The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 16: Baan Kratig

Join Thor and me for the next leg of your virtual Thailand vacation, the coastal getaway lodge of Baan Kratig with snorkeling right off the beach.

NOTE: “And now for something completely different.” Thor and I made our first trip to Asia — the beautiful country of Thailand.  We were lucky to squeak through the pandemic flight closures in January/February of 2020 as we returned from our three-week trip. Since more travel has now become a distant prospect, we hope you’ll take a virtual vacation with us in the following weeks. (This blog series started on June 13.)

Having wisely decided that our hair-raising drives on the crowded island of Koh Samui was the last time we would rent a car in Thailand, Thor and I were pondering options to travel from Our Jungle House (see previous posts) to Phuket farther south. Our hosts at the lodge simply ordered a van and driver to take us on the 4-hour jaunt, and it cost less than train and bus tickets would have run. We love how easy the sweet Thai people make things for travelers!

Our drive took us from virgin jungle through some crowded towns and the usual tangled traffic jams, and we were starting to wonder if we would achieve our desire to keep escaping the “madding crowds.” Past another packed cove and beach, we suddenly climbed into the wooded hillside and passed gates into the beautiful-sited complex of Baan Kratig.

Once again we were surprised at the luxury our reasonably-priced reservations had delivered. We had a gorgeous room and deck right above a pocket cove with direct access to the shallow corals we’d been hoping to snorkel.

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The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 16: Baan Kratig — 4 Comments

  1. Wow, what a gorgeous site! The design of the cabin is lovely, though the art deco styling seemed a bit out of place. But still lovely.

    I watched the vid. Everything underwater is interesting, though it did look like “Smoggy days” undersea!

    • Thanks again, Sherwood! Yes, we experienced a range of styles, for sure. We never did find easily accessible, clear seas the travel books talk about, though our 2-hour boat trip off Koh Samui took us into that realm in the marine park. We loved Baan Kratig because we could just walk down to the cove, put on our gear, and were immediately into beautiful coral and fish.