Hi, we're planning on visiting Khao Sok National Park for a few days this coming January.
We're looking at staying at either Art's Riverview Lodge or Our Jungle House, we were just wondering if you can just turn up and book into these places on the day or if it's advisable to try and book in advance? The problem is we don't really want to be tied down to arriving on a set day... Has anyone stayed at either of these places before?
#1 MrsLRC has been a member since 1/10/2012. Posts: 5
it mostly works like this here in TH:
1.you have found those names via this www-other wise you would not know. THESE places-as most ignorant newbees think they must prebook, tend to be full or nearly so.
2.there will be a string of other places-likely just as good, beside or opposite or whatever-not on the www, not prebookable-there you go for on the spot space.
Its also pretty senseless to carefully spend hours on searching for ''the best place'' with no knowledge of those unlisted places!
#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
wow, such a lovely friendly response captainbkk! thanks so much. Would anyone else be able to help me out without calling me IGNORANT and SENSELESS? after all, i am a newbie!
#3 MrsLRC has been a member since 1/10/2012. Posts: 5
i think 3000 bath is enough to spending time on this site.
#4 buland has been a member since 28/11/2012. Posts: 9
I've stayed at Art's several times and never booked in advance, even one time I went there with 8 friends right after new year and they had room for us. HOWEVER we may have just been lucky. I know you don't want to tie down your specific dates, but January is busy and you might be disappointed if it's full. Up to you. They don't take online bookings - phone or fax only. http://krabidir.com/artsriverviewlodge/index.htm
If at all possible, stay at least one night on the Tone Toey raft station - Art's can hook that up for you as well. It involves a 2-hour taxi and a long boat ride across the lake but is well worthwhile - I always go for at least 2 nights.
Great info from Captain_Bob as always. In most places in Thailand you can just turn up and more often than not get what you want or something really similar. But as Bob says, there is a risk you'll be disappointed if it is full. If it is somewhere you are really keen to stay, then it is worth booking ahead. But if you are flexible or willing to take the risk, just turn up and see what is available. One strategy you might try waiting until you know when you'll be arriving (even just a day or two before you plan to arrive would be good) and ring them up for a reservation. Good luck. Sounds like a great time.
Thank you so much CaptainBob and Exacto, really helpful and some really great suggestions... we will definitely do the Tone Toey raft station as it sounds great and it's a great idea for us to phone up just a couple of days in advance to try and book our stay at Art's or similar. Thanks again, can't wait to get there!
#7 MrsLRC has been a member since 1/10/2012. Posts: 5