Farmstays

A lake surrounded by mountains. Peace, tranquility and healthy living at Phuu Fa Nam Organic Farm.

Tucked away on the back roads is an organic farmstay in Suphanburi. A working farm supplying organic produce to markets in Bangkok.

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Boutique guest house

Siamotif Boutique Hotel is very much part of the local community in Thonburi. A reminder of simpler times.

Luxury accommodation in Bangkok - Traditional Thai wooden house

Set on the Bangkok Noi Canal it is an old wooden house offering uniquely-designed accommodation that is well off the beaten track.

Luxury accommodation on a canal in Bangkok

The hustle and bustle of Bangkok is left behind as you wander through the Ban Bu crafters community or browse for something to eat from the vendor stalls at the food market. And the Emerald Buddha Temple is just across the Chao Phraya river when you are ready to mix it with the crowds and sightseers.

Traditional Thai hospitality Bangkok - Luxury accommodation in a wooden house on a canal

Thong Pha Phum camp site

Not quite unseen.

It should be avoided on holidays. It is popular with locals. But Thong Pha Phum National Park in Kanchanaburi is one of the last unspoilt areas in Thailand.

Off the beaten track Thong Pha Phum Kanchanaburi

Generally overlooked by the commercially driven tour companies it offers a world of caves, waterfalls, tin mines, and vast tracts of jungle stretching into Burma.

Thong Pha Phum national park Kanchanaburi

Together with neighboring Thung Yai Naresuan, Hua Kha Khaeng, Mae Wong, and Umphang wildlife sanctuary’s, this area makes up one of the most important conservation areas in South East Asia.

Accommodation at Thong Pha Phum

There is a big camp site as well as chalets which are well worn. But still comfortable.There is also an option to book a tree house.

I-Thong Village Pilok Thong Pha Phum Kanchanaburi

The road continues up, onto Pilok which used to be a thriving Tin and Tungstan mining area. Ban I-Thong on the Burmese border is a sleepy village with some interesting coffee shops which becomes bedlam when it is invaded by tourists over holiday periods.

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Noodles

There is a restaurant between Kanchanaburi and U Thong that I have passed many times without ever stopping. And every time, I promised myself we would try it out, the very next time.

So we did.

Boat noodles U Thong Suphanburi

But it wasn’t the the duck restaurant I was expecting. Nor were the boat noodles a substitute. A bit too sweet. However, that is the Thailand I have got used used to and their pork crackling alone,  was worth the stop.

Restaurants in Suphanburi

The tables are set out under mango trees making it a pleasant and agreeable meal.

The entrance is easy to miss as it is off a bend on a fast moving stretch of road. The restaurant is also tucked away out of sight about 25k’s from U Thong on the Kanchanaburi rd.

Unspoilt hideaways

With over 20 illion visitors a year and very little regulation, “unspoilt” is becoming more and more difficult.

THe main problem is quite logical – if a beach is REALLY beautiful then there will be virtually no restrictions on what a wealthy develpoper can get away with……the inevitably result is that ALL the top grade coastal attractions are overrun or destroyed.

THat leaves the sort of places that as yet have not attracted enough people to warrant the attentions of the greedy developers whose only criteria is quick and easy profit.

To this end you are better looking at in land areas, national parks etc.
I agree that Kanchanaburi Province and the Western Forest complex offers a great opportunity to see bits of unspoiled rural Thailand before it finally disappears.
Also towns mentioned like Prachuap Kiri khan have not yet been overrun by foreign tourists as their beaches – although quite respectable – are not 5 star and therefore the target of untrammelled development.

The further away from the main holiday centres you go, the more likely you are to fid towns that have not been ruined by rampant tourism.
The coastlines between Hua Hin and Suratthani still have quaint places as do the coastlines between Phuket and Ranong, Phuket and Malaysia (mostly) and Sattahip and Trat.
these 3 coastlines are relatively unfrequented by foreign tourist hoards (as yet) and although they may not be the “best “beaches in Thailand you may find the lack of crowds and reasonably priced local food etc. more than enough compensation.

[BTW – all these places are popular with Thai vacationers – on public holidays and week-ends]

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