The SpaceThere is a sweet magic to this place that you feel more and more each day. I live here on and off, especially when I want to be alone and paint or make things. The house is old so don't expect too much. It's rural but only 2km from a huge fresh market which you can cycle to. The land is alongside a creek which runs around the whole property. You can swim. It's deep during rainy season and you can use one of the neighbour's tubes. The hut itself is very simple, just a room (4X4m) with bathroom, and kitchen set-up on the balcony. There is a single mattress, a big shelf for clothes and stuff, a bookshelf. Shower is cold and fresh. Places to hang hammocks. It's especially magical in the evenings. The neighbours have a restaurant on the river which you can visit. It's close but you can't see it from the hut. Fresh organic coffee every day for coffee lovers. Their Thai food is delicious.
House is surrounded by mangosteen trees, longkong trees and all kinds of other fruit trees. It feels a bit like Eden.
There is a gas cooker and some utensils, anything else you need you can find in the market nearby. The restaurant on the river makes delicious Thai food if you're not into cooking. Guest AccessYou will have the hut to yourself for as long as you've booked it. Access to the restaurant and coffee factory and academy. Guests are welcome to learn about how coffee is grown and roasted.
Interaction with GuestsThere will probably not be any interaction, as I am living somewhere else if I'm not in the hut, but I will be available online at all times incase guests need some tips on how to handle the jungle. The neighbours are incredible people and will be happy to help out with any questions or to give directions to nearby places. They speak English so that helps.
The NeighborhoodIt's very rural and there are no factories for hundreds of km. The air is the freshest kind. The shower water is soft and sweet. The neighbours are beautiful people. It's so relaxing, possibly the most chilled place I know. One of my favourite places in the world. It's about 7km from the bokkrai waterfall which is very magical, esp. during the week when there are no people there..there is also a cave full of bats nearby which you can walk around, in and even climb to the top of for a spectacular view :) Getting AroundThere are songthaews (open Thai taxi) and minivans that go back and forth between Chumpon and Ranong all day, stopping in Kraburi. I've hitch-hiked a lot between these places and always felt safe. The neighbours have bicycles which you could arrange to rent. In town, there are sidecar motorbike taxis that come past Gong Valley all day. You can also catch a big bus to Phuket or Bangkok or anywhere from Kraburi town. It's Thailand. Easiest place to get around no matter where you are :)
Other Things to NoteIt rains a lot between May and November, but it's not the same every year. I was there recently (Aug) and it was hot and sunny for days. The rain cools things down but if you hate the wetness it might be too much for you.
Also, it's jungle, so if you're not used to being one with nature, it may take time to get used to that.