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Sawasdee khrap! Greetings from Phu View Hideaway where life is nice and easy.


“My name is Tan, and I look forward to welcoming you, cooking for you, and making your visit very special.


The charming Phu View Hideaway with mountain views and romantic rooms is in a friendly, Sisaket village near Pha Mo E Daeng.


The Hideaway consists of a cluster of traditional buildings including a two-story wing with views of the mountains, a Lanna-style bungalow, a shady sala next to a tinkling fountain, cool patios for outdoor relaxing and dining under the trees, an informal dining room, and an off-street, lockable parking lot. Trees and flowers are everywhere and there is free WiFi throughout.


“For traveling executives, the desk provides plenty of room for a laptop. You can see the entrance to Wat Ban Yao across the street.

“The artwork is valuable, twentieth-century, fine-art photography.

“The view out the Cottage door and across the patio to the dining room.

“The cottage and dining room share a cool patio and lush garden for outdoor relaxing and dining under the trees.

“The dining room, Somtum Inter, is informal in keeping with the spirit of rural Isaan.













“The meals are “Nice n’ Easy” Thai specialties ranging from tangy Samet-style to fiery Isaan varieties, including fresh fish and vegetables from today’s village market. We also offer several, delicious international dishes. 

“We have an off-street, lockable, paved parking lot.



“As the only overnight guests, you will enjoy complete privacy, peace, and quiet until the village wakes up in the morning and the farmers “tuk-tuk” along our street to their paddies and plantations.





“The village is charming with long vistas of green fields, dark forests, and distant mountains.












Isaan is the orange section above. It is bordered by Laos on the north and east, and by Cambodia on the south.


Our village – Ban Thung Yao, is the green dot ● due north of Siem Reap in Cambodia, just over the Thai/Cambodian border approximately halfway between Khorat/Nakhon Ratchasima (more commonly known as Korat) in the northwest and Ubon Ratchathani (our nearest international airport) in the northeast.


Korat is at the western edge of the Korat Plateau. Historically, it once marked the boundary between Lao and Siamese territory. It is the gateway to the Lao-speaking northeast - Isaan.


Ubon Ratchathani is one of the four major cities of Isaan - Khorat/Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen. Ubon is best known for its annual Candle Festival, held in July.


Moo 4 (Ban Thung Yao) is one of 12 muban (villages) that make up the Tambon (sub-district) of Lalai. Lalai has a population of 7586.


Ban Thung Yao is approximately 300 miles (500 km) due east of Bangkok.


Getting here…


Due to the good roads, it is an easy drive from almost anywhere in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, or Thailand. Driving Directions are below.


If you are arriving by plane to the Ubon Ratchathani Airport and haven’t arranged for a car, call either of the following two taxis at the airport:
Taxi No. 175 – Khun Tee – 086-244-0002 or 061-948-5754, or
Taxi No. 248 – Khun Pairoat, 096-034-7753.
Both drivers have been to Somtum Inter.


Our village is an 80-minute drive southwest from the Ubon Ratchathani airport.


There is also a comfortable, executive bus whose 6-hour trip from Bangkok directly to our nearest town - Kantharalak - will give you a fascinating look at the country.

Ban Thung Yao is a 20-minute drive southwest from Kantharalak on Route 2335.


Driving Directions:


Our address:


288 Moo 4 (the street number)
Ban Thung Yao (the village)
La Lai (the district)
Kantharalak (the county)
Si Sa Ket (the province), Thailand 33110
Mobile (Thai language): Tan Sitthiphan – 087-050-6661
Email: eglcarter@yahoo.com


The exact location of Phu View Hideaway is:
Latitude: 14.5077450 or 14 degrees, 30 min., 27.88 sec. North.
Longitude: 104.5782709 or 104 degrees, 34 min., 41.78 sec. East.


Take route 2178 out of Ubon Ratchathani, after 42 km turn left onto Route 2085 and follow into Kantharalak. Turn right on the main street and go until you see the tall, white, Chedi, several blocks down on the left. Turn left before the Chedi and, when you can, turn left onto another main road which is Route 221, head south in the direction of Preah Vihern. Check your odometer, now.


At just under 5 km from Kantharalak, off a long, straight section, turn Right onto Route 2126 toward Khun Han and Ban Thung Yao (no sign). (It is approximately 16 km from this turn to Ban Thung Yao.)


