|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Large one bedroom ocean front apartment with large ocean view sun terrace.
Kap Mountain Apartments are located just one hour south east of Pattaya and two and half hours from Bangkok Suvarnabuhmi International Airport . The beautiful Island of Koh Samet is just 30 minutes away by speed boat and perfect for Scuba diving and snorkelling.
Located in a large tropical rainforest overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and with magnificent 180 degree water views from the large outdoor terrace. The apartment is an easy 400m walk to your own private beach . This large one bedroom apartment over two levels is fully air-conditioned and fully self contained including laundry facilities. Queen size bed and quality linen included.
We recently installed a funicular lift which is now fully operational. It allows easy access to our front door via an initial 12 steps to the base station, then walkways from the third lift station to our unit. You can also use the stairs for more direct access: however, there are 81 steps!
Because there are many steep stairs, we do not consider that our property is suitable for young children, people with a disability or the very elderly.
Free fibre optic internet to the unit, flat screen TV,a range of movies and music available.
Relax in the onsite swimming pool or take a short stroll to the beautiful local seafood restaurant just 100m away. The very quiet and peaceful environment makes it the perfect getaway retreat. Daily or weekly cleaning is available for a small additional fee as arranged through Khun Meng our onsite manager. Wang Kaew Gardens is a gated community with 24 hour security. Room service is available from the local seafood restaurant until 4.30pm daily. 10% service charge applies.
We can alsorecommend a private car pickup from Bangkok with direct transfer to Kap's Mountain Apartments with an English speaking driver. Car and scooter hire at competitive rates available through Khun Meng.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE STAIRS THIS PROPERTY IS NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY, YOUNG CHILDREN OR THE VERY ELDERLY. THIS IS DESPITE THE RECENT INSTALLATION OF A FUNICULAR LIFT THAT ALLOWSE ASY ACCESS TO OUR FRONT DOOR.
Whether you choose to use the lift or take the 81 steps to your front door, the breathtaking views are worth the effort.
We had been looking for an Asian home for more than two years and had explored extensively throughout South East Asia. Then in late 2014 we were invited by friends to stay at Kap's Mountain Apartments...and we fell in love with the place. Within weeks we had made an offer, and over the next year we renovated our new home to a standard that pleases us. We plan to spend a lot more time here once our children - who are young adults still studying - are self sufficient. Meanwhile, we are pleased to share this piece of paradise with discerning holidaymakers who value a quality lifestyle lived in a serene and peaceful environment.
Ian and Louise Boardman purchased this apartment in 2014
This is not a party destination. Our neighbours value their solitude and so do we. What we offer is a comfortable apartment renovated to a high standard and set in several hundred acres of national parkland, located in a quiet and so far undiscovered corner of Thailand. Here you walk just a few metres to your own private beach or to your own waterfront restaurant that produces authentic Thai cuisine. Enjoy it all while you may. The big international chains - Novotel and Marriott so far - have arrived and signal a likely quickening of the pace in years to come.
Serenity. Tranquillity. Seclusion when you need it, with low key options for the more active life, for socialising and eating out, only a short distance away. The lovely island of Koh Samet with its turquoise beaches is an easy day trip. The entire area is set up for cycling, with good roads and generally light traffic.
If you crave the fast lane from time to time, Pattaya is an hour's drive away, and Bangkok is 90 minutes beyond that.
Das Apartment liegt in einem großen Regenwaldgebiet direkt am Meer. Es gibt dort mehrere herrlich Sandstrände, die meistens menschenleer sind, da das ganze Gebiet nur von Bewohnern der Apartments oder der Häuser betreten werden darf. Es gibt an der Einfahrt 24 Stunden eine Eingangskontrolle. Man fühlt sich in der Anlage daher sicher. Die Apartments gehören meisten Thais aus Bangkok, die oft nicht anwesend sind. Das Regenwaldgebiet hat ferner etwa 30 kleinere und größere Ferienhäuser, einige direkt am Strand.
Es gibt eine größere Apartmentanlage direkt am Strand. Das von uns gebuchte Apartment liegt wenige Meter vom Strand sehr schön im Wald an einem Hügel.
Das Apartment ist auf europäischem Level, ist sauber und modern eingerichtet. Es verfügt über ein Schlafzimmer mit eigener Dusche und Toilette im Erdgeschoss. Man erreicht das Wohnzimmer über eine Wendeltreppe zum 1. Stock. Dort befindet sich eine weitere Dusche mit Waschmaschine, eine modern eingerichtete Küche, ein extra Schreibtisch, eine großes Sitzgruppe und ein Breitbildfernseher mit Computer und vorinstallierten Filme (wir hatten nicht das geringste Bedürfnis, das auszuprobieren - wir haben lieber die Rundumsicht genossen). Wir hatten unsere eigene Musik dabei (Bluetooth-Lautsprecher). Es gibt einer große Terrasse mit 2 Liegestühlen und einer Tischgruppe. Die Aussicht ist atemberaubend.
