A couple hours outside Bangkok, Kanchanaburi’s Boutique Raft Resort floats on the famous River Kwai. The rooms embrace traditional Thai style decor with a modern twist.
The river front rooms are on permanent floating structures with air conditioning and glass sliding doors that lead out to private river front decks. There was also a free flowing pool where you could enjoy the river without fear of the currents. Rooms range from $45-$60 (depending on the season) and include breakfast, but even as budget backpackers, my fiancé and I found the splurge well worthwhile. Also, part of the hotels income goes to sponsoring lunch for 73 local elementary school children to encourage the continuation of education in the community.
The hotel also offered customized affordable day trips. We opted to check out the Erawan Waterfalls and do a raft trip down the river one of the days and the hotel only charged us $25 dollars per person including our private driver. This was cheaper than the tours offered in town or back in Bangkok and we had all the time, freedom and privacy we wanted at each activity instead of being on a scheduled tour on a hot bus crammed with tourists. (I am not a fan of group tours if you haven’t guessed).
Rooms can easily be booked using agoda.com, a great overall booking site when traveling anywhere in Asia. With friendly staff, unique rooms, air conditioning, and river front views, I cannot recommend Boutique River Raft Resort enough. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
Tip* The hotel can arrange pick up for you from the bus station in town or for a fun, cheap, and local experience, take the train. Below explains how!
The train leaves Bangkok each morning from the train station called Bangkok Noi at 7:30 am and costs $2 each way. Purchase your ticket to Nam Tok Station to reach the hotel. By doing this you will also go over the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai and get to experience the “Death Railway” which refers to the section along the rivers edge built by WWII prisoners of war. Once at Nam Tok station you can take a cheap tuk tuk to any guesthouses, hopefully Boutique River Raft Resort. Although the train does take 5-6 hours verses a bus for 3-4hours it is worth the experience and saves you money. Good Luck!