Most backpackers still opt for one of the cheap guesthouses clustered along the river and nightlife towards the southern end of Mae Nam Khwae Road. Families or anyone who likes their peace and quiet may be better off toward the northern stretch of Mae Nam Khwae Road, or just across the bridge on the west side of the river. Those looking for more local flavour could stay downtown along the river or on Rongheabaoy Road, while travellers with vehicles might consider settling in further afield.
We have 17 places to stay in and around Kanchanaburi.
While located within steps of many restaurants, travel offices, museums and the Death Railway Bridge, these places are well removed from the loud nightlife found further south. Apart from No. 25 Hostel and Sabai@Kan, all of these have riverside locations as well. The main disadvantage of this area is that you’ll be up at the northern end of town and it’s five kilometres from here to the old town, war cemetery and bus station.
This area covers Kanchanaburi’s most tightly packed collection of guesthouses located near the city’s longest strip of bars, including some seedy ones. Apart from Thai Guesthouse, every one of these places has a riverside location. Thanks to a ban on live music after midnight, late-night noise isn’t as much of an issue as it used to be.
Quite a few upscale resorts are found several kilometres outside of Kanchanaburi town and one exceptional option is listed below. You’ll find several more places to stay—such as the midrange Float House River Kwai; flashpacker-range Sai Yok River House; and budget Yayei Homestay—along the way from Kanchanaburi north to the Sai Yok area.