Photo: Lush setting.

Blue Star Guesthouse

One of the better budget spots

241 Mae Nam Khwae Rd, Kanchanaburi T: (034) 512 161(081) 639 1688 F: (034) 624 732

Blue Star Guesthouse

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The long-running Blue Star remains a strong backpacker choice in a relatively quiet location. While it’s missing a rafthouse option, the log bungalows and standard rooms in a couple of concrete buildings offer a wide range of choices.

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Our favourites are the bungalows set on stilts and reached by footpaths raised above a swampy lagoon filled with tropical palms and flowers. These are far from new but it’s hard to complain about a little grunge in the bathrooms when prices start at just 200 baht. The cheapest editions come with firm beds, linoleum walls, screened windows, portable fans and cold-water bathrooms that are private but situated a few steps outside of the rooms, outhouse style. An extra 100 baht bags you a taller stilted bungalow that puts you high above the property.

Cute wooden-faced bungalows.

Cute wooden-faced bungalows. Photo: David Luekens

Though the value isn’t as good as the fan rooms, larger air-con bungalows with wooden interior walls and hot-water ensuite bathrooms are not bad choices either. Those who aren’t into the rustic design can go for a darker but newer room with choice of fan or air-con in a two-floor concrete bungalow set closer to reception. The priciest of these bags you a fridge and wide LCD TV with English channels. The only rooms to avoid are the two cave-like air-con rooms with no real windows in the main stonewall building below reception.

We like the back-to-nature bungalow setup, but you don’t get a true river view due to a riverine island adjacent to the property, and mosquitos can be an issue. Offering tour and transport bookings along with info on exploring the area, Blue Star has one of the more present staffs of any budget guesthouse in town. They join travellers at tables and loungers in a small garden area near reception, where WiFi supposedly works.

Spartan but clean.

Spartan but clean. Photo: David Luekens

Neighbouring Sam’s House is another old-school spot with a very similar setup but slightly noisier location; you could head over there if Blue Star is full.

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Walk-in rates at Blue Star Guesthouse

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan private bathroom
200 baht
200 baht
300 baht for a taller bungalow
Standard double room
450 baht
450 baht
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
550 baht
550 baht
650 baht for a triple
Deluxe bungalow
750 baht
750 baht
Add 100 baht for a fridge
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 200 baht, high season 200 baht. Notes: 300 baht for a taller bungalow
Room: Standard double room, low season: 450 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes: Fan-cooled
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 550 baht, high season 550 baht. Notes: 650 baht for a triple
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 750 baht, high season 750 baht. Notes: Add 100 baht for a fridge

Where is Blue Star Guesthouse

Blue Star Guesthouse
241 Mae Nam Khwae Rd, Kanchanaburi
T: (034) 512 161(081) 639 1688 F: (034) 624 732
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º31'3.11" E, 14º2'7.23" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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