January 2020 Multimedia Jane Willow

Thailand boasts of 25 river basins and 254 sub-basins in addition to its many natural lakes and water reservoirs. Given the abundance of water bodies, staying in a houseboat is one of the best ways explore the country. Freshwater escapades are attracting guests and visitors who want to try something new in 'The Land of Smiles' away from crowded beaches and busy towns.

What Is Available in Thailand

Houseboat rentals in Thailand is gaining popularity with businesses realizing that this is another opportunity to offer visitors an authentic way to see the sights and attractions of the country. Among guests, staying in a houseboat is a novelty, an exciting approach to an adventure vacation. A houseboat accommodation is never boring as you move from one place to another, see different landscapes, and enjoy the tranquillity of the water.

The types of houseboats that you can rent in Thailand vary. There are small houseboats that can accommodate few guests. For larger groups, renting a houseboat with several rooms that can hold 12-24 guests is a feasible arrangement. These villa-like houseboats have their own kitchen, dining, ensuite bathrooms, sundeck, bar, and lounging areas. They also come with dinghies so you can easily make small trips in the area. Houseboat rentals are available through accommodation platforms online and most rentals come with a captain. 

Picking Up Your Houseboat

For visitors arriving in the capital, Bangkok, the boat owner will communicate where to embark once your reservation is confirmed. Boat tours on the Chao Phraya River leave from different piers in town. Houseboats that are moored outside of the capital are typically rented out in places such as Phuket, Pattaya, and Kanchanaburi.   

Before setting off in your houseboat, explore some of the city’s attractions including gilded temples, colorful markets, and historic museums. Not to be missed are several good restaurants in Bangkok serving delicious and tasty Thai food, in addition to an international array of cuisine. 

Where to Go with a Houseboat Rental

One of the best places to cruise in a houseboat is the Khao Laem National Park in Kanchanaburi Province. It has a huge reservoir and features a well-kept campground with facilities. Admire waterfalls, explore caves, go fishing, or just relish the beauty of nature around you.

Phuket is another popular place where you can rent a houseboat. Visit the renowned island of Krabi, explore Old Phuket Town, and take part in the Phuket Town Sunday Night Market. At the capital, go on river cruises and watch the floating fruit market. Other places where you can go with a houseboat include Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya Island, Uthai Thani, and Chon Buri. In fact, you will never run of gorgeous places to see and explore when you rent or stay at a houseboat in Thailand.

Going on a houseboat is a fun and different way to experience Thailand. With so many natural attractions and places of interest visible from the water, there is never a dull moment while on vacation in Southeast Asia.

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