The Vibe: Bangkok Tree House is the genuine article when it comes to eco green escapism. Located 1.5 kilometers from the Bangna BTS station, it’s just a short ride from the Bangna pier in a high speed long tail boat. It’s a 3-story open air structure on stilts, which is made from locally sourced bamboo and reclaimed wood from old Thai houses. It’s casual and laid back and you can dine on the lower level or climb to the upper levels, which put you above the tree-line. They attract a younger crowd of environmentally conscious Thais and European tourist who are guests at the hotel.
What to Eat & Drink: They pride themselves on promoting a simple food philosophy that celebrates local, organic, and seasonal ingredients that are sourced from sustainable fisheries, local fruit orchards and artisan dessert makers. The menu is small and seasonal and features fusion Thai and International cuisine, paired with organic produce, sustainable seafood and a broad assortment of wines, including organic, biodynamic, and hearty vegan options. Keeping in line with the eco-friendly theme, all meals are prepared fresh to order on solar powered cookers and 100% of their outdoor lighting comes from renewable wind and solar power sources. On our visit we ordered from the 3- Course Set menu which changes every few months. We started with the tangy Shrimp with Morning Glory & Tamarind Cashew Nut Sauce and a refreshing Watermelon Salad with Olives, Oranges, Herbs and Red Wine Vinegar. We highly recommend the evocative Tofu Larb Balls. The perfectly seasoned larb is presented in deep fried tofu balls with a toasted rice crust and served on lemon grass skewers with a spicy fish sauce. Our main courses were no less spectacular and we recommend the Glazed Sweet & Sour Shrimp with Thai Yellow Organic Curry Rice and the John Dory Green Curry, Organic GABA Brown Rice with Asparagus & Carrots. All dishes were artfully plated and wonderfully executed. Dessert was a surprisingly light version of Mango & Sticky Rice and a Frozen Lemon Ice Tea.
Insider Insights: At Reflect is only open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays. If you love great food coupled with trees, plants, exotic lizards, birds, fireflies, butterflies and you don’t have an aversion to mosquitoes, you will love the Bangkok Tree House. Be aware that there is no air conditioner, so you will have to deal with bugs, but it's a one of the city's best easily accessible urban escapes. You also may want to bring your own alcohol as there they have a very limited selection and they have no corkage fee. We recommend going for dinner and staying overnight so you can enjoy their free breakfast in the morning with the price of the hotel.