The FloatHouse River Kwai
What We Love
- The enchanting over-water setting
- Kayaking on the river past dramatic rainforest scenery
- The traditional craftsmanship used for every villa
What To Know
- The villas are open-air, but there's also air conditioning for the warm months
- Kick back on the day bed on your villa's private deck
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Head to the River Kwai – made famous by the 1952 French novel by Pierre Boulle and the historic 1957 film by David Lean, The Bridge on the River Kwai. Whether it’s the history and literary heritage that piques your interest in this iconic location, or simply the allure of nature, it’s hard not to fall for the charms of this unique floating resort.
Constructed in Thai folk style, The FloatHouse River Kwai is a rustic over-river retreat comprising 26 thatched villas. Staying here, you can relax by the water’s edge on your private sun deck, adventure downstream on a bamboo raft or venture into the rainforest on a guided trek. In addition to the beautifully crafted accommodation, the resort also offers Thai massages and authentic local cuisine at the atmospheric Pontoon Restaurant.
How to Get There
Nice and peaceful hotel, beautiful rooms and very nice staff. Great location for exploring the national parks in the area. Nice to jump in and flow down the river Kwai (from the room terrasse) in the afternoon.
Drove up from Kanchanaburi for a visit and lunch. First impressions looked good and was clean and good condition. Teak wood decks and nice seating in the restaurant.
Hardly a welcome from the staff. It turned out that many, if not most, of the staff are Burmese. No problem with that as they are nice people but they can speak hardly any Thai language let alone English. We speak both languages. A simple food and drink order of 2 drinks and 3 dishes was tedious even using numbers off the menu. One of the drinks was served incorrectly (melon rather that pineapple shake) so had to be sent back.
The food ordered was Thai food and it was very poor with soggy broccoli and tasteless shrimp. Our guess is that the kitchen staff were not Thais as Street food is better than this.
This place has all the possibilities of being great but management (if there is any) need to sort it out and train or recruit better staff. We won't be back.
We did the FH101 RIVER KWAI DELIGHT tour, which was absolutely fabulous. The food was great, the tour activities were great. Fab service/room/experience and the Thai massage I had here invigorated me (only 400 Bhatt). Part of the fun experience is actually arriving here. Also, I am really glad we got to do Hellfire Pass early on the following day before the crowds/coaches arrive. It is very moving and serenity is needed. Warning: It is a long bus ride from Bangkok to The River Kwai so if you just do a day tour, it will be VERY tiring. Treat yourself to a night of luxury in this gorgeous setting and you will not be disappointed. It was a real highlight of our 3 week tour. Thank you.
We stayed here for 2 nights over the 6th and 7th March. We loved the whole experience and were sad to leave. As the name of the hotel indicates your room floats on pontoons and is amazingly appointed. Everything about it is a delight from the comfortable bed to the high airy ceiling and efficient air conditioning system. Outside your room there is a floating platform and an area with deckchairs where you can sit and and watch the boats go by or just admire the river view and jungle beyond. Our package included breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our dining experiences were good and we enjoyed the food. At this time of the year it is dark about 6.30pm so sitting in the restaurant for your evening meal is an amazing experience. There is the sound of the river and the cacophony coming from the cicadas which has to be heard to be believed.
Our trip included visits to two Mons villages, a cave, waterfall and the Hell Fire Pass Memorial Museum. At this point special mention must go to Kar who looked after us at the hotel and was our guide for the trips. He was incredibly helpful and full of knowledge of all the places we visited. We cannot thank him enough as he really did make our visit to this hotel a wonderful experience.
We stayed here for 2 nights and would highly recommend. We booked everything direct with the hotel, along with their River Kwai Delight tour. The tour included collection and drop off from our hotel in Bangkok, and was also pretty good for the money. The bungalows are well appointed and the whole resort is very relaxing and peaceful. Yes they bump around a tiny bit when a boat goes past,but thats all part of the fun. Food also good, and staff helpful. Our guide also took us to the Mon village which was a nice morning mooch around, along with a walk amongst the local fruit trees etc.