We had a delicious breakfast at Our Jungle House. The highlight was French Press coffee- so delicious! I had an omelet with Thai pork in it and it was also tasty. At 8:30, we headed to the open-air lobby down the trail from our treehouse. The layout of the hotel was awesome There are several houses around the garden and main building area and the rest are down a small paved trail. Many of the rooms are along the river and so peaceful. There's a lot of space between hotels- not so many that you could look both ways and not see neighbors, but it's enough to feel relaxed and spacious.
In the lobby were three other people, a British pair of friends(m/f) and an American who spends his Northern hemisphere Winters in New Zealand guiding wilderness and wildlife tours. The British couple were on a 2 week tour similar to ours except they were staying in Thailand only. The American was in Thailand for several days, then off to Borneo, Singapore, Japan and home to California. We had all originally booked the overnight trip and were disappointed since it seemed so cool, but no one stayed down about it and we were off for a great day.
|Scenes from the market|
We pulled into a small cove to hear some background on the lake. When the motor was going, it was too loud. The American had a decibel meter and said it was 95 dB, not ideal for hearing preservation but fortunately I had earplugs for SMS and I.
|Tarantula Cave, yikes! They were everywhere!|
|L-R, clock-wise: broken stalactite, overhead shot of bamboo rafts, playing in the lake|
|L-R: Fruit snack before heading back, cloudier on the lake, happy couple!|
We took a longtail boat back, followed by the pickup ride back. The sky was beautiful in the golden hour/sunset. We ate dinner at the resort and enjoyed our new treehouse, Liana. The hotel comp'd our room since the overnight had been cancelled and even though it would have been cool to see sunrise and sunset at the lake, other night at Our Jungle House was a fine consolation prize! The lake was absolutely gorgeous and I highly recommend a visit.
|After sunset from our balcony|