Beautiful natural surrounds
English-speaking staffers arrange tours and maintain a large lotus pond and fruit trees that attract flocks of birds at Baan Maka, one of the most naturally beautiful resorts we’ve stayed at in a long time.
Located off a dirt road in a forested area about halfway between Park Headquarters and the Sam Yod gate, the large property bursts with bamboo and all sorts of flowering trees. The room we stayed in, Chalet #2, came with a large roofed terrace with bamboo furniture standing above a tree-draped pond where monitor lizards hunted fish.
Each nestled in relatively private spots, every chalet comes with two rooms that can be rented separately or together, making this a good choice for families. Balconies are shared between the two rooms in each chalet. Most are made of concrete, but #6 is a wooden A-frame. The rooms sport slender windows, firm beds on wooden platforms, hot-water wet bathrooms and tables with no other furniture or decoration. Our room had a lot of ants despite being cleaned daily, but apart from that it was comfy and spacious.
A field of Bermuda grass leads to a walkway and furnished pavilion built over a pond filled with lotuses and water lilies. Kayaks are available for free. From here we watched a flock of hornbills swoop into the treetops. The English-speaking owner runs a small restaurant with free WiFi and offers tours of the park for around 4,000 baht (total, not per person). The food is good, though cooks will leave out the chillies on orders from Westerners. Pick up and drop off at Park Headquarters is also available.
Getting here on your own is a bit tricky. From Park Headquarters, cruise south and keep straight after a few kilometres. Turn left not far after passing the sign for Paradise Boathouse; a faded sign for Baan Maka marks this turn but is easy to miss. Keep south for a couple of more kilometres and look for another sign pointing left down a dirt road. Go for one more kilometre and a brown wooden sign with only white Thai script signals the entrance to the resort.
Address: Off Highway 3432 (13 km southwest of Park Headquarters), Kaeng Krachan
T: (081) 906 0606; (081) 848 9009 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º35'26.98" E, 12º50'32.35" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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