20 Overwater Bungalows in Thailand

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Thailand is a beautiful country to visit, but it may not be at the top of your list of destinations with overwater bungalows. The overwater bungalows offered by Thailand however are breathtaking, and completely different to those found in tropical destinations such as the Maldives. Overwater bungalows in Thailand are often on calm and winding rivers or at the edges of vast lakes overlooked by thick forests and mountains. Many overwater destinations in Thailand include traditional Thai design and decor, however the recent boom in glamming has resulted in creative overwater accommodations being created.

Why not book your stay in a see through bubble or in a uniquely styled egg-shaped pod? Despite not being on the edges of white sand beaches or overlooking crystal clear waters, Thailand’s overwater bungalows offer a more relaxing and natural vibe. Imagine waking up to the sound of birds as the water gently laps at the stilts below your room. Enjoy breakfast with an awe-inspiring view of some of the most beautiful vistas Thailand has to offer. Here are 20 of the best overwater bungalows in Thailand.

Thailand Overwater Bungalows And Beachfront Resorts

Overwater Bungalows In Thailand

1- Panvaree Resort

Panvaree Resort
Serene sunrise over Thailand’s iconic overwater bungalows, where dreams meet the sea. Photo: Panvaree Resort.

One of the most luxurious overwater bungalow destinations in Thailand is Panvaree Resort, which is the ultimate destination for those who love travelling and absorbing local culture.

It offers a luxurious and traditional feel to its accommodation alongside breathtaking natural surroundings.

Each room at the resort sits over the edges of the lake with views stretching across the still green-blue waters over to the mountains.

Rooms include air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, private decks and ladders leading down to the water.


The resort offers hire of canoes so you can fully explore the lake at your leisure.

Panvaree Resort is at Khaosok International Park, Ratchaprapa Dam, Suratthani, 84230 Ratchaprapha, Thailand.

2- 500 Rai Floating Resort

500 Rai Floating Resort
A peaceful retreat on the water: Thailand’s luxurious bungalows await your arrival. Photo: 500 Rai.

For beautiful views, traditional and comfortable accommodation, and the ultimate relaxing destination, book your overwater bungalow stay in Thailand at 500 Rai Floating Resort.

The resort sits inside a National Park on the beautiful Cheow Alan Lake, and offers great access to a variety of hiking trails and rafting tours.
There are several overwater rooms available including the villa, honeymoon suite, deluxe and family villas.

All rooms at 500 Rai Floating Resort have outdoor seating areas overlooking the water, air conditioning, luxurious bedding and incredible views from the bedrooms.

500 Rai Floating Resort is at Chiew Larn Lake, Khao Sok Narional Park, Ban Ta Khun, Suratthani, 84230 Ratchaprapha, Thailand.

3- Kwai Tara Riverside Villas

Kwai Tara Riverside Villas
Dusk falls softly over Thailand’s floating sanctuaries, promising tranquil nights. Photo: Kwai Tara Riverside Villas.

Enjoy a relaxing 4 star overwater stay at Kwai Tara Riverside Villas.

The villas are on the banks of the Kwai Noi River that blend traditional Thai architecture and design with modern touches and amenities.

There are a number of overwater floating accommodations available including the floating house and villas.

Each villa is well equipped with complimentary WiFi throughout, air conditioning, private balconies and terraces, and private decks offering access to the water or your moored canoe.

There are a variety of excellent restaurants on site, and plenty of activities for the whole family including a games room, garden and shops selling traditional and handmade souvenirs all made by locals.

Kwai Tara Riverside Villas is at 71150 Sai Yok, Thailand.

4- Panvaree The Greenery

Panvaree The Greenery
Embrace the unparalleled beauty of Thailand from the comfort of an overwater bungalow. Photo: Panvaree The Greenery.

For breathtaking views over mountains and lakes, book into Panvaree The Greenery, and be sure to stay in an overwater bungalow.

The resort offers a bar and restaurant with spectacular views, and overwater rooms with air conditioning, private bathrooms and furnished decks.

Each room has spectacular views over the mountains and the lake itself.

Adding to your overwater stay is a spacious shared overwater hammock area where you can lay back and relax in beautiful surroundings, and a pontoon where canoes can be hired to explore the lake.

