With spacious treehouses set in a serene riverside setting at the foot of a cliff, the truly eco-conscious Our Jungle House and its newer sister, Our Jungle Camp, are top spots in Khao Sok.
Found at the end of a 700-metre lane off the main access road to park headquarters, these two neighbouring properties combine to offer a wonderful collection of treehouses and more typical bungalows sprinkled alongside the Sok River. Tents are also available, and there’s plenty of room to camp on 25 acres featuring nature trails, an organic farm, a yoga studio and two restaurants.
Despite the expansion since our last visit, the place still feels small and sleepy with rooms dotted far apart among the many trees that were spared during construction. The two properties are sold separately on booking sites and each has its own reception and restaurant, but guests of both are free to wander from one to the other, involving a 100-metre stroll through a rubber grove. The two properties felt more like a single cohesive resort to us.
Built mainly of wood, the House side has the original treehouses plus a few small wood bungalows at ground level. The slightly pricier Camp has treehouses with a similar style but with more bamboo worked in. At both, the majority of rooms are actual treehouses standing tall with trunks growing through floorboards. With names like Gingah, Bird of Paradise and Bent Treehouse, each treehouse has a different aspect and no two look exactly alike.
The treehouses are huge and well built, with riverfront editions coveted for their unfettered mountain and river outlooks. Some have bunk beds in addition to a double bed while others are connected by elevated walkways—both ideal for families or groups wanting to stay together. At the Camp side, the priciest two-floor treehouse sleeps six in 70 square metres of space, and looks like a home out of a Tolkien novel.
Along with loads of windows and narrow open slits near the roofs for airflow, every room comes with fan, mosquito net, handmade wooden furniture and safe. Smooth wood floors are a joy for the soles. Large hot-water bathrooms have partially open roofs, so keep that bathroom door close to keep ransacking monkeys out. Stairways into rooms can be steep, but adequate railings are provided upstairs.
In addition to having no energy-sucking air-con, rooms are supplied with drinking water in a big refillable water tank, and another is set on central tables in the restaurants. Our Jungle also tries to recycle as much as possible, sometimes in creative ways such as sending empty juice boxes to an artist in Phuket who makes furniture out of them. Dedication to low environmental impact has clearly been built into all aspects of these properties from the start.
The dining and bar areas have a real home-style feel with mostly travelling families and couples hanging around at mealtimes, plus an assortment of local kids, cats and puppies (but, happily, no TVs). It’s a bit of a walk to the village main road, and very dark at night, so bring a torch along.
We’ve found the service warm and efficient on multiple visits, and the group offers its own yoga classes, trekking tours and plenty more.
Address: Moo 6 (700 m off main village road), Baan Khlong Sok
T: (081) 417 0546;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º31'58.45" E, 8º54'28.84" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Tent||480 baht||480 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||950 baht||950 baht|
|Superior double room|
Up to 1,900 baht
|1,400 baht||1,400 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
Treehouse. Up to 2,800 baht
|2,500 baht||2,500 baht|
Treehouse. Up to 4,500 baht
|3,000 baht||3,000 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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