I was part of a 15-member sports group that visited Songs of Earth for an overnight excursion and some outdoor training. Overall, we had a decent experience.
I feel that this place is suitable for groups who are looking to make a corporate outing or a short excursion on a budget. Be prepared to rough it out a little, as this is not a luxury resort.
One more thing is that judging by the kind of crowd I saw there, this is definitely NOT an ideal weekend getaway for couples.
Here’s my take on each aspect of Songs of Earth:
Tents – our group stayed in the tent zone, which consists of about eight 2-man tents. The tents were reasonably comfortable. Each tent had 2-3 mattresses with clean sheets, a pedestal fan, clean towels and soap. Quick tip: keep your tent cover zipped at all times to prevent mice and insects from coming in.
Bathrooms - A bathroom cabin is situated behind each tent. Our bathroom was clean, and the fittings were in good working order. However, the door and lock were incredibly rusted. The water also ran out on 2-3 occasions, and we had to keep telling the watchmen to turn on the water pumps.
Food – The breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets were decent. I’d give the food a 3/5 rating. The only problem I had was with the tea and coffee, which was pretty bad. Also, our welcome drink was a glass of warm, flat coke, which didn’t help with first impressions.
Service – we had no complaints as such about service. The staff was kind enough to arrange for tea when we returned from some intense training after the actual tea time.
Activities – Songs of Earth has a good bouquet of activities. We tried rock climbing, Burma Bridge, commando nets, obstacle course and more. The young supervisors with us were friendly and knew their stuff.
My only concern was the condition of the safety equipment. It wasn’t bad, but I do think it is showing signs of ageing, and some of the harnesses seemed a little frayed as well. Also, the Burma Bridge and commando nets are near a smelly ditch, which is where the kitchen waste goes.
Overall, Songs of Earth is a nice budget resort for group outings or a corporate offsite. If they tightened a few things here and there, the place can be even better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Songs of Earth has been designed and executed in setting standards in conservation and eco-friendliness. The resort has accommodation, adventures, sports and leisure activities provided in attractive zones. ... more less