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Reviewed May 19, 2012

We recently drove from Chang Mai to Bangkok - Triple J got good reviews in Lonely Plant so we decided to overnight in Kamphaeng Phet. We had difficulty finding the guesthouse so a local store rang them and within 5 minutes we were met by Mr Charins son who lead us to this amazing place. We took 2 rooms - one for our children and one for us costing about $15 each - air conditioned, good shower pressure and a lovely environment.

Entering the gardens is like an enchanted wonderland - Mr Charin has spent years creating an incredible haven with ponds, hammocks, plants, beautiful furniture and comfortable accommodation. The breakfast was incredibly delicious and his hospitality and kindness really made our stay.

We had the MOST incredible meal at the 'barbeque' just up the street - a buffet steamboat restaurant costing about $3 per person was one of the highlights of our trip. Clearly a popular local family destination, this outdoor venue was overflowing with people, metal buckets with glowing coals were placed under the tables to self-cook on our table. So delicious - this was followed by the dessert table - candied lychees, ice cream and jellied sponge cake,

I would certainly return to Kamphaeng Phet if only to stay at Three J and eat at the Barbeque restaurant. Mr Charin also owns a farm offering tourist accommodation and we would love to stay there one day.

Date of stay: May 2012
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5  Thank halcyondays007
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

We selected this guest house based on favourable comments on Tripadvisor. And we are so very thankful.

Some destinations are planned as mere stop-overs. Then, in course of the travel, one discovers that it was as much (or perhaps more) memorable as the journey itself. Experience of our stay in 3J was something similar.

We were driving a rented car from Bang Saen to Chiang Mai. Kampaeng Phet being almost the mid point was a natural selection for night halt. Initial e-mail communications with Mr Charin were reassuring enough to select 3J (this was to be our first visit to Thailand). Once in Thailand, he was always responsive to our calls. On reaching Kampaeng Phet, he told us to wait near a landmark point (central bus station) and his affable son promptly arrived there to guide us to 3J.

The guest house (I would rather call it a homestay because the host family stays within it and the term ‘Guest House’ does not do justice to such a friendly and homely environment) has lots of character. The place is furnished in typical Thai style, exuding a real local flavour. Rooms are situated around a meandering pathway in a lawn like set-up. A large common area has a number of seating arrangements, apart from the lounge and dining area. The compound gives an ‘open to sky’ and ‘close to nature’ feeling. Thanks to the common areas, you can mingle with other guests in a homelike surrounding, without being intrusive at the same time.

‘Hospitality’ is the key word here. The family, comprising of Mr Charin, his two grown up sons and the good lady are all so very friendly – from the very first instance we felt like being part of the system. The lounge has ready stock of tea/coffee/soft drinks/drinks/snacks appropriately stored and accessible. The good old dictum of ‘faith in humanity’ runs here – you take whatever, write it down in a notebook kept on the counter; and you will be billed accordingly.

Mr Charin and his sons converse in good English.

Rooms are very clean, well maintained (with clean towels/TV/add-ons/ good shower in bathroom, etc) and compact. They have cosy sit-outs outside the rooms, thus effectively offering a larger space than apparent.

3J is located in a ‘friendly neighbourhood’ kind of area – accessible, neighbourly and residential. In the morning, I watched monks doing their rounds of collecting alms in the early morning.

I would grade it as one of the best ‘value for money’ options that I ever came across. Hospitality and friendliness of the hosts are added/special attraction.

Though we couldn’t have breakfast there, options on the menu appeared to be very reasonable and fair. Other meals can be had at good local restaurants located within walking distance.

Mr Charin also runs another farm-house stay nearby, apart from offering local sightseeing within and beyond KPhet for the guests.

We are keen to visit Thailand once again and one important reason for the eagerness is to enjoy 3J as a destination rather than a stop-over.

Stayed - Mar 2012
Travelled - Family with teen child

Room tip: Family room does not have aircon yet.
Date of stay: March 2012
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5  Thank indi11
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

My time in Kamphaeng Phet was really amazing. A big part of that was because of my stay at 3 J Guesthouse. I arrived at the bus station a little lost and the lady at information called 3 J for me and Charin's son came right away to pick me up. The guesthouse itself was very peaceful for the most part. I had a room with fan and no tv. The rooms were very clean and nice. The shower had hot water though I prefer tepid to cold. Flush toilet was a nice luxury. Each room has a small table with chairs outside it and the grounds around the guesthouse are incredibly lush and well taken care of. Oversized carved wood chairs are scattered around for lounging. There are private seating areas and a large dining area. There is also a living room outside but with a complete inside feel. Its really hard to describe the property other to say it is very unique and inviting. Charin, the owner is a very nice man with tons of knowledge about the area. He would always come and check in on everyone each night and spend time chatting with the guests. His family is also very nice but they mainly keep to themselves.

In typical Thai fashion the walls do seem to be a bit thin and the bed is on the firm side but mine was still very comfortable to sleep on. Also like everywhere else I've been in Thailand the mosquitoes come out in at dusk and dawn so, even though Charin does his best to control them, either long pants or spray may be necessary.

I didn't have breakfast there because I generally prefer Thai breakfast to American. The prices for everything on the menu seem pretty fair and in line with what I've seen at other guesthouses.

3 J rents bikes (50 baht) and scooters (200 baht + gas) which you'll need to use one or the other if you want to explore this town and area. Its very spread out and the best stuff is far enough a way that you don't want to hoof it... Bikes are easiest for the historical city and regular city, moped is necessary for visiting the parks and exploring beyond.

There are two or three local convenience stores within steps of the guesthouse and 5 restaurants. My personal favourite was left from the guesthouse and around corner the by 50 metres. Its a shack of a place next to a vacant lot but the lady who owns it is super sweet, friendly, and makes great food for about $25-30 baht a plate. Don't worry about drinking the water, its filtered and so is the ice. There is also a Thai BBQ buffet on the same street as the guesthouse which if you haven't had it I strongly recommend checking it out.

7-11 and the night market are about a 15 minute walk but if you go late at night watch out for the feral dogs. Every town in Thailand seems to have a problem with them. They collect in packs down the street but they may or may not be there since they wander around as the night goes on. These ones didn't seem as vicious as some of the others I've seen.

The historical city is about 4kms away and you can spend a full day exploring the inner and outer and the surrounding area. I was surprised at how many of the ruined temples were still standing. Where once were houses, shops, life and a vibrant culture has now been reclaimed but tranquil forest.

I would highly recommend taking the time to explore Kamphaeng Phet and surrounding area and if you do, there's probably no better place to stay than 3 J Guesthouse.

Date of stay: January 2012
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6  Thank coconutfarmer
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Reviewed December 3, 2011

This is a cute guesthouse with nice rooms and lots if places to relax in the garden. The area is quiet and a short ride to the river and night market and you can rent pushbikes and motorbikes cheaply from the owner. Recommended place for a few nights.

Date of stay: November 2011
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2  Thank Meowmeow777
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

Very friendly guesthouse, the owner speaks English very well and helps you where he can. He even parked our car inside his gates (better for you and for me, he said). We received cool water and fruit for free on unannounced arrival, and free longanfruit next morning apart from the paid for breakfast. The beds were hard, but the shower was warm, there was a flushtoilet, television and aircon and a wonderful paved garden to look around in. We recommend it highly.

Date of stay: July 2011
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7  Thank diethuis
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