Blue Star Guesthouse
Best of the budget bunch
241 Maenam Kwai Rd, Kanchanaburi T: (034) 512 161, (034) 624 733 F: (034) 624 732
The Blue Star's wide array of rooms are located near the action on Maenam Kwai but just far enough away that you're assured a quiet night's sleep.
Despite mouldy and damp bathrooms, the cheaper air-con rooms up by reception have terraces with lounge chairs and offer very competitive value. Pricier new rooms in the adjacent building are spotless and come with TVs, though are lacking in charm. Perched on stilts over a riverside swamp, the cheapest fan huts with cold water bathrooms are very basic but adequate for the price. If thinking of going for a hot water fan bungalow, you might as well upgrade to an identical air-con edition for 100 baht more. All bungalows have several screened windows, but mosquitoes can be a problem after dark on the large private porches, so be sure to bring some repellent. The only rooms to avoid are the two cave-like air-con rooms with no real windows below reception. We would have given Blue Star an 8/10 rating but their WiFi hardly worked, even right at reception. The guesthouse offers a restaurant and several common areas, and staff are friendly though perhaps a bit overworked. This is a popular spot so it's wise to book ahead.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 200 baht, high season 200 baht. Notes: Tiny with cold shower, 450 baht for a medium sized one
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 550 baht, high season 550 baht. Notes: No TV
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 750 baht, high season 750 baht. Notes: With cable TV