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Chi Phat?

Posted by Bunnytjah on 9/9/2018 at 11:04

Hi guys!

Has anybody been to Chi Phat lately? Would you recommend it?

The whole ecotourism concept looks really great, but when you start reading reviews it would appear that the organisation behind it tends to neglect the project organizationally and is forgetting about the community..

We would love to visit and support a project like this, but we don't fancy another brush with a NGO mafia situation..

Lot's of love!

#1 Bunnytjah has been a member since 30/8/2018. Posts: 1

Posted by amnicoll on 10/9/2018 at 05:13

I am a regular visitor spending two months a year there and highly recommend Chi Phat and I have to say that many of the posts do not reflect the reality

I really do not believe the post about people throwing stones if true then I imagine they must have done something totally offensive but I have never met any villager who has heard of this incident.

The couple who complained about chi phat being dirty and problems at new year had totally unrealistic expectations (I know as I met them)

The homestays are basic but the families are lovelybut unless you want hot water and a/c then the bungalows are all very comfortable and well appointed. The guest houses vary some similar to the homestays others with self contained or a little more comfortable (there are many very positive reviews of the various places)

The CBET organization it is true is not in any way perfect but if anything it is not a case of them forgetting about the community but if anything it is the opposite and it is the village these days that run the organisation.

The villagers are all very friendly and there is no hassle

Many of the guides speak good English so ask for a guide who does speak good English but I have not heard of bad reports about the guides whose English is poor.

No need to book accommodation in advance.

Hope this helps but feel free to come back with more specific questions.

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