We were in Khao Kho for a one week stay. I’ve visited Khao Kho many times in the past but this time my partner and myself decided to stay at a hotel. Khao Kho markets itself as a Swiss style retreat. Personally I don’t see the similarities and I don’t see why it has to market itself in such a way. The climate is hot and humid on average 30 celsius. Around Sept/Oct time expect over casts and T-Storms at night but that didn’t take away our pleasure in visiting. On the contrary it was the sole reason to come at off-season- we wanted that tropical vacation.
We stayed at the Imperial Phukaew Hill Resort. The resort consists of many huts scattered across the hill side which look very scenic. Submerged within a landscape of greenery. Our room was a deluxe chalet though I like to consider the chalet as an Inca hut. But I guess the “chalet” is to impress the Westerner. Not that Inca Hut is off putting but I know that Westerners like their creature comforts.
The chalet was in a secluded spot surrounded by vegetation on a hillside overlooking other chalets. Each chalet connected by footpaths and small wooden bridges. Absolutely tranquil and peaceful and the only noise you can hear is the sounds of nature- crickets, geckos, birds etc.
As many hotels this far out in Thailand are secluded, it can be difficult to eat in other restaurants. Because of this we basically had no other option apart from eating at the hotel restaurant. The food is what you would expect, just one page of Continental and American cuisine.
The staff have little to no English but that didn’t stop us communicating in fragmented Thai and “sign” language. Extremely helpful and I can see why this is called the “Land of Smiles”.
The hotel was suited to our needs, we wanted to get away and see a little bit of the area and to relax.
Don’t expect to get all the “mod-coms”. This hotel is dated but that is expected. The room has all the basic requirements from air-con to mini fridge. We were especially pleased not encounter any other Westerners on our journey and to be amongst the locals.