2016 was the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese Calendar. So, while planning for a trip to Chiang Mai, I came across Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort on Agoda. I thought “What better way to spend the Year of the Monkey than staying in a treehouse”. After going through the reviews, I immediately booked a stay for 5 adults for our 2nd night stay in Chiang Mai. I then received an email asking me for my preferred tree-house together with details of tours, services and meals provided. I opted for the Star House since it is one of the biggest and fits 5 adults.
Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort is a hidden gem. It is located about 84 km from downtown Chiang Mai in the remote area of Amphoe Doi Saket. Since we stayed at atNata Chiangmai Chic Jungle the night before, it only took us about 1 hour 20 mins. The resort provides a pick-up service to tourists at a rate of 1500 baht per group of four for a one-way journey. Not many tourists are aware of this place yet although they have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor in 2014 and 2015.
We arrived around 11 am after a trip to Buatong Waterfall. The staff have been expecting us and immediately sprung into action by directing our vehicle to the car-park and off-loading our luggage. Since it was still too early for lunch and check-in, we were given a map and a torchlight to explore the surrounding areas. Below is a copy of the map. Do take note that attraction no 9, which is Prasak Ngam Waterfall no longer exists.
There is no signage whatsoever to direct you to the cave from the main road, therefore, only the locals know such a place exists. Once at the location, look out for the cave sign which will lead you to the cave.
Although we have been to many caves in the past, it was still kind of interesting to explore a place that has not been exploited. You’ll never know what you will find. For a small unknown cave, we were still able to find some form of calcium salt deposits. There were also formations that looks like the head of a T-Rex and one even resembles the male anatomy.
Besides the natural formations, we also had an encounter with the local residents of the cave. I was probably about 5 feet away from the snake until a member of my group noticed it. It was a really close call. After that encounter, we decided not to venture any further. We were later told by our driver that it’s extremely rare to see a snake and the locals consider it lucky if you are able to see one.
Red Sand Area
There is really no way for a car to get to the Red Sand Area and so, we had to walk. It takes about 20-25 minutes to walk from the Bat Cave to the Red Sand Area and you will be able to see signboards along the way to show you the direction. There is really nothing much to see other than… well… an area of red sand but I do like how they promote it as an attraction.
Stalagmite & Stalactite Cave
The Stalagmite & Stalactite Cave is another 10 minutes walk from the Red Sand Area. Unlike the Bat Cave, the Stalagmite & Stalactite Cave have really small and narrow pathways. We did not see a lot of stalagmite or stalactite formations but the cave is unique and special in its own way. We saw lots of glitters here which is made up of a combination of bacteria, water and light.
The local residents here are the huge spiders and the cricket like spiders. We did not venture very far into the cave since the further we go, the narrower it becomes and the huge spiders were everywhere.
After exploring the caves, we arrived back at the resort around 2 pm and were given the key to our Star Tree-house. The design of each tree-house was beautifully drawn and crafted onto a piece of wood and attached with a key ring.
Lunch at Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort
Tourist are required to pre-book their meals at the Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort prior to arrival since the nearest market is about 40 km away. Lunch costs an additional 150 baht per person. We were served a simple lunch of fried rice and watermelon for dessert. The lunch served was not too bad but the dessert certainly did quench our thirst after a long walk in the hot sun.
Exploring The Tree-houses
There are a total of 9 tree-houses spread out across the property and each tree-house is of a different design and size. We went around admiring each and every tree-house on the premise. It would be nice if we were able to explore the inside as well.
The resort provides laundry service, fishing nets for kids to play and catch little fishes in a stream on the property and firewood to build a campfire. There are quite a number of bicycles for guests to use for free but they are old and mostly in poor condition. The owners are cat lovers and therefore, you will be able to see a couple of them sitting around the ledges and on the stairs of the tree-house.
Swamp Forest (Coca Cola Trail)
Since there was a power failure in the resort, it was a good opportunity for us to continue to explore the other places on the map given. We requested for some bikes and were shown where the bikes were and told to take our pick. The better ones were already taken by the other guests and so we had to make do with what was left.
Each of us selected and checked the brakes and air on our bikes and then headed out to the Swamp Forest. In my honest opinion, this attraction should be taken out of the map as the trail were not maintained and some parts of the wooden walkway were rotting away and could even be dangerous to walk on. We definitely did not see any mini waterfall along the trail as indicated on the signboard. Basically this place is just a banana plantation with a wooden walkway through the plantation and some still brownish water on the side… which they called coca cola. Nicely named though but I would skip this trail.
This was definitely my favorite place here. The view at the sunset point was pretty awesome. All the trees in the forest turned to a golden color as the sun was setting. After watching the sunset, we headed back to the resort for dinner.
We were super hungry by the time we got back to the resort and couldn’t wait for dinner to be served. We were served fried fish, dumpling soup and a pork dish. The dinner was super delicious and we just could not get enough of it. It certainly did made up for the simple lunch we had. Dinner costs us 300 baht per person.
Star Family Tree-house
After dinner, we headed back to our tree-house. The Star Family Tree-house accommodates 5 adults. The main part of the house is able to accommodate 4 adults while a separate part of the house built on an upper branch accommodates 1 adult. In the main house, you will be able to find a double bed on the lower floor and one on the upper floor. There is also a 3 seater sofa in the small hallway. The toilet is located outside the house which makes it convenient for individuals living in both the main house and the smaller house outside. In the cooler months, it is extremely cold once the hot water shower is turned off with the cold winds seeping through the wood linings. This tree-house also comes with a nice balcony for you to gaze at the stars at night. Although it is really cold outside, the beds inside will keep you warm and comfortable.
Mae Kuang Dam
We headed out to the Mae Kuang Dam the next morning. Although paved and without potholes, the road to the dam was narrow and fit for only 1 car to pass through. Towards the end, the road was pretty steep and all of us had to get out of our van and walk up so that the vehicle will be lighter and able to go uphill. I wasn’t expecting much of this place but was wowed by the beautiful scenery when we got there. I was even telling the driver that the place looks like New Zealand. I believe this is the point where a passenger ferry coming from Chiang Mai will drop the locals off and the paved road were for the motorcycles ferried here.
Review: Rabeang Pasak Treehouse, Chiang Mai
Overall, we all loved this place and could not stop talking about us and sharing it with our friends.
Tree-house (Star House)
Staff (Service and Friendliness)
Value For Money
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