Cushy digs north of the railway
Sporting elegant rooms and a pool in a low-key spot just north of the Death Railway Bridge, U Inchantree is one of the plushest places to stay in Kanchanaburi town.
An indie resort no longer, the Inchantree is part of the U group that oversees more than a dozen properties in several Asian countries, making this a good choice if you prefer more professional service. Rooms are set in two-storey olive green buildings set around courtyards with stone footpaths and banyan trees, but you’ll have to walk up to the restaurant and pool for a river view.
Decorated with silhouettes of trees behind fluffy king beds, rooms are spacious and equipped with bathrobes and slippers in addition to all of the usual upscale room amenities. We dug the rattan mats, hanging lamps, large windows and potted plants in the bathrooms. Some rooms don’t get much natural light and those that do often lack privacy if you keep the curtains open.
The stylish bar and restaurant has a great terrace suspended above the river. This area also includes a dark-tile pool that’s narrow but long enough to swim laps. We arrived to find two receptionists swamped while trying to check in a group of Europeans as a Thai wedding reception had overtaken the pool and restaurant area; you may want to ask if any weddings are planned before booking.
This is the most luxurious option on the east side of the river, but cushy rooms and a pool can also be found further south at Good Times Resort. Otherwise, if you seek a much bigger pool and more room to roam, you might head to Dheva Mantra or Felix Resort on the west side of the river. If you have a vehicle, the more homely Journey House and ultra-modern X2 River Kwai Resort could also be worth considering in this upper midrange price bracket.
Address: 443 Mae Nam Khwae Rd, Kanchanaburi
T: (034) 521 584; (086) 368 7014; F: (034) 521 585
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º30'8" E, 14º2'39" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||2,559 baht||3,099 baht|
|Deluxe Suite||3,899 baht||4,399 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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