Thong Pha Phum’s Famous Treehouses, A Room with a View
It’s every kid’s dream. Building a treehouse, clambering up and escaping the world. Just you, your favorite toys and a world away from the goings on below. Now, as an adult, you can have your very own treehouse in Thong Pha Phum.
Treehouses are just brilliant. There’s something special about being able to stay in a comfortable cabin, in a beautiful setting, high above the ground nestled amongst the leaves. Thanks to a special group of treehouses in the Thong Pha Phum National Park you can experience your very own treehouse for the evening and have a memory to last a lifetime. If you’re looking for an authentic Thai experience, this is the place to stay.
These are straight out of a Pinterest dream. A wooden staircase spirals around the trunk of the tree to a fully supported treehouse within the main branches. Inside the room there is a single or double bed (depending on what you choose), a toilet, a shower and a sink (all with running water) and there’s even electricity, but it does turn off at 9pm.
Every treehouse comes with a private balcony to soak up the views. And boy, the views are spectacular. We have to recommend bracing yourself for a dawn wake up to watch the sun rise. You won’t be up late the night before in any case thanks to the electricity turning off, and it’s worth it- the views across the mountain ranges cloaked in morning mist are simply stunning.
It’s a somewhat pricey 1000 baht a night but this cost reduces on a per head basis when you take the larger treehouses.
How to Get to Thong Pha Phum
Generally, your best option is to go by privately rented motorbike. Renting a bike from Bangkok is a straightforward option and the different choices available to you are huge. The reason we suggest a bike is that the road there is long and winding and takes a bit of time. You’ll be able to go at your own pace, stop for breaks and not rack up what would otherwise be a huge driver fare. As far as day trips from Bangkok go, these incredible treehouses aren’t often talked about – your trip will be a unique experience and memory to take home with you.
The road that you’re aiming for is Highway 323, this is the only road into the park and eventually leads to the Burmese border. The huge mountains on either side of the road make this the only way in and out of the region. Head for Thong Pha Phum, a tiny town, and make a turn into the national park. From here it’s a gruelling 60km uphill ride through hairpin bends, steep inclines and treacherous drops, but that’s all part of the fun, right?
What to Do Around Thong Pha Phum
At the site itself there isn’t a great deal to do apart from relax. If you want to explore more of the surrounding area then there’s a small town called E-Thong further down the road. This is a border town where you can, albeit completely illegally, wander into Myanmar. If you want to extend your trip there are plenty of cheap accommodation options here.
Within the national park itself, the main attraction is hiking. There are some excellent quality guides who will lead treks into, up and around the mountain ranges. You can even camp out as some guides will be able to arrange tents for you. This is a popular activity with locals and tourists alike so be sure to arrange beforehand.
Treehouse Adventure Tip
Do try and book in advance. Not necessarily because it gets fully booked but also because sometimes the owners just won’t be there if they haven’t got any bookings and aren’t expecting anyone. Your best bet is to call ahead, but if the phone numbers available don’t work then ask at the national park office located at the park entrance.