Backpackers should look no further than Three J Guesthouse, while flashpackers have a couple of solid choices closer to the river. Several small Thai-style resorts, such as Grand View and Techno Resort, also offer rooms starting at around 300 baht on the west bank of the Ping, but these are only worth considering if you have a vehicle.
Three J Guesthouse combines a homely atmosphere with eclectic decor and top-notch hospitality. Throw in volumes of info on exploring the area and comfortable rooms at budget prices, and you’ve got one of our all-time favourite places to stay in Thailand. The 12 rooms share a property with the family home of Mr Charin, who speaks excellent English and does a wonderful job of making guests... Read our full review of Three J Guesthouse.
In 2012 the Navarat added Heritage to its name while undergoing a dramatic renovation that rendered it the most stylish hotel in Kamphaeng Phet. The hotel boasts sparkling tile floors, tasteful hardwood walls in what has become quite a classy lobby with some shared computers, a lovely outdoor dining area, a full bar/restaurant, a fitness room and bicycles for rent. While the rooms are plainly... Read our full review of Navarat Heritage Hotel.
Located beside the river and just south of the historical park, the small Scenic Riverside Resort possesses a lot more character than the bland name suggests. Most rooms are in the form of white Grecian-style concrete structures and each is a little different from the next. The cheapest Luzern and Amsterdam categories come with loads of space, several windows, high ceilings, polished concrete... Read our full review of Scenic Riverside Resort.
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