First of all, be prepared: you are going somewhere remote, off the grid. I had no internet access even though I do have a Thai SIM card and a smart phone. You can only recharge your phone between 8am and 3pm in the restaurant, as it's run on solar energy.
But isn't that what many of us are craving? To escape for a while?
I went alone to Bamboo Nest for 3 nights and really enjoyed it. Nok, Noy, Pi and the dogs all made me feel very welcome, and I did a couple of lovely walks with other tourists.
The green curry was sooo tasty, and the chicken/veggie/cashew stirfry too. After dinner, Noy makes a nice bonfire and you can all sit round it and put the world to rights, or ask Noy about anything you like. He's a fountain of knowledge.
My bungalow was basic but very clean, and I loved opening the windows early in the morning and going back to bed to enjoy the view. And after a good strenuous walk, to lie in my hammock and snooze.
Pi took us for a walk in the bamboo forest and made a campfire. He cooked us chicken and sticky rice (the rice was cooked in a hollow bamboo over the fire). It was delicious, and really interesting to see how he did it, in the traditional way. We also had a pleasant boat ride.
The nearby waterfall is beautiful and well worth the walk. We did the big circular route and went via the hot springs too. There are two - one is 56 degrees C so that's just for looking! The other has been made into a swimming pool but unfortunately it was being cleaned when we went on Monday so I couldn't test it. The cafe is nice, and sells lovely tea.
My stay was in March. Apparently July - October is a good time to visit. I really enjoyed it and if I was back in the area would come back to see what it's like at other times of the year. The only minus point was the smoke coming down the valley - apparently from farmers burning their fields in Burma. You didn't notice it when you were out on a walk, but you could tell when you looked across the valley from your bungalow.
I would totally recommend this place - as long as you are happy to get away from it all and spend time with some lovely people and their friendly dogs!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bam Boo Nest offers a range of simple, comfortable and uniquely styled bamboo cottages built by local craftsmen in natural locally sourced sustainable materials. Following the wisdom of the native people, each cottage has bamboo flooring, walls and thatched roof. All have private bathrooms with hot showers, comfortable beds (with mosquito nets), verandas and floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the spectacular views. ... more less