I never write reviews for anything, but I feel a strong need to publicize my terrible experience at Phiman Water View/Phiman Riverview Guesthouse.
To begin with, the place is very difficult to find, but if you keep asking the locals they will point you in the right direction. Google Maps locates you in the Chao Phraya river, so that won't be helpful. You will have to travel down a lot of winding alleys that don't seem to lead anywhere. If you can't tell from the photos, the Guesthouse is built over the river, so there are dragonflies, mosquitoes, ants, and other bugs everywhere.
When we first arrived, the room I thought I had booked was going to cost an additional 100 baht per night. Moreover, to say the accommodations are "basic" is putting it mildly. The "shared" rooms consist of paper-thin walls; a fan; and a bed that does not have a mattress, but instead uses some kind of surprisingly hard mat masquerading as a mattress in a sheet (I would compare it to my experience sleeping outside, without a ground mat or sleeping bag). The most expensive rooms have a toilet, sink, and bum gun. Showering seems to be via bucket.
We decided to stay one night because we were exhausted from traveling. We tried to cancel the other four nights I had booked. After speaking to two staff members (out of three) as well as a random English-speaking traveler they brought over to "translate" for us, we were given keys to the room and it seemed like everything had cleared up.
As other reviews say, the staff does introduce you to the other guests, which is nice if you are traveling alone or enjoy socializing. However, what they do not explain is that the staff sits around with the guests and gets drunk with them throughout the day (they ran out of beer), right outside of the "nice" rooms. This makes for a very loud experience given the paper-thin walls. I would compare it to being in college and getting home tired to your apartment, only to find your roommate has thrown a decent-size party with a bunch of people you don't know. If this is your thing, great, but if it's not, you should probably avoid this place.
Later at night, a live band began playing music nearby, which was very loud, even with earplugs, and went on until late at night. Around 7:00am, what I presume is the same place began making very loud noises, ostensibly to set up or clean up the bar, and began playing music, at about the same decibel level, around 8:00am. Long story short, even though we were exhausted, we got no sleep. We were also covered in bug bites the next morning, despite the mosquito net.
A few minutes after handing my key to one of the staff members, I noticed that all the money in my pocket was gone, about 1000 baht. I had the money about an hour before, because I gave 20 baht to my girlfriend to buy water. I can only assume, after looking through our bags multiple times, that the money fell out of my pocket while I was sitting on the bed before we checked out, and one of the staff members pocketed it when she saw it. When I confronted the owner about the missing money, she assured me that her staff would not do such a thing, and the staff has returned money in the past. Yet to prove this, she told me a staff member had returned 1000 euros to her which the staff member had found in the room. I wanted to believe her even though her story seemed too exaggerated to be true, and she ominously told me multiple times, "if you can't find it, it's gone." Unfortunately, the owner soon showed her true colors to us, putting her story further in doubt.
As we tried to leave, the owner insisted that we pay for the rooms we had canceled, even though we had spoken to two out of the three staff members that work there over 24 hours before to cancel our reservation. When I explained that I had spoken with one of her staff about it the day before, she brushed it off, saying that he doesn't speak good English. However, even if this is true, the staff member had called over another staff member who spoke better English, as well as an English-speaking guest, in order to facilitate our communication and thus cancellation. After I explained this to her, she became very spiteful, and aggressive towards us. She insisted she would charge my credit card if we did not pay. When I told her we would dispute the charge, she began yelling at us to leave. Happily, we were already leaving. As we trundled our bags down the winding path to get back to the road we could hear her screaming at us.
Some people seem to enjoy their experience here, but if you are over 25, have standards of living, and don't want to be stolen from, avoid this place. After two months of traveling through Southeast Asia, this has been the worst lodging experience I have had so far. For the money, you can find better accommodation, friendlier staff, and a better location. In short, do not stay here.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.