Amphawa boasts no shortage of modest homestays in old wooden houses along the canal to go with a couple of small but interesting resorts and even a brand new midrange hotel. Prices are inflated and rooms often full on weekends, but it\'s easy to negotiate a cheap (and quiet) stay during the week.
The small town of Amphawa some 75 kilometres southwest of Bangkok is best known for its weekend market, which attracts urban Thais in droves. The market is well worth a trip, but a mid-week visit offers the chance to be swept up in Amphawa’s ultra-relaxed atmosphere while saving a decent chunk of change on accommodation, which fills up on weekends. While poking around the town’s historic... Read our full review of Homestays of Amphawa.
Located next door to Rhuen Khun Yai Chuea, this homestay offers similar amenities and atmosphere but smaller rooms and no river views. Rooms do have plenty of windows and choice of air-con or fan to go with basic mat-style beds on the floor and shared cold-water bathrooms. If you don't mind the tighter confines and more homely atmosphere, this is a good spot to save some money, and the older... Read our full review of Baan Song Thai Basee Homestay.
This small resort is located on the south side of the canal a short walk east of the market. Its elegant rooms might be worth the extra baht, especially for couples seeking a romantic and comfy spot to unwind. All rooms are set back from the canal behind the open-air lobby/restaurant, with standards facing a pleasant open veranda with couches and tables. While not huge, the standards are... Read our full review of ChababaanCham Resort.
This homestay is set in a gorgeous teak wood home built in traditional Thai style and is perched along the southeast side of the canal just before it empties into the Mae Khlong river. The location couldn't be better -- the market and town centre are a short stroll away but because it's so close to the river the homestay's canalside terrace sees little foot traffic compared to other nearby... Read our full review of Ruen Khun Yai Chuea Homestay.
Set on the north side of the canal a tad northeast of the market, Thanicha nails classic old-school, Thai-style ambience. Classical Thai music plays softly in the open-air lobby, which occupies a heritage house and has dark hardwood floors to go with traditional grass mats, sit-on-the-floor tables with axe pillows, Thai antiques and faded black and white photos of Thai kings and Amphawa residents... Read our full review of Thanicha Healthy Resort.
A short walk east of the canal and the centre of town, but right across from the minibus drop off point, the Na-Non is a brand new, four-storey midrange hotel. The modern grey exterior and trendy design don't fit in among Amphawa's old wood houses, but thankfully the Na-Non is far enough away from the canal that it doesn't detract from the town's charm. The standard (although they call it deluxe)... Read our full review of Amphawa Na Non Hotel.
Named after its teacher co-owner (Kruu or 'ku' in this case means 'teacher' in Thai), Baan Kupu is located just east of ChababaanCham Resort on the same side of the canal. Fifteen spacious concrete cottages lack the character of other options, but they're unique in that each are spaced apart in a lovely garden set back from the canal. They're plenty comfortable too; each come with large windows,... Read our full review of Baan Kupu.
Set in a 100 year-old teak wood house on the north side of the canal that's a decent walk east of the market, Baan Mae Arom is a long-running homestay with a friendly atmosphere. The manager speaks good English and has a great reputation for making sure both Thai and foreign guests enjoy their stay. Rooms are set in a line and come with air-con, TVs, WiFi and firm beds, but they have limited... Read our full review of Baan Mae Arom.
More of a mini-resort than a homestay, Sasanan is located at the western end of Phracha Uthit Road near Chaipattana Park and Rama II Park and a two minute's walk to the canal. All six rooms are in the form of small wood cottages clustered around a driveway/garden, and all of them are a little different. The cheapest ones are tiny but pleasant with dark green carpets, small windows, colourful... Read our full review of Sasanan Homestay.
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