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Explore Thailand’s Kanchanaburi From River Kwai Mansion

Sarah J
Posted Dec 19, 2015

Kanchanaburi is a popular tourist destination in the eastern part of Central Thailand, famous for its war history, gleaming bridge, and abundance of natural treasures. Located in the heart of the main provincial town, River Kwai Mansion offers a comfortable and convenient base for enjoying Kanchanaburi’s many delights.

Just a few steps from numerous bars, restaurants, and tour agencies, River Kwai Mansion is set just far away from the main road for a peaceful night’s sleep, yet close enough that you can be in the thick of the action within minutes. Great affordable prices, good standards of cleanliness, comfortable rooms, and plenty of room choices make this a recommended option for people who are looking for a hotel right in the town centre.

Wide choice of rooms to suit various budgets and needs

River Kwai Mansion has 60 rooms spread over six floors. The hotel has a lift. Rooms range from 300 THB (approximately 8.30 USD) to 1,500 THB (approximately 41.50 USD) per night. Rooms for two are available with a double bed or two single beds. Note that the property only accepts payments in cash.

Rooms have varying facilities and amenities, and some offer views of the beautiful River Kwai. All rooms have a television, although most channels are in Thai, complimentary bottled water, and a balcony.

The cheapest rooms are cooled with an electric fan and have a cold water shower in the bathroom. Whilst each room has a private bathroom, the bathrooms are not actually within the rooms; you must walk out onto your private balcony to access the bathroom. This does mean that the bathrooms are prone to having bugs scuttling around! Furnishings are basic, with a bed and a wardrobe.

The most expensive rooms are family suites. They can accommodate up to four guests in two double beds. They feature sweeping river views, a larger floor area than other room types, a refrigerator, integrated cupboards, balcony furniture, air-conditioning, hot water showers, high quality furnishings, pretty décor, and decorative items such as bright pictures, patterned cushions, and colourful bunches of flowers.

Guests who are looking for comfort at good prices are recommended to stay in the rooms for 500 THB (approximately 13.80 USD) or 700 THB (approximately 19.30 USD) per night. Each has hot water and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are accessed from inside the room. Neither has a river view, although an additional fee can be paid to upgrade to the same room type with a view of the sparkling river. Some have a sofa in the room. The only major difference between these room types is that the more expensive room has a refrigerator. The room for 700 THB per night is also slightly nicer in terms of the quality of furnishings and décor. The beds are fairly hard, but comfortable enough for a few nights.

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Additional hotel facilities

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in the lobby area, located on the ground floor. There is enough seating space for around 20 people. There is no Wi-Fi in the guest rooms.

The hotel has a small restaurant on the ground floor, serving a variety of Thai dishes such as fried rice and curries. You can also stock up on drinks to take to your room, with a wide selection of cold Thai beers and refreshing soft drinks available.

The reception is manned 24 hours of the day. Members of staff can assist with laundry services, arranging onward transportation, and provide advice regarding local attractions and tours. Several tours, such as to the popular Erawan Waterfall, can be booked onsite, but staff members are also happy to refer guests to tour agencies if they are unable to book a specific trip.

At the top of the hotel you can step out into the open air and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views. The pretty River Kwai sits below, with undulating mountains visible in the distance. Located on the 7th floor, take the lift up to the 6th floor and then walk up the stairs to the last level.

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Attractions in the vicinity of River Kwai Mansion

The famous Bridge on the River Kwai is just 1,400 metres (0.9 miles) from the hotel and is easy to get to on foot. Take some time to wander in the nearby bustling market or hop on a tourist sightseeing train for a trip across the iconic bridge.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is 1,000 metres (0.6 miles) away from the hotel, and there are several great museums within easy reach. These include the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and the JEATH Museum.

Popular excursions include Erawan National Park, home to intricate cave systems and a spectacular multi-level waterfall, the historical Hellfire Pass, and the controversial Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua. Also known as the Tiger Temple, many visitors flock here, eager for the chance to get up close and personal with a magnificent tiger.

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Other useful information for a stay at River Kwai Mansion

There is a large car park next to the hotel, with space for around 100 vehicles. This car park is, however, shared with another neighbouring hotel. There were plenty of available spaces at the time of stay, but be aware that you may find yourself hunting for a space on the busy main road if the car park is full.

The hotel has two meeting rooms, making it a good choice for corporate guests as well as tourists.

Kanchanaburi is well-connected to Bangkok and other major cities by road and rail, with numerous trains, buses, and minivans operating throughout the day. Taxis are available in the town, there are many tour agencies, and lots of the major town sights are easy to walk between.

Enjoy comfort for great prices at Kanchanaburi’s River Kwai Mansion.

Originally from the UK, Sarah has been mostly based in her second home of Thailand for the past five years. As well as exploring new places, learning about different cultures, and sampling lots of...Read more

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