I would have expected that anyone that has gone as far off the beaten track as the Khao Sok national park in Thailand would be realistic about what to expect, but judging by some reviewers on here - apparently not!
The place is right on the edge of an amazing national park, you can't get any closer on the basis you're not allowed to stay IN the park! So location is great. Access to the park is easy.
The rooms are quite basic - but what would you expect?? Wooden hut, clean enough, functional enough, fantastically cute. There's a shower which is fine. There is power, light, and a mosquito net. You get your own veranda, to sit in the evenings and listen to the sounds of the jungle and watch random eyes look at you through the dark. Realistically what more could you want?
What sets the place apart is two things - firstly the service. The guys that work there can't do enough for you, are so friendly and polite its great. One night before dinner time we were sat in our hut and there was a torrential downpour taking place outside - we weren't relishing the upcoming sprint to the restaurant. Then there was a knock on the door and there's the owner going room to room handing out massive umbrellas! Bearing in mind we were on a package, so had already paid for the food (whether we ate it or not), he really didn't need to do that. You just don't get that attitude everywhere.
The other distinguishing factor is the value. We went on one of their 3D / 2N package things and it was ludicrously cheap. Try doing the same thing in Malaysia and it'll be a reminder of how good value this place is. How one can pay so little, receive so much, and then still complain that there isn't a heavenly mattress I just don't know!
One final thought - I think the food is better than people give credit for. There's a lady in the kitchen all day producing very traditional Thai food, and its as good if not better than what you would get from most of the average restaurants in Bangkok.
If you want to enjoy a proper eco-tourism stay for a few days and soothe the soul - go here!
We actually travelled here in Jan 2011.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the ancient rainforest, Riverside Cottages is the perfect jungle lodge for relaxing and exploring Khao Sok National Park. You can swim in the river in front of the hotel, or simply relax with a beverage and enjoy our excellent Thai and Western cuisine. We love to help visitors explore the area, and can arrange activities including jungle safaris, tours to Cheow Lan Lake, elephant trekking and canoe trips. Riverside Cottages is a 2 kilometers east of Khao Sok's touristy town center, easily accessed with our free shuttle service. ... more less
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