On 13th January, five members of Naturist Association Thailand stayed overnight at the new NF Camp located directly on the shore north of Cha-am. The intent of the visit was to have a naturist get together and at the same time to check the readiness of the place to start accepting guests on a regular basis.
Initial impressions about NF Camp
There are four cabins at the camp at present. One of them is completely ready to start hosting guests. It has a double bed, proper ventilation, air-conditioner, adequate power supply with power sockets, tea / coffee availability. The bathroom and toilet facilities are located at the back of the cabin. These are also fully functional though there is no covering around the bathroom area at present but that should not stop one from using these facilities. Some work needs to be complete for tiling the area but I could see that it will get completed shortly.
The second cabin can be used to sleep in if one is carrying sleeping bags or tents as there is some work still are to complete on the same. The same goes for the third and fourth cabins too. At present, the functional toilet and bathroom facilities of Cabin 2 and Cabin 3 can be shared by guests staying in a tent. There is work going on to get the other cabins functional and it was clear that all 4 cabins should be ready in couple of months from now.
If one had to stay there right now, Cabin 1 is ready to start accepting guests plus the camping ground is available for putting up tents . I, Satish, stayed in the Cabin and I would rate the experience as 5 stars. Gregers and Dao camped in the open and were pleased with the ease of putting pins in the ground which is grown with grass. The tent area is located under shady pine trees and there is currently room for three family tents.
Non and his wife who manage the place are amazing hosts. They treated us to some great food in the afternoon and some amazing sea food barbecue at night. There is fresh water available at the place but guests would need to carry their own drinks.
Around the place
Given the remoteness of the place and the absence of other houses nearby, one can be fully “Au Naturel” during the stay there. There is a beach located at a walking distance but one can only access it during low tide. There is a fishing harbor behind the camping ground but the fencing sees to it that the fishermen don’t get a view inside. They are also not very intrusive and just go about their business as usual.
A couple of permanent seating arrangements will be in place shortly which will allow the guests to sit, enjoy their food and drinks and watch the scenery right in front of them.
What sets NF Camp apart is the ambiance. You can see the sunrise right in front of you in the morning which is an enthralling experience, you can have your breakfast, lunch and dinner in the open in a perfectly “natural “ atmosphere and camp at night under a sky with millions of stars shining down on you and watch the lights of the fishing boats flickering on the horizon.
I slept at night to the sound of the waves pounding on the rocks meters away from the cabin. Wake up in the morning to see the sun come out of the sea right in front of you and the fishing boats proceeding in a single line from the harbor to net their daily catch.
I would say that the place is ready for those naturists looking for an experience in the open and are willing to stay in a “non-hotel “ atmosphere. What it gives you is the freedom to be in tune with nature and away from the maddening crowd. The place will only get better as the remaining work gets done. We were very comfortable staying / camping there for the night.
I would encourage my fellow naturists to go for the experience and make this one of the foremost naturist camping grounds in Thailand and Asia.
See here for how to book: http://thailandnaturist.com/naturist-resort/naturist-family-camp-in-petchaburi/