5 Luxury, Nature Friendly, Hotels in Thailand.
1. RIVER KWAI JUNGLE RAFTS
Accessible only by a short ride on a long-tailed boat through beautiful scenery, The River Kwai Jungle Rafts is a true floating hotel. With its ecolodge concept, it has made top ecotourism listings and won several theme and nature awards. It is a perfect place quiet relaxation. All floating rooms are tucked into a floating bamboo lodge moored along the historical River Kwai surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle.
The entire hotel does NOT use electricity but rather utilizes traditional lamps at night maintaining a true eco hideaway in nature. This tropical outpost affords plenty of activities, from to riding a friendly elephant through a Mon traditional village and temples , to enjoying traditional Mon folk dances every evening, to water sports like popular ‘river jump’. Life-jackets are provided in each guestroom. Guests can simply jump from one end of the floating hotel and float along down the river and climb up at other end.
2. THE FLOATHOUSE RIVER KWAI
Elegant in its distinctive boutique style, The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort aims to be the world’s best floating resort. The only way to reach the resort is by boat as it actually floats on a fast-flowing river surrounded by thick green jungle. Each luxurious and spacious floating villa is totally private and rich in custom tailored-made teakwood furniture with thatched roofing. The design is delightfully impressive with exotic decorations including natural materials and ropes. Guests can enjoy amazing panoramic scenery from the swing chair on each private outdoor veranda by the River Kwai. The signature views of the resort are those of the rocky cliff on the opposite side of the river.
Developed with the eco-conscious in mind, The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort is built from local materials and it is staffed mainly by the local community.
The FloatHouse River Kwai offers plenty of excursions and sightseeing providing guests with a destination rich in nature, history and culture.
3. RIVER KWAI RESOTEL
River Kwai RESOTEL is a serene hideaway surrounded by verdant greenery and mountain ranges beside the Kwai Noi River. The resort offers individual thatched roof cottage accommodation for utmost privacy and comfort. The resort is located just by Saiyok National Park making it easy for the resort guests to walk or bike to Lawa Cave, a stalagmites and stalactites cave in the national park.
Guests can enjoy the turquoise swimming pool and river pier with daybeds for lounging amidst the jungle. The resort offers a variety of traditional and soothing herbal Thai massages. In the evening, the resort restaurant presents fine local and international dishes and guests are able to attend local cultural performances on the resort grounds.
4. HOME PHUTOEY RIVER KWAI RESORT
Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort is a boutique river resort well known as a family holiday adventure park. Travellers can enjoy various activities such as bathing in the natural hotspring pool, exploring the historical railway sights and visiting the museum and enjoying the amazing TREETOP ADVENTURE, a series of ziplines across treetops in a thick green tropical jungle.
The resort guest rooms provide personalized comfort with individual bungalow style houses rich with teakwood décor and modern comfort. The resort is set in lush green gardens with stunning mountain and river views ideal for taking in the evening. ¬¬¬
5. HINTOK RIVