The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort
Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, Thailand
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
Best time to Visit
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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. 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.
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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.
Given its rather extraordinary location, the FloatHouse River Kwai is usually accessed 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!
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 for breakfast and lunch, and a la carte or set menu options for dinner. The food comforting and homely, and the atmosphere is relaxed.
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, and the fact that there are open sides to the river, The FloatHouse is only suitable for families with older children.
There is no pool, 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 a small open-air spa sala for treatments.
There is plenty to do 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.
Lucy Bailey (Staff)
Who wouldn't want the opportunity to stay at a floating hotel?! I fell in love with this place before I even arrived. The scenic journey to get there really helps to get you in the mood for an adventure, and when you arrive you are not disappointed.
OK, it is not the most glamorous option - the villas are very comfortable but fairly basic, although they do have things like tea and coffee and a TV. But getting to sit on your deck and watch the river go by is a lovely experience.
I also personally feel like Kanchanaburi is one of the most interesting places in Thailand, with a wonderful mixture of nature and culture - although the history is a sad one.
The Floathouse would combine perfectly with a couple of nights in Bangkok and then a beach hotel with some wow factor so you can still get that element of luxury.
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.
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.
Thailand in Depth
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Khao Sok, Khao Lak
from $6600 pp 16 nights
- A trip that covers ancient history and also explores Thailand's role in one of the biggest global occurrences of the 20th Century - World War II
- This can be completely tailored to your interests, be that in wildlife, active pursuits, or fitting in as many temples as you can!
- A perfect first timer's trip to a variety of unique locations in Thailand, or perfect for returners who want a more in-depth look at this fascinating country.
Location & directions
Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, Thailand
The FloatHouse is located in the Kanchanaburi Province in the North West of Thailand, which is a 3-hour drive from Bangkok.