Back to nature
While you’ll find far more comfortable accommodation up in Phu Noi, you can’t beat the cabins under the pines off Phraya Nakhon beach when it comes to peace and quiet.
These are large, ageing numbers with chipped paint, high ceilings, several windows, worn wood floors, dining tables, hot-water bathrooms with Western toilets and very hard single beds (can’t have couples sleeping in the same beds on government property). All of the cabins have multiple bedrooms and seem aimed at Thai families and tour groups. Large tents can be rented for a pricey 150 baht per night; we guess they jacked the price after installing shiny new bathroom and shower facilities in recent years. An airy restaurant serves coffee, beer and a decent selection of Thai food, but only until 18:00. The big advantage of staying here is being within sight of a gorgeous white-sand beach and a 20-minute hike from what might be the most spectacular cave in Thailand. Camping and a couple of cabins are also available down at park headquarters in the south, while tents can be rented just off Sam Phraya beach. You’d really need to have some wheels if staying at either of these places, but Phraya Nakhon beach is suited to a few days of lazing between hikes and swims, and a songthaew runs between nearby Bang Pu and Pranburi. You can simply show up and pick up a tent on the spot, but pre-booked reservations are a good idea for the cabins if you’ll be here on a weekend or holiday. To reserve, you’ll need to process a direct bank transfer; see the DNP website for details.
Address: Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
T: (032) 821 568 ; (025) 620 760; F: (032) 821 568
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º0'36.63" E, 12º12'20.17" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Tent||150 baht||150 baht|
Sleeps up to 6, larger bungalows available for 2,000 baht and up.
|1,600 baht||1,600 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.