Lala Muhka Tented Resort in Khao Yai is the perfect hideaway from the frantic city life. Be surrounded by nature and wilderness while enjoying the modern day comforts and luxury. A 3 hours’ drive away from Thailand’s capital, Khao Yai offers lush mountainous landscapes and rich biodiversity in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also home to Thailand’s third largest and one of the most popular national parks.
LALA MUHKA TENTED RESORT OVERVIEW
Set within the lush tropical landscape on the perimeters of Khao Yai National Park, the Africa Safari tented camp resort blends in seamlessly against its picturesque backdrop. Surrounded by the mountainous landscape of lime stone mountains and tropical forest, this eco-friendly resort features 31 tents and tree houses brings back the childhood camping memories and experience in the comforts of modern amenities like air-conditioning and TV.
Eco-Safari Tent, Deluxe Savanna Tent and Loft Tree House are the three room types that Lala Mukha offers to its guests.
My stay was in the Eco-Safari tent that was set in a cluster tents surrounding a campfire platform. The Eco-Safari Tent share a group of elegantly decorated bathroom equipped with hot showers as well as a changing and dressing area.
The wooden deck terrace at the entrance of the tent provides a comfortable seating area sipping on the morning coffee and enjoying the scenery and the tranquility of the resort grounds at sunrise.
The Eco-Safari Tent, although the smallest in size among the three room types, was well-equipped with a Sofa bed, television, WiFi, Kettle with coffee and tea, air-conditioner, fan, flash light, sandals and insect repellent. A thoughtful gesture by the resort was also to provide hats and umbrella for a day of exploration along with a Safari-design tote bag.
Room 101 was one of the Eco-Safari Tents nearest to the main building and its wooden deck over looks the pond. It was also one to the tents nearer the main building, making the walk back to the tent easier than the rest of the tents as the resort grounds can be quite dim at some areas that has thicker fauna growth. The walk to the shared bathroom facilities really helped to relive my memories of camping during the school days, where we were instructed to always walk in pairs for safety reasons. Of cos the resort grounds is safe from intruders, both animal and mankind, but my travel partner and I still chose to walk together to the bathroom for company.
The Deluxe Savanna Tents and Loft Tree Houses were situated further away into the estate beyond the swimming pool, which divides the land between the Eco-Safari Tents and Deluxe Savanna Tents.
above images credit: Lala Mukha
Lala Muhka’s infinity edge outdoor swimming pool is set by the pond, overlooking the distanced limestone mountains with sun loungers and parasols for your relaxation.
Jars of snacks like cookies and crackers are placed at the bean bag and relaxation area for guests to munch on.
Complimentary breakfast is served at the resort’s only restaurant. And at night they offer a wide selection of authentic Thai & Western delicacies as well as Grill & Roast specialties arranged in an elegant and relaxed ambiance. Diners might even be able to catch the swarm of bats flying out from the nearby mountain against the glowing sunset.
THINGS TO DO
Exploring the nature trails of Khao Yai National Park seem to be the best thing to do when it is just in the backyard of Lala Mukha. The nature trails will bring you through the tropical jungle to bring to you diverse flora and fauna and beautiful landscapes and also the chance of spotting wildlife like wild elephants and hornbills.
There are other attractions around the area that are physically less taxing like vineyard, flower farm and chocolate factory who are looking for other sorts of activities. Families with children will also be glad to learn that there are a number of farms and theme parks around the area to keep the kids entertained whilst learning more about the animals in the farm.
In the evening, a short walk out onto the main road from Lala Muhka, there is a cluster of stalls that sell Thai food out of push carts at really affordable prices. As a non-Thai, you will be greeted with the warm smiles and eager gesturing of the stall owners which more than makes up for our inability to converse in a common language.
BY MINI VAN
Every 30mins there are buses leaving from the bus terminal at Victory Monument Station. It costs 180 baht per pax per way to head to Pak Chong, the nearest town from Lala Muhka. There are many companies to choose from and I think they offer identical service. Due to the high frequency of these vans, there is no need to pre-book your tickets.
Buses to Pak Chong, the closest town to Lala Muhka, leave hourly from Mo Chit Bus Terminal (the northern terminal). Tickets cost about 200 baht one way.
Lala Muhka offers complimentary pick up/drop off between the resort and Pak Chong at 11:00 and 14:00 (2:00 PM) if you can coordinate your bus arrival. Otherwise you can also arrange with the resort for a scheduled pick up at a fee of 250 baht per person.