[UPDATED 19 Feb 2019]

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 awakened by the sound of the waves rather than your alarm. Truth is, we all know that the Maldives can be a little bit too pricey to travel to but guess what? There are overwater villas in cheaper places like Thailand 😉!


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Thailand is known for its amazing beaches and they’ve also 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 an Agoda search for the period of Mar 2019, 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!

[P.S. Looking for more resorts on a budget? We’ve rounded up these 8 awesome resorts in Thailand that won’t burn a hole in your pocket!]

Kanchanaburi
1. Float House River Kwai

A legit flotel (or 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 longboat, which gives you a hint of how exclusive it is being secluded away from everything else 😍


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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.


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


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Address: Wang Krachae, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150 Thailand
Price: from USD 149 on Agoda

Click here to book: Float House River Kwai

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!


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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 a Thai massage 💆🏻


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

Address: Sai Yok, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand
Price: from THB2,600

Click here to book Wang Nok Kaew Resort!

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 😎


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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 😌


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


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Address: Wang Krachae, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand
Price: from USD91 on Agoda

Click here to book: Kwai Tara Riverside

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 are found in a nearby dam. (Interesting fact for you 😌) These villas are perfect for group holidays or small families!


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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. 😉


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

Address: Tambon Tha Kradan, Amphoe Si Sawat Chang Wat Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand
Price: from THB4,400

Click here to book: Ananta River Hills Resort

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!


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The way to get to The River Kwai Jungle Rafts 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 😀


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#HHWT Tip: While the food at the resort is not halal, you can request for vegetarian meals while staying at River Kwai Jungle Rafts.

Address: 55 Moo 5 Tambol Wangkrajae, Amphur Saiyoke, Kanchanaburi, 71150, Thailand (hotel can’t be reached by road)
Price: from USD121 on Agoda

Click here to book: River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort

6. X2 River Kwai Resort

With balconies overlooking the river, X2 River Kwai Resort is perfect if you’d like to wake up with a beautiful view during your stay. It has stunning views and the backdrop of mountain ranges and blue sky makes it even better! 😍

While getting to the resort itself, you’ll pass by rice paddy fields, local temples and even sugar cane plantations! The facilities in the hotel include a river view restaurant with an outdoor deck. Talk about dining with a view 🙌


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Address: 138, 4 Nong Ya Soi 5 Ban Wanglan, Nong Ya, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
Price: USD115 on Agoda

Click here to book X2 River Kwai Resort now!

7. Ban Rim Kwae Resort (River Kwai Jungle House)

If you want a truly local experience, a stay at Ban Rim Kwae would be just what you’re looking for. With simple wooden furnishings and easy access to the River Kwai, staying here will remind you of “kampung” life! The resort has many different accommodation types but we recommend the rafts for the “overwater experience”.


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The feeling of seclusion that you get here is unparalleled and perfect if you’re looking for some quality bonding time with your loved ones. They even have real bamboo rafts that you can ride on for team bonding, which makes for a really unique experience 😊


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For those of you who are history buffs, you’d be happy to know that the resort is directly overlooking the famous “Death Railway”. The resort is also in close proximity to other attractions in Kanchanaburi like the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, Krasae Cave and Mueang Sing Historical Park.

Address: 96/1 Moo 3, Lum Sum Subdistrict, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71150
Price: Overwater rafts from THB6,000

Click here to book Ban Rim Kwae Resort

Koh Phayam
8. Blue Sky Resort Koh Payam

The Blue Sky Resort is also known as Thailand’s version of the Maldives. This resort takes pride in being a replica of the Maldives. If you’ve always wanted to go to the Maldives but have been tight on budget, you know where to head to now! 😉


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Numerous activities are available for those who want to be more adventurous; canoeing, diving and snorkelling! For those who intend to immerse themselves in the Thai culture, you may even want to participate in their Thai boxing (Muay Thai) or a cooking class!


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Address: Sapanpla Road Koh Phayam, Tambon Ko Phayam, Amphoe Mueang Ranong, Chang Wat Ranong 85000, Thailand
Price: USD90 on Agoda

Click here to book: Blue Sky Resort

[P.S. Love the beach? Then our guide to Thailand’s 4 famous beach spots has got you covered!]

Chiang Mai
9. Mountain Float Chiang Mai

Mountain Float is another true-blue flotel. It’s situated amongst the beautiful mountain ranges in Chiang Mai, on the Mae Ngad Dam. With its wooden interior, staying in this flotel gives you a rustic homey feel. Each room comes with its own private balcony. You may even order room service and it will be delivered to the balcony! 😋


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Guests may enjoy dining on the water, paddle boarding and kayaking whilst on the premises. For those of you who have been missing out on their karaoke sessions, good news as this resort has their very own karaoke machine!


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Just imagine dining with your loved ones in the middle of the open sea 😍


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Address: Ban Pao, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand
Price: from THB10,000

Click here to book: Mountain Float Chiang Mai

Koh Tao
10. Koh Tao Bamboo Huts

A resort located directly on the coast of Koh Tao, these villas have a more quirky and tropical vibe which will be a good photo-op for those who’re on Instagram. 😍 If you’ve opted for the bamboo huts, you have the option of choosing a room with access to the pool.


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Being situated right on the coast means, sleeping with the waves crashing against the shores and being right underneath the stars. What more can you ask for?


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Address: 30/2 Jax Trex, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Price: from USD127 on Agoda

Click here to book: Koh Tao Bamboo Huts

So, what else are you waiting for? Rather than waiting to head to the Maldives for an expensive overwater villa experience, plan a retreat to Thailand with your family and friends instead! Unwind at these unique villas that’s worth every dollar for a scenic getaway 😎

[P.S. Heading to Thailand? Check these 8 underrated destinations for an off-the-beaten-path vacation!]

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