The Rabeang Pasak Treehouses are located about 70kms north of Chiang Mai in a very small village. Although they offer a shuttle service to and from the resort, we decided on renting a car to explore more of the area on the way out to the treehouse as we had plenty of time before check-in. With the help of maps.me, our favourite offline maps app, it was very easy to navigate to.
People who know us, know we don’t do camping and would prefer to spend any family holiday within four solid walls rather than a flimsy tent without running water and a fridge to keep our wine and beer chilled. So staying in a treehouse was a compromise with the boys; we booked about 3 months prior to our stay, and as time went on the whole family was looking forward to our short, one night stay.
At the resort, if you can call it that, there are eleven treehouses in total, including three family treehouses. We decided on the coconut house which had one large bed and three single beds over three levels.
Upon checking-in we were amazed at the whole complex, it was like entering the world of Peter Pan with treehouses, wooden paths and bridges crossing little streams.Our treehouse was located next to the stream so we were able to lay in bed and listen to the running water through the night, along with many rosters. The workmanship throughout the treehouse was quite impressive and despite being quite a small space, it still felt roomy enough for our family. Braxton and Lincoln especially like the open mezzanine space between their bedroom on the second level and ours on the first, which allowed them to throw things down onto our bed and ourselves. We also had an open air shower which was something different for all us, unfortunately we could not get the water to be anything but very cold so it was hard to stay under it for too long and enjoy the stars and moonlight coming through the forest canopy above our heads.Despite the small size, the resort has an on-site restaurant which served fantastic food, with lunch and dinner meals being “Chef’s Selection”. For dinner we had soup, fish, stir fried vegetables, sweet and sour pork and rice. It was actually our first meal of fish since starting our world adventure and it was very tasty with all of us vying for seconds. (Dinner price – adults 300 THB/$12 NZD, children 150 THB/$6 NZD)Breakfast, which was included in our accomodation rate, was ok, however short of the highs we experienced with our dinner the night prior. Lunch consisted of soup, pork fried rice, sliced tomatoes, cucumber and watermelon. (Lunch price – adults 200 THB/$8 NZD, children 100 THB/$4 NZD) When booking this accommodation directly with the resort we were asked to advise in advance which meals we would require during our stay and they also asked about any dietary requirements.
The resort also offers guests free use of bicycles, of which there is an array of sizes and some with child carriers for younger children. They also provide a little map, with distances, so you can go out and explore the local area a bit more if you so wish. Local attractions include a lookout point, bat cave, a red sand area, stalagmite and stalactite cave, lake, temple, dam and swamp forest trail.
The staff were very friendly and accommodating and we would have loved to stay for a little longer to enjoy our ‘back to nature’ experience more, however the accomodation cost was considerably more than our budget allows. Definitely something a little different and a spot we would highly recommend.
Price – $154 NZD per night (included breakfast)