A peaceful and serene place. Most importantly rooms and bathrooms were very clean. Lovely garden with cute garden ornaments here and there.
After staying in the garden and river view, my choice in future would be the river view. Firstly, there is more privacy(you get to open your curtains without reservation) and you get the perfect view and place to relax. However, there is only one with the river view and you might need to book early if you decide on that.
A bit of advice. Make sure you go to the Sai Tai Bus terminal and not the other one or you would have no choice but to take the van(like us). DON'T take the van. They will stop and stop to pick passengers and despite having bought extra ticket for our bags, we had to put down our bags as they kept picking up passengers along the way! Moreover, the van is too cramp. When you reach the Kanchanaburi bus terminal, call the hotel as they provide free shuttle, Be aware that the van is actually a tuktuk and not the hotel van as you might be waiting and waiting for the hotel van(like us).
Tours can be arranged on the spot at the hotel. A trip to the River Kwai bridge by boat is recommended. From there you can go to the museum and the war cemetary. Opposite the war cemetary is a Catholic Church.
Want to know why this place is the No 1 in Kanchanaburi for so long? Well....
Reservation is made so easy through emails. Prompt replies for every mail. No deposit required or having to give your credit card number. That is why this place is so special. Even upon arriving at night, we went straight into our room without any registration. And this is how the days go. They trust you. No payment until the last day. Evelien is ever so generous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small and peaceful resort at the famous River Kwai, centrally located at only 15 min. drive from Kanchanaburi downtown and on the way to sights as Erawan waterfalls, Elephants world & Hellfire pass. The 12 cottages are spread throughout a teak forest and beautiful tropical garden. The cottages have all facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible and are designed in a warm Thai style. The resort has a cozy restaurant on site that overlooks the River Kwai and in the garden you'll find a lovely swimming pool. Tour, local taxi and transfer service available. Massage facility available at Jay's Spa and free fitness room. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Oriental Kwai Hotel Kanchanaburi
- Hotel Oriental Kwai