Das Apartment ist bzgl. Preis und Leistung kaum zu toppen. Man geht genau 81 Stufen über eine lange Treppe an der Hausseite hoch. Wir sahen das als ein willkommenes kleines Training für die Beine, man neigt in Thailand automatisch dazu, sich eher etwas zu wenig zu bewegen. Die Koffer können über einen am Berg schräg verlaufenden Lift an der anderen Seite des Apartmenthauses bequem hochtransportiert werden - der freundliche Thai-Hausmeister hilft dabei.
Es braucht wie fast überall in Thailand eine eigene Transportmöglichkeit. Wir mieten immer ein Motorrad und kamen damit überall hin, auch zum einkaufen.
Das Apartment ist nicht geeignet für gehbehinderte Menschen, die schlecht Treppen steigen können. Von den Vermietern sind keine Party-People erwünscht - das würde in die ruhige Anlage auch nicht passen. Hierfür gibt es genug Alternativen in Thailand mit bum bum den ganzen Tag.
Der Kontakt in Englisch mit dem freundlichen und akkurat antwortenden australischem Vermieter war angenehm und problemlos. Alles Beschreibungen in seiner Präsentation sind korrekt - eher ein Understatement.
Wang Kaew Gardens National Park, in which Kap's Mountain Apartments are located, is entered through a security gate that is staffed 24 hours a day. The Gardens comprise of a couple of hundred acres of rainforest and sculptured gardens, surrounded by water.
Wang Kaew Gardens has several private beaches easily reached by walking paths that meander throughout the estate. The nearest private beach to our apartment is an easy 400 metre walk.
Even closer than the beach is Wang Kaew's own waterfront restaurant with gorgeous views across the bay. Near to the restaurant is a fishing co-operative from which the colourful and photogenic fishing fleet launches itself each evening. In addition to a mixed Thai-Western breakfast, the restaurant serves delicious Thai lunches and is open until 5pm. Home delivery can be arranged.
The Province of Rayong is known as the food bowl of Thailand - try the fresh fruit, vegetables and abundant seafood. You can buy freshly caught fish from the co-op just metres from your door and cook it yourself.
Additional 1 bedroom apartments in the same complex can be arranged for larger groups, subject to availability.
Minimum of one week rental is preferred, with an absolute minimum period of three nights.
There are a number of local eating places in the villages close by the entrance to Wang Kaew Gardens. Here you will also find a small grocery store that sells beer and other provisions. There is also a part time internet cafe.
Turn right out of Wang Kaew Gardens (towards Mae Phim) and follow the road to more shops and eating places. Turn left towards Ban Phe and follow the road to the Marriott and the turn off to Kim's Restaurant. These are absolute beach-front and in addition to good Thai food, they also offer pedicure, massage and beach activities in season.
You can walk along the beach from Kim's to the two international resorts - the Marriott and the Novotel.
Further afield is Mae Phim, only 6km by local transport, cycle or car from the entrance to Wang Kaew Gardens. At this lovely village fronting a gorgeous 2 km beach, are many seafood restaurants, an excellent coffee shop and our favourite Italian restaurant.
The local roads are well maintained and not busy out of holiday season. It is easy to drive in this part of Thailand. You may wish to hire a cycle or car for part of your stay. Be sure to get an International Driving Permit before you leave home.
An iconic form of transport used by many locals, is a motor scooter with an attached passenger frame large enough for the entire family. These can be hired by anyone confident and skilled enough to ride a motor bike with sidecar - Thai style!
Alternatively, you can hail transport that the locals use from the entrance to Wang Kaew Gardens. These taxi-trucks pass in both directions every 30 minutes during the day. Different taxi-trucks will take you to Mae Phim (6km), Ban Phe (13km in the other direction), or even further to the provincial capital of Rayong. The taxi-trucks use set routes, with different coloured trucks travelling to different destinations.
Coffee shops, restaurants, ATM, bank, supermarket, travel agencies & health centre are all available at Ban Phe 13km away. Ban Phe, which is the port for the 30 minute ferry ride to the beautiful island of Koh Samet, has a famous daily fish market.
An easy day excursion will take you to the lovely island of Koh Samet, which attracts many Bangkok based Thais on weekends and during holiday season, as well as many backpackers and foreign tourists throughout the year. We recommend it.
If you really need a taste of fast paced city life, replete with international restaurants, escorts, a busy beach-front and a bar scene that extends to the early hours, you just need to travel the hour to Pattaya where you will have all this and more. Pattaya is not our "cup of tea", but we have ex-pat friends who have since retired from Pattaya to a quieter life at Wang Kaew, who speak very fondly of the city. There are a number of excellent restaurants with an international reputation.
All in all there is much to do if doing a lot is what you want to do!
Be warned however, Wang Kaew weaves its own magic, and most days all we want to do is to cook our own meals, then sit reading our Kindles while listening to the quiet lapping of the waves from our balcony.
We recommend you bring your own books: we have yet to develop a guest library although there are a few paperbacks in the common room by the swimming pool.
From the apartment you can access free and reliable high speed internet from a shared fibre optic connection.
Cleaning during your stay can be arranged with the onsite manager for a small fee. An exit cleaning fee of THB2500 is payable upon departure.
Private car transfers from the airport can also be arranged for a fee.
|Cleaning Fee THB2500||$75|
We love our Thai home. We hope you will too.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.