Adventure in a Treehouse

Jonathan On the Deck of "Jackfruit Cottage"

On the Deck of “Jackfruit Cottage”

I guess I am just a big kid at heart. The last home I owned before retired and went traveling was set high among the trees that became affectionately known as “The Treehouse”. When I first heard about a place a little over an hour outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand called Rabeang Pasak Tree House Resort I had to give it try for a little mini-Adventure. Yes, it is actually a treehouse resort for grown ups.

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Bedroom in a Treehouse

Bedroom in a Treehouse

You feel like you are traveling back in time as you turn off the main highway into the mountains toward the tiny village of Pasak Ngam. Trees form a canopy over the winding road and sunlight filters through the leaves. Even though the road is surprisingly good for a place so remote, cars and motorbikes slowed down and everyone seem to wave at each other as they passed.

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Another View of Our Treehouse in Thailand

Upon arrival you are greeted by a clowder of kittens, a peep of chickens (yes, that is what they are called) and Bullsiri Suwannachi, aka Mr. Lee. Mr. Lee, a retired architect, began the treehouse project as a family vacation home in 2010 and it proved to be so popular that he opened it to the public in 2012. It has since expanded to six small treehouse cottages and two family treehouses. Each treehouse was uniquely designed to fit into the shape of its individual tress and has been constructed using labor from the people of the village. From the outside the multi-story cottages may look rustic, and they are, but each comes with electricity, running water, private bath and views of the surrounding teak forest. Ours, “Jackfruit House” was situated by a stream complete with the soothing water sounds and even had a small bathtub.

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One of Our Companions on the Hike

Surprisingly, for a place so remote, if you like nature, there is quite a bit to do. We hiked down steep trails through the forest to some small waterfalls. We saw a kaleidoscope of butterflies (yes, that is the official term), colorful birds of every description and walked past fields filled with crops that I have never seen outside of the grocery store before. There are several lakes nearby, a bat cave and a beautiful viewpoint perfect for watching the sunset, which we took full advantage of.

Waterfall Near the Treehouse Resort

Waterfall Near the Treehouse Resort

After returning from sunset point we had a delicious meal prepared by Mr. Lee’s family of a whole steamed local fish with a sweet and sour sauce, a spicy chicken stir fry with mushrooms and oyster sauce and crab wontons in broth. After eating Mr. Lee took us down the road to show us nature’s display of fireflies.

Nighttime at the Treehouse Resort

Nighttime at the Treehouse Resort

The resort also has bicycles available for guests to use and was very generous in giving out maps and information about the area. It is truly a unique experience sleeping in the trees and a great reminder of how adventures, even short ones, can help us recapture some of the great times of our youth.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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