Joey has created something entirely different with his design masterpiece, Bangkok Treehouse. Standing as a reason by itself to visit Thailand, this is anything but your average resort.
Every building in the small complex, every light, every tiny detail, has been addressed with the same level of care as if it represented the entire structure. The focus is put on recycled materials and low-carbon construction, and yet, despite the visions of cheap bamboo and re-molded plastic this might conjure up, each 'house' is a perfect balance between artistic minimalism, clean and modern design, and respect to nature. Even the ceilings are interesting to look at, and I wound up spending several mornings quietly sipping on (fantastically brewed) in-house coffee, just taking in all the beauty which surrounded me. Artwork in some form lies sublimely in every corner. I can't emphasize the details enough. Bring a camera.
The staff are incredibly friendly and earnest. They speak fluent English and manage to treat you like absolute royalty without coming off as overly stiff or formal. The menus feature many vegan and non vegan options, both foreign and domestic, and for a low fee, the staff is also able to order and deliver from outside eateries straight to your room. I stayed for an entire month and never had to eat the same thing twice (though if you're like me, the deliciousness of certain entrees will have you choosing to).
Finally, the location is like an untapped gold mine. Just a few minutes from a mainline train station and thus the heart of Bangkok, one is able to live out the near-unattainable urbanite dream - to live in a totally undeveloped scenic nature-spot, the jungle, woken by stunning song birds every morning, sleeping under the stars, and watching the tide gently lap at the rustic wooden dock - and then hop in a speed boat for a ten minute trip into the pulsating center of the capital. How many places in the world like this are left?
If you get a chance to spend even one night around Bangkok, stay at the Treehouse. Don't look anywhere else. The destination is worth the journey itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It's enough to make any urban dweller green with envy: A place where you can breath clean air, explore a lush landscape, and sleep under the stars just a 30-minute ride outside the teeming, traffic-choked city center -- by public transportation, no less -- without giving up all the comforts of home. Guests at the new Bangkok Tree House can whisk themselves away from the Thai capital and its 12 million people by hopping on a recently completed extension of the city's elevated-rail network, the BTS Skytrain, to the Bangna station and then continuing on by foot, bicycle, or boat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bangkok Tree House Phra Pradaeng, Thailand