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Bamboo House

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Mae Nam Khwae Rd, Kanchanaburi T: (034) 624 470(098) 897 4402

Bamboo House

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The Bamboo House has evolved a lot since the days when it had nothing but a few rundown rafthouses on a tranquil stretch of the River Khwae Yai.

Budget travellers can still grab a rundown woven bamboo raft room with a thin mattress on the floor, portable fan and porches with a couple of chairs. Guests staying in these use shared cold-water bathrooms set up on the lawn. Families also have what looked to be a promising rafthouse option with air-con, fridge, ensuite bathroom and multiple beds in a large floating house painted pastel pink. This was full during our last visit and should be reserved ahead of time.

Plenty of space to run wild.

Plenty of space to run wild. Photo: David Luekens

If you prefer to be on land, you could opt for a large and clean bungalow with woven bamboo walls, thatch roof, floor cushions on the porch, comfy bed, fridge and attached hot-water wet bathroom. These types of freestanding bungalows are common in the islands but unusual in Kanchanaburi, and we like them even if the price is a little high. They face the lawn; from the porch you’ll have to turn your head to see the river.

You could save cash without sacrificing comfort by taking one of the newest rooms in a two-floor concrete building connected to reception at the back of the property. These are spacious, spotless and modern, sporting TVs, fridges and wet bathrooms along with wooden chairs on river-view porches. Ask for one as far away from reception as possible.

Comfortable with a lawn view.

Comfortable with a lawn view. Photo: David Luekens

Built around a lawn tumbling down to the river, Bamboo House has one of the most relaxing settings of any place to stay in Kanchanaburi, and the Death Railway Bridge is only a few hundred metres away. Though welcoming enough, the receptionist was not enthusiastic about showing us rooms. WiFi is free but patchy. Rates include breakfast; we’d ask to skip it for a reduced rate.

Right next to Bamboo House is the smaller Bamboo Ya (T: (081) 487 944), which has smaller and more affordable air-con bungalows made of concrete and equipped with fridge and TV. Rooms over there start at around 600 baht and you could easily check out both places before deciding.

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Walk-in rates at Bamboo House

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan share bathroom
380 baht
380 baht
Standard double room
900 baht
900 baht
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
1,200 baht
1,200 baht
Family room
1,800 baht
1,800 baht
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: 380 baht, high season 380 baht. Notes: Rafthouse
Room: Standard double room, low season: 900 baht, high season 900 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 1,800 baht, high season 1,800 baht. Notes: Rafthouse

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Where is Bamboo House

Bamboo House
Mae Nam Khwae Rd, Kanchanaburi
T: (034) 624 470(098) 897 4402
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º30'26.18" E, 14º2'21.69" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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