Photo: Tree shaded ruins at Kamphaeng Phet.


Kamphaeng Phet

For years the main reason that people visited Kamphaeng Phet only on a day trip was largely due to the poor standard of hotels. This has changed with a very good budget guesthouse and a few solid midrange options available.

Three J Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
79 Ratchavitee Rd, Kamphaeng Phet
T: (055) 713 129

Run by the likeable Mr Charin and his family, Three J is tucked down a side street to the east of the new city. While not exactly central, the quiet location is a manageable one km walk to the riverside and a fairly easy bicycle ride to the ruins. Rooms are in the form of simple attached log cabins, each with a comfortable bed, proper quilt, basic hot water bathroom with Western-style flush... Read our full review of Three J Guesthouse.

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Scenic Riverside Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
356/16 Tesa 2 Rd, Kamphaeng Phet
T: (055) 722 009

Located beside the river and just south of the old city walls, this small resort possesses a lot more character than the bland name suggests. Most rooms are in the form of white-washed Grecian style cottages and each is a little different from the next. The cheapest Luzern and Amsterdam editions are set in round structures with loads of space, lots of windows, polished concrete floors and long... Read our full review of Scenic Riverside Resort.

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Chakungrao River Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
149 Tesa 1 Rd, Kamphaeng Phet
T: (055) 714 900

One of the tallest and most noticeable buildings in Kamphaeng Phet, the Chakungrao is impossible to miss near the night market on Tesa 1. While similarly equipped, the cheapest rooms are smaller but more expensive than those at nearby Navarat Heritage. The advantages here are attached balconies with direct views over the river, and perhaps a warmer and more inviting ambiance inside the rooms. All... Read our full review of Chakungrao River Hotel.

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Navarat Heritage Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
2 Soi 21, Tesa 1 Rd, Kamphaeng Phet
T: (055) 711 211

In 2012 the Navarat added Heritage to its name while undergoing a dramatic renovation that rendered it the most stylish hotel in Kamphaeng Phet. The hotel now boasts sparkling tile floors, tasteful hard wood walls in what has become quite a classy lobby, a lovely outdoor dining area, a full bar and restaurant, a fitness room and high quality bicycles for rent. While the rooms are plainly... Read our full review of Navarat Heritage Hotel.

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Phet Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
189 Bumrungrat Rd, Kamphaeng Phet
T: (055) 712 810-5

Despite its claim of being the Diamond of Kamphaeng Phet, the Phet could use a little of the renovation love that's been given to both of its city-style hotel competitors in recent years. With stained carpets that smell faintly of stale cigarette smoke and dated furniture and appliances, the rooms we checked out have seen better days. Still, they're well kept and each are spacious, bright and... Read our full review of Phet Hotel.

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