Sripakpra Andacura Boutique Resort in Phatthalung is a lovely two-part resort, standing on stilts over water connected by a series of raised wooden walkways with rooms and villas overlooking Songkhla Lake — the largest natural lake in Thailand. Besides being a 5-star boutique resort perfect for a romantic getaway, the popular onsite restaurant overlooking the traditional fishing nets in the lake, and the nearby Thale Noi with millions of Lotus flowers attracts visitors from all over the country — but you won’t see many foreign tourists here. Below is our stay in pictures.
We stayed in a gorgeous villa with a thatched leaf palm roof and dark wood floors wonderfully polished. The bed was comfortable and equipped with a mosquito net. The bathroom blended in with the nature with its windows, and the cherry on the top was the wooden terrace with sweeping views over the lake. While standard room rates start from around $75, we paid $120 for a standard villa.
View over the lake and the traditional bamboo square dipping nets from the terrace of our villa (villa #5).
The bathroom with windows by both the shower and the toilet gives you the feeling of being in the middle of nature. (Don’t worry, you can pull down a blind if you prefer to crap in privacy.)
After packing up, we hit the pool via some wooden walkways at the other part of the resort a one-minute drive away.
I absolutely loved the infinity pool overlooking the huge lake with a pool bar right next to you: I’ll have a mojito, thank you!
A little later in the evening, we went to the restaurant and when we saw framed pictures hanging on the wall of famous food TV personalities during their visit here we understood that this place could be something special.
The restaurant’s outdoor deck was completely packed which is why you should book a table in advance. There is a fishing net attached to the deck, and you’re welcome to give it a dip — whatever you catch, the kitchen will cook it for you.
A couple of nice drinks while looking at the menu.
I was the only ‘farang’ around and loved the authentic Thai atmosphere filled with music and aromatic smells.
Usually, we order several dishes and eat them together, but my wife craved for a spicy southern-style curry with river snails which I’m not a huge fan of so I ordered a mild, steamed seafood curry served inside a coconut. Delicious!
Do not forget to set the alarm the next morning. The sunrise is magical and is best observed from the deck of the restaurant. Some prefer to take a boat trip to see the fishers in action close up.
Short after sunrise, I took my drone for a ride over the lake, but for some strange reason, the bird thought it was a good idea to go down for landing in the water. The resort staff called a fisher who brought us out to try to recover the drone from the bottom of the lake. Without success, he took us back to the deck to later go out himself with a net — this time with success. But even though the drone started up like normal with its usual sound and flashing LED lights, the propeller engines didn’t want to start. It was kaput.
The resort offers free bicycles and can arrange longtail boat trips to go birdwatching in Thale Noi, but if you have your own vehicle, I recommend driving the 15 minutes it takes to get there and then grab a boat from there. Come here around 8:00 in the morning when the lotus flowers are in full bloom; after 10:00, they’re fully closed.
After spending an hour on Thale Noi, we went back to the resort to eat breakfast before closing at 10:00. It was perhaps not the most exciting breakfast buffet, but it fulfilled its purpose of filling our stomachs before heading back to Krabi. Overall a lovely stay and I highly recommend it to anybody traveling in southern Thailand.
How to get there
Phatthalung is located 1 hour from Trang and 3 hours from Krabi, both reachable by air from Bangkok. While the resort can arrange a taxi to pick up guests at the Phattalung bus station, it’s recommended coming here with your own vehicle.