If you thought Thailand was just islands, sun and incredible beaches, you’ll be surprised to learn that it’s so much more than that.
12 hours north of Bangkok is a city called Chiang Mai. Translated, “Chiang Mai” literally means new city however, backpackers have been visiting this city for years because of its laid back nature, culture rich surroundings and of course as a peaceful alternative to the south of Thailand.
The city itself is beautiful, full of history and always buzzing and there is definitely no shortage of places to stay. But if you want a new experience, something completely different, I recommend going further out of the city where you’ll find a totally unique style of accommodation.
If you have always dreamed of staying in a treehouse, here’s your chance!
About the Treehouse:
Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort is located approx. 1.5 hours’ drive from the city centre of Chiang Mai. Lee the owner, is a retired architect and has hand built 8 treehouses since starting the resort in 2010. The houses are situated in a small village and surrounded by the teak wood forest. Each unique treehouse was designed and built with love and care. For 2 nights, my boyfriend Daniel, my two friends Chloe and Laura and myself were lucky enough to stay in our own personal treehouse equip with sink, toilet and outdoor shower.
How to get to Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort:
The easiest way to get to the treehouse resort is to arrange for a car to be sent to come and collect you from anywhere in Chiang Mai. We were picked up from our Chiang Mai hostel around 12pm and were treated to a complimentary tour of traditional Thai markets and waterfall.
The markets are not your usual tourist traps with vendors selling you fake sunglasses or t-shirts but rather a place that locals go to buy food, drinks and other household items. We indulged ourselves in homemade Thai soup, popcorn, strawberries and hot milo drinks complete with condensed milk and all. It was so nice to visit a place where no one spoke much English and we could truly see how people in Chiang Mai lived.
The waterfalls are also a nice touch and a great spot for taking group photos. If it’s warm enough you also have the chance to climb them and go for a swim to cool down.
Even though it was the middle of January, Asia as a whole was experiencing a couple of days of very bad weather. We arrived in the pouring rain and had to run (in socks and thongs I might add) from our car to the reception.
Inside each treehouse is bedding, couches, books to read and bottles of water. The shower is an experience in itself as there is no roof so while you are washing yourself, you can look up and see the tall trees towering over you. The toilet and sink are standard which provides luxury in a camping setting. There is no wifi available inside the houses however it can be accessed at the reception and dining areas. The reception also features a little shop where you can buy snacks and souvenirs.
The resort is home to 8 different treehouses all of which are hand built. If you look online, you can choose which house you want to stay in depending on the size of your group. We were lucky enough to stay in Star House which can accommodate 5-6 people comfortably. The highest treehouse is the Tamarind house which I definitely recommend if you are travelling with only 2 people.
All meals are cooked for you and any allergies/intolerance’s can be catered for. I will not lie and say that the food we had here was the best food I had eaten anywhere in Thailand. Each night we were given 3 courses starting with soup and ending with a fruit platter. The main meal was always 3-4 dishes with rice and vegetables and if you are still hungry, the cooks will bring you out more food. It’s a great way to try new Thai dishes that you may not have had before. My favourite dish was the chicken meatballs and the massaman curry. Breakfasts are a traditional breakfast with eggs and sausages as well as a choice of cereals and toasts.
Things to do at Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort:
During the day, there are bikes you can borrow to discover the local neighbourhood. Things to see include a local school, a temple, bat caves and a red sand forest. There is a map given to you from the front desk so that you don’t get lost and can visit everything surrounding you. If you don’t like bike riding, the area is easy to walk around also.
I found that the treehouse resort is the perfect place to read that book you’ve never had time to finish or write in your travel journal. All houses have a deck area with lounge chairs that provide that ideal setting to just curl up with a book or pen and paper.
At night you can test out your fire making skills by building a camp fire. Wood is available from the reception as well as marshmallows to roast for after dinner. We spent a lot of time playing card games and telling stories by the warmth.
Each house is quite warm and lots of blankets are provided. For me, it was such an amazing feeling, laying down listening to the wind knowing I was in the middle of a forest in this remarkable country. The fact that the houses also don’t have wifi, is a great chance to really disconnect from the social world and be in the moment.
I have never met such nice people or staff in all my travels, the people who work here really do go above and beyond. We were made to feel completely at home for our two night stay and were always offered free coffee/tea/hot chocolate and even warm shoes to keep our feet dry!
I highly recommend visiting Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort, the ultimate relaxation accommodation in Thailand.