There are a number of overwater villas available including ones for small groups, families, or large groups of travellers.

Panvaree The Greenery is at Ratchaprapha,, Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani 84230, Thailand.

5- Baan Nai Lake View Resort

Baannai Lake View Resort
Where the sky meets the sea: experience the magic of Thailand’s overwater escapes. Photo: Baan Nai Lake View Resort.

Another excellent overwater bungalow experience on one of Thailands most breathtaking lakes is Baannai Lake View Resort.

The rooms at Baan Nai Lake View Resort are modern in design with traditional Thai touches throughout.

Each overwater bungalow has climate control, private balcony with views across the lake, and private en-suite bathrooms.

The deluxe bungalows are built on stilts over the water and offer beautiful views of both the lake and the forest-covered mountain sides.

While the lake is not immediately accessible from the overwater rooms, there are pathways down to the waters edge and facilities to hire small boats or canoes to explore further.

Baannai Lake View Resort is at 281 Moo 4, Ao Nang, Amphur Muang, Krabi 81180, Thailand, 81180 Ao Nang Beach, Thailand.

6- VeeVaree River Kwai Resort

VeeVaree River Kwai Resort
Golden hour glows warmly on the thatched roofs of Thailand’s serene sea homes. Photo: VeeVaree River Kwai Resort.

Stay in a uniquely designed overwater raft room at VeeVaree River Kwai Resort.

The unusual egg-shaped rooms are topped with orange brick above creamy concrete creating a pleasant and natural-looking design.

Inside each pod is a spacious bedroom with double or kingside bed, and private terrace with outdoor tub and immediate access to the river.

All overwater pods have relaxing views across the river and mountains from your bedroom, coffee machines, wireless internet and air conditioning.

VeeVaree River Kwai Resort is at 71150 Ban Kaeng Raboet, Thailand.

The Three Bubble Houses7- Three Bubble House

Three Bubble House
Awaken to the gentle sounds of the sea in your own Thai overwater haven. Photo: Three Bubble House.

Spend your Thailand vacation in a picturesque setting while sleeping under the stars in a clear bubble.

Three Bubble House is the perfect way to combine glamming, nature, and luxury into one stay.

Each of Three Bubble Houses bubble pods blends Thai, California and Mexican design and cuisine to create a truly unique stay.

The Bubble River House sits atop a floating pontoon referencing traditional floating houses of the river.

Here you will find a transparent bubble with spacious bed offering views of the night sky, the river and mountains, outdoor seating area, outdoor jacuzzi and access to the river.

Enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail as you become accustomed to your surroundings and relax on your deck, before resting in your unique bubble beneath a sky full of stars.

Three Bubble House is at 71150 Sai Yok, Thailand.

8- The Float House River Kwai

The Float House River Kwai
Experience the ultimate in relaxation: Thailand’s overwater bungalows, where the ocean whispers. Photo: The Float House River Kwai.

Nestled among the tropical plants and trees of the jungle is The Float House River Kwai, a natural and sustainable overwater bungalow resort that is perfect for a luxurious stay in Thailand.

There are 20 floating villas in total with tasteful and traditional furnishings and decor.

Each room offers a private balcony overlooking the river and jungle, and pier to easily access the water.

Inside your room expect to find a rain shower, air conditioning, spacious living area and bedroom overlooking the water.

The Float House River Kwai is at 55 Moo5 Tumbol Wangkrajae, Aumpur Saiyok,Kanchanaburi , 71150 Sai Yok, Thailand.

9- River Kwai Jungle Rafts

River Kwai Jungle Rafts
Breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea from the luxury of Thailand’s overwater bungalows. Photo: River Kwai Jungle Rafts.

Take your overwater stay in Thailand one step further and stay on authentic bamboo floating raft.

Rooms at River Kwai Jungle Rafts come equipped with private en-suite bathrooms, outdoor hammocks and private balconies allowing you to take in the beauty of your surroundings.

The hotel prides itself on being sustainable and eco conscious and as such does not use electricity, instead powering its lights with traditional kerosene lamps.

Adding to this natural appeal is the decor used in each room, where Mon Traditional housing is emphasised through traditional furniture designed and made by local villagers.

