Kanchanaburi hotels and lodging guide

Kanchanaburi has plenty of cheap digs

Accommodation in Kanchanaburi consists of two distinctive categories. There are plush remotely-situated riverside resorts ranging in price from 1,500 baht a night, and also low-end backpacker guesthouses situated mostly on River Kwai Road by riverbank. There are a few mid-budget or boutique-style guesthouses in this area too.

There is plenty of choice with the majority of Kanchanaburi guesthouses located along Mae Naam Kwai and the quieter Rong Hip Oi Roads near the Kanchanburi Allied War Cemetery. This is convenient for those on foot or with backpacks. However, for more comfort and exclusivity book into one of the lovely resorts upstream across the river and away from the floating discos.

Guesthouses in Kanchanaburi

Sam’s House: is one of three by this name (including Sam’s Place and Sam’s River Raft) and the nicest of the lot with wooden bungalows set over a small river estuary full of pretty lilies and lotus plants. It’s popular and has a nice atmosphere. Rooms from US$15; 14/2 Moo 1, River Kwai Road …more details and booking

Ploy Guesthouse: a smart boutique lodge on the riverfront with comfortable new rooms and nice Zen-like décor. One of the few guesthouses available for those with a bit more to spend, rooms with a/c and full service. Rooms from 800 baht; 79/2 River Kwai Road; tel: 082 475 3443, email: reservation@ploygh.comwebsite: www.ploygh.com.

Bamboo House: this peaceful option is a little bit away from the main Kanchanaburi backpacker strip, north of the famous bridge. It has slightly more comfortable bamboo bungalows and a low-key friendly atmosphere. Rooms from US$30; 5 Vietnam Road …more details and booking

Apple Retreat & Guesthouse: is a neat and better quality place more suited to flashpackers with a little more cash. It has comfortable bungalow rooms and a good restaurant. It’s not on the river, but it has pretty gardens and is easy to find. Rooms from 500 baht; 153/4 Moo 4, Sutjai Bridge, Thamakham (southern end of River Kwai Road), tel: (034) 512 017, website: www.applesguesthouse.com.

The Jolly Frog: one of the most popular Kanchanaburi guesthouses and certainly with the best atmosphere, this large place has cheap but decent rooms set about a sunny lawn on the river’s edge with a busy restaurant and tourist services nearby. Rooms from 200 baht (300 with aircon); 28 Soi Jean (soi China), River Kwai Road; tel: (034) 514 579.

There are many more guesthouses along this strip as well as the quaint Rong Hip Oi lane along the river, off River Kwai road (southern end). If you arrive early (before midday) or in the off season, it’s a good idea to look around as the level of comfort and atmosphere varies quite a bit and it’s worth the effort to find a suitable place.

Note! To secure a guaranteed room and find the best rates, we suggest you look online at Agoda.com. They seem to be the most competitively priced of the hotels sites.

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