Float yourself to sleep
27/1 Pak Prak Rd (just north of Wat Chaichumphon), Kanchanaburi T: (034) 514 521
One of the only places to stay in this colourful part of town, Nita Rafthouse is an old standby with a floating tangle of rustic rooms and cluttered common areas forming a homestay vibe.
The easily overlooked place draws mostly older repeat guests; we arrived to find a couple of long-haired Swedes lounging on peeling sofas in the eclectic living room while a few tattooed French folks drank beers around a riverside table. This is an honest old-style guesthouse filled with sleepy dogs and cats, potted plants, beer cartons and novels that appear to have been read a hundred times.
Lived-in rooms sport woven bamboo on thin walls and are topped by rusty metal roofs. The cheapest face inland and include nothing but a window and thin mattress raised off the floor, and cooled by a fan on the wall—if staying in these you’ll use shared cold-water bathrooms that could use a deep clean. A little more cash bags you a larger room with river view and private bathroom.
The English-speaking owner is mellow and friendly, the food is reported to be good and the place has a casual feel that made us feel like quitting early for the day to hang around. Guests are given a notebook and trusted to write down any beverages they take and then settle up for everything at check out time.
Nita is located within easy walking distance of the terrific Chukdon night market, the JEATH War Museum, the Pak Prak heritage street and a bunch of floating restaurants, making it an especially good choice if you seek an alternative to tacky Mae Nam Khwae Road. If you like this area, you could also check out tiny PY Guesthouse set amid a tangle of narrow lanes and old wood houses down in Chukdon.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 4th February, 2017.
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