I am planning to go for 5 or 6 days to Kanchanaburi to escape from Bangkok for a week. My plan is to go on Monday, stay maybe until Wednesday, take bus or train to Sanghkla Buri, stay for another day and head back on Friday or Saturday to Bangkok.
Anybody has some uptodate information on gusthouses? I am not really on a budget but I would like to spend not more than 800 Baht for a room. Since I travel alone it would be nice to stay in a place with a crowd, but not necesarrily with a crowd of teenaged youngsters :-) Since I am 39. Any suggestions?
I've got updated research for both these places on my umm virtual desk -- it isn't online yet as I'm on Ko Kut and the internet is rather totally crap. As it won't be on before you go, here's a couple of listings that sound like they fit your bill (note these are unedited).
A stylish tropical retreat 8/10
79/2 Maenam Kwai Rd, Kanchanaburi
T: (082) 475 3443 F: (034)514 437
With stylish, comfy rooms and a helpful staff, Ploy offers the best value on Maenam Kwai Rd. Accommodation is in two whitewashed thatch-roofed buildings that face each other across a tree-lined lawn. All rooms are spacious, spotless and come with air-con, dark wood furniture and WiFi. The superior bags you a fridge and lovely open-air garden bathroom while the deluxe also gets you cable TV. A new, tastefully designed hardwood riverside cottage is also available. Decor in the cheaper rooms is a little hit and miss -- large white beds on raised wooden platforms a hit, framed Impressionist prints and tacky sculptures a miss -- but the accommodation still manages to feel fairly chic. The Ploy also has a medium-sized restaurant and an infiniti pool, both with smashing views of the river. Note that aside from the cottage, you cannot see the river from the rooms. All room prices include free coffee and toast in the morning and pick-up from the bus or train station is free. Discounts are offered for stays of two nights or more. Recommended.
Standard - Double Low: 620 ; High: 620 ; Notes: No bathroom garden
Superior - Double Low: 780 ; High: 780 ; Notes
River cottage Low 1,350 ; High 1,350
Quiet rooms, outstanding food 8/10
153/4 Moo 4, Thamakham Rd, Kanchanaburi
T: (081) 948 4646 ; (034) 512 017
The illustrious Apple and Noi moved their headquarters across the river a few years ago and established Apple's Retreat in a quiet and peaceful riverside setting. Unlike other options on the west side of the river, Apple's is just beyond the bridge so it's only a 10-minute walk to the main traveller strip. An important aspect of the retreat is Blue Rice Restaurant, which is known by locals, expats and travellers to serve some of the best Thai food in Kanchanaburi. Noi's well respected cooking classes also takes place here. Rooms are situated in a two-storey building on the other side of the road. They lack river views and most in-room extras, but they are clean and spacious and have comfy beds on raised wooden platforms. All come with air-con and modern hot water bathrooms but lack any other furniture. With that said, free WiFi is available in the restaurant area, which is so inviting that you'll probably spend most of your time there rather than in the rooms. Apple and Noi are veterans of the Kanchanaburi tourism scene and have gotten consistently good reviews for their service over the years. Recommended.
Fan private b'room Low 490 ; High 490
Air-con private b'room Low 690 ; High 690
Somchai Coffee & Guest House
You won't want to leave 9/10
108/2 Route 3024, Sangkhlaburi
T: (034) 595 180 / (089) 529 1675
Perched on a breezy hilltop one km west of the Mon village, Somchai offers a handful of simple, fan-cooled bamboo and wood bunaglows with large balconies that afford spectacular views of the valley below. While the balconies and views are the major selling points here, the bungalows are spacious and pleasant with woven bamboo interior walls, lots of screened windows, firm beds, simple hot water bathrooms, TVs and free WiFi. You really don't need air-con up here as it stays nice and breezy. A small open-air restaurant serves rice soup breakfasts, which are included in the room rates, along with simple Thai dishes and, as the name would suggest, outstanding fresh coffee. Staff speak just enough English to get the job done and they're almost as friendly and relaxed as the three dogs (one of them a pug) who are usually found lazing around the restaurant. A resident goose isn't quite so laid back, but she only adds to the quirky atmosphere. The disadvantage of staying here is that it's a solid 30-minute walk from the town centre which includes a long uphill stretch. But for the views and fantastic value, it's probably worth the effort -- especially if you're looking for a "get away from it all" sort of experience.
Bungalow fan private b'room Low 500 ; High 500 ; Notes: Though there's no policy in place, rates may rise slightly if there's a lot of demand on weekends.
Coffee Berry Boutique Guest House
Great location, adorable rooms 8/10
Sam Prasob Rd, Sangkhlaburi
T: (084) 802 9811
This cute and intimate guest house and coffee shop sits midway between the town centre and wooden bridge on a quiet stretch of road. If you like your accommodation extra cheery, this place is for you. Eight rooms each boast a different colour scheme and have names like "Mocha" and "Espresso". They feel a bit like children's bedrooms with firm mattresses on polished concrete or tile floors, pictures of cartoon elephants and "inspiring" quotes like "Time heals all" and "More happiness and more laugh" on lime green, sky blue or bright purple walls. There were even teddy bears waiting on the beds in most rooms. A tiny table with cushions on the floor and inviting open air hot water bathrooms also come standard, as does air-con and free WiFi. The more expensive rooms have verandas clustered around an adorable courtyard filled with vintage bicycles, typewriters, antique tables, cermaic bunnies and other bits of curio. There's also a rooftop terrace with a few loungers and tables, and the cafe out front is a great place to chill with a book or laptop computer. The owner doesn't speak much English but she is very friendly.
Air-con private b'room Low 700 ; High 700 ; Notes: Up to 800
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In Kanchanaburi I'd add Blue Star as a good choice.
In Sangkhlaburi, I loved Somchai but it might be a bit out of the way for some and Coffee Berry might be too "cutesy". Right in the backpacker area, P Guesthouse is a solid choice and definitely has the biggest traveler crowds. I also had good luck with Baan Thor Phan Resort, which has better kitted out bungalows for around 800 baht right around the corner from P.