Very nice place to stay if you are exploring Kanchanaburi and surrounding areas for a couple of days. It is next to the River Kwai and approx. 20 mins drive to Kanchanaburi town. Taxis and trips are easily arranged by owners or staff; anything is possible. They will give you several (realistic) suggestions and options (eg private car for the day or fully organised tour) and are very helpful (not pushy). The owners and their family are living on the resort as well, which gives it a personal feel as you get to see part of their daily routine with children playing or going to school.
Rooms are spacious, and tastefully furnished with eye for detail. Because there were no family cottages available when we booked, one extra bed and a toddler cot were added in a standard cottage, and there was still enough room left (although closet space was somewhat tight). Bathroom is spacious and nice as well, but water pressure was a bit low in the shower. For the telly addicts amongst you: no satellite tv... Only local tv and a DVD-player (you can borrow DVDs freely in the lobby as long as you put them back afterwards...).
All cottages are surrounded by a nicely landscaped tropical garden (with hammocks, a swing in a corner, possibility to play football or badminton, etc). The swimming pool is not very large, but I'd say sufficient for guests of twelve cottages to take a dip now and then. Sunbeds and towels are available.
We loved sitting on the lobby/restaurant terrace overlooking the river Kwai, especially when having breakfast. Of course the Dutch pancakes were a nice surprise for a Dutch family living abroad! We also had dinner there twice and the (Thai) food was delicious and tasteful for good prices. In the weeks after our stay here, we dined in a wide range of restaurants throughout the country, but this one certainly had some of the tastiest dishes.
Even though Oriental Kwai is not specifically 'designed' for families, it is one of the most child-friendly places I have been at. I don't mean in terms of safety gates, car seats or kids clubs, but it is an ideal place for (young!) children to run and play around safely because it is such a small and personal set-up. Staff is always friendly and helpful, and the whole atmosphere is very relaxed.
- 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