Did you ever see the movie “Swiss Family Robinson”? If you haven’t, it’s about a family from Switzerland who are chased by pirates and become shipwrecked on an island on their way to New Guinea. They build a ginormous treehouse tricked out with all sorts of gadgets and take in an elephant and monkey as pets. And that sums up my childhood dream. Well, minus the shipwrecked pirates bit. So when we came across the Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort (website here) near Chiang Mai, Thailand while planning for our honeymoon, I got SO excited. And immediately booked us 2 nights. If you don’t feel like reading to the very end, the conclusion is that it was fabulous! But in detail, here’s how it went:
Our driver, arranged by Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort , picked us up from the Moto Velo Cabin in downtown Chiang Mai and we headed towards the resort, about 1.5 hours away. We paid a little extra for the driver to stop at a local market as well as a waterfall. By the time we reached the local market, we had already passed out in the back seat (we did ride elephants the entire morning!) and would have gladly kept sleeping. But the driver woke us up and we went in and took a gander.
Above the raw meat you’ll notice fans swinging rags in order to keep the flies away. But the majority of the meat wasn’t even on ice. Yikes!
This guy clearly wanted his picture taken.
Visiting Buatong Waterfall
Our second stop along the way was the Buatong waterfall, or the “sticky waterfall”. We walked down a long flight of steps to reach the foot of the falls and we spotted a group of teenagers climbing up the waterfall like spider monkeys! It was the oddest thing to see. We assumed the rocks would be slippery but once we took our shoes off and dipped our feet in, we discovered the rocks were extremely grippy and perfect for climbing! If only we had had our bathing suits handy!
Arriving to Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort
What an oasis! The resort is made up of 10 treehouses each unique with its own character. Since this place is way off the beaten path, the resort provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, laundry services, and a snack bar.
We stayed in the Moon House. So quaint! The bedroom was on the top floor and fully enclosed (with a fan) to keep out the bugs! The living room and bathroom were both open air rooms down stairs.
Dinner was tasty, though I did have to ask for the non-spicy dish since I’m a wimp. Thai food is not for the faint of heart!
The next day, we woke early to the dogs barking and roosters crowing. Since we had nothing on the itinerary, we asked the owners for their recommendations on what to do for the day. They handed us a map with a few caves highlighted nearby and we took off on the bikes they provided. These bikes hadn’t had maintenance in a very long time, maybe ever, and we probably should’ve done a little more investigation on them before we peeled out into the jungle…
Unfortunately the bat cave had no bats present but we did encounter a gigantic moth the size of my hand and a few stalagmites and stalactites.
And then Kelley’s chain broke. In the middle of the jungle. And we were a mile from the nearest road and 3 miles from the resort. Thankfully it wasn’t boiling hot yet so the walk back wasn’t too bad.
We passed these adorable school boys on the playground. I asked if I could take their photo and instantly they were striking a pose!
In the afternoon, we walked down to the Mae Kuang lake and we quickly realized our handy map was not drawn to size. A half mile pleasant jaunt turned into a 4 mile sweaty trek. But on the bright side, we more than burned off the calories we consumed that night in fried fish and mango sticky rice!
If you’re considering visiting Thailand and heading north towards Chiang Mai, book a night or 2 with Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort. You won’t regret it!
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