Good backpacker option
With a name that rhymes with “stung” (as in, by a bee) and not the Thai word for number one, Nung House is our favourite out of several little family-run resorts stretching back into the palm groves on the village’s only side road.
If you don’t mind the lack of direct river access, the rooms offer great budget value and it’s a friendly place with a 1990s-founded trekking outfit built in. Budget travellers should aim for a couple of cheap wooden huts with cold water showers, bucket-flush toilets, mozzie nets over the beds and little else apart from powerful fan and two wood chairs on the porch. More than adequate for 400 to 500 baht, especially considering the service and good food at the restaurant.
Larger rooms come in concrete or brick-and-wood cabins and duplexes and all of the prices are extremely reasonable, topping out at 1,000 baht for a large family cottage. All but the cheapest rooms are spacious and equipped with hot-water showers in fully enclosed bathrooms. They sit in a horseshoe shape around a large lawn with a swing tied to one of the trees.
As for location, you’re only 300 metres from the main village, a 10-minute walk to park headquarters and a 30-second stride from Jumanji Bar. We heard its reggae beats only until around 23:00 during our stay.
Nung is only one out of a bunch of small resorts on this road. Next door, Bamboo House is a similar choice with a smaller restaurant, while Palmview Resort has solid cabins that go for very cheap due to the location a bit further out in the palm groves. Two km further down the dirt lane, where cell coverage barely reaches, Evergreen House offers a row of cheap huts with a homestay vibe.
Address: 202 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok
T: (086) 283 1037;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º31'40.83" E, 8º54'37.46" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan private bathroom||300 baht||300 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
600 baht for a superior bungalow
|500 baht||500 baht|
|Family room||1,000 baht||1,000 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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