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Expat Lodge - boarding kennels

Post by Lev » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:50 pm

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We are pleased to welcome Expat Lodge to HHF.

Take a look at their page and website for all of your canine care and dog boarding requirements:
http://www.huahinmedia.com/expatlodge.php
http://www.expatlodge.com/

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Post by migrant » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:17 pm

Welcome, you are much needed!
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Re: Expat Lodge - boarding kennels

Post by Big Boy » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:35 am

I'm asking this for a friend...........

Has anybody used these guys, and are they any good. The reason for asking is they say their usual kennel, Doggy Paradise has just increased their prices dramatically, and they are seeking an affordable alternative.
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Post by Big Boy » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:27 am

OK, there was no response to my enquiry.

My friend contacted the lodge, and it was all sounding too goo to be true. She had been quoted >27K Baht for a 16 day stay for her dogs at her usual kennel in Mon Mai. Expat Lodge were asking for less than a third Including transportation to and from the Lodge.

It sounds like a no-brainer. However, wanting to be sure her dogs would be safe, she wasn't going to let money be the only driver, she requested the tour of the facility. I was volunteered as driver.

Now, before we move on, I had never been to a kennel in my life, so have nothing to compare with. I will just give my uninformed opinion of what I saw.

Getting there - it is remote. However there is an inexpensive pick-up and delivery service. The same service to the Mon Mai kennel used to cost my friend 800 Baht for less than a Kilometer. Expat Lodge were 700 Baht for a 40 minute journey. Good start.

The kennels - are all brand new, very spacy, well drained and can all be viewed from discreet windows within the heart of the facility without disturbing the residents. From memory, I don't think any kennel overlooked another kennel. I would think each kennel was about the size of the box bedroom in most modern British homes - a lot larger than I would have expected. All very clean.

Control centre - as I've said, all kennels are connected to this, and this housed essentials such as the kitchen and spa room - all spotless.

The grounds - I think were 2 Rai with well cared for grass. I expected, being a kennel, I might have to be careful where I walked, but only saw a lone turd waiting to get me. My friend was concerned about security, but was happy the boundary walls were high enough. This is a development in construction, but nothing that would affect the animal's safety.

The staff - as well as the Australian owner and his Thai wife, there are 2 Thai staff who live on site - both dog lovers.

Walkies - as I said, the location is very remote, but apparently there are 2 abandoned dried out fish lakes just around the corner, which provide excellent dog walking (we did not look).

Extras - one little extra that I think was a little bi special is they are building a pets garden of remembrance, where owners can sit and reflect. He is also building a pets crematorium, but is still haggling with Thai customs over import duties. I've seen the question asked so many times regarding the disposal of your pet's remains. The answer will be here sooner than you expected.

General - this was my first ever kennel visit, but listening to the owner, he knows what he is doing, I think I would be fairly confident leaving my dog there, and as I said in the opening, cost wise, its a no brainer. My friend will save the cost of a flight by choosing this kennel.

I was suitably impressed.
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Re: Expat Lodge - boarding kennels

Post by Dannie Boy » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:14 am

Big Boy wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:27 am
OK, there was no response to my enquiry.

My friend contacted the lodge, and it was all sounding too goo to be true. She had been quoted >27K Baht for a 16 day stay for her dogs at her usual kennel in Mon Mai. Expat Lodge were asking for less than a third Including transportation to and from the Lodge.

It sounds like a no-brainer. However, wanting to be sure her dogs would be safe, she wasn't going to let money be the only driver, she requested the tour of the facility. I was volunteered as driver.

Now, before we move on, I had never been to a kennel in my life, so have nothing to compare with. I will just give my uninformed opinion of what I saw.

Getting there - it is remote. However there is an inexpensive pick-up and delivery service. The same service to the Mon Mai kennel used to cost my friend 800 Baht for less than a Kilometer. Expat Lodge were 700 Baht for a 40 minute journey. Good start.