River Kwai Jungle Rafts is at Baan Tahsao, Amphur Saiyoke, Kanchanaburi, 70150 Sai Yok, Thailand.

10- River Kwai Resotel

River Kwai Resotel
Find your piece of paradise in the heart of Thailand’s crystal-clear waters. Photo: River Kwai Resotel.

Enjoy an overwater vacation surrounded by jungle at River Kwai Resotel.

The resort is a botanical and riverside getaway that celebrates its green surroundings overlooked by mountains.

Book into a Deluxe River View room for a stay over the river in tranquil surroundings.

Your private accommodation includes a spacious terrace with overwater seating, beautiful views, and steps down to the water.

Each overwater room has air conditioning, comfortable armchairs, en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities and umbrellas for rainy days.

The resort offers guests a range of relaxing treatments at its spa and wellness centre, guided cave exploration tours and a range of activities for children.

River Kwai Resotel is at 55 Moo5, Tambol Wangkrajae, A. Saiyoke, 70150 Sai Yok, Thailand.

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11- Sai Daeng Resort

A private and exclusive resort on the Gulf of Thailand, Sai Daeng Resort is a truly luxurious overwater bungalow stay.

The resort has spectacular views of Shark Island, and the surrounding jungle and mountains.

Each room has a private balcony offering spectacular views across the water, outdoor seating area with space to relax, unwind and dine, and spacious bedrooms.

The resort also offers a number of activities for guests including canoeing and snorkelling in the waters surrounding Sai Daeng.

Sai Daeng Resort is at 46/9 m.3 Koh Tao D.Koh Phangan Suratthani, 84360 Koh Tao, Thailand.

12- Koh Mueangkarn Paradise View

Enjoy a simple and nature filled overwater bungalow stay at Koh Mueangkarn Paradise View.

Each raft double room has traditional thatched roofs and simple interior design, allowing you to focus your attention on the dramatically beautiful surroundings overlooking the river.

The river is immediately accessible from your private deck and there is space to moor canoes and kayaks.

Adding to your relaxing stay is an outdoor pool with excellent views, on-site restaurant, children’s playground, and access to bicycles.

Koh Mueangkarn Paradise View is at 52 Moo 9, Baan Wangnamwon, Tahsao, Kanchanaburi, 71150 Sai Yok, Thailand.

13- Mango House Seafront Suites

In Old Town Koh Lanta, Mango House Seafront Suites is a beautiful collection of traditional overwater accommodation in beautiful surroundings.

The villas are Chinese in style and vary in size to accommodate a range of parties including families.

Each villa has spacious and private decks with outdoor furniture, hammocks and air conditioning throughout.

The villas feature wooden floorings and walls, both of which add to their traditional design, and include spacious living areas, kitchen with breakfast bar, and WiFi.

Mango House Seafront Suites is at 45 Sriraya Road, Moo 2 | Lanta Old Town, Ko Lanta 81150, Koh Lanta, 81150, Thailand.

14- Cross River Kwai

Cross River Kwai
Thailand’s overwater bungalows: where every moment is a postcard waiting to happen. Photo: Cross River Kwai.

Cross River Kwai is a luxurious riverfront resort offering 180-degree river views overlooked by jungle-covered riverbanks.

There are a number of luxury rooms with pools available at Cross River Kwai, however for a truly unique experience at the resort stay in an Xfloat.

Xfloat accommodation is available in three standards; cabin, luxe and suite.

Xfloat is Cross River Kwai’s overwater accommodation with all including kingside beds, private balconies, coffee makers, mini bars and air conditioning.

From your private balcony enjoy immediate access to the water, or relax and unwind on your overwater hammock.

Cross River Kwai is at 138 4 Nong Ya Soi 5 Ban Wanglan, Nong Ya, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand.

15- Kept Bangsaray Hotel Pattaya

Kept Bangsaray Hotel Pattaya
Elevate your Thai getaway with a stay in these exquisite overwater bungalows. Photo: Kept Bangsaray Hotel Pattaya.

Kept Bangsaray Hotel Pattaya has stunning water villas that offer the ultimate in rest and relaxation for guests.

Each overwater villa includes an inviting king size bed with luxury bedding, WiFi throughout, private jacuzzi and spectacular views.

Limited to only three suites, this truly is a luxury overwater stay.

