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Several weeks ago my girl and I decided to take off for an exploration trip. No agenda, no reservations. We only had 3 days, so I drove South from Jomtien Beach with no specific goal in mind.

 

I had heard about a huge market on the Thai/Cambodia border. The decision was made to try to find it, using the GPS system in my truck. When we arrived in Chantaburi on Hwy 3, we turned left onto Hwy 317. Travelled about 60 kms to Soi Dao. I have heard there is nothing to do in Soi Dao except play golf, so I was not expecting much.

 

We found a fish camp with small cabins just before dark and decided to spend our first night there. The price was cheap, 350 baht per night, and the rooms were sparce. The management of the camp was under new ownership and had plans for improvements, but we only wanted a place to sleep, so it was fine. That night I drove into the village for provisions (beer), and noticed a small sign at the intersection of the road for the fish camp and Hwy 317. The sign said "9 coins restaurant". Thinking it might be something for breakfast the next morning, I kept it in mind and continued on to the nearest Seven.

The next morning, we followed the small signs to the restaurant. This led us down a country road (paved), to a smaller lane (unpaved), past some typical farm homes, through a fruit orchard, until finally we found the restaurant at the top of a 200 meter hill. There was no one available at 7:30 for breakfast, so we vowed to come back for dinner that night.

 

Going back into Soi Dao, we found an open aire eatery with great food (Thai style). We then travelled on following our Garmin Navigator to a border village named Aranyaprathet. Great place, with lots of good deals. I would encourage everyone to spend a day there shopping. I bought a quality fishing rod and reel for 450 baht. The market is about one kilometer square with parking on the side.

 

About 3:30 that afternoon, we decided to start heading back. When we got to Soi Dao, we decided to eat at the 9 coins restaurant before going to the fish camp to sleep. On arrival, I asked the Thai owner if he had rooms, since we were not anxious to spend another night in the fish camp. He replied he did not have rooms, but there are many houses for rent around the restaurant. That caught my interest, so we took a look at one of the homes. The cost was 1,500 baht ($50)per night, but the home was great. It had a balconey overlooking the valley, a full kitchen, two bedrooms and a comfortable livingroom. We took it.

The food at the restaurant was terrific, the service was perfect and the friendly staff helpful. The area of the restaurant is very quiet and peaceful. You are in the middle of rolling hills and not traffic. During the day the view is wonderful and at night the Serenity is welcome.

The following day we went to a nature preserve located on the other side of the fish camp where we had stayed the first night. A trail is located along a river with a total of 16 waterfalls. I made it to number 9, remembering I still had to walk back through the Jungle trail to my truck. It is not an easy trail, but the views were very nice. I was hoping to see wildlife, but could only find one wild pig. The ranger told us he has had a 12 foot King Cobra come very close to the parking area on several occations, but it was not our day to see it.

 

From the park, we headed back home with a fresh look at Thailand and an enriching experience. We will be back to that area again soon.

 

For more on the 9 coins restaurant, google 9 coins restaurant Soi Dao.

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Your pics are great. Looks very secluded and peaceful. Glad you had a nice time and good to hear about somewhere other than the usual.

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