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Hintok River Camp

Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, Thailand

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

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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.

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Insider's View

It is absolutely charming to sit on your deck and watch the camp's sheep grazing on the lawn

This is a lovely base to explore both the history and natural beauty of the area

Although it is a buffet, the food is tasty, and very welcome after a day's sightseeing

Potentially not right for families with very young children, as there are no two-bedroom options and the steps down to river are very steep

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Description

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.

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.

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Accommodation

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.

Childcare

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.

Facilities

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.

Activities

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.

Reviews

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Lucy Bailey (Staff)

After a long and rather emotional day of site-seeing, it was lovely to arrive at the charming Hintok River Camp.

The views over the river from the reception area are lovely, and it is great fun to catch a boat from the jetty to explore the picturesque surroundings.

The tents are very comfortable. The attached bathrooms at the back do have a bit of open-air roof which means you can get the odd piece of foliage in the sink, but that just adds to the rustic charm!

Dinner was actually very tasty, with lovely fresh fruit for desert (amongst other dishes).

This isn't going to be right for those who prefer their hotels to always be luxurious, but it is a great base for exploring the area, and quite fun to stay in a tent - especially one with air-conditioning!

Experiences

  • Erawan Waterfall & Phra That Cave

    Head to Erawan, one of Thailand's most famous National Parks. Here you can visit the Erawan Waterfall, a picturesque seven-tier cascade, and the Phra That Cave, hidden within the park's limestone hills.

  • Hellfire Pass

    Visit the notorious Hellfire Pass, which is located outside the town of Kanchanaburi, along the cliffs above the River Kwai. Take a tour of the museum and venture down into the pass to walk along the old railway line.

  • Kanchanaburi and Railway Experience

    A moving and fascinating day tour in Kanchanaburi province. The famous Bridge of the River Kwai and the beginning of the 'Death Railway' is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POWs and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War.

  • Pedalling, Pachyderms & Paddling

    An exciting and eclectic action-packed adventure that includes cycling, elephants. kayaking and bamboo rafting. This is a wonderful experience for active couples and families, and makes the most of the scenic and diverse Kanchanaburi countryside.

  • Prasat Muang Singh

    Visit Prasat Muang Singh, a Khmer temple complex in Kanchanaburi Province, which dates back to the Angkorian era. The style of these temples is fairly unusual for Thailand, and so this makes for an interesting historical tour.

  • Tha Kha Floating Market

    This half day tour will take you to Tha Kha Floating Market; one of the more charming and less touristy floating markets within easy reach of Bangkok.

  • Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, War Cemeteries & Pak Preak Community

    A moving and fascinating tour, exploring the history of Kanchanaburi province. The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and War Cemeteries are a poignant reminder of the thousands of POWs and forced laborers who lost their lives here in the Second World War.

  • Train Ride through the Kwai Noi Gorge

    Take a short train ride along the infamous Thailand-Burma Railway, also known as the 'Death Railway' due to the thousands of POWs and laborers that died during its construction. The countryside's picturesque scenery contrasts with poignant history.

Location & directions

Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, Thailand

Hintok River Camp is located in the Kanchanaburi Province in the North West of Thailand, which is a 3-hour drive from Bangkok.

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