The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort
The FloatHouse River Kwai is a wonderfully unique hotel. Set on the River Kwai, this hotel actually floats on the water. This amazing setting is an experience in itself, but the hotel also offers a good base to explore the surrounding countryside.
At a Glance
An incredible setting, The Floathouse is located actually on the River Kwai
There is no need for a swimming pool - guests can just jump from their villa into the river!
Only 200 meters from the Lawa Cave, famous for its wonderful stalactites and stalagmites as well as being home to the world's smallest bat species
A great option for exploring both the history and nature of Kanchanaburi
The perfect option for those who like a little adventure with their accommodation! Staying at The FloatHouse is a unique experience.Lucy Bailey
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Given its rather extraordinary location, the FloatHouse River Kwai is understandably only accessible by boat. This means the adventure begins before you even reach the hotel, and the rest of your stay is sure to follow suit.
The hotel is in a fixed location, floating on the famous River Kwai. However despite being over-water, guests need not worry - the hotel is very sturdy and firmly anchored and so there is no rocking.
There are 30 floating villas, each made from teakwood with thatched roofs. Every villa has air-conditioning and a private deck facing the river. The decks have deckchairs and a bench swing, and so offer a lovely place to relax watching the river go by.
It is possible to jump into the river from your deck and float down to the end of the jetty before climbing back up (life jackets are recommended for this). The open areas and running water does mean this is only suitable for couple or families with older children.
There is a main restaurant which serves an international buffet and a la carte options in a relaxed atmosphere.
Each villa at The FloatHouse is cheerfully but tastefully decorated in Thai folk style, with lots of natural materials. You will have your own deck with deckchairs and a bench swing. The rooms are air-conditioned and en-suite with rainshowers.
There are also some nice added comforts like tea and coffee making facilities and a 32" LCD TV with local and satellite channels as well as a DVD Player.
Some of the villas are able to interconnect, however this is only on request and so cannot be guaranteed. The sofa in each villa can be converted into an extra bed.
Given its location on the river, and the fact that there are open sides to the river, The FloatHouse is only suitable for families with older children.
There are no specific facilities as such, as guests can use the river for swimming. Wi-Fi is available, although this gets weaker the further you are from the reception area.
There is plenty to due during your stay at The FloatHouse. The resort is located only 200 meters from the Lawa Cave, which is the largest in Kanchanaburi. There are a number of chambers, each with dramatic stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is also home to the Kitti bat, which is the world's smallest bat species.
There are orchards to the back of the hotel, where you can take a pleasant stroll past tropical fruit trees, including jackfruit, mango, dragon fruit and durian. It is possible to canoe from the hotel's sister property back to the FloatHouse, which is downstream and takes roughly 40 minutes, and you can also take a leisurely cruise on a locally made bamboo raft.
There is a lot of history to explore in the area. Poignant evidence of the global stretch of World War II can be found at the War Cemetery and adjacent Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, where you can learn more about the plight of the POWs put to work here. You can also visit Hellfire Pass, where the POWs carved their way through the hillside to build the railway tracks.
Location & Directions
The FloatHouse is located in the Kanchanaburi Province in the North West of Thailand, which is a 3-hour drive from Bangkok.
When to go
November to April are the best months to visit Kanchanaburi with the least rain. Temperatures stay moderately hot with the hottest weather in January to April. The wettest months are between July and September. Whilst the FloatHouse is open year-round, visitors should be aware that from June until October the water may be more muddy and turbulent so may not be suitable for swimming.