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Mom Chailai Forest Retreat
Ranked #47 of 80 Hotels in Kanchanaburi
Paris, France
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“Good experience for brave hearts”
Reviewed 11 July 2012

I agree, this place is a bit controversial.
It can be a great, original experience or a nightmare. It depends what you are looking for.
It is hidden in the Thai jungle, rather difficult to find, no shops around.
But if you have your own transport it can be great as it is very exclusive, quiet, with “natural look”, the staff (especially the manager) is very friendly and helpful. There are plenty of attractions/ places to visit in the area, again if you have a car or a motorcycle.
The bungalows are very spacious. It’s not too hot as plenty of trees, the pool is simply a heaven.
A good place to stay for 2-3 nights.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

We booked a night at Momchailai on the 24th April as a part of our ANZAC tour with Joe (Thailand Attraction Tours) which by the way was so bloody good I would like to yell from the roof tops for anyone that wants or needs transport whilst in Bangkok, contact me and I'll give your Joe's details.

In retrospect, we should have stuck to the accommodation that was part of the tour but I wanted to stay at a forest retreat - silly me,

Mom Chailai Forest Retreat has unfortunately been let slip quite a bit over the years. There were insects in our room by the millions. We might as well have been sleeping in a tent.

We asked for a kettle because one was not provided in the room. Nor were cups or things to make a coffee with. OMG!!!!! These are very basic amenities.

On the upside, all of the furniture was hand carved and absolutely beautiful as you will see in the photo's. The service was excellent and the food was very nice. We were the only guests the hotel had on that night.

It was definately an adventure and an experience evoking memories I won't forget in a hurry.

Room Tip: If looking for this hotel, it is set a really long way off the main road.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

We were the only guest when we went. It was weekday. The place was a hidden gem. Especially loved the fresh- water pool in the jungle. Well-maintained, clean pool with warm water from the always running natural spring. A forest retreat definitely. However, it was rather hard to find. Rooms need refurbishment. Beware no amenities nearby. But lovely memories all and all.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

Upon arriving to this breathtaking, hidden gem amongst the trees, we learnt that this resort typically caters to Thai guests, but I must say, it was above and beyond our western expectations... It was truely magical! The villas are natural with a lot of wood used in the furnishings and building. The beautiful 'outdoor' feeling shower and bathroom complimented the ambience perfectly (if you don't mind a spider or two in amongst the rocks)! Wynn the English speaking Thai on reception was worth his weight in gold. As I mentioned, this resort typically caters to Thai guests and therefore their menu is quite limited in meal options, but in saying that Wynn happily took our meal requests an had the staff buy the neccessary ingredients so the chef could prepare them for us the next day!!! Now who could complain about that?!! The resort setting its self is nothing short of heavenly, with thick, lush, green jungle, a cliff view overlooking the river and a waterfall and many hidden treasures amonst the trails, like the WWII Japanese Oven near the inviting natural mineral pool on the grounds. Just spectacular! It is a little way from Kanchanaburi however (about an hours drive) so hiring a car is strongly recommended, but if you'd prefer the resort offers many tours to nearby attractions at very reasonable prices. A real slice of heaven!

Room Tip: We stayed in the waterfalls 5 villa (1QB & 1SB studio with private outdoor lounge and verandah...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Glenview, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 April 2011

We planned our own travels through South East Asia, and felt so delighted with our choice of Mom Chailai. It was my husband's birthday on the day we arrived, and I was proud and happy of the choice I had made for my nature-loving husband. The setting is astoundingly beautiful, with stands of bamboo, unusual varieties of palms, and wood and boulder sculptures interspersed around the grounds in an aesthetically pleasing manner. We felt personally supported by the entire staff. and when we left, felt we left friends...the manager who personally cared for us and helped us by taking us on our excursions, to the kitchen staff who made every meal with tasteful typical choices. We loved our lodging, with its well air-conditioned bedroom with beautiful wood sculptures for bedstand and table, and the bath which included a shower with natural plants and trees. The mineral fed pool and fish spa were so soothing, since we chose to travel in late February, and the days were warm. This place has been planned, seeded, and groomed by Mom Chailai from the days of her childhood. We had the privilege of meeting her and her spouse who spent a night there with us. The vision of this woman from long ago is beautifully realized in this retreat setting. It is about 60 km north of Kanchanaburi, so one has to take a "taxi" truck to get there, but there is also a bus. Within reach of other beautiful natural wonders, such as the Erewan Waterfalls, we enjoyed both staying in retreat in the resort above the river, and spending a day in town exploring the history of the Bridge of the River Kwai. We smile to remember our delight of these days in Thailand, so different than the city centers we also enjoyed which had totally different offerings to these travelors from Chicagoland..

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mom Chailai Forest Retreat

Property: Mom Chailai Forest Retreat
Address: 291 Moo 4,Tha Sao | Saiyok, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Kanchanaburi Province > Kanchanaburi
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #47 of 80 Hotels in Kanchanaburi
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,500 - ₹ 4,615
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mom Chailai Forest Retreat 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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