Budget Water Resorts in Thailand (2023)

There is nothing better than booking great accommodation just a few steps away from the beach. But what if we told you there are accommodation options in Thailand that put you directly on top of the water?

We’ve listed a range of overwater resorts offering guests a romantic escape in an idyllic setting. Each resort allows guests to wake up to the lapping of the waves, the stunning views of the surrounding nature, and direct access to the clear waters of Thailand.

Z9 Resort

Tha Kradan, Kanchanaburi

Budget Water Resorts in Thailand (2023)

Set on the Srinakarin Dam, the Z9 Resort (pronounced Zinine) was built for travellers looking for a quiet resort offering a meditative escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, all while surrounded by the beautiful natural landscapes of Thailand.

THE Z9 Resort boasts 15 unconventional rooms resembling modern igloos. Ahead of the rooms lies a boardwalk that allows guests to take an evening stroll to the resort’s open-air cafe and bakery that uses local ingredients in their dishes.

Blue Sky Resort

Mae Mai Bay, Koh Phayam

Budget Water Resorts in Thailand (2023)

Set amidst the mangrove forest, the Blue Sky Resort in Thailand’s Koh Payam province is a luxurious villa offering guests stunning views of the sea and relaxing rooms with air-conditioning and a refrigerator. In addition, the resort also offers a family-friendly environment equipped with a range of amenities to enhance your stay.

Each elegant villa in the Blue Sky Resort features thatched roofs, modern interiors, a private balcony, a TV, and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The resort offers free kayak and bicycle rental services. Guests can also arrange diving and sightseeing tours at the resort’s tour desk.

Kwai Tara Riverside Villas

Wang Krachae, Kanchanaburi

Budget Water Resorts in Thailand (2023)

The Kwai Tara Riverside Villas Resort offers guests private rooms perched over the beautiful Khwae Noi River. If you’re looking for a luxurious stay, you won’t find it on the property. However, the resort offers large and comfortable air-conditioned rooms designed for guests seeking a nature-centered vacation.

There is no spa on-site. However, the resort has a garden, raft rides, and bicycle rentals. It is also located near famous tourist spots, including River Kwai, Hellfire Pass, Sai Yok Waterfalls, Lawa Cave, and Tham Kra Sae Bridge.

500 Rai Resort

Khao Phang, Surat Thani

Budget Water Resorts in Thailand (2023)

Untouched by nature, the 500 Rai Resort offers guests kaleidoscopic colours, postcard-perfect sights, and unmatched sounds from different wildlife that help create a truly relaxing and rejuvenating holiday experience. Guests who book a stay at the resort can indulge in an outdoor pool with amazing views of lush green hills. Delectable Thai and Western dishes are also served at the on-site Talay Nai Restaurant.

Some of the activities you can do while staying at the resort include canoeing, hiking, walking tours, happy hour, cooking classes, and partaking in other water sports.

Panvaree Resort

Khaosok International Park, Surat Thani

Budget Water Resorts in Thailand (2023)

Located on the Ratchaprapha reservoir in Surat Thani, the Panvaree Resort offer guests overwater accommodation with all the amenities you would need for a relaxing holiday vacation. While the resort only offers 10 rooms, guests can choose from varying sizes, each of which comes with the basic amenities along with a few extras, such as a refrigerator, private terrace, and private bathroom. Each room also offers amazing views of the surrounding nature as well as the cool breeze from the lake it sits on.

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy at the resort. Guests can partake in canoeing, fishing, swimming, and exploring the area by way of customized local tours. While there isn’t a spa on-site, there is an open-air restaurant and bar offering plenty of dishes, including menu items for guests with allergies and plates for children.

Koh Tao Bamboo Huts

30/2 Moo 2, Koh Tao

Budget Water Resorts in Thailand (2023)

The Koh Tao Bamboo Huts is a low-impact, eco-friendly, and adults-only resort set in a gorgeous location offering unobstructed views of the sea and the sunset. Each bungalow in the resort is fitted with an outdoor shower. Some of the accommodations also have their own plunge pools.

There isn’t much to do at the resort. However, the huts are located near Jansom Bay, which is a quiet and tranquil snorkelling spot. The resort is also located near the sands of Mae Haad Beach, where there is a restaurant and massage hut.

The overall vibe at the resort is casual. That being said, it is never a bad idea to pack something dressy to wear when you eat at the on-site Starlight restaurant. As the name suggests, guests who dine at the restaurant are treated to a romantic dinner under the stars.

Mountain Float Chiang Mai

Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai

Budget Water Resorts in Thailand (2023)

Conveniently located in the Mae Taeng District, the Moutain Float resort puts guests close to the best attractions and interesting dining options. The Mountain Float Resort sits in a 12-square-kilometre area, with each room offering guests a warm and cozy place to stay in, as well as a beautiful setting among the mist, trees, mountains, and the constant breeze from the Sri Lanna National Park.

The raft that the resort sits on is made from all-natural materials. All houseboats are also designed with the buoyancy needed to keep the raft afloat while making sure that it remains stable and durable.

Each room comes with a range of service facilities, including 24-hour electricity, clean-filtered water, bedrooms with large spaces, and private toilet facilities. Guests can also partake in several water sports, such as kayaking, water biking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Ruknam Resort

Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi

Budget Water Resorts in Thailand (2023)
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Set on the waterfront of the beautiful Sinakharin Lake, Ruknam Resort is an upscale property featuring overwater bungalows with floor-to-ceiling windows that open out to the lake. Each polished bungalow is fitted with en-suite bathrooms, WiFi access, and mini-fridges. Room service is also available 24 hours.

Some of the activities offered at the resort include kayaking, waterslides, and water sports.

Ananta River Hills Resort

Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi

Budget Water Resorts in Thailand (2023)

The Anata River Hills Resort offers a series of luxury floating houses set against the backdrop of a blend of blue skies and clear waters with the lush greenery of the natural surrounding. Called “The Paradise on Earth” by locals and tourists, each villa comes with private balconies and a pier where you can relax, lounge under the sun, and take in the beautiful scenery while enjoying lunch or dinner.

The Anata River Hills Resort offer a range of activities for guests, including canoeing, wet rafting, and jet skiing. There is also an “inflatable island” featuring a giant seesaw, a trampoline, and several water slides.

KC Resort Overwater Villas

166/98 Moo 2, Koh Samui

The KC Resort Overwater Villas is a 5-star property boasting 95 guest rooms. However, only 16 are on stilts above a large and private infinity pool. This allows guests to swim around and directly under their villa. While it’s not exactly the Maldives, the resort’s reputation for excellent service, luxurious amenities, and secluded location put it in a class of its own.

There are plenty of things to do at the KC Resort Overwater Villas. Activities include windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling, sea canoeing, and water skiing. Guests can also sign up for Thai cooking classes, fruit carving classes, napkin folding classes, and weaving classes.

There are also plenty of workshops available at the property, such as shadow plays, artefact making, kite making, soap carving, batik painting, cocktail making, garland making, and couple massage classes.

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