Do you enjoy scenic sunsets with your significant other? Do you dream of organising a party in Thailand that doesn’t end like The Hangover Part 2? Do you wish to get your friends or family addicted to adventure, while teaching them there’s a world without Wi-Fi?
There’s just so many places in Kanchanaburi to stay, but there’s something more appealing about staying on a lake surrounded by nature.
Here are 2 reasons why you should consider a lake-view resort in Kanchanaburi:
1. Kanchanaburi is a 3 hour ride from Bangkok, notorious for locals and expats alike who enjoy spending time in this culturally enriched location.
2. Kanchanaburi is lesser known and is the perfect location for hidden away retreats, especially for floating resorts situated on or around lakes.
1. Release your inner child with the water activities – Lake Heaven Resort
Lake heaven resort embodies a summer camp vibe due to its suburban location and outdoorsy activities situated all over the lake.
Whether you’re a couple of travellers, or a large group, the resort has just the amenities needed for any type of traveller.
First, choose your accommodation – from the Dalha Room (a private floating rafthouse for 2), Benjamas Raft (rafthouse for 12), or Kaew Jao Jom (rafthouse for 20).
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Next, enjoy the full range of outdoor activities available to keep everyone entertained. After a day of playing with water slides, jet skis and kayaks, the resort transitions into a karaoke venue come nightfall (maybe even perform after a few shots of Sangsom).
It’s worth noting that the resort is close to Erawan Waterfalls, in case you decide to go on another adventure. As there is only one restaurant at Lake Heaven resort, you may want to bring additional food along to the resort.
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This recently established resort has a total of 11 types of floating villas, each one named after a particular fish living in the nearby dam.
The floating villas are all equipped with a private balcony, allowing you to observe the clear water and iconic mountains surrounding you.
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Apart from the villas, there’s plenty to keep you having fun! With life jackets, canoes, a free water park full of floats (including a trampoline on a float), wet-rafting and jet skis available, you’ll be happy and well worn out by the end of the day!
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One of the main things that makes this resort unique (and adds to the fun), is their kayak and fishing competitions where prizes are presented by the resort.
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PS: If you’re a large group looking for places that can accommodate the whole group, Ananta River Hills has many options catering to different sizes of groups!
3. Are you a water baby who loves water? – Ruknam Resort
Ruknam Resort (direct translation: Love Water Resort) is set on the waterfront of Srinakarin Lake, and this upscale resort is 16km away from the infamous Erawan Waterfalls.
Reaching the resort involves crossing a long wooden bridge, which may seem daunting for some – but if you have come all this way for an adventure, why stop now?
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On arrival, you will notice a display of comfortable bean bags placed suitably for the best view of the landscape, while the floating villas feature below on the lake’s surface.
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The dark wood décor of these overwater bungalows add a touch of secluded sophistication that anyone would enjoy. When you’re hungry,dinner is served on a floating barge driven by a jet ski – certainly a unique way to dine and unwind.
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Our favourite part of the resort out of everything? Apart from the usual canoes and jetskis, this resort provides fun in the form of a long water slide down a grassy hill into the river, a water park, and a floating playground/swimming pool.
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So much to play, too little time!
4. It feels like a deserted island! – Tara Cape Resort
Situated in Ban Hin Hak, Tara Cape Resort is literally in the middle of a lake – so much so that it feels almost like it’s a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. To reach the resort, you’ll definitely need to take a boat ride (unless you have the ability to walk on water). 😛
Once here, you’ll find that it features a really unique stone decor where the exteriors and room interiors display walls made of stone. It feels cosy and the rock interiors are surprisingly welcoming and sophisticated – and it reminds us a little of the stone-age qualities of The Flintstones!
Sit on your terrace and unwind by the lake, or lay in the over-water net and watch the clouds drift by, Tara Cape Resort provides a quiet bliss that can be hard to find nowadays.
Expect barbeques, room service (and grocery deliveries too!), fishing frolics and have the most blissful time here!
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5. Visit a vineyard and pick some grapes – Amadard Resort
Amadard Resort is much more elusive to find than Lake Heaven even though ironically it’s on a huge lake. The view of the lake is so hypnotic that you may find yourself thinking of ludicrous excuses to stay forever.
Note: There are 14 standard floating raft rooms accentuated in a traditional fusion Thai/Bali style that accommodate up to 4 guests per room!
The laid-back atmosphere of this resort is a must for anyone who’s looking to spend a few days relaxing either in the sun or in the water. The option of kayaking is not only free, but also without a time limit (we recommend not going out at night though in case you get lost).
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Did we mention wine? That’s right, you can go on a tour of the Baan Plai Dinsor Vineyard, pick some grapes and gobble them once you arrive back at your accommodation.
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If relaxing all day is too much (if that’s even possible), you can stretch your legs and go on a nature trail nearby, staff at the resort will help point you in the right direction.
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End the night with fishing for snakeheads or participating in Karaoke, since you are out in the countryside, it won’t matter if you sing bad or not.
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PS: The main way to get to this hidden treasure is via a 20 minute speedboat, this can be arranged with a booking from the resort’s website or dropping an email.
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6. Experience a big lake with big ideas – Phu Pai Lake and Resort
The lake at this resort is gargantuan with numerous interconnected smaller rivers and dams to explore.
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The floating houses have two storeys, the second floor rooms accommodates up to 2 people while the first floor rooms accommodates up to 4 people. It’s simple, clean and cosy, and comes with appropriate lake facilities such as canoes, boats and life jackets!
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The resort provides a selection of packages specially tailored for different groups that might make your stay more memorable.
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For starters, Package 1 is tailored for 4 people or more and includes 2 meals, a rafting trip, sightseeing the srinakharin sam and stopping over on Kaotonkang Island where a kayaking adventure awaits!
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Wait no longer, Phu Pai Lake and Resort has pretty attractive rates and packages – combined with its gorgeous lake views and activities!
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7. This reasonably priced resort will make you want to stay forever – Raya Buri Resort
Access to Raya Buri Resort is through a twisty and stunning mountain road where if you are lucky, you might see some elephants on the way. Once you’ve reached, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the mountains and Srinakarin Dam.
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Depending on your preference, the Raya Island Room is a great choice for a no frills, simple yet elegant floating lake-view stay.
There are plenty of activities available here from the Night Party on the Lake, to rafting and kayaking, sunrise and sunset viewings and more. The staff are also extremely helpful with arranging outings via taxi if you wish to partake in a little exploration! For starters, visit the Grape Farm between February and April, take a little boat ride to the Tree in the Lake, or check out the Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall.
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When hungry, head to Rayabury Restaurant – overlooking the lake, it’s highly recommended to have a glorious sunset dinner here.
Otherwise, there’s a minimart if you need any last minute groceries, and massages are available here too!