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Jolly Frog Backpackers

Dirt cheap old-timer's choice

Photo of Jolly Frog Backpackers, 28 Soi China (off Maenam Kwai Rd), Kanchanaburi . , Kanchanaburi

What we say: 2.5 stars

The long-running Jolly Frog is an old backpacker favourite, and if you stay here you're likely to mingle with some ageing regulars. Aside from the rock-bottom prices that haven't seen an increase in years, it's a little difficult to see what keeps them all streaming back. Staff are notoriously rude, lazy and disorganised, and while the spacious, hammock-strewn lawn with river views is indeed inviting, the rooms are much less so. They're dark, damp, have grimy bathrooms and fans or air-con that might work, might not. The folks who previously ran the Jolly Frog's once great restaurant have moved on, opening Mangosteen Restaurant nearby. They took their extensive secondhand book collection with them but left the apathetic staff behind. if you have a problem with your room don't expect anyone to care. This is a good place to meet other backpackers and we guess you can't expect phenomenal service with a room that costs under 100 baht, but on the whole we wouldn't recommend it.

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Contact details:

28 Soi China (off Maenam Kwai Rd), Kanchanaburi .  T: (034) 514 579 

What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Sgl fan share b'room 70 baht 70 baht Rafthouse
Dbl fan share b'room 150 baht 150 baht Rafthouse
Dbl fan private b'room 200 baht 200 baht
Dbl air-con private b'room 290 baht 290 baht
Quad fan private b'room 400 baht 400 baht

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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