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.
How to Get There
Very nicely done. Very relaxing and calm place. The Camp rooms are large, clean and got everything you need. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is very nice and tasty. Great little natural pool to cool of.
Nice tents with bath en suite.
Food was good. Service overall good. Cleaning could be better. Place a little aged. By taxi 1.5 hours to river kwai bridge.
Hellfire pass is far away from anything.
98 steps to pool and sundeck.
We stayed here for two night. as other reviewers have noted the place look a little less pristine than in the official photos, but that is to be expected given that the resort is set in the middle of a tropical jungle; the insides of the tents are clean, the footpaths and lawns well-maintained, but the lamps along the footpaths are rusty and corroded - although that can be seen as rustic charm, and some of the free bicycles have damaged pedals.
The breakfast spread is pretty standard. The BBQ dinner has two parts: the "cooked food" part which is (I assume) different each day, and the barbecued part which was the same both nights we were there. The barbecued food were pretty "western" in flavour (perhaps to accommodate children?) - I would have preferred a more local flavour and more varieties. You also get freshly-made phad thai and som tam, which are always welcomed.
The roads around the resort are pretty quiet and good for cycling. A good map of the area with areas of interest indicated would have been good.
We came during the dry season, and were able to see the clear night sky on both nights. The southern sky could be seen from the river/pier side of the resort. The lights in the resort are kept on at night (for safety reasons no doubt) but it would have been great if there was a "stargazing hour" each night when the lights are turned off to allow guests to appreciate the night sky.