounge on numerous terraces and hammocks set near an actual working watermill. Throw in a swimming pool, a highly flexible set of rooms and notably helpful staff, and you’ve got an outstanding midrange option between Pak Chong and the national park.
Painted pastel colours and punctuated by abundant flowers and trees, six different types of rooms are set in single-floor attached buildings or standalone villas with back decks reaching over the river.
All rooms are immaculate and very spacious, with glossy tile floors, ceiling fans in addition to air-con and large bathrooms with basin sinks and separate hot-water shower stalls. We dug the paintings of sunflowers and sliding glass doors. All guests can expect free WiFi and breakfast along with LCD TVs, fridges and tables.
Each room is a bit different from the next, and we were impressed at how flexible most of them are in terms of accommodating different sized groups. Some have foldout sofas while others boast multiple bedrooms and sleep up to six. Larger groups can go for connecting rooms that combine to create a full-scale family villa. Even the cheapest cottages come with plenty of space and loveseats.
The woman who showed us around spoke flawless English and seemed willing to go the extra distance to help guests make the most of their stay. Bicycles are available and, while Watermill is best suited to travellers with their own vehicle, the staff can arrange pick up in Pak Chong and then vans, taxis or tours for exploring the area. If it weren’t for a restaurant that only does breakfast, we could easily see hanging out at the resort for a few days without leaving.
At all times of year, discounts of 200 to 800 baht are available from Monday to Thursday.
Address: 99/11 Moo 8 (two km off Thanarat Rd)
T: (080) 809 9200 ; (080) 809 9155;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º25'3.92" E, 14º38'47.29" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Several options up to 6,200/7,000 baht.
|500 baht||500 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Up to 2,600/2,800 baht for larger room.
|2,000 baht||2,200 baht|
|Family room||3,200 baht||3,600 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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