Go through Mueang and Rung, and a large reservoir on both sides of the road.

At 10 km after joining 2126, you will pass a school on your left, and come up to a stop sign. Turn right onto Route 2335 (no sign) and continue about 6 km.


After a very small village, as you pass a school with a large schoolyard on the left (Ban Thung Yao Kham Proi School), slow down to walking pace. You are in Ban Thung Yao. The second building on the left is Phu View Hideaway. (A two-story building next to a dark-roofed one-story building with trees in front; next to a small, white building with a fancy, Lanna roof.) You will find Khun Tan inside - 087-050-6661


Directly across the road, on the right as you approach from Kantharalak, is the entrance to Wat Thung Yao - do not drive in. Park in front of Phu View Hideaway and ring the doorbell. 


Highlights of Phu View Hideaway

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Dateline: May 16, 2018; Ban Thung Yao, Isaan

TOP JOURNALIST VISITS


Alan S. Brown, a highly respected journalist who lives most of the year in Pattaya, Thailand, lunched at Somtum Inter today. He was amazed at the quality and value of his multi-course luncheon.

Mr. Brown, and Akharaphat (Tan) Sitthiphan

"Khun Tan may call it "Nice 'n Easy," but the decor, the cuisine, and especially the romantic cottage in the garden, are world-class chic, cosmopolitan, and very, very comfortable."



Experience the heart and soul of Thailand…


While tourism has ravaged much of Thailand, Isaan – the northeast corner of the Kingdom - is untouched, especially our province of Si Sa Ket. This ranging region is as it has always been – idyllic, bucolic, rustic, and calm.


Our village of Ban Thung Yao is typical of Si Sa Ket. While on a modern road, it is a remote, pastoral village surrounded by bright green rice paddies, stands of dark rubber trees, clusters of heavy cattle, troops of water buffalo, and primitive, wooden houses filled with grinning families.


It is a village of sights and sounds…


Sights…


Lining the lanes are bright orange marigolds, deep green Elephant Ears, tall swaying palms, yellow and white plumes of Plumeria trees, and the golden rains of the Ratchaphruek - Thailand’s national flower that bursts into bloom at the end of the cool season.


Known as the flower of Buddhism and an important religious symbol, the Lotus can be found in ponds, rivers, lakes, and large, water-filled urns all around the nation. It is especially common here in Isaan. Here is one from our garden…


Our gardens are full of orchids - there are more than 1,000 different species in the country. Indeed, Thailand has the most orchids of any country in Southeast Asia.
This from our garden…

The Mangrove Trumpet Tree, also known as Tui, has white flowers on long stems. The fluted appearance makes it look somewhat like a trumpet, hence its name...

Often associated with the tropics, the Hibiscus flower is very common here.

The lovely, purple Krachiao flower, also known as the Siamese tulip, bursts into color at the start of the rainy season. One of the best places to see flower-filled fields stretching for as far as the eye can see is here in Isaan.

In the evening, our gardens are filled with the enticingly sweet aroma of Jasmine; it is the symbol of Mother’s Day in Thailand.

And here, growing in the garden of Phu View Hideaway, is the most unusual Mayom or Gooseberry tree. We eat the fruit right off the tree with salt and pepper. Tart and tasty, it is an ingredient in Somtum – our famous, spicy, green papaya salad.

More from our gardens…

Come visit us and experience them all for yourself. We’d love to welcome you.


A Special Note from Khun Tan:


Please read all the details VERY carefully. My guests consistently give me and my team nearly 10 out of 10 because we try very hard to make you COMPLETELY satisfied.



Phu View Hideaway is a very small place with a very big heart - I have only three rooms. Therefore, if you decide to come and stay, and I hope you will, I and my staff will be waiting JUST FOR YOU. We will turn down your bed, turn on your air conditioner, and will wait for you until 6 PM.



A word of caution: If you have not arrived by 6 PM and have not telephoned to tell us when to expect you, we will assume you are not coming, and we will close the hotel for the night. Call me at 087-050-6661.



Therefore, you MUST provide your telephone number when you make your booking, and you MUST provide the time you expect to arrive. Please.



I am looking forward to welcoming you.



Very best wishes,
Tan


To make a booking,


Telephone Khun Tan in Thailand - +66-87-050-6661


or

Sounds - the sounds of the village are as magic as the sights…


In the morning, the farming families are up before dawn. The roosters herald the new day, wives chop wood to prepare breakfasts, and tuk-tuks chug off to the farms.


