Old school in the jungle
Tiew Khao, meaning “Travel Mountain”, is our pick out of the four tiny bungalow joints that have held it down out on the jungle trail for years.
After chatting with one of the older Thai women who runs the place, she fed us her own homemade sticky rice banana sweets and boiled pumpkin drizzled in sugar and coconut. When available she gives these and other treats out freely to guests, at least when she and the sisters are around to oversee some of the sturdier backpacker huts in Tonsai. That typically means high season only, as they head for the comforts of the non-Railay mainland for most of the rainy months.
Perched on stilts and reached by a steep stairway and often a small ladder, the woven bamboo bungalows have firm beds and mozzie nets raised off wood floors, with portable fans and bucket-flush toilets in the tiled bathrooms. The best part: porches set high up among branches.
The place is closed for parts of low season, and no phone number was provided (again). Walk-ins only. You might also check out The Forest, Sai Thong and Sai Ngam Botanic, which is the last bungalow joint before you hit the trail to Railay. Bring plenty of mozzie spray and coils if staying anywhere out this way.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||closed or n/a||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.
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