For the monkey in you
Long-running Khao Sok Treehouse Resort is the place to pretend you’re a guest of the ents or ewoks in rooms set high up amid the treetops.
After passing reception and a really tall steel tower with narrow footbridges up by the road, steep steps lead up to a series of steel walkways roped to wood-panel floors—safe but not recommended if you’re prone to vertigo or heavy drinking. Down below, the small swimming pool lies shrouded in greenery.
Standing atop long steel stilts, rooms at this central section cost 3,000 to 4,000 baht and have names like “Bamboo Orchid Treehouse” and “Barbarian Honeymoon Treehouse.” Other rooms pepper the nearby forest and most sit closer to ground level, but still well draped in trees. At the cheapest end we like the stone-floored bathrooms and tree trunks through the floorboards of a few wooden huts, even if the prices seem a tad high.
Each room has its own design. Most feature at least one tree trunk inside along with comfortable bed with mosquito net and furnishings made from tree limbs. The pricier digs also have fridges and TVs, some with outdoor bathtubs, and one has an in-room tent for the kids to play camp out.
Several family rooms are on offer and kids will never forget a stay here, especially if you go for one of the more elevated rooms or perhaps the “Cave House” where you can pretend to be a Neanderthal enjoying her air-con and DVD player. Rooms do show some wear and we’re not fans of the tan siding placed over walls in some, but Khao Sok’s original Treehouse Resort still boasts the highest-elevated treehouse-style rooms in the area.
Address: 233 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok
T: (077) 395 169 ; (089) 970 3353;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º31'20.78" E, 8º54'16.84" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Up to 1,500 baht
|1,000 baht||1,200 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Up to 3,500 baht
|2,000 baht||2,500 baht|
Up to 5,500 baht
|3,600 baht||4,200 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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