If you’re lucky, some mornings, around 6 am, music comes over the village loudspeakers signaling the village headman’s announcements… it doesn’t last long, and we usually go back to sleep.


During the day, most folks are in the fields and forests, and the village is quiet. It comes back to life in the evening… the farmers and the monks produce a special atmosphere.


Some evenings, when there is news to share, it's fun to hear the “D.J.” Headman’s broadcasts. Preceded by a few minutes of music that gets everyone’s attention, the farming and weather news last only a few minutes. Bonding the villagers, this long tradition is followed all over Isaan.


We and our guests support Wat Thung Yao, our local temple, and each evening for about an hour, the monks respond by filling the air with traditional music and melodious chanting. The experience is moving and very special.


Then the sounds are of the tinkle of glasses toasting the sunset and stories and laughter and... memories that will last forever.



Where exactly are we?


The exact location of Phu View Hideaway is:
Latitude: 14.5077450 or 14 degrees, 30 min., 27.88 sec. North.
Longitude: 104.5782709 or 104 degrees, 34 min., 41.78 sec. East.


See the following map… 


Because most of our guests like to get up early to visit Pha Mo E Daeng and have breakfast near there, we do not include breakfast in the room rate. On the other hand, we will be happy to make whatever breakfast you choose from our menu. Our cooked-to-order breakfasts can be almost anything you want... here are fried eggs with bacon, ham, sausage, croissant, toast, butter, and jam.

"And here is an omelet with bacon, ham, sausage, croissant, toast, butter, and jam.

“And here is a stack of pancakes with lots of butter and Maple Syrup.


"Of course, breakfast can be accompanied by orange juice and many varieties of freshly ground coffee.

(A graduate of Bangkok's famous Bartender Course School, Khun Tan is also a master of exotic drinks!) 




"Phu View Hideaway  is in Sisaket Province in Northeast Thailand, a territory commonly referred to as Isaan - an undiscovered region of verdant rice paddies, shiny rubber plantations, splashing waterfalls, and ancient ruins. It is as it has always been – idyllic, bucolic, rustic, and calm.


"The nearest international airport is Ubon Ratchathani, an hour’s flight from Bangkok. There is also a comfortable, executive bus whose 6-hour trip from Bangkok directly to the city of Kantharalak will give you a fascinating look at the country. Ban Thung Yao is an 80-minute drive southwest from Ubon Ratchathani and 25 minutes southwest of Kantharalak on Route 2335. We can send you Driving Directions.

"Our village is typical of Isaan - while on a modern road, it is remote and pastoral with clusters of heavy cattle, troops of water buffalo, and primitive, wooden houses filled with grinning families. There is an interesting temple, Wat Thung Yao, immediately across the street from Phu View Hideaway.


"After your marvelous breakfast, while the patio and garden await, there is much to do - you’re free to sun, walk the village, or visit the temple. You can have lunch at Somtum Inter and then you have many options… long-tail boating on the nearby lake; bargaining at the village market; and luxuriating with a traditional Thai or oil massage in the privacy of our massage room by a licensed masseuse.


"Some evenings, when there is news to share, it's fun to hear the “D.J.” Headman’s broadcasts. Preceded by a few minutes of music that gets everyone’s attention, the farming and weather news last only a few minutes. Bonding the villagers, this long tradition is followed all over Isaan.


"We and our guests support Wat Thung Yao, our local temple, and each evening for about an hour, the monks respond by filling the air with traditional music and melodious chanting. The experience is moving and very special.


Then, under a tree in the garden, the sounds are of the splashing fountain and tinkle of glasses toasting the sunset and stories and laughter... memories that will last forever.

“Then it’s time for dinner… 

"and another blissful day winds down under the stars.

The Cottage (one queen bed) is THB 1199, Sweet Dreams (one queen bed) is THB 899, and Mountain View (two queen beds) is THB 1899  per night, including taxes. Towels, linens, and basic toiletries are provided. 


The Restaurant is equally reasonable; for example, an American breakfast is only THB 180 (approximately US$5.50) per person.


A Special Note from Khun Tan:


Please read all the details VERY carefully. My guests consistently give me and my team nearly 10 out of 10 because we try very hard to make you COMPLETELY satisfied.


