Pagoda Rocks - quiet little haven
Posted Jun 26, 2013
We really enjoyed our stay here away from the city up in a rainforest. The night we arrived there was a huge monsoon rain storm so the ride to the top of the hill on a Tuk Tuk was an adventure all on its own. We imagined having to drag our bags up a steep hill! So if you can ask to be met. English is limited for staff but we got by. The room was clean and the atmosphere delightful. Rooms were clean and bed comfortable. More. Homestay level than city hotel thanbut we liked it. Food menu is limited . There is a monastery above Pagoda rocks and they had a special celebration on so there was chanting at various times. Not as annoying as drum and base which we had at the last place! We wanted to have a look round the region so they organised a driver for us - Sam- who turned out to be their young owner - his English was very good - not surprising as he had spent his teenage years in New Zealand and had lived not far from us. We saw monkeys, water buffalo, beaches and rice fields and had coffee with the locals. The region is not as the tourist guides paint it - it is a bit underdeveloped and grubby. Admittedly it was the off season. We went by mini bus. Driving there is an experience ! If you do take the bus try to get rows 2,3,or 4 there is a wheel hump further back - awful! Take water for travel.