Hintok River Camp
Hintok River Camp is a rustic but welcoming tented camp in Kanchanaburi, featuring a natural spring pool and sheep wondering freely through the camp. On this poignant trip uncover the story of the Death Railway and take in the beautiful surroundings.
At a Glance
A rustic but charming base from which to explore the fascinating area
The camp's natural pool and jetty with deckchairs offer a lovely location for riverside relaxation
The camp is close to Hellfire Pass, one of the famous World War II sites in the area
Accommodation is in tents, but these are very comfortable with air-conditioning and proper bathrooms
It is absolutely charming to sit on your deck and watch the camp's sheep grazing on the lawnLucy Bailey
This is a lovely base to explore both the history and natural beauty of the areaLucy Bailey
Although it is a buffet, the food is tasty, and very welcome after a day's sightseeingLucy Bailey
To start planning your vacation to Hintok River Camp
The Hintok River Camp is based close to the notorious Hellfire Pass, where POWs carved a railway track through rock and jungle during World War II. This makes it an ideal base for those hoping to learn more about the tragic history of the area, as well as to admire the pretty countryside.
The camp itself is very comfortable, with spacious tents that have air-conditioning. Covered bathrooms are attached to the back of the tents. The tents face inwards towards the center of the camp, however there is a nice reception area which looks out over the river, with views at their most beautiful at dusk.
Steep steps lead down to the river, and although it is not possible to swim in the Kwai from this point, there is a separate natural pool which guests can enjoy. There is also a jetty with some deckchairs for those who like to relax by the running water, and boats can launch from here for adventures on the river.
Dinner is a buffet either in the main restaurant or spread out on tables under the stars.
Accommodation is in safari style tents raised on platforms, with a private deck and chairs at the front. The tents are comfortably furnished, with proper beds and air-conditioning. There are bathrooms attached to the back of the tents. These are covered but still have a stretch of open air between the walls and the roof.
Children are welcome to stay at Hintok River Camp but there are no two-bedroom or attached tents and so this is worth bearing in mind, although the tents are fairly close together. The steps down to the natural pool are very steep and the jetty does not have a fence around it, so it is perhaps not so suitable for families with very young children.
There are not a huge number of facilities in the camp itself, as you will spend most of your time exploring the surrounding area. However there is the natural spring pool for some relaxation time, and there is also Wi-Fi available around the reception area.
Kanchanaburi is a fascinating area; beautiful scenery combined with a dark history. We recommend visiting the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and the adjacent War Cemetery to gain an insight into this often forgotten part of World War II.
It is possible to take a boat along the river and then walk across the famous 'Bridge over the River Kwai' and you can also walk through Hellfire Pass, named for the many torches that lit the narrow canyon for workers during the night.
Despite this sad history, the area still has a lot of natural beauty to offer. Visitors can take a long-tail boat to the lovely Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, and also visit the Lawa Cave, which has impressive stalactites and stalagmites. It is possible to cycle or walk to nearby temples and also visit local villages including the Mon Tribe, a people of Burmese origin who have kept their own culture and language.
Location & Directions
Hintok River Camp 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.