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Toby557
United Kingdom

Hidden unspoilt gem

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 Dec 2015via mobile
My brother and I stayed here for two nights, having moved from the Ploy guesthouse in town. Kasem Island resort really is in an idyllic location on its own lush green island in the middle of the River. Access is very easy - you simply arrive at Chukkadon Pier and a free boat service ferries you over. It takes about 2 minutes.
The accommodation is a series of bungalows of varying standards but all of them right on the waters edge with fantastic views of the river. We opted for one of the cheapest, without aircon. Whilst some (but not all) of the bungalows are a little tired, ours was spotlessly clean with no bugs inside and the bathroom and bed linen were perfectly good.
The swimming pool is a great feature, built on slightly raised ground in the middle of the island and surrounded by tropical plants and trees that seemed to attract countless stunning butterflies. The pool is clean and cool but could do with some updating.
The restaurant area is particularly nice - again right on the rivers edge and well lit at night but still tasteful. The food is fantastic and arrives impressively quickly after ordering. We actually cancelled our plans to go into town for supper on our second night as the food the previous night had been so delicious.
The service is great - attentive without being intrusive and the lady who manages the resort speaks excellent English. She arranged a boat trip for us on the river and also our transport back to Bangkok airport. She even rang the bus station in Kanchanaburi whilst we were waiting for the bus, to make sure they dropped us off at the best stop for the airport. Excellent service!
The charm of this place should not be underestimated. It's a beautiful place to stay without any of the tacky stuff that comes with a place in town. If you're going to Kanchanaburi and don't want to spend the earth, I can't recommend this place highly enough.
Date of stay: December 2015
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 December 2015 via mobile

I had read good reviews of this resort but was not very satisfied. The location seemed amazing, reviews stated being away from the hustle and bustle, which we prefer. However, this is farther than we expected from restaurants and really anything to do. Without a motorbike I definitely would not stay here. I believe the water for the shower comes from the river below, not very clean. We also found a cockroach in our bed the morning we left. The people were incredibly friendly and helpful though!

Date of stay: December 2015
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2015 via mobile

*very nice little bungalows (we stayed in the air conditioned ones) directly at the river
*nice staff
*good breakfast directly at the river
*well cultivated island with nice vegetation
*free shuttle service on a longboat till 10 pm
-additional charge for extra pancakes at breakfast

Date of stay: October 2015
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2015

Went for a quick 2 day getaway and wanted something easy to drive to from Bangkok, nice, quiet and maybe a little different.

Found this place and realized it's probably the only place in the region that's on its own island. It is indeed self-contained on its own island

It was a 2 hour drive from the western edge of Bangkok by taxi (took the van back and it took about a half an hour longer...still easy). As we got close, we called and they sent a boat over to pick us up at a public pier in Kanchanaburi town. The boat was waiting when we got there and with 5 minutes or so, were transported to the island.

We took the deluxe room, which is slightly larger than the basic but I believe every room is on the water. Room was nice, if a bit dated; but clean and neat with a small balcony over the water and a pretty nice view of water, mountains and greenery.

Breakfast (included in our room price) was simple...your choice of 3 or 4 set menus. My brother got the rice soup both mornings, I got the scrambled eggs with ham and sausage. Pretty standard stuff and if you hang out in Asia long enough, you accept that an American mini-hotdog is a breakfast sausage in many places. Breakfast is served water-side and if you toss toast bits into the water, the local fish go nuts. The coffee is old fashioned Thai style, meaning beans roasted to French roast, brewed dark and served with milk. It's not Starbucks but its a real cup of coffee, not the nescafe stuff many places serve.

This place must have been amazing about 10 or so years ago. Its more faded now and they need to do some maintenance on wood trim around the property, but the staff are great and the ambience very laid-back. The grounds are nice and the pool looks to be great, but I didn't try it out.

For outings and getting to town, the boat runs every hour from early to about 10pm. after that, i think it costs like 200THB.

From the resort, its a boat ride to a local market and about a 6km walk to the bridge. We spent a whole day walking through the market, along the back streets and through a temple to the riverfront and on to the bridge over the river kwai. As you get close to the bridge, the guest houses, pubs and touristy stuff begins. It was a fun day and we really appreciated we weren't staying in the middle of the tourist zone. Our feet were tired after all that so, we took a motorcycle/sidecar taxi back to our pier for like 100THB.

So, weaknesses....the place needs some investment money for an update, but there is a faded elegance about the place, which is cool in its own right. My biggest complaint is that the water pressure in our shower was low...not unacceptably low, but I like strong jets of water and while ours wasn't just a dribble, it was lackluster

Date of stay: July 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 February 2015 via mobile

We stayed here for several nights in one of their floating bungalows. Their Ferry came and picked us up and took us to the island. The ferry operates every hour from the island over to the mainland and is a lovely 10 minute trip. As has been said before, its free until 10.30pm after which they make a small charge. You just talk to a family on the port who phone him for you. The views over the river Kwai were stunning.

The accommodation was basic but clean. We opted for a fan room as the views are better. The bathroom had only cold water, but its a similar temperature to the pool water.
The on site dining room offered a good choice to suit most palates at a good price.

If you are going out in the evening, its best to arrange transport to be waiting on the shore for you as they are thin on the ground after 5pm. Reception will arrange it for you. Motorbike taxi to the main strip at Kanchanaburi is about 50 baht. A tuk tuk around 100.

We found this a really good base to explore Hellfire pass, the Railway and The bridge. But it was also lovely to come back to the peace of the island.

They have had some issues with party boats coming down river, but to be fair, the noise quiets as it floats by and is gone and in all cases while we were there it had finished by 11.30pm.

Date of stay: January 2015
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 February 2015

This resort was something different from anywhere we've stayed before.
We stayed for 3 nights in January 2015 and found the resort staff helpful and always on hand to help up with trips to maximise our short stay.
The ferry from the "mainland" to the resort is a little slow but we found the gentle chugging of the boat relaxing and added to charm to the quiet resort.
Top tip: as the boat sometimes needs to be called, you have to knock on a window/glass door about 100 meters from the pier. The window is on your right as you walk down the hill towards to pier. We couldn't find the window on our first attempt.
The food is great. Breakfast is simple but completely fine.
The room we stayed faced away from the mainland and was simple but clean and the river view was really nice.
The only downside was across the water from our room was a larger resort which on two nights hosted quite loud parties (1 we were told was a wedding featuring karaoke). Although the staff were apologetic and the music went on to 1am one night, if you're a light sleeper or don't have earplugs, it could keep you up. Basically, booking on the mainland side may be better.

We would stay again.

Date of stay: January 2015
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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