It’d be hard to have a bad time at this charming riverside retreat
The town of Kanchanaburi has many resorts, hotels, and guesthouses to choose from, but for overall value it’s hard to beat the Good Time Resort, a property that offers upscale amenities but retains a friendly, family-run guesthouse feel.
The owner, Khun Chalee, has been a fixture on the Kanchanaburi tourism scene for a long time, running her successful Good Times Travel Service. Four years ago she and her husband opened their own resort—carrying over the company name—beginning with just 17 rooms. Since that time the property has expanded, and with the recent addition of six new rooms the resort now offers guests a total of 42 accommodations.
There are 10 room styles to choose from, varying in size from the 20 sq.m Small Double room, to the spacious 45 sq.m Deluxe Triple Lagoon View room, and the mammoth 70 sq.m two-room Junior Suite. I found myself booked into a very comfortable 2nd-storey Superior Garden View room—one of the newer units—which offers such luxuries as flatscreen TV, mini-fridge, bathrobes, air-conditioning, room safe, free Wi-Fi, and coffee and tea making facilities. The interior is accented with colourful pop-art style designs on the pillows, bed runner, and headboard area, while the polished cement floor is livened up with decorative tiles. The room also includes a nice-sized balcony (with chairs) and a funky wooden bench seat and coffee table.
The resort’s location is ideal, being right on the river, a mere 3 km from ‘The Bridge Over the River Kwai’, and just a stone’s throw from the activity on Maenamkwai Road, the town’s main tourist drag. And while it’s fabulous that this property extends right to the picturesque riverbank, you can’t really swim in the river—which is why the resort’s small but serviceable outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by garden greenery, is such a popular hangout for guests. It’s also open till 9pm, and the water looks beautiful during the evening when it is lit from below.
The resort’s other popular hangout—for both guests and outside visitors—is their open-air riverside restaurant which overlooks both the river and the resort’s own ornamental lagoon. The views here are lovely, especially at sunset, and the food is equally exceptional. On the first day of my visit I feasted on a delicious meal consisting of Yum Ta Kai Kung (spicy lemongrass salad with shrimp and cashews), Chicken Sa-Tae (plump juicy seasoned chicken on skewers with a spicy peanut dipping sauce), and Kra Pong Song Jai (deep fried sea bass with mango salad and garlic). On my second day, just before departing, I tucked into a spicy bowl of Kaeng Paa Maa (Burmese red curry with potato and chicken or pork), which went beautifully with my farewell ice cold beer.
NOTE: The Good Times riverside restaurant is also the spot where overnight guests enjoy a buffet style breakfast, and where those interested can sign up for the resort’s highly recommended Thai cooking class.
By Bruce Scott
Good Times Resort
265/5 Maenam Kwai Rd.
Tel: 090 143 4925