A lot of thought and planning went into choosing the right location for Anurak Lodge. Situated on the edge of Khao Sok National Park in Thailand’s southern Surat Thani Province, we opened our doors in early 2016, but the concept for our Anurak Lodge eco-retreat began to take shape at least two years before the foundations for our first Khao Sok bungalow were even laid.
It was our motivation to fill a niche in the market that spurred us on to build Anurak Lodge and meet a growing demand for outdoor eco-friendly adventures, aimed at those with a love and appreciation of nature. Khao Sok National Park was of course a natural choice to build an Anurak eco-lodge. Its pristine biodiversity and natural beauty make it a popular place for both Thai holiday makers and foreign visitors alike, looking for a truly peaceful retreat. However, we wanted to find a location that would not be too close to the already built up entrance of Khao Sok National Park – one that would be set apart from other hotels and resorts – away from traffic, ATM’s, 7-Elevens, and the hubbub of night entertainment.
In addition, although the location was in a beautifully isolated spot, it was still close enough to the main highway to ensure that guests would be within an easy drive from Surat Thani International Airport, while visitors coming from destinations like Krabi or Phuket in the south would be able to reach Anurak easily by road. Construction of our Khao Sok bungalows got underway, but not at the Anurak site itself. To ensure we would leave as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible all our Khao Sok bungalows were designed and made from light prefabricated materials in Bangkok, and then the parts were transported to the site where they were assembled. This meant that they would be easy to maintain and also allow us to avoid using hardwoods, thereby demonstrating our dedication to practical conservation.
From the time of acquiring the Anurak site in early 2015, things began to move quickly. Planning and construction of our Khao Sok bungalows and restaurant buildings was all completed within a year, so by the beginning of 2016, we were ready to open our doors. We currently have 12 bungalows with a combined 18 rooms, but our spacious gardens means that, if necessary, we could increase that number in the future. All our Khao Sok bungalows are designed with high, joglo-style Javanese roofs, reflecting the shape of the towering rock formations in Khao Sok National Park.