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“An incredible experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 28, Takuapa, Takua Pa 82110, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Takua Pa B&B and Inns
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“An incredible experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2009

We booked a tour with 2 nights at Art's and 1 night at the rafthouses through Limestone Lake tours. We loved the whole experience!

Upon arriving at Art's, they promptly brought us to our treehouse ( which was C) carrying most of our luggage. We were very pleasantly surprized with our treehouse room. It was clean and quite spacious. There were a few ants in the bathroom, but what do you expect in the jungle? We thought we find more creepy crawlies than that, lol. The shower is cold water only, but we knew that going in and sucked it up. The view from our room was amazing.. the river out front with the mountains in the backdrop. The food at Art's was incredible! There was a great variety and we loved every dish we had! Very tasty!

Every late afternoon around 4PM the monkeys would start to come out and we had monkeys all over our treehouse. It was awesome watching them.. some came right up to us as we sat and watched. Word of warning, we had all our doors and windows closed when we went out, however, there is a small space between where the roof and the wall meet. The monkeys can and will fit in this space. First day we were there the monkeys went through our luggage and chewed on my toothpaste. As much as I found this amusing, we made sure to keep all our luggage zipped up when we weren't in the room, and nothing lying around.

Also in the early morning and late afternoon , the cicadas started up with their high pitched squealing. We didn't know what they were at first, but found out they were a type of insect.. the loudest one in the world. One of these came into our room in the middle of the night one night squealing. Scared the pants off us, but again, was part of the experience and we can sure laugh about it! The mosquito nettings above the bed were in good condition thankfully.

The only downside was with the tour, we had originally requested to go river tubing and then hiking. They weren't keen on taking us river tubing as the claimed the water lvl to low and they'd have to drive us out about 20 mins and there was only 2 of us. ( the day before they did take a group out tubing) so instead we had the Thai massage. And insead of the hike, we for some reason got signed up for the elephant ride, which after going to the Elephant Nature Park, was not how we prefer to enjoy elephants. I did ride part of the trek on the elephants neck instead of the chair however and did enjoy that. Now I'm not sure if the tour guides were employed by art's and Limestone lake tours hires them out or how they do that, but we were disappointed a bit by that. We preferred however to just enjoy every moment and decided not to dwell on it or let it get us down.

All in all, a great experience.. one we would do again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2008

My husband and I stayed at Arts through Limestone Lake Rainforest Tours and had a wonderful time. The treehouse was very cute. It had plumbing however the shower was always ice cold. We didnt have hardly any contact with bugs in the treehouse. The net was used just in case. Monkey's were heard on our roof in the mornings. Food was good, they had a large menu. Staff wasn't the typical "Thai friendly" type. They weren't the most hospitable but it worked. It was great to be right at the river and see the monkeys play in the water in mornings. Elephant treking was a wonderful experience!

Limestone Lake Rainforest Tours was awesome! They are extremely helpful at every step of the reservation. We also went to the Rafthouses on the lake with them after Arts and had the most amazing time there as well. Highly recommended tour package!

Stayed December 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2008

We arrived at Art's after alot of research on the net before we left home. There were mixed reviews but we thought we would have a look and make our minds up when we arrived there.
My first impression was one of excitement. We were shown to our tree house and we were more excited. We were given a house right on the river and the house was a great size and extremely clean.
We went to the restaurand and a young man introduced himself as "Am" and said he would be looking after us. That he did. He is personality plus. He quickly summed up our personalities and humour and we got on like a house on fire. Over the next two days he took us tubing and canoeing (pointing out all the snakes along the way as requested by my husband). If this place ever losers him it will be a great loss.
The food was delightful as was the whole experience. I would highly recommend staying there.
Gillian Lancaster

  • Liked — being up in the trees
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2008

We stayed here for a couple of nights as part of a package, which included a night on Cheow laan Lake and a floating rafthouse (that was an experience!!!) The staff were welcoming and upgraded our room when we arrived, so we get a very new treehouse, with a nice outdoor waterfall for a shower. The jungle noises were deafening, which does take some getting used to, but it was the jungle. Disappointed that the Monkeys didn't chill out where they normally do, but other people saw them. The chipmunks were out in force though.The food was good and reasonably priced. The weather was quite rainy when we were there, but it was a place to chill and read. It is a good place to be if you are doing organised tours.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2008

These really are tree houses 3 metres or more off the ground up in trees and are constructed of wood so blend in well. Not too many of them and well spread out in the woods. There are plenty of gaps for insects to get in but sleeping under the mossie nets keeps you completely safe from being bitten. The helpful cheerful staff carry your bags up the tree so no problem there. In fact service was always good. The restaurant layout is similarly very rustic with superb view over the river and especially the monkey pool where there are usually a number playing all day. Unfortunately this can bring visitors in for a couple of hours who just want to take the place over looking at monkeys in the river but usually the bar is a quiet oasis during the day when people are on trips. Food at the restaurant was great. Maybe because we were just two people travelling separately and ordering individual meals. Perhaps food complaints arise from the larger groups who arrive enmasse and have to be served a buffet as quickly as possibe. And it is the larger groups who would cause the one problem at this lodge which is some people wanting to turn the night into a party town drinking and playing music until 2am. This was only on one night out of 3 for us but compared to the quiet tranquility of a drink in the restauarant looking at the river drift by and retireing to a cute tree house why do people prefer getting drunk ??
Combine this with Chieow Laan lake, perfect. I'll cover the lake in a separate report but suffice to say its stunning. I usually book everything independantly,we got here driving hire car, but used Kris at Limestone Lake Tours to book Arts and the Lake. Excellent service and at great price I'd use them anytime.

