Kanchanaburi

Where to stay: Kanchanaburi

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.

On this page: Kanchanaburi accommodation
More on Kanchanaburi

We have 17 places to stay in and around Kanchanaburi.

Introduction


Northern Mae Nam Khwae Road (the quieter side)

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.

Bamboo House
Bamboo House

The ultimate jungle-bum rafthouses

From US$25 with Agoda

No. 25 Hostel
No. 25 Hostel

If you prefer a dorm

From 350 baht Walk-in

Sabai@Kan Resort
Sabai@Kan Resort

Charming spot just off the river

From US$33 with Agoda

U Inchantree Resort
U Inchantree Resort

Cushy digs north of the railway

From US$67 with Agoda

Southern Mae Nam Khwae Road (the party side)

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.

Blue Star Guesthouse
Blue Star Guesthouse

One of the better budget spots

From 200 baht Walk-in

Ploy Resort
Ploy Resort

More style than most

From 680 baht Walk-in

Tamarind Guesthouse
Tamarind Guesthouse

Still friendly after all these years

From US$10 with Agoda

Thai Guesthouse
Thai Guesthouse

Strategic location away from the noise

From US$20 with Agoda

The Jolly Frog
The Jolly Frog

Old-school backpacker institution

From 100 baht Walk-in

West of the river

Located within walking distance of the nightlife strip across the Sud Jai Bridge, these two tried-and-true flashpacker spots are both good choices if you want a quiet night’s sleep without straying too far from the action.

Apple’s Retreat
Apple’s Retreat

Spotless rooms and terrific food

From 990 baht Walk-in

Thai Garden Inn
Thai Garden Inn

Great for families and couples

From US$73 with Agoda

Rongheabaoy Road

Featuring a few old-style guesthouses along with a newer flashpacker option, this narrow riverside lane is strategically located between the old town, the war cemetery and Mae Nam Khwae Road.

Sky Resort
Sky Resort

Big pool, good value

From US$20 with Agoda

VN Guesthouse
VN Guesthouse

Popular riverside spot

From US$11 with Agoda

Downtown on the river

Surprisingly few places to stay are found along the old town and riverside streets in downtown Kanchanaburi, around two to three kilometres south of Mae Nam Khwae Road. We really like this area, and dirt-cheap Nita Rafthouse is a fine low-budget choice.

Nita Rafthouse
Nita Rafthouse

Float yourself to sleep

From US$7 with Agoda

Further afield

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.

Dheva Mantra Resort
Dheva Mantra Resort

Gorgeous Colonial design

From US$70 with Agoda