Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass
What We Love
- A luxury camping experience in the Thai jungle, with breakfast, dinner and an activities discountAdmiring the luxurious, teak-furnished interiors of your canvas abode
- Savoring exquisite meals at the lovely restaurant, with gorgeous river views
- Discovering crystal-clear waterfalls, stalactite-covered caves and lush tropical jungle
What To Know
- Glamping perks like private bathrooms, air conditioning, scenic verandas and teak furniture in the tents
- There's a cocktail bar, an open-air restaurant and a campfire barbecue dinner every evening
- Free mountain bikes are available to explore the nearby trails
Even those who normally refuse to vacation anywhere that doesn’t come with four solid walls can’t deny that Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass is something to write home about. Set in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, the sumptuous settlement features views over the river made famous by the David Lean film, “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”
This luxurious spot is glamping done properly. Your impressive tented accommodation comes with its own private bathroom, air conditioning, hot running water, a wooden veranda and local teak furnishings. Meanwhile, the semi-open-air terrace restaurant provides a warm, welcoming environment in which to savor beautifully presented Thai dishes and refreshing drinks – not to mention gorgeous river views.
The real star of the show, however, is the location. Take in the breathtaking surroundings from the natural spring-water pool, or kick things up a notch with a hike through Hellfire Pass, a kayaking or bamboo-rafting trip along the river or a bit of cave exploring in Sai Yok National Park. Don’t worry – you’ll have a Thai massage waiting for you when you get back to camp.
You may technically be sleeping in a tent, but you won’t be sacrificing any luxuries here. Your canvas home away from home comes complete with local teak furnishings and air conditioning. There’s also a private veranda and an in-room bathroom with a hot-water shower.
An exotic barbecue dinner is served by the campfire each evening, and the semi-open-air restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Here, you’ll enjoy beautifully presented Thai dishes from a perfect jungle vantage point. The camp even features a bar, so you can enjoy those river views while sipping a cocktail or two.
Staying in the closest accommodation to historic Hellfire Pass, you’re perfectly positioned to take a trek and visit the museum to find out more about its WWII history. Get out and about, and enjoy the scenery by mountain bike, boat, canoe or bamboo raft. You’ll have plenty of chances to discover caves, waterfalls and exotic bird life, as well.
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Ok, the place could do with a bit of a refurb and the zip on the flap between the bedroom & bathroom kept sticking, but Hintok camp was definitely one of the hghlights of our trip. The camp is so peaceful, rooms have their own little terrace & the bar area has gorgeous views over the river Kwai. Airconditioning kept the tent comfortable and no bugs can get in as long as you keep the zips closed ! There is plenty to do in the area for a couple of days, Hellfire pass and the museum are interesting to visit and there in a national park nearby. The food was good and the staff were great. Very much enjoyed our stay.
The concept of Hintok is great based on a POW camp
Location to Hell Fire Pass and River
Historical significance of area
Falling asleep to jungle noises
Views from camp
Massages- excellent and great value
Newly renovated shower rooms & toilets in the tent (request renovated tent when booking)
Waterproof tents which were very much needed
Zip line experience at nearby hotel
Hell Fire pass 3k walk
Staff not friendly at all! They really made no effort
Weather was very wet so tents were damp and had a musty spell which clung to us, the bedding & towels & all our clothes
We were in a tent with no path so very muddy to get in/ out of tent
The tents are old and as consequence the material around the zips is really dirty and not very nice going in and out of bathroom area
Pool was closed so no swimming (we were not compensated with a free massage so ask!)
Not able to have the atmospheric BBQ that you see in all the pictures
Generator comes on just before 6am so early wakening
Seeing a member of staff brutally kick a dog- this really upset me and I am sorry that I did not raise it at the time with hotel management
We were very unlucky with the weather as it rained a lot- I know it’s rainy season but much wetter than we expected. I would recommend the experience but pick a better time of year and hopefully the staff will provide more of the wonderful hospitality we have seen throughout Thailand.
Spent just one night here whilst travelling around Thailand . Quite close to hell fire pass which is worth visiting for a couple of hours but too far to cycle and route is uphill. As expected it was wet being the rainy season so everything was damp. Tents didn’t leak and were pretty comfy ( if a bit mildewy in places ) . It was really noisy at night with all the wildlife and a generator or similar fired up at 5.50 precisely so very little sleep . Buffet dinner and breakfast were fine although staff not that friendly - reception were better and arranged for up to use pool at their sister village as one here was flooded and dangerous. Kind of a cool place to visit but maybe it’s better a different time of year ! ?
This camp is truly stunning and away from the rush of the main towns in Thailand. The views over the river are stunning. The food is Thai style and the staff are very helpful and polite. Unfortunately the pool was closed when we stayed as during monsoon season the river rises and it is inaccessible, the monsoon season may restrict water activities also. Other than this, the stay was a very lovely, rural setting. I don’t think you would need more than 1/2 nights here.
This hotel was glamping in the perfect location. The food was an excellent taste of Thai cuisine. Our guide called Lam spoke fluent English and was very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The pool was flooded and sadly we couldn’t swim so we all were given free one hour full body massages. Beautiful resort and would definitely recommend.