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Blue Star Guesthouse

Best of the budget bunch

Photo of Blue Star Guesthouse, 241 Maenam Kwai Rd, Kanchanaburi . , Kanchanaburi

What we say: 3.5 stars

The Blue Star's wide array of rooms are located near the action on Maenam Kwai but just far enough away that you're assured a quiet night's sleep. Despite mouldy and damp bathrooms, the cheaper air-con rooms up by reception have terraces with lounge chairs and offer very competitive value. Pricier new rooms in the adjacent building are spotless and come with TVs, though are lacking in charm. Perched on stilts over a riverside swamp, the cheapest fan huts with cold water bathrooms are very basic but adequate for the price. If thinking of going for a hot water fan bungalow, you might as well upgrade to an identical air-con edition for 100 baht more. All bungalows have several screened windows, but mosquitoes can be a problem after dark on the large private porches, so be sure to bring some repellent. The only rooms to avoid are the two cave-like air-con rooms with no real windows below reception. We would have given Blue Star an 8/10 rating but their WiFi hardly worked, even right at reception. The guesthouse offers a restaurant and several common areas, and staff are friendly though perhaps a bit overworked. This is a popular spot so it's wise to book ahead.

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Contact details:

241 Maenam Kwai Rd, Kanchanaburi .  T: (034) 512 161, (034) 624 733 F: (034) 624 732  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dbl air-con private b'room 350 baht 350 baht
Deluxe bungalow 750 baht 750 baht With cable TV
Bungalow fan private b'room 200 baht 200 baht Tiny with cold shower, 450 baht for a medium sized one
Bungalow air-con private b'room 550 baht 550 baht No TV

Added to Travelfish on: 21st July, 2003
Last visited or updated on: 13th May, 2013

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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