8/1 Moo 6 (Highway 1090), Umphang T: (087) 073 7509, (055) 561 093
Set astride the narrow Umphang River on a patch of land filled with rambutan and mango trees, Garden Huts is a charming little resort with well-kept rooms, within easy walking distance of town but far enough removed to be in the midst of nature.
Our favourite rooms come in a pair of dark-wood structures towards the rear of the grounds, each with a firm king-size bed, TV, two fans, table and a window that unfortunately does not face the river. Larger and pricier rooms, including several that sleep four, are available in a sky-blue concrete building or on three floors of the largest brick-and concrete building. While lacking the charm of the wooden rooms, these will be considerably cooler if you’re visiting during a hot stretch. All rooms come with plenty of space, including in the attached hot-water bathrooms.
Garden Huts offers free WiFi in a small common area with a chunky wooden table next to the reception desk. There’s also an eatery serving breakfast along with a few open-sided pavilions for relaxing next to the river and flower gardens. Guests can join local kids for a splash when the current isn’t too strong. The sweet 78-year-old owner, Boonyaporn, was moving around like a 48-year-old and had help from her son and a few smiley staff members when we last passed through. Garden Huts is alternately known as Boonyaporn Resort.
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By David Luekens
Last updated on 28th May, 2016.