Fantastic if you have a vehicle
If you’re looking to splash out on a gorgeous boutique resort and you have a vehicle, Ndon Streamside Thai Villas is a fantastic choice in the Khao Yai area.
The 40-room resort covers a deceptively large area with numerous terraces, two medium-size swimming pools, semi-private daybeds and hanging chairs all reaching over the narrow river that marks the border between Saraburi and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces. Outdoor common areas feature classic Thai statuary and Chinese porcelain placed amid fountains, tables and abundant greenery. It’s a pleasure to walk around.
Rooms are set in three different wings and an immense amount of thought was put into the design of every one of them. In the Creek Wing, the cheapest rooms come in a three-story concrete building with lots of natural light fronting a pool. These are spacious and very comfortable, with wide glass windows, regular-size bathtubs and delicate watercolour paintings. While each room comes with unique art and furnishings along with glossy wood floors, rooms in the Creek Wing are a bit less captivating than those in the other wings.
We stayed in the Sukhothai, an absolutely stunning room in the Oriental Wing with vaulted wood ceilings, a long terrace and several Sukhothai-style antiques. Carved nagas and silk accents compliment warm violets and oranges over dark-wood floors. Guests can lounge on a daybed or two silk floor cushions before stepping into the marble bathroom to fill up a tub that’s large enough for two to comfortably sprawl out. Other rooms in this wing sport classical Chinese and French-colonial designs.
The most expensive villas feature Thai-style pointed roofs, jacuzzis and private terraces next to the river. All rooms are equipped with LCD TVs, coffee/tea facilities, large safes, minibars with free beer and other drinks, fast WiFi and extras like bathrobes, slippers and umbrellas. Efficient staff drops off “goodnight tea” while offering a decent choice of Thai and Western breakfast options in the mornings. Value is extremely good for the quality.
At any time guests can dine on an excellent range of Thai dishes and a few Western options in the spacious restaurant, or grab an espresso in the coffee shop. Our travel companion gave high marks to her Thai massage in the spa, and we went for a jog in the small but well-equipped fitness room. The frangipani-rimmed marble pool set next to the restaurant is there more for aesthetics, but the second pool in a more private corner is great for a riverside dip.
The resort has won awards for design and is a favourite of hi-so artists and actors from Bangkok; a famous Thai architect was staying when we passed through. Every wing and the reception area come with multiple common lounges with exquisite art, sofas, daybeds, a piano, an outstanding DVD collection (Star Wars trilogy anyone?) and reading materials that include the likes of Beyond the Far Side by Gary Larson.
Located a few kilometres north of Muak Lek town on the way to Chet Sao Noi Waterfall, Ndol is really only viable for travellers with their own vehicle. From here you can head south, cross Route 2 and pick up Route 1016, which comes out near the national park’s northern gate after 24 kilometres of farms, vineyards and splendid scenery.
Address: 191 Moo 1 (off Highway 2242), Muak Lek
T: (036) 342 455-7; F: (036) 342 458
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º12'3.12" E, 14º41'16.41" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||2,700 baht||3,500 baht|
|Deluxe double room||4,675 baht||5,680 baht|
Up to 13,600 for largest villa.
|7,650 baht||8,500 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.
Browse hotels on Agoda
Provided by Travelfish partner Agoda.
Our top 10 places to stay in and around Khao Yai National Park