The ultimate jungle-bum rafthouses
5 Soi Vietnam, Kanchanaburi T: (034) 624 470
Floating across from a wild stretch of palm trees and riverweeds, the rafts at Bamboo House offer an ideal spot for relaxation.
With just a mattress on the floor, the shared bathroom raft rooms are unquestionably primitive -- but they nail the laidback riverside atmosphere Kanchanaburi is famous for. The rafthouses have shady decks, and one lucky room even has a hammock that dips over the surface of the water. Older huts on land are a little tatty and run down, but they do have some decent balconies with great river views. Clean new “luxury” rooms up on the hill with TVs, fridges and modern hot water bathrooms had been added recently as of early 2013. Bamboo House is far enough north off Maenam Kwai Road that it stays peaceful and quiet, but it's a 10-minute walk from the action. They do offer WiFi in a relaxed restaurant with river views, and staff (and their dalmation) are as laid back as the atmosphere would suggest, though little English is spoken.
Check rates at Bamboo House - rated 7.5/10 on Agoda.com.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Sgl fan share bathroom, low season: 150 baht, high season 150 baht. Notes: Rafthouse
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 200 baht, high season 200 baht. Notes: Rafthouse
Room: Family room, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes: Has four beds
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 800 baht, high season 800 baht. Notes: With air-con