Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pung Waan Resort, Kanchanaburi

I told Hobbit that I wanted to rest.

Yet, I woke up on a Sabbath morning and asked Hobbit if I could still join him to Kanchanaburi. He was delighted that I would come. So we joined his colleagues and left at about 8am from Bangkok.

The journey took us 3 hours to and fro since it is about 190km from Bangkok. I thought my butt could lit a fire for sitting that long! We arrived at about 11:30am and as was planned, Hobbit and his colleagues surveyed the place while I tagged along. As soon as we stepped down the place, a friendly receptionist welcomed us and served us Chrysanthemum tea. We were then ushered to places in the resort.
Serene and quiet, Pung-Waan Resort is situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, a tributary of the famous River Kwai, on a vast property covering over 12o acres of land. If you are a visitor, you could choose to stay in the many types of rooms offered according to your choice and preferences. My favorite place is the superior room with the river view. Honeymooners, this is a perfect room to be in since the room is set up in such a romantic way- simple but sweet. According to the website, this room cost about 2800B. Perhaps if you are both a mountain and river lover, opt for the cottages. The good thing is it has both close and open-style showers! :) Not forgetting the floating house! There is the 4 person/room and 6 person/room. The facilities provided in the rooms are such similar to a residential comfort of a home. Hobbit and his colleagues choose to stay in Baan Koo-Bua Garden View since their students are of the age of 7-10 years old.
As of what to do at Pung-Waan resort, many. When we visited, the swimming pool was the main attraction since the weather was super warm. They have bird watching activities and according to our tour guide, most of those who are on weatherization training come here to either work or relax. They have bicycles for adults and kids for rent and the cycling track is quite nice! Activities such as petanque, bamboo rafting, rock climbing, table tennis, basketball court, etc are provided as well. Camp fire is one of the usual activities when students visit. Hobbit likes it. Oh, you could have a good Thai massage here. One thing that they could improve on is their mini zoo. More varieties of animals please. :)
Well, I wished we had more time to explore further but our trip ended with a free complimentary lunch from the resort. Excellent food I have to say. So don't forget to visit if you happen to be in Kanchanaburi. You don't want to miss this beautiful, exotic resort just next to a well-known river! :)

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