Suan Phung, Ratchaburi - Candles Galore and Tree House Resort

I should be posting this trip a while back, but procrastination got the better of me and I ended up waiting a few months later to post this.

Oh well, better late than never.

Anyway, this time, again, I flew back to explore my beautiful Thailand.

kl - bangkok

And this was way before all those riots came about just so you know.

It was sad to hear those news happening, seeing photos of my favourite places burning down and being destroyed. It was disheartening but I wished Thailand every bit of its luck to gain back its glory days.

I love Bangkok. It's one of my favourite cities in the world.


The country excels in Hospitality like no other country in the world, perhaps other than Japan.


And really friendly people.

richard and director 2
even the director and marketing manager of TAT Malaysia are super down-to-earth

It offers culture (and modernity),

trio dancing to wayang

carving out

it offers food

most importantly it offers pork, everywhere.

and shopping experience like none other in this region, or even most part of the world.

It's a country I would gladly migrate to if I speak its language.

But this time, I'm not going to talk about Bangkok.

This time, I am going to bring you off-track. To the unbeaten road.

bangkok to suan phung

Like I always said, there are so many amazing places in Thailand that even people who travel for years in Thailand could never fully explore the country.

Let's get unconventional and allow me to bring you to Ratchaburi, a province slightly to the west of Bangkok city.


I don't know how to describe to you what is there in Suan Phung, but it's like an uncharted paradise known only to the locals. I intend to head back there this year. It's utterly beautiful.

In fact, I am going to dedicate a few posts specially to my other very special stay in Suan Phung in the posts after this journey. But for now, let's focus on this trip.


There are a number of quirky restaurants and shops that were worth visiting in Suan Phung, places that worth re-visiting again and again.

entrance to restaurant

One of them was this restaurant of which name I have no idea of (it's in Thai), but just enquire the local hoteliers about a restaurant that's opposite the candle shop (will talk about that in a bit) and you should be led here.

me sitting on wooden bench

First thing first, the place was eco-friendly, traditional, and romantic.

love candle light

The whole place was surrounded by plants and ponds and stones, things oddly placed, messy items cluttering around but yet in a way that's rather harmonious.

buddha deco

hanging light

Then there were the food. Old-school,

rice in old fashion metal bowl

authentically local,


and with a touch of nature.

long drink dates in ice cold drink
ice cold drink

Best part was, every customer gets to bring back his/her own bamboo cup as long as they ordered this drink, which was awesomely nice. Tasted like sweet dates with sour plum and yet like nothing I've ever tasted before.

bringing in bamboos

The bamboo were freshly chopped everyday so you'd always be ensured a new cup every time you order.

My favourite has to be the coconut ice cream in bamboo cup, with bamboo carved spoon.

ice cream in bamboo ice cream and other fruits

Right after your lunch, walk across the restaurant and you'll come to this wooden shed with a really eco-zen entrance.

candle shop

Where you'd find the most wondrous colorful array of candles display. E.V.E.R.

lots of candles

colorful candles

Rows upon rows of candles bursting with colors of rainbow arranged neatly on every shelf. This shop made me realized I could have a addiction to collecting candles.

house candles

Which could possibly explain why I have probably gazillion candles of all shapes and sizes and colors and countries at home (KL and Melaka).


blue small candles

purple candles
I bought at least there of these

They were ridiculously cheap, seeing that it's the factory where they mass-produced these candles.

burning candle

I still ended up spending more than a couple of thousand baht in the shop alone.

In fact, if the owner is in, make sure you get him to let you try out the candle workshop to create your very own candle.

colorful wax

Choose your favourite color and with a friend/partner, make a candle under their instruction.

This might come as a shock, but never did I know that with just ice and wax, you can churn out such a creative block of candle!

creative candle
I made this. *proud*

my creative candle
And it's mine to take home. For free! (probably because I already spent so much at the shop)

The next time I step foot in that shop again, I'll probably wipe the whole shop clean.

After lunch, we left the restaurant and the candle shop and visited a conservatory area where the Princess of Thailand carried out many of her projects.

thailand princess

Like platforms to convert sun light into energy and electricity, reserved parks and this really unique green house that's built to .... well... product preserved banana snacks.

green house

To sell.

sun dried banana

The project not only created new product for the export industry, used green concept in production, it also created employments for many workers.

Now why can't we have royalties like that?

sweet sun dried banana

Anyone up for sweet preserved bananas? :D

Now before I end this post, leave this place and move on to the next destination on the map, I want to talk a bit about Suan Phung.

The first thing you'd realized when you're driven into Suan Phung, apart from the shrubs and trees everywhere, you'd find the place is swamped with resorts and villas.

Like I said, it's a weekend holiday destination for a lot of the locals, and just local tourists alone is enough to suffice the tourism industry.

eco resort

I'd go into more details on a few villas available here and how creative some of them can be (in fact most of them are pretty unique), but let me just take ONE resort to talk about here.

I don't really remember the name of this eco-resort, and if you can find it out, let me know, but I was deeply intrigued by the center piece of the resort.

tree house

A tree house!!

And not just any tree house. It's one of their hotel rooms!

Climb up the stairs,

steps down tree house

And you'd find yourself facing a double bed enclosed by windows overlooking the surroundings of the resort.

bedroom of treehouse

It's so totally romantic it's almost cute.

And if you need, there's a little lcd tv attached on the wall next to the bed.

TV in tree house

Next to the tree house was a pond, and a bridge.


It'd almost make your feel like sleeping in a fairyland.

Surrounded by wooden chalets with different designs and oddly painted doors.

creative house

mail box

Two items I found my favourite in my room:

A tissue box, made of wood.

wooden tissue box


a torch light holder.

torch light holder

Made of bamboo (which also acts as hangers)

Hahaha! Brilliant!!


8 kissed Nicole

  1. That canteen takes me back to my childhood.

  2. I love the places you visit Nicole. That tree house is awesome :) One day I would love to be there :)

  3. Nice hidden gem of a place. Thanks for writing about it.

  4. Hmm. U went with Richard. Nice place

  5. Resort is called Buawattana.

  6. I just returned from Suan Phung last week. This place is awesome. We stayed at The Scenery Resort & Farm. Went resort hopping, waterfall, hot stream, candle shop... We had our best get-a-way.

  7. It's lovely too see that you have found another place to explore near Bangkok! We are also thinking of exploring Suan Pheung with the kids soon, after reading this article covering some kids-friendly Suan Pheung resorts - More to explore base on your list!