Phutawan Rafthouse in Thailand


Southern Thailand is full of natural retreats that spark wanderlust – from Avatar-like limestone cliffs and James Bond Island, to black sand beaches

For those of you who are looking for a picturesque hideaway, capsule rooms in a peaceful and nature-filled hidden gem Phutawan Rafthouse on Surathani’s Cheow Lan Lake provides all of that. Plus, it’s only a 3-4 hour ride from Phuket Airport. 

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Packages at this rafthouse hotel start from ฿2,800 (~USD89.75) – the first one includes three meals, kayaking, cave tours, boat tours, and trekking. 

Phutawan Rafthouse: Floating Hotel On Cheow Lan Lake With Personal Decks For A Dreamy VacationImage credit: Hiren Shah

The only way to secure your spot at Phutawan Rafthouse is through liaising with them directly via email, Facebook, or phone call.

Phutawan Rafthouse: Floating Hotel On Cheow Lan Lake With Personal Decks For A Dreamy VacationImage credit: @kfpm_hrbb

Guests will be surrounded by hills, and the natural beauty of Cheow Lan Lake. 

Phutawan Rafthouse: Floating Hotel On Cheow Lan Lake With Personal Decks For A Dreamy VacationImage credit: Kingkoy Ravindwat

You can jump straight into the lake for a swim right from your capsule room, or just casually hang out on the porch.


Choose your own adventure 


Phutawan Rafthouse: Floating Hotel On Cheow Lan Lake With Personal Decks For A Dreamy VacationImage credit: @rose_siripipat 

You can catch views of these misty hills during the day on a boat tour.

Pro tip: book a morning tour so you can enjoy the surreal blanket of misty clouds circling the horizon. 

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The waters are calm here around the rafthouse but can be a bit choppy if you go out further into the lake, so it’s highly recommended to paddle within the perimeters. 

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Relaxing in itself is an adventure, especially when you’re doing it in the middle of a lake among twinkling lights. Evenings at Phutawan Rafthouse are made even more romantic by nature’s sounds and mist coming over the nearby mountains. 


A quieter getaway in Southern Thailand


While adventure-focused resorts are typically in tourist-heavy areas, there are indeed some that are hidden away in Thailand. Thailand is really full of different types of travel destinations to satisfy all types of travel needs – it’s just a matter of browsing and finding the right one for you. 

Phutawan Rafthouse
Address: Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani 84230
Telephone: +66-8-1606-9007 | +66-8-6281-9655
Website | Google Maps

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Cover images adapted from: Hiren Shah (Left), @kfpm_hrbb (Right)

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