The journey to the resort was a little tricky as we arrived at night, but "Charlie" came to our rescue and drove out to find us. We arrived to the resort by long-tail boat, and first impressions were minimal as it was dark. The warmth of our welcome was enough as we settled down to cold beers and dinner in the open-air restaurant on the edge of the river Ping. When we were shown to our room - or should I say villas - we were delighted! The intricate detail of the design of the rooms and wood carvings enchanted us. We occupied 3 villas, each different in design. The rooms had an outside terrace for sipping aperitifs and there was an inside one when the air got a bit nippy. All around the grounds were beautiful clay statues made by the waiter - I have never seen more beautiful statues in northern Thailand - and we have been here for 3 years!
The beds were extremely comfy, fitted with mosquito nets - and the floors were made of bamboo sheets. The night was a bit cold, so I had to use an extra blanket - but that is me! The others in the group were comfy all night long. Until the cockerels called - but in rural Thailand, on the edge of a Hill Tribe village, what can you expect? The gentle sound of hymns from the village (about 1 KM away) on Sunday morning were an interesting wake-up call!
The swimming pool kept the little ones entertained and the open area meant that the older ones could play ball. I saw Kayaks and plenty of opportunities to travel down the river to the nearby elephant camps. We were happy just to relax and walk on the nearby trails. When it was time for go, we were all bundled into the boat and had the chance to enjoy the river views as we sped back to the car.
We were only there for two nights, the menu would need a little more "oompf" if we were to stay longer. Although the breakfast omelets were delicious, I would recommend easy "falang" food of pancakes and fruit (I am sure they would have accommodated, but I didn't ask). Fresh coffee would also have been welcome - cappuccino - would have made my morning!
Overall, a wonderful find - very welcoming and helpful staff. Charlie was a warm and caring host. I will definitely be taking the family there again! Take cards, a warm set of clothes if you go in the winter (for the cool nights) and enjoy the fantastic views!
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