Laid Back Riverfront Living in Northwest Thailand...
For over ten years the Bantak House has been offering country-style living in the beautiful, clean, natural surroundings of northwest Thailand. Set on the riverbank of the pristine Ping Fiver, this rustic teak house has been rebuilt using as much of the original teak wood as possible and modernized as a labour of love by its owners.
This oasis for the soul is made up of two buildings - a funky elevated Thai-style guest room connected to a traditional Thai-style teak house via a huge, partly covered wooden deck which features a lovely little sala in one corner.
This expansive yet cosy terrace offers a spectacular setting in which to let the days activities dissolve into relaxing, tranquil evenings under the clear night skies.
Here guests can enjoy simple yet superb Thai and western cuisine.
Altogether there are five bedrooms - two with en-suite bathroom, a TV room with international programming, wi-fi, fully functioning western-style kitchen, dining room, outdoor tables and chairs and a separate driver's quarters. The simple wooden bench perched on the river's edge in the back yard is a favourite spot for enjoying fresh coffee with the sunrise, or unwinding with a cocktail at sunset.
Located 450km from Bangkok, the Bantak House offers a real getaway and will appeal to travellers looking for an unhurried vacation, where the simple beauty of the sunrises and sunsets frames days that can be filled with golf, kayaking, rafting, elephant trekking, fishing, mountain biking and cycling.
There is no shortage of things to do or places to go. For culture vultures, this area of Thailand is known for its ancient historic ruins, natural rainforest, wildlife, rivers and waterfalls that are all waiting to be explored. Local personalized tours can be arranged using a 4-wheel drive vehicle and English-speaking escort.
Transfers from nearby Sukhothai airport or Bangkok can be arranged The nearby Bhumiphol Dam is the largest dam in Thailand and is well worth a visit, the short drive takes in some beautiful countryside and offers something for everyone.
At the lake, you can enjoy a relaxing boat ride to a small island, which is home to a Thai temple and monks.
For golfers, the Bhumibol Dam Golf Club is a gem of an 18 hole golf course set in magnificent tropical scenery, with drives played from elevated tees to valley shaped fairways in an unusual configuration offering six par-three holes, seven par fours and five par fives.
For those who choose to venture farther a field from this gentle oasis, you'll find plenty of adventure. Explore cultural and rainforest world heritage sites, exciting local markets and the trading bazaar in Mae Sot at the Burmese border.
This colourful and interesting border town offers antiques, furniture, gemstones and wooden souvenirs. The nearby Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary was designated a U.N. World Heritage Site in 1989.
Still largely unmapped, it is now protected from all forms of commercial exploitation and is one of Asia's most beautiful nature preserves.
Sukhothail the first capital of old Siam is also on the list of places to visit for guests of The Bantak House.