I am shocked to read all these "excellent" reviews of this so called "quiet" place. Are all these 75 people deaf, or what?
We had made a reservation for the garden hut with a "normal" double bed 2 months in advance, but when I called the day before, Nong told me that there was a double booking, and we would get the family barn for half of the price, that's 250 baht more than the garden hut! The barn was…. yes indeed: a barn. The only luxe we had was a mosquito net, which was necessary because you could look through the planks, and you heard all the noise from outside just like you were sleeping in a tent. Bed? Forget it: 2 Thai massage mattresses was the only furnitur on the barn. All our stuff was exposed on the floor. Here and there we found a rusty nail to hang up some clothes. The outside shower may be nice at noon, but in the morning, it was 10°C in january…
OK, now about the "quiet" place:
1. You are surround by maybe 30 roosters, not a couple from the farms, but as cock-fights are the number 1 entertainment, some people had several. At 4 AM they started. This was the easiest part.
2. At random moments in the middle of the night, we were given free concerts of I guess 20 dogs in the close neighborhood. But the worst of all was the dog of the house who was sleeping outside barking while chasing the cats right underneath our "bedroom". Nong did not have any problem, as she was sleeping in a concrete house with windows.
3. Buddhism may be a peacefull religion, but not really that respectfull. At 6 AM the monks started to say prayers through speakers that were so loud that you couldn't even talk to each other.
And the free bicycles…. were children size…
OK, everybody knows that you don't discuss about flavors and colors, but the food was rather poor. They didn't even use herbs and spices like you would expect from thai kitchen. As there were no restaurants around, we had to "survive" on what they offered.
The environment is nice to tour around with "normal" bicycles (we had to rent their motor-bike, no other choice), a GPS is a good help, as you can get lost even with the provided map.
In the jungle of Kao Sok we rented similar huts for 290 baht and we had only the normal jungle noises, which didn't keep you from sleeping. After 5 nights we were happy to go back to the polluted town of Chiang Mai to relax from the noisy village.
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