Boat rooms and lake views
Only worth considering if you have a vehicle, Boathouse Paradise offers unusual boat-style rooms on a quiet and scenic property that tumbles down to the southern shore of Kaeng Krachan Reservoir.
The resort materialised out of a Thai designer’s peculiar imagination. All rooms come in wooden “boats” made stationary by concrete beams; they’ve never moved from these spots but they do appear to float when the water in the moats is high enough. Some boats have only one room while others have two or three stacked one atop the next.
All rooms are very spacious, with wide glass windows and furnished terraces for enjoying the lake views. Traditional Thai paintings join woodcarvings, glossy wood floors, rattan ceilings and ceramic goats among other eclectic decor. Firm beds with quality linens join TVs, minibars, coffee/tea facilities and desks. Tubs and ceramic basin sinks come in the spacious hot-water bathrooms.
Staffers were welcoming to us but they speak limited English. Free WiFi should work in a large lake-view restaurant serving complimentary breakfasts and pricey Thai and Western dishes—the food is average at best. From here we watched a bright-blue Indian roller, a couple of hoopoes and other birds twirling around the coconut trees. The large swimming pool had been drained for maintenance when we passed through. Guests can use free mountain bikes to pedal along the back roads, or kayaks for a paddle on the lake.
If you’re looking for a more straightforward upscale resort with a pool, you might consider the D Vara Diva Nana Resort and Harmony Resort, both located along the Phetchaburi River off the access road in Baan Kaeng Krachan.
Address: Off Highway 3432, Kaeng Krachan
T: (081) 908 5665; (081) 810 8366;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º35'58.16" E, 12º52'46.05" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
Deluxe Lake View
|2,800 baht||2,800 baht|
|Superior double room|
|3,200 baht||3,200 baht|
Up to 8,000 baht for larger room
|5,500 baht||5,500 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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