The FloatHouse River Kwai

Travel Guide

DAY 1

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Ride on a traditional river long tailed boat from Phutakien pier passing by lush green mountains and jungle to The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort – Your Luxury River Retreat.

Luxurious and spacious floating villa is totally private and rich in custom tailored-made teakwood furniture with thatched roofing.  The room is so inviting with a big comfortable bed and a day bed, air conditioned and fan.  A private deck with both deck chairs and double rocking bench.

Lounging on your deck rocking the swing at the hotel or relaxing walking or cycling around fruit forests and organic garden you can discover the fascinating variety of the botanical world in the Palm Garden passing Mon village; a small community nearby.  Before return to The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort, fully relax and enjoy yourself by swimming in the Jungle Pool. Right next to the Jungle Pool, you can also take a dip in the middle of nature.

Evening

Cocktail by the river: offering more than just alcohol to chillax with your non-drinking friends try Sawasdee or variety of classic aperitif drinks.

Dinner – Try local dish at Pontoon floating restaurant; Green curry with selection of meat, Grill marinated chicken and Thai mix salad with shrimp and steam jasmine rice.

DAY 2

Morning

Start your morning with a hearty meal.  The breakfast spread boasts classic Western, Asian dishes, and egg station.

Walking or cycling to Lawa cave, stalagmites and stalactites cave in the Saiyok National Park.  The cave is located closely to the river Kwai Noi and surrounded by the wild jungle and lofty mountains.  You may have a chance to meet the smallest bat in the world.   The bumblebee bat, also known as Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, is the world’s smallest bat and the smallest mammal in the world based on skull size. Weighing in at just around 2 grams, it’s so small that you might actually confuse one for a bumblebee if it went buzzing by your ear in the night. The harmless bat is only living in this part of Thailand.

Noon

Lunch at Pontoon restaurant. Try easy single dish such as wok fried noodle especially the famous “Pad Thai”

Afternoon

Get on the local long-tailed boat to Mon village. Here the Mon still live a traditional, simple life. The village has been adapted a bit to tourism, with the people selling traditional skirts and foods to visitors. When walking through the village, you can visit the Golden Rock, Buddha image cave, tribal Mon village school and see the traditional houses.  Take a short walk on easy jungle tail along the River bank to get to the stunning viewpoint of River Kwai.

Tea / coffee with snack served on while rafting on a bamboo raft downstream back to The FloatHouse River Kwai passing through the golden cliff along the river Kwai. Drifting in the current of the river, wearing a life jacket, is so much fun.

Evening

Dinner at Pontoon restaurant. Try local fish dish; deep fried with spicy or with chili paste, sour soup “Tom Yam”, sour spicy orange soup “Kaeng Som”, fried fish cake etc. all are delicious when go with steam rice.

After dinner, attend a cultural Mon dance show at Mon Theater.  The dances are accompanied by background music using drums, crocodile xylophones, gongs, harps, flutes and flat guitars.  It is a rare-to-see performance, authentic and original passing through generations that you would witness only in this area of Thailand.

DAY 3

Morning

After breakfast 

Get your relaxing massage, try a package with the sounds of river Kwai beneath your body.  The secret of full balancing body and mind and energizing by hot stones on Chakra 7 of body.

Noon

Lunch at Pontoon restaurant before check out by local long-tailed boat. 

Before heading back home, turn left on 323 road to visit to Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre.  Imagine how horrific this place must have been for those who were forced to chisel through solid rock for 18 hours a day. Understanding why Allied POWs named this section of the Thai-Burma railway, Hellfire Pass.

During green season, the Saiyok Noi Waterfall is a good selection to make a short stop before ending vacation.

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