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9 Budget-friendly water villas in Thailand for your next getaway

We all have those days when we’re stuck in traffic and all you’re dreaming about is going for a beach holiday in the Maldives. Think about how good it’s going to feel when you’re awaken by the sound of the waves rather than your alarm. Truth is, we all know that Maldives can be a little bit too pricey to travel to but guess what? There are overwater villas just right around the corner 😉!

Thailand is known for its amazing beaches and they’ve now stepped up their game with these amazing overwater villas! 😍 Comfortable rooms, exciting activities and breathtaking views – these villas offer value for money. So, let’s get started 😉

Note: Prices of the accommodations are based on Agoda search for the period of July to October 2018, 2 pax. Most of these accommodations are based on secluded areas of Thailand where Halal food can be scarce. Some accommodations are able to provide halal or vegetarian/seafood diets upon request. Do make enquiries with the specific accommodations before booking!

1. Float House River Kwai

A legit flotel which is also known as float hotel, the entire hotel floats on River Kwai! Guests love this flotel for its decor, which has been tailored with the luxurious yet traditional teakwood. The only way to get onto this flotel is via their long boat, which gives you a hint of how exclusive it is being secluded away from everything else 😍

Each room has its own private balcony and an open-air deck! If you’re coming in a large group, you may also request for adjoining rooms. The thought of sleeping with all your loved ones around you while listening to the river flowing sounds good to me.

Some of the things to try here includes the Lawa Cave, mountain biking, bamboo rafting, and canoeing! 😄

Halal Dining: No Vegetarian: Yes Private Villas: No Alcohol-free: Mini bar can be removed upon request

2. Wang Nok Kaew Resort

A resort that is well known amongst locals and travellers alike, guests may choose to get a room that overlooks the river or the swimming pool. Each room has this home-like feel with their wooden interior and Wi-Fi is also included!

Guests may want to try out the various activities they offer such as bamboo rafting, jumping into the waterfall and swimming in the river! For those who prefer to take it slow, you may opt for the Thai massage. 💆🏻

Some of the must-try activities here would be getting a Thai massage, visiting the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, historical park and memorial museum, and outdoor activities such as caving!

Halal Dining: Available upon request Private Villas: Yes Alcohol-free: Mini bar can be removed upon request Spa/Massage: Yes

Address: Sai Yok, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand Price: SGD100

3. Kwai Tara Riverside Villa

Unlike the previous two resorts, this resort has a modern twist to it. Its aim is to ensure guests receive the highest degree of luxury and comfort. Each room has been equipped with a flat screen TV, air conditioning and even a private entrance 😎

Other than their luxurious rooms, the Kwai Tara is also placed in a very convenient and centralised location. Attractions such as the Memorial and War Museum can be easily accessed from this resort 😌

Don’t forget to try the bamboo rafting and elephant riding while you’re here! 😉

Address: Wang Krachae, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand Price: SGD117 on Agoda

4. Ananta River Hills Resort

The Ananta River Hills Resort has been placed in a very scenic area surrounded by the sea and green hills. It’s a never-ending view of greens each time you look out your balcony (which we don’t mind at all!). It has a total of 11 types of villas, which has been named after various fish species that’s found in a nearby dam. (Interesting fact for you 😌) These villas are perfect for group holidays or small families!

This is a place to go if you’re travelling with kids who are more active! Other than being a resort, this place is packed with water theme parks (imagine bouncy houses…. BUT ON WATER). It also has jet skis and kayaking equipment for rent. You can ensure everyone will sleep well after a day out on the waters. 😉

Some of the highlights to try out when you’re here would be canoeing, the bouncy water park, and also jet skiing!

Halal Dining: No Vegetarian: Yes Private Villas: Yes Mosque: About 40km away Alcohol-free: Yes

Address: Tambon Tha Kradan, Amphoe Si Sawat Chang Wat Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand Price: SGD167

5. River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort

Fancy being surrounded by nature? If your answer is yes, then get ready for the best and relaxing stay at the River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort! A nice place to stay at and a plus point, you’ll get to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city life!

The way to get to The River Kwai Resotel is special as you can only reach there via the river! But don’t worry, it’s only a short 7-minute ride on a local long-tailed boat from the Phutakien Pier where you’ll pass through the beautiful jungle and other green sceneries 😀