Views from the bedroom look across the water from three large windows, that also lead onto your private terrace.

Villas are simply designed with nautical touches throughout, an indoor jacuzzi tub with a view, and tranquil living area.

Kept Bangsaray Hotel Pattaya is at 4/2 Moo 5 Bangsaray, Sattahip, Chonburi, 20250 Bang Sare, Thaïland.

16- Leaf Lake Kan Resort

Leaf Lake Kan Resort
The ultimate in luxury and privacy: Thailand’s overwater bungalows are a dream come true. Photo: Leaf Lake Kan Resort.

Leaf Lake Kan Resort welcome visitors to its floating accommodation surrounded by lush green mountains and still, calming lake waters.

Guests at Leaf Lake Kan Resort have a choice of overwater accommodations including floating jacuzzi rooms with private jacuzzis on your terrace or floating pool spa rooms with small private pool.

The views from your private terrace over the lake are spectacular and tranquil.

Adding to the luxury of your stay are its excellent three on-site restaurants.

Leaf Lake Kan Resort is at 399, Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand.

17- Koh Tao Cabana

Koh Tao Cabana
See the vibrant hues of Thailand’s sunsets from your overwater sanctuary. Photo: Koh Tao Cabana.

Stay in a spectacular overwater bungalow in Thailand at Koh Tao Cabana.

This beachside resort sits along white sandy beaches with tropical gardens and scenic views over the water and mountains.

Koh Tao Cabana’s overwater bungalows offer the best panoramic ocean views with access from your private deck to the tropical coral reefs below.

Each room is rustic in its design with traditional Thai touches throughout their interiors.

Koh Tao Cabana is at 16 Moo 1, Baan Haad Sai Ree, Sairee Beach, 84280 Koh Tao, Thailand.

18- Poonsiri Resort Aonang

Poonsiri Resort Aonang
Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Thailand’s waters from your private bungalow deck. Photo: Poonsiri Resort Aonang.

Nestled in a true slice of tropical paradise is Poonsiri Resort Aonang.

Overlooked by mountains and completely surrounded by thick jungle are a series of overwater bungalows that sit over the pristine blue waters of a lake.

Each room is Thai inspired in its design and decor and feature balcony with outdoor furniture and private terrace overlooking the water.

There is an outdoor pool for guests to enjoy and kayaks that can be rented to explore the lagoon further.

Each overwater bungalow includes air conditioning, WiFi, dining area with mini bar, en-suite bathrooms and cable TV.

Poonsiri Resort Aonang is at 211 Moo 4 T.Aonang, Muang, Krabi, 81000 Ao Nang Beach, Thailand.

19- The Blue Sky Resort At Koh Phayam

Often referred to as the Maldives of Thailand, book your overwater bungalow stay at The Blue Sky Resort at Koh Phayam for a tropical beach stay.

There are several overwater bungalows on offer at The Blue Sky Resort allowing you to find the best accommodation for your vacation.

Villa Zone L overwater bungalows offer a spacious and private room built atop stilts over the water.

While there is no immediate water access from these villas, they do include authentic grass roofs, Maldives inspired decor and white sandstone throughout.

Villa Zone R overwater bungalows have direct access to the water from your bungalow for swimming, and include small terraces with outdoor seating areas to take in the tropical views.

The Blue Sky Resort at Koh Phayam is at 1 22 หมู่ 1 Ko Phayam, Mueang Ranong District, Chang Wat Ranong 85000, Thailand.

20- Z9 Resort

Z9 Resort
Where elegance meets the ocean: Thailand’s overwater bungalows are a slice of heaven. Photo: Z9 Resort.

On the edge of Sinakharin Lake is the beautiful and peaceful Z9 Resort.

The resort is a true natural escape and is surrounded by a beautiful garden, and is a short drive away from the breathtakingly beautiful Erawan Waterfall.

Book into Z9’s Double Room with Lake View for an overwater stay with a difference.

These spacious double room bungalows are made from dark bricks and have views stretching across the water towards the tree-covered hillside beyond.

Wake up each day to the peaceful lakeside view before stepping out into your private terrace to enjoy it further with a cup of coffee, or admire the view as the sun sets with a glass of wine from your minibar.

Z9 Resort is at 71250 Tha Kradan, Thaïland.

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