  • Liked — jungle/river location
  • Disliked — drunken backpacker groups
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2008

We have been living in Thailand for 8 years now and have visited Arts jungle lodge from the beginning. We have taken many people there, young and not so young and everyone has loved it. The setting is beautiful and the general ambience of the place great. Art, who owns it, is delightful.

Unfortunately our visit this time did not live up to our expecations. We phoned to make a booking and requested, as usual, the rooms we love on the river. We were told 'it is not possible to reserve a particular room'. We had always been able to do this previously When we arrived we found we had been gven a room on the 'other 'side of the hotel. Our room was very near to a bar called the 'funky monkey' where the music continues until the early hours of the morning. There is sadly nothing Art can do anything this but it doesn't make for a tranquil rainforest experience.

The staff on arrive were rude and abrupt. When explaining something, they were extremely patronising. We decided to pass on the room there and find one elsewhere. We chose instead 'Our Jungle House' which is situated in an equally beautiful location and is very peacful and tranquil. The staff were very pleasant.

The next day we returned to Arts to give our young children the opportunity to see the monkeys and swim in the river. We decided to eat there. Food has never really been a strength but it had deteriorated and wonderful, simple Thai dishes were quite revolting! Once again the staff were very rude. When I ordered my food in Thai
(i have lived here for 8 years and speak relatively good Thai) one of the staff said 'speak English, its much better. I understand you' and made no effort to speak back in Thai. This is very unusual as most Thai's are pleased when westerners speak in Thai to them.

Arts is in a great location and prior to this weeks experience, I would have recommended it to anyone. My feeling is that it has deveoped such a good reputation, and during high season, will be on full occupancy for most of the time. However, they are expanding and the standards have clearly dropped as a result. The aspect that sadened me most was the attitude of the staff. I am confident that many of you will still enjoy staying there, but it might be a good idea to bear some of these things in mind and consider alternatives, especially if you enjoy good food and hospitality.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2008

I reserved treehouse C some 2 months before the trip and confirmed about a week before my arrival. When we got there, staff denied any knowledge of my reservation and finally agreed to give me treehouse C (as it was empty but with a lot of reluctance) but charged me forty percent extra). We stayed three nights in total, and organised a canoe trip. Our guide spent the whole time complaining about his hangover and shouting at the birds to 'shup up.' We noted that unlike other canoes that went passed us, ours did not have any life jackets.

Unfortunately my boyfriend's foot had been cut a few days earlier, and as it was looking a bit nasty we asked for a first aid kit, they didn't have one. We asked if we could get a ride to the medical clinic 2kms away - they refused saing they were too busy even though the staff were outnumbering the customers 2 for 1 and it was only 5pm.

We also asked for a wake-up call in the morning, which was also refused as they were too busy. We repeatedly found the staff to be rude and sullen and generally unhelpful, all the more shocking becasue everyone else we met in Khao Sok was so friendly and helpful (when we asked a girl the way to the bus stop she told us to hop on, when we needed to go to Smileys another guy gave us a lift).

The food was also very disappointing, pad thai was nothing more than super noodles literally still in their block shape. Maybe we were just unlucky. The bar / restaurant also seemed to be permanently playing really loud rock music, luckily we couldn't hear it from our room but it didn't do much for the ambience during the day.

The room was pretty cool being a treehouse, full of bugs which was to be expected, but note the rooms are not cleaned unless you specifically request this, what they need cleaning for is the animal droppings. Certainly bits of the place didn't look like they had been cleaned properly for a while (under the beds / desk etc).

Talking to another resort manager he commented that Arts has doubled the number of rooms very recently (to 35) and as a result service has been compromised. The place is mainly taken up with tour groups, who say there a night before moving on the the lake. nstead we spent three nights there. What it has got going for it is an amazing location, where you can swim in the river and watch the monkeys. I would stronly recommend staying somewhere else (misty mountain or our jungle house, where the staff were extremely knowledgable, keen to help and the food was great) and visit Arts at 5pm to watch the monkeys and have a beer instead.

My other tip would be that if you are fit, you do not need a guide to visit khao sok. We walked on our own and as a couple managed to set of early (the groups tend to arrive at 10) and have the waterfalls and pools to ourselves. The path is quite clear and the park visitor centre provides maps.

Maybe we were just unlucky, but this place really stuck out in contrast to all the other places we visited in Thailand for all the wrong reasons!

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — the staff and the tours
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: P.O. Box 28, Takuapa, Takua Pa 82110, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Takua Pa
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Takua Pa
Number of rooms: 214
Also Known As:
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