Inspired by the biblical Mount Sinai in Egypt, Z9 (Zinine) Resort in Kanchanaburi similarly want to present the peaceful shelter with the philosophy: Recharge your life energy, renew your spirit. And that is what this place is all about — getting away from it all for a weekend and just enjoy the calm surroundings.
Z9 Resort is a floating resort located in a remote area at Srinakarin Lake’s southern end 20 km north of Erawan National Park, and we decided to stay here with the aim of visiting the beautiful Erawan Waterfall the next morning. We went here with our friends from Bangkok, not only because it’s a tradition to meet once a year, but also to celebrate that two of them are getting married in May.
Completed its unique design building in 2017, awarded for its hospitality in 2018, and known for being eco-friendly, Z9 Resort is really something else!
Below are some of the pictures I took during our stay in early March.
View over the northern part of the floating resort from up the restaurant and lobby area with some stairs taking you down to the deck.
A staff member carrying our bags (we always tip those gentlemen) with my wife behind, excited to check out our room in the southern part. Is there a better feeling than walking on a wooden pier along the water?
We booked a small but nice room called ‘South the scene’ with all amenities and a private deck overlooking the lake and mountains. With breakfast and kayaking included, we paid 4,800 baht. There are also rooms, twice the size, called ‘Escape North’ allowing three guests with rates starting from 6,600 baht (8,800 baht on weekends). With only 15 floating houses and prices above normal Thai standards, this is quite a luxury retreat.
Three lovely Thai ladies and friends since a young age when studying traditional Thai dance in Nakhon Si Thammarat. If you have been following me, you know that the sunglass-wearing girl is my wife.
Fun things to do at the resort include kayaking and jet skiing on the lake.
A Lamborghini Quadski (Quad bike + jet ski)! Who’s with me?
I took my bird for a ride after asking the staff if it was OK to fly a drone. As you can see, there are two rooms in each floating house in the southern part of the resort. In the northern part, each house has one room twice the size. Totally 15 houses and 20 rooms.
There is a floating deck between the north and south where the staff put out bean bags in the evening allowing guests to relax in comfort. Look at the view!
At night we had some lovely dinner at the resort’s restaurant with the soon-to-be-married couple in the middle. I noticed that I was the only Western tourist around amongst holidaying Thais.
River prawns Thai style. Delicious!
After dinner, we continued the party at one of our room’s deck. The lake was incredibly calm with no wind whatsoever and nearly 30 degrees Celsius despite the late hour. The girls spoke Thai with lots of laughs while my Korean New Zealander friend and I had our own talk. If you need ice, just call the room service.
Unfortunately, my wife and I slept too good and missed the beautiful sunrise over those mountains, which our friends woke up to witness.
A morning picture before heading up to the restaurant for some breakfast. Observe the dry trees in the background; it hadn’t rained for months. I would love to see this place after the rain season with the lush forest being all green.
I’m a breakfast guy and love those huge buffets you can munch on at big hotels. Z9 is a small resort and cover just the most basic things. But they had Thai food like green curry which my wife appreciated.
Watermelon and pineapple over a bed of ice.
After breakfast, some more picture taking and checking out, we drove to Erawan Waterfall which I will blog about soon.
How to get to Z9 Resort
Getting to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok is not a problem. But getting to the resort is more tricky, and I think you need a car (and Google Maps). If you’re not able to rent a car as we did, call the resort and ask if they can arrange a driver for you.
Phone: +66 63 239 4459
Directions from the town of Kanchanaburi to Z9 Resort.
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