Looks great on the surface
29/1 Maenam Kwai Rd, Kanchanaburi T: (034) 518 790, (089) 837 7236
At first glance, the Tamarind appears to be one of Kanchanaburi's best budget guesthouses.
Check rates at Tamarind Guesthouse
Staff are friendly, rooms are clean and have a pleasant scent, WiFi is free and the rooms on land come with TVs. After spending more time here, you realise that beds are painfully hard, WiFi doesn't really work, TVs are old and cheap and some are hardly manageable due to static, walls are paper thin and somewhere close by an extremely loud and annoying live band often plays until 02:00 in the morning. If you stay here, the rafthouses are probably your best bet as they're spacious and have a shared deck draped in orchids. On the bright side, Tamarind is centrally located just off the traveller strip and has great river views from a spacious shared seating area with a couple of communal computers. Compared to Kanchanaburi's generally poor budget options, this is still not a horrible choice, particularly for those who stay up late.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Sgl fan share bathroom, low season: 150 baht, high season 150 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes: Raft house
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes: On land
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes: Raft house
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 550 baht, high season 550 baht. Notes: In main building
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 700 baht, high season 700 baht. Notes: