Your Instagram feed is overflowing with same-old shots of long-tail boats and limestone cliffs, isn’t it? We feel you. For a fresh spin on a quick weekend getaway, take some inspiration from these riverside escapes that you may not know about, but are definitely worth visiting before everyone else finds out about them. Dive right into these under-the-radar hideaways in Thailand, from riverside villas to relaxing resort stays.
X2 River Kwai
River-threaded woodlands lure many nature-loving travellers to X2 River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. The 22 suites and cabins at this relaxing resort provides the understated backdrop to a dreamlike scene beside the Kwae Noi River. Interiors are decorated in subtly different shades of cool greys and blues, with warm parquet flooring throughout and light streaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Inside the spacious suites, you’ll find a cosy living room, draped with warm fabrics and lined with sleek, muted boiseries. For those who’d like to kayak down the calm river, definitely pick the cabin: You’ll get your own kayak dock and private river terrace. You can do a river excursion or simply content yourself with an ice-cold drink by the river at sunset.
X2 River Kwai, 138, 4 Nong Ya Soi 5 Ban Wanglan, Nong Ya, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi, +66 34 552 124
Kwai Tara Riverside Villas
Want to dangle your feet over a flowing river and hang out in a floating villa? Look no farther than Kwai Tara Riverside Villas. The waterside resort offers 20 exclusive, loft-style villas along the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. Positioned a little further up north, this floating escape is only an hour drive away from Erawan National Park, which gives you access to the majestic Erawan Waterfall. While the Canal Access Villas boast stunning views of the evergreen mountains, the Floating Villas are completed with cosy hammocks and private river terraces. Here, you can throw open a window and admire the swift-flowing river and surrounding green meadows. Aside from the sublime setting, Kwai Tara Riverside Villas lets you enjoy activities like jungle rafting, elephant riding, kayaking and, of course, relaxing massage treatments, too.
Kwai Tara Riverside Villas, Wang Krachae, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi, +66 93 925 8883
The next time you plan a trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya for a glimpse of rich Thai history, make it an overnight vacation. Combining a clean, red-brick exterior with a pure white interior décor, each of the 26 guest rooms and suites at Sala Ayutthaya exude simple grace and elegance, much like the archaeological site of Phutthaisawan Temple itself. Nestled by a network of waterways, the rooms here overlook the lapping waters or the majestic temples and palaces. The entire property draws inspiration from the archaeological ruins, fully immersing you into the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Stay here if you’d like to soak up the river vistas and savour some of the freshest seafood — giant Ayutthaya prawns are not to be missed.
Sala Ayutthaya, 9/2 Moo 4 Uthong Road, Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, +66 35 242 588