Accommodation options near Phu Rua National Park, stayed at Phu Rua Resorts, less than 5 kms to road to park, I think, which there is also a small market and food vendors, in case wanting a snack away from resort restaurant. Of course after breakfast, we went to the department store (7-11) for some snacks, beverages I always bring with me, in cooler, just in case no frig, and I’m a CC.
PRR, not Royal PRR, not PRR Chalets, but PRR, on left, about 45 kms after turn to park from 201 to 203. The room, cheapest, 800 baht separate bungalow, basic, hw/frig/ac/twin firm beds/balcony, semi private, no sex, well, maybe at night, if bold. Nice view from balcony, 2 pics below, as a stream runs behind whole resort, nice background noise, and also a nice hill along the length of resort also. Making for nice views. Can manage a little shade on balcony, one corner where I was for a bit, till ready to type this, as all downloaded and ready to be put in reply. Then the afternoon heat got to me. Breakfast / dining area was very nice area to sit and relax, as shaded in parts outside, if not, inside area w/fan and still nice view of countryside/hill/falls/stream, pics below.
Restaurant…..for dinner, I had the ‘panang chicken’, special order, 95. Ree, stomach not up to par, shitake mushroom and shrimp 110, being the high end of stir fries, veggie stir fry being the low end, 60. The rest 85-95. Rest of the menu is fairly priced, with exception of soups, tom ka/tom yam starting at 120. One water, and dinner was 230 w/30 tip/260 total. Room comes w/brekkie included, as asking what it was at check in, rice soup or fried rice……….oh joy. Pleasantly surprised, it was actually quite good, as we both went with fried rice/shrimp, which came with toast and quite tasty coffee. So the CC in me calculated, fr/t/c…50/20/30, making 2 breakfasts a 200 baht value, so 600 for the room, a fair price, due to location location location.
The plus…………location, all things facing stream and hillside, and nice falls at the restaurant deck area.
The negatives, website says 800, Ree called ahead, 800, ok, reservation, hang up, before asking name, go figure. Arrive, quoted 900, which usually I would simply turn around and leave, but sitting in car for almost 6 hours, I took the long way w/stops, conversation ensued, called, blah blah blah, then woman sitting at computer turns and acknowledges call, after to long a wait, obviously waiting for us to say, ok, 900, but notices I’m ready to leave, and all is squared away, at ‘our special rate’. so have the little lady call and make reservation, or you will be faranged when checking in. The room, good and bad, good..location again/balcony, bed next to window for ac’d view, the bad, lack of good initial building skill, and maintenance, hmm, big surprise. Would compare to top mansion or ruysuk, nothing special, except location, and TM/RS better maintained. Hot water was warm, not a problem now, but here during cool season, I don’t think it would feel very warm, as coming out of ground much colder. An extension cord, is recommended if having any electrical with you, as I always do. Only one outlet, with 2 plug ins, tv/frig. Dresser with light, actually no bulb, as nowhere to plug in anyway, and light in bathroom, exposed, instead of glass covering which was missing, along with a partially screened vapor exhaust area to roof, hence mozzie entrance, so bring your mozzie zapper, ‘don’t leave home without it’
Besides the negatives, actually minor, I’m almost nit picking, but it is a ‘resort’, and hoping the high end rooms are in better shape, or I wouldn’t consider them a good value. Apparently negative not a problem, as we stayed another night. Consider it a decent value for the area, and of course, that location thing, especially if planning on going to PRNP, which is not for me, as been there when free, or allowed in, I’m special, as we got there so late, no charge as closing within hour of so, a few years back. Went to main overviews, nice, but nothing different from the country side I drove thru this time, taking the kut chap road, to ban phu, then coming in loei from the north, 290 kms total, much slower than direct route, but much nicer scenery, which meant slow at times, as many curves and hills to negotiate. But very nice, so for me, CC, no need to pay 200/me, 50/car, 20-40 thai entrance fee for park, to basically see the same thing. IMO, think the drive was better than what’s in the park. Ok, enough, pics below, hope this helps, I would recommend a stay there, or at least a reservation, as there are many other places on the way into the park, none of which I checked out, you may want to before checking in, but stop and look at the view from restaurant first, then do little recon, probably return unless finding something better. I was too lazy and late in afternoon to look. Did stop at florra hill resort on the way, 650 w/brekkie, passed on it, as tried to scam us for more expensive room, saying none available, and one that is, someone checking in early tomorrow, so can’t rent out…………………yea right. And very few cars in the parking area or room areas, must be packed. At PRR, I believe we were the only ones staying there.