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
I came here with my mom and my girlfriend. We took a boat to the hotel and was greeted by very friendly staff at the reception. They were very accommodating and gave us a lot of information. And they spoke very good English.
The rooms were clean and nice and lived up to our expectations.
Here is what wasn't that great:
The first night we all ordered cocktails. All of them cost over 190 THB each and barely contained any alcohol. They tasted ok but not for that price.
The hotel management exploit cheap Burmese labour. All the Burmese staff were extremely friendly and accommodating, this is a complaint about the management.
The breakfast is better than normal but they don't cover a lot of the food so a horde of wasps and flies swarm the food. That sadly makes the wonderful pancakes look not that appealing. Covering the pancakes, fruit, bread and other things should be done when we are in the middle of a jungle on the river.
When we ate breakfast someone started hammering and doing some construction work for a long time. Several people around me were noticeably bothered by it. In my opinion it could have waited an hour until the breakfast was over.
They have a brochure with tours. The tours contained within is a blatant scam. They sell day trips to Erawan falls for 2500 THB per person. We were 3 people who drove there and paid 300 per foreigner and 100 for my Thai girlfriend in admission fee and ate cheap (and good) Thai food at the place. Everything cost less than 2000 in total whereas it would have cost 7500 for the tour in the brochure. We stayed for many hours and bathed in the waterfalls, and climbed as high as 7th floor.
The canoes cost 1000 per canoe per hour. A quick google search found many trips for 500 THB for 3 hours!
We are sadly driving away from the Floathouse after an amazing 2 night stay. We would have loved to have stayed longer! The rooms are amazing, the beds incredibly comfortable and the whole atmosphere comforting, serene and welcoming. The staff is very helpful and professional. The restaurant is good - the a la Carte menu I would say better than the included buffet but there is something for everyone. Mostly you can not beat the setting. The river- the serenity - every unit has their own decks with a swing. Swimming/floating down the river after jumping from the decks is fabulous. The massages are great and very affordable.
All in all we so highly recommend this beautiful hotel and hope we get a chance to return!
Beautiful floathouses, lovely location, quiet, relaxing. A 5 star type location. helpful, friendly staff. I already want to go back. Would recommend to anyone. a True paradise. You get to the lodge by boat, which is an experience in itself.
We had a wonderful Amazingly Beautiful time at your Float House. We love it we had great experience and above all customer service was beyond excellent. I would love to let all my families and friends to visit when visiting Thailand. We love to come back and visit.
We booked this hotel for a special birthday celebration with friends. It was heaven. I just love this place for a unique Thai river experience, in an area of great historical interest.
We found Phutakien Pier (Resotel Pier) following the hotel's clear directions. Do not put the hotel’s actual site into the GPS.
The long tail boats seemed to leave as guests arrived (we were there at 1 pm) and we were allocated our own boat. It has to be one of the most memorable hotel arrivals EVER, whizzing up the River Kwai, James Bond style.
As we spot the resort it is even more picturesque than it looks in photos. It forms a perfect arch around a bend in the river.
Check-in was smooth and easy, with a warm welcome, a drink and cool flannel and our rooms were ready waiting and oh so elegant and special.
I loved the romantic style with the mosquito netting, all the bamboo and smooth teak wooden floorboards. I felt like I was in a movie.
The bathroom was fun with the indoor-outdoor feel of the bathroom shower (you can see the river below!)
You are sleeping over the River Kwai in your very own villa, how cool is that?
At first, I wondered how I would feel with every speedboat passing, reading other reviewers saying the room creaks as the waves reach the shore. I really enjoyed this aspect, it reinforced the true realistic river experience.
Our package included cocktails and a set menu Thai dinner which our overseas guests enjoyed. We paid 200 baht corkage to take our own champagne, but we noted for future the wine list was good and reasonably priced.
Breakfast the next morning beside the river was all about the 'pinch me am I really staying here' view with a Thai style brekkie. I would love them to consider a posh coffee machine, although we were happy to note there were coffee machines in the rooms - yay
Not that we lingered long for breakfast, as we were off to the upstream Mon village at Jungle Raft resort and the bamboo rafting experience, it cost 1800 Baht and was a highlight.
There is lots to do at the Floathouse but my best tip is to give yourself time to just be. Plan time to do nothing and read a book on the swing outside.
Our friends took a herbal massage which they reported as 'the best ever', and we grinned when they came back covered in yellow from the turmeric herbal ball!
The Spa is open-plan at the far end of the resort, I hope you love massage with a view but it might phase some. There is curtaining but again depending on the time of year, you might, as they opted to, go in favour of less privacy, more river breeze!
Just a tip on the river float If I did it again I would take earplugs, as the problem is jumping in without going under! I had a mouthful and an ear full and this is, after all, a working river in Thailand. Go down feet first, float out from the building to get around the reception area but stay close enough that when you pass the spa, turn and swim for the ladder out.
We have all survived to rave about this little adventure. Thank you, Nid and the team for your beautiful hospitality we will be back!