Phu View Hideaway is a very small place with a very big heart - I have only three rooms, therefore, if you decide to come and stay, and I hope you will, I and my staff will be waiting JUST FOR YOU. 


A word of caution: If you have not arrived by 6 PM and have not telephoned to tell us when to expect you, we will assume you are not coming, and we will close the hotel for the night. Call me at 087-050-6661.


Therefore, you MUST provide your telephone number when you make your booking, and you MUST provide the time you expect to arrive. Please.


I am looking forward to welcoming you.


Very best wishes,
Tan


Make a booking by calling Khun Tan at +66 87 050 6661 or

click the button below.

“Sawasdee khrap! Hello! My son, Opor, and I are so happy to welcome you!!”




Things to do:
While our decks, patios, and gardens at the hideaway are yours to enjoy, there is much to do in the neighborhood and we’d love to help arrange visits to our village market, the local lake, waterfalls, and nearby historic sites.


Pha Mo E Daeng, one of Isaan’s most popular attractions is in the Khao Phra Wihan National Park - less than a twenty-minute drive from our village. It is a cliff overlooking the famous Phra Vihear temple ruins and has amazing views of the Cambodian plains beyond. In fact, most of our guests drive from all over Thailand to see the morning mist from Pha Mo E Daeng. “The experience is not to be mist!" 

A note about Somtum. Somtum is the original style of papaya salad as prepared in Isaan. An abundance of fresh ingredients is ever-present in Thai cuisine. The most popular Thai dish that showcases fresh vegetables is som tum Thai or green papaya salad. Som tum Thai is a fantastic raw Thai salad often made of shredded unripe papaya, sliced tomatoes, raw yard-long beans, peanuts, dried mini shrimp, and fresh garlic. Sometimes there are shreds of carrots and green or purple cabbage to add a pop of color. A sweet, salty, tangy sauce made of sugar, lime juice, and fish sauce completes the dish.


Of course, Khun Tan is an expert when it comes to Somtum. He often adds Inter-national touches that make it even more special. Thus, Somtum Inter is the name of our dining room!





To make a booking,


Telephone Khun Tan in Thailand - +66-87-050-6661


or click the button below...


Phu View Hideaway is ranked 9.3 out of 10 in Booking.com and 10 out of 10 in Agoda.com...

October 10, 2018


We served a special buffet lunch to some 20 members of a photographic group from Kantharalak last week. Here are two of the photographs from the shoot...

“Towels and basic toiletries are provided free of charge.

Note the Emergency Lights (on the right) that come on automatically if the power goes out.

The ensuite bathroom

I hope to see you soon. Best wishes,

Tan


November 9, 2018 - Great Feedback on Expedia!

Phu View Hideaway

Mountain Views and Romantic Rooms







There are three guest accommodations:


Superior Queen Room - “Sweet Dreams.”
Within the hideaway is “Sweet Dreams” – up the stairs at the north end of the second floor of the new wing (no elevator). With no windows to let in either light or sound, this romantic, queen-bedded nest is designed for complete privacy and deep sleep. “Sweet Dreams” has fine furnishings and comfy bedding, air-conditioning, TV, free WiFi, a mini-fridge, and a private ensuite bathroom with a hot-water shower, towels, and toiletries. There is important artwork on the walls and a private deck where you can sit and enjoy the view. (The living areas occupy eighteen square meters.)

Superior Double Queen Family Room - “Mountain View.”
Within the hideaway is “Mountain View” – a delightful, superior room up the stairs at the south end of the second floor of the new wing (no elevator). Perfect for families, “Mountain View” sleeps four in two queen-size beds, has fine furnishings and comfy bedding, air-conditioning, TV, free WiFi, a mini-fridge, and a private ensuite bathroom with a hot-water shower, towels, and toiletries. There is important artwork on the walls, a big, picture window that faces the Dangrek Mountains, and a deck where you can sit and enjoy the view. (The living areas occupy twenty-six square meters.)

And...


Superior Queen Cottage Room/Bungalow - “The Cottage.”
Within the hideaway is “The Cottage” - a charming, queen-bedded, Lanna-style guesthouse with its own private entrance and patio. With a sitting area and executive desk, “The Cottage” sleeps two and has fine furnishings and comfy bedding, air-conditioning, TV, free WiFi, a mini-fridge, and a private ensuite bathroom with a hot-water shower, towels, and toiletries. (The living areas occupy twenty-one square meters.)