River Kwai Jungle Rafts

Baan Tasoa, Amphur Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi, 70150, Thailand
(3 star hotel)
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Raw experience at its Bes

by written on May 9, 2008

Firstly, let me state that I did not stay here. Not even for one night but the Hin Tok River Camp@Hellfire Pass, The River Kwai Resortel and this, the River Kwai Jungle Rafts are under the same hotel group, Seranata Hotels. Part of my tour and stay at Hin Tok River Camp is the visit to the Mon Village next to the River Kwai Jungle Rafts. Hence the stopover here. The visit to the village was over and I found time to hang around the River Kwai Jungle Rafts.

I talked to guests and they really love this place. This is a superb place to stay if you want to experience life with no electricity! There are no fans to cool you from the heat as well! The best way to cool off is to jump into the Kwai Noi River, float down to the rafts downstream, catch on, climb back up, walk to the upstream raft accomodations to repeat! Should you miss the grab, a boat will pick you up...... I hope! ;)

Each room appears very neatly kept. Some guests have checked out and they were changing the sheets. The employees are from the nearby Mon village. The resort allows them to earn a salary and helps maintain the village.

Do not come during Apr as 25 Apr is ANZAC Day and scores of Aussie and Kiwis come here due to the historical significance of this area. Work started on Hellfire Pass on ANZAC Day. All the rooms can be filled out in Apr and even if you would get a room, you may not like the crowded conditions.

Unique Quality: Floating rafts. Hence the name Floatel. Started by the French guy called Jacques Bes way back in 1976. There are lots of newspaper clippings documenting the glorious start to this resort.

There is no electricity. Lighting is provided by kerosene safety lamps. Smoking is strictly prohibited as there is a strong fire hazzard from all the wooden building materials.

There are some modern amenities like toilets but rest assured, if you take a dump, you contents will end up in a septic tank instead of the river.

This is a great place to bring pampered young kids. Away from their TV, iPods, PSPs and A/C. Just conveniently say you forgot to bring them. ;>

The other attraction to us is Pai. He is the guide from Myanmar that works at the Floatel. His knowledge of the area is superb and due to the number of foreign tourists, he speaks a smattering of English in American, British and Aussie twang, Italian, German, Russian etc! Very funny guy with a great sense of humor.

Directions: Again, if you are new to this area, book a tour from an online site like Sawadee.com or the official website.

Pickup is from Bangkok as early as 0600.

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The best hotel on water! (literally!)

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 29, 2005

We then got to this place where we hopped on a long tail boat, and rode for about 25 minutes upstream on the river Kwai. There was very
few house boats... and even less people as we got further up stream.
Finally appearing on the horizon were these houses constructed on
rafts. We stopped here .. it was quite possibly the most beautiful place I've ever stayed. The mountains were on the horizon and we sat
there and watched the sun go down as we relaxed on handmade hammocks by the Mon people. The Mon hilltribes live there and they constructed
this quasi hotel. The hotel consists of cabins sitting on rafts. The whole construct had no electricity so we had to carry around these
little gas lanterns for light. The rooms had a front "porch" where you could lounge out on the water and really relax. And it also had a back "porch" just big enough for a hammock. In the rooms were just
two beds and a water hole for a toilet. It was really awesome though... As the sun went down some mosquitos came out and then came the entertainment.

At one end of the string of cabins we were able to view some burmese style dancing. THat was Awesome. They had little kids dressed traditionally while some people played music and they danced and sang to lamp light. I took some pictures but they came out blurry because of the poor lighting.

The next day we went to check out the hill tribe that was actually running the hotel. They lived on the land right there, so all it was - was literally a hop skip and jump away! I wanted to ride an elephant but it was way too expensive. 800 baht for an hour. About 20 bucks. Too expensive for me (yeah I'm a cheap traveler!). So we just walked around the jungle checking out the Mon people. A huge black scorpion came running across the jungle path at one point (I got photos) and the guide scooped it up in a bag to freak out the tribe kids. Those Mon people have it nice back there. They are totally sustained by this raft hotel that they constructed.

Unique Quality: The hotel rooms were floating! There was a flushing toilet and a shower, and a bar area where you can order drinks in the main lobby. I saw that they offered different tours where you could order from the concierge. They also offered thai massage, however I didn't take advantage of these perks.

Directions: You take a river boat to here for about 45 minutes upstream from the Kwai Bridge

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River Kwai Jungle Rafts

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 22, 2003

This is where you get your massage after a long day's trek in the jungle. 500 Baht for Thai Massage 1 hour 3 mins, and 800 Baht for a 3 in 1 massage, Foot, Facial and Body for 2 hours 15 minutes.

Directions: see other page on same resort

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Back to Nature

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 22, 2003

Fall asleep in one of the many hammocks in your own private terrace overlooking the river. Loud and noisy guests are not welcome here. At night, you can listen and watch the Village folk dance in the Mon Theatre, also in the resort. Starts at 8PM right after dinner. (see more on the other page)

Directions: see other page on same resort

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Back to Nature

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 22, 2003

If you truly want to get away from it all, this is the place to go. A floating resort in the middle of nowhere. No electricity, no phones, no email, no airconditioning, no TV and bucket- flushing toilets! Just the sound of the river, crickets and the music of the Mon village tribe nearby. The resort is very tastefully done, nothing tacky and no gross decor. Very peaceful and tranquil. Bring a good book! Swimming though ..uum, is not for the faint of heart as the current is strong in the river and its where the deer, the buffaloes, ..and the elephants go to take their morning swim! Bring mosquito repellant too. Price you pay normally includes room and all meals (dinner, bfast and lunch), but you must pay for drinks. Bottled Water or Coke is 20 Baht ($.45), they also have alcoholic drinks. Massage service availabe too, Thai massage at B500 but they do have foot and oil masage. Can visit the Mon Village which is walking distance, take an elephant trek, go kayaking or visit Lawa Cave a short boat ride but looong hike away. Service, ambiance, food, all tops! Truly an experience. Only nightlife here is listening to the sounds of the jungle.

Unique Quality: Not your typical resort or hotel. Something unique. A must try once in your life. Its like camping but with some comforts. A floating river resort that soothes your nerves and calms your senses.

Directions: From River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi Town, get back on to Hway 323 and travel another 50 kms, past Sai Yok Noi Waterfalls. Look for the big sign RESOTEL on your left, head to the pier and park your car. Take a 30 mins boat ride to resort at B600 2-way.

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Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 2, 2003

This is a MUST for a nature lover (fussy people might want to skip this experience...)! Huts on rafts floating on the river: no electricity, no sewer system... The water is pumped straight from the river (and returned back there, too...), and each hut is provided with a kerosene lamp in the evening when it gets pitch-dark. Having dinner in moonlight, surrounded by the silent, sleeping jungle... I loved it!!!

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Address: Baan Tasoa, Amphur Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi, 70150, Thailand

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  • Continental Breakfast
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