Thailand’s Green Hotel: Bangkok Tree House


Looking for a refined green outdoors hotel experience? Book in Thailand at the Bangkok Tree House for as low as $92 a night. This 11 room inn is located on Rattanakosin Island, 30min outside of the city center, accessible by the BTS Skytrain Bangna Station stop followed by a foot, bicycle, or boat (there are no roads) commute. The rooms are made with a view, a wall and ceiling free sleeping platform offering 360 degrees of nature. If guests tire of lounging, eating, and swimming, they can hop on free rental bikes to pedal through fruit orchards and native vegetation on the area’s many bike paths, visiting 200-year-old temples, a nearby botanical park, and the Bang Nam Peung floating market. There’s so much to bike to in the area that the travel bloggers the Globetrotter Girls wrote: “If you do not do cycle here, you are wasting your stay at the Bangkok Tree House.”

Green Features: At the Bangkok Tree House, all kitchen and organic waste are composted; laundry is line-dried; water is served in refillable glass bottles; solar cookers are used to prepare the lunchtime meals; plants clean the air in the rooms and the water in the natural swimming pond; organic herbal soaps and shampoos come from local sellers; outdoor and restaurant lights are powered by the wind and sun; and 2.2 pounds of trash are removed from the adjacent Chao Phraya River for every booking made. The hotel’s “Reflect” restaurant menu highlights organic, local, and in-season produce — much of it grown on premises, using harvested rainwater — in its sustainable seafood, , Thai, and vegan options. Locally sourced bamboo was a major component in the construction process, which also employed upcycling of discarded materials, including the driftwood that washes onto the riverside property. Discarded juice cartons were used to insulate thewalls, plastic drums were used to build our pier, and reclaimed wood was used to build the walkways.

via TreeHugger