When I found D Hostel in Kanchanaburi on Booking.com, I had no idea really what I was in for. I expected to like it, but what I didn’t expect was to totally fall in love with it. Kanchanaburi is a place that I spent over two weeks 2.5 years ago. I was volunteering at a zoo and celebrated Song Kran here, but honestly I neglected to explore the marvels of this region. Realizing my mistake and wanting to meet up with a dear Thai friend, Matt and I quickly added a brief stay in Kanchanaburi to our list of musts for Thailand. What we didn’t realize is it would quickly become one of our favorite destinations, and shockingly a relatively new hostel has a lot to do with that.
What Makes D Hostel Heaven?
Can’t you see how D Hostel is this Mountain-lover’s version of heaven
As soon as we stepped through the door we loved this place. We were welcomed warmly by the amazing staff and fell in love with the perfect blend of amazing design + natural beauty here. The longer we were there the more we wanted to stay – so we did. We started out with just a few nights booked and ended up doubling our stay!
The Rooms at D Hostel
Left: This is the 2-room dorm – I love the perfect charging table with the lamp // Right: the view from this room.
There are dorm-style rooms available: both mixed rooms and female-only rooms. We took a peek at them while we were there and I was impressed! They’re clean and have plenty of space in them. There are four bed and two bed dorms that are priced accordingly.
This is the room with the best view in my opinion. Left: Clean design // Right: The amazing view!
Then there are the single rooms. Couples, don’t be put off by this, they sleep 1-2 and Matt and I had plenty of room. These rooms also happen to have the best views. We stayed in both of the single rooms while we were there, and loved them both.
The Other Single Room which is still great!
However, if it’s available the one on the left side of the hall (if you’re looking toward the river) was our favorite as it had the least-obstructed view of the mountains and river. The beds were unbelievably comfortable and we had a beanbag to chill on while enjoying our view.
Different views of the women’s bathroom. My favorite thing was the wire baskets on the wall outside the showers (left photo) that are super functional.
All rooms have a shared bathroom. There are two, one for men, one for women and both were unbelievably clean as well as well-equipped and functional. Plus, it has an awesome concrete look to it!
All of the Rooms at D Hostel Include:
All the rooms in the hostel have some sort of mountain view. The best views, however, are from the unbelievable common areas here at D Hostel.
Upstairs there’s a small lounge area by the window that overlooks the dock/river and mountains.
Left: Matt enjoying the hammock // Right: The breakfast is DIY because you prepare it yourself in their kitchen.
Downstairs, there’s a tv room, plus more seating near the lobby. My favorite part, though was the outdoor space. There’s a large deck with a huge table to enjoy your DIY Complimentary Breakfast with a walkway to a dock area.
Understandably go-to, huh?
This was my go-to place. I enjoyed a lot of hammock time out there. Plus, there are bean bags and small tables. We had my Thai friend, Salapong, over and he said, ‘I wondered, why D Hostel? Then I came out here and saw ah, it’s heaven.‘ (See, we’re not the only ones who think it’s heaven – even the locals do!)
Left: The view from bed, cozy, right? // Right: View from the hall common area
D Hostel’s design is so cool. We sat down with the owner at breakfast one day and it was truly emphasized that the modern, clean look of his hostel was a point of pride. He told us all about his travels (the photos from which adorn the walls) and how he truly created a hostel made for travelers by a traveler. The rooms are just so aesthetically pleasing. They’re very simple, but in the best way. The light fixtures are industrial, the photos on the walls are perfect… it just feels cool.
The Staff + Owner
We had such amazing interactions with everyone we met who worked here. They were always quick to answer questions we had, setup tuktuks for us at a truly reasonable price and offer loads of advice. Even more than their helpfulness, they were truly friendly. We had several normal conversations about life, travels and more with the owner and staff.
When I first arrived, D Hostel seemed a bit off the beaten path, but honestly it’s just far enough off the path to have the perfect amount of tranquility. Getting into town is a very short bike, motorbike or tuktuk ride away. We rented bikes directly from D Hostel and it was insanely affordable and easy. I loved that we could have the town life and then bike 10-15 minutes back to our slice of heaven at D Hostel. Plus, it’s close enough that if you don’t want to get out at all a few restaurants deliver – we know from experience. Also, there’s a small mini mart 2 minutes away that you can get snacks and drinks from.
A Little About Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is most famous for the hellfire pass and the infamous Bridge Over River Kwai. However, there is so much more to see and do in this city and in the Kanchanaburi Province. There are some amazing natural wonders and national parks here filled with turquoise waterfalls and mountain views. The history buff will love the WW2 history, that is worth learning more about. Plus, any culture-lovers out there will be mesmerized by the plethora of temples and massive Buddha figures that grace the countryside. You can read my quick Top 10 In Kanchanaburi here.
Now all that’s left is booking your trip to Kanchanaburi + D Hostel!
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