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Oriental Kwai Resort
Ranked #1 of 78 Hotels in Kanchanaburi
Certificate of Excellence
Madrid
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Paradise on earth”
Reviewed June 9, 2011

Very nice hotel, full of little details. Considering its small size (12 rooms), it allows the owners to place the emphasis on a very personalized and friendly service, yet very professional. I stayed only 1 night, and could rent a bike to visit the area (they provide you with a map with a circuit to visit the villages around and see the countryside), visit Kanchanaburi, the bride, and the waterfalls (using public bus). I could have stayed another 2 or 3 nights to enjoy more the hotel, its pleasant swimming pool, have dinner at the nice terrace with a view to the river, rent a Kayak (from the hotel) to visit the river banks, and do a couple of more activities. You do not have to organize things beforehand. They provide you with a very complete and clear book of activities and thanks to their great support, they will arrange it for you ... even at the last minute. So just improvise according to your mood of the day. Good for solo, superb for romantic stay, but also enjoyable with children. The noise of the frogs at night makes you feel like you were in the middle of the jungle. Unforgettable experience !

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2011

Beautiful rooms on a beautiful stretch of the river kwai.Rooms are very good,large and well furnished.Gardens again beautiful .Small swimming pool.Good service if a bit plastic.Food was a disappointment-lots of places in city had better food at cheaper prices.@5 minutes from city too.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 20, 2011

The pictures do not do this resort justice. The rooms are individual, bright, airy bungalows with verandas. The resort is set in beautiful grounds, next to the river. You can sit in the pool sipping cocktails to your hearts content. The restaurant food is delicious. The staff are friendly and there is great attention to detail. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed April 2011
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South Ockendon, Essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2011

We were travelling around Thailand on a Tell Tale Travel trip and had two nights here while we visited the nearby Tiger Temple.
On arrival we were very pleased with first impressions of the hotel. Really beautiful grounds and nicely laid out bungalows right next to the River Kwai. Immediately left our bags in the room and headed for the swimming pool and a relaxing cocktail!
We had breakfast here on both mornings and dinner on one evening and we couldn't fault either the service or the food which was delicious and very well priced. Sitting next to the river with a beer in hand after dinner was very pleasant indeed.
Our bungalow itself was a good size with a comfortable bed and a well laid out bathroom, all spotlessly clean.
To top it off, the owners and all the staff were very friendly and helpful.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed April 28, 2011

We were so pleased with the resort that after the first night of sound sleep on the most comfortable beds, we booked a whole week extra. The resort is run by a most welcoming Dutch couple who set their standards for realising and managing their resort at the highest level. This reflects in the very well maintained garden, the tastefully decorated rooms, in the way the staff assists whereever they see possibility, and also in the atmosphere between guests. Look around, and you can tell they're taking loving care of their place, and never let it slip. It is a great place to relax and unwind, or, if you feel like being more active, to keep as a place to come home to after exploring the many sights around Kanchanaburi. The only thing that still has some growing potential is the food in the restaurant, which could do with more choice in fresh vegetable- dishes, both thai and western. Truly a great stay..just book it.. you won't be dissapointed!

Room Tip: room 1 and room 11 (family room) have river view
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Baarn, The Netherlands
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

We've been here 2 times. First time in 2008 and second time in 2010. The resort and tropical garden are very beautiful and well maintained.

The service, friendliness, quality of the food ... all excellent.

We took a long tail boat to Kanchanaburi which is a very nice experience. Beautifull scenery.

Room Tip: All rooms are nice!
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  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Camden, Australia
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Reviewed April 11, 2011

Booked for six nights and we considered changing our itinerary to extend it, however had already booked flights.
*Decor is incredibly detailed and the more you look the better it gets.
*Staff really know what service is, very responsive and friendly.
*Very clean and the cleaning fairies appear each day almost without your knowing
*Food is very good, one criticism the orange juice is too sweet, Thai orange fresh squeezed would be much nicer
* Pool area and gardens are stunning, lots of sunlounges and chairs
*Views of river, are breathtaking
*Staff very knowledgable of area and happy to help, ordering taxis and booking etc
You must be prepared to relax as you will be doing so!
We will be back.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Oriental Kwai Resort
Address: 194/5 Moo 1 | Ladya Subdistrict, Kanchanaburi 71190, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Kanchanaburi Province > Kanchanaburi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kanchanaburi
#1 Spa Hotel in Kanchanaburi
#1 Family Hotel in Kanchanaburi
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kanchanaburi
#7 Best Value Hotel in Kanchanaburi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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 
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Hotel Oriental Kwai

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