The kennels - are all brand new, very spacy, well drained and can all be viewed from discreet windows within the heart of the facility without disturbing the residents. From memory, I don't think any kennel overlooked another kennel. I would think each kennel was about the size of the box bedroom in most modern British homes - a lot larger than I would have expected. All very clean.

Control centre - as I've said, all kennels are connected to this, and this housed essentials such as the kitchen and spa room - all spotless.

The grounds - I think were 2 Rai with well cared for grass. I expected, being a kennel, I might have to be careful where I walked, but only saw a lone turd waiting to get me. My friend was concerned about security, but was happy the boundary walls were high enough. This is a development in construction, but nothing that would affect the animal's safety.

The staff - as well as the Australian owner and his Thai wife, there are 2 Thai staff who live on site - both dog lovers.

Walkies - as I said, the location is very remote, but apparently there are 2 abandoned dried out fish lakes just around the corner, which provide excellent dog walking (we did not look).

Extras - one little extra that I think was a little bi special is they are building a pets garden of remembrance, where owners can sit and reflect. He is also building a pets crematorium, but is still haggling with Thai customs over import duties. I've seen the question asked so many times regarding the disposal of your pet's remains. The answer will be here sooner than you expected.

General - this was my first ever kennel visit, but listening to the owner, he knows what he is doing, I think I would be fairly confident leaving my dog there, and as I said in the opening, cost wise, its a no brainer. My friend will save the cost of a flight by choosing this kennel.

I was suitably impressed.
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Post by raeside3 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:24 am

Hi
Tried to find Expat Pets yesterday. Went from Pranburi end as we were there. Got completelt lost in the rain tomato padocks and pineapples. Do you think you could give me some directions from HH. GOOGLE maps got us lost.

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Post by Dannie Boy » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:17 am

raeside3 wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:24 am
Hi
Tried to find Expat Pets yesterday. Went from Pranburi end as we were there. Got completelt lost in the rain tomato padocks and pineapples. Do you think you could give me some directions from HH. GOOGLE maps got us lost.
Did you open the first post of this thread where Expat Lodge introduced their services, including a link that shows their location http://expatlodge.com/location/

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Post by laphanphon » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:31 am

raeside3 wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:24 am
GOOGLE maps got us lost.
Doubt if giving directions would help, if lost using GM, as way too easy to find, and less than 10 mins off PhetKasem: https://goo.gl/xoAwhh

StreetView just about takes you to their front door.

Did you call them when in the area ??? Surely they would send someone to meet you at a local landmark.
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Re: Expat Lodge - boarding kennels

Post by Big Boy » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:44 am

You are correct, it isn't easy to find. I will try to get you in the general area. The owner is very helpful, but a sign at the final turning would be even more helpful :D . The owner will come to find you, if you get lost.

I travelled South from Hua Hin. Drove through Pranburi and turned left at the 3rd (last) set of traffic lights. I drove on that road until I came to the major roadworks at the railway crossing. I turned right immediately before the railway crossing and went down that road for what seemed to be a couple of miles. Not long after a school on the left there is a turning on the right with a couple of signs in Thai (no idea what they said). It looks like 2 very narrow roads going in the same direction - take the 2nd (furthest one) and just stay on that road (you'll think you're going to drop off the edge of the world :D ). When you get there, you can't miss it - a very grand entrance gate, with Expat Lodge written on it.
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Post by laphanphon » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:35 am

Big Boy wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:44 am
until I came to the major roadworks at the railway crossing. I turned right immediately before the railway crossing and went down that road for what seemed to be a couple of miles.
From that turn (RR), it's just over 1 mile (1.6 km) away. https://goo.gl/X1LwkA
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Post by Big Boy » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:38 am

HaHa, a country road, driving slower, seems further :wink:
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Post by laphanphon » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:41 am

It happens, especially that road, and looking all of one lane ish, and that's being kind....555
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Post by raeside3 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:28 pm

Big Boy
Thank you so much. Most appreciated 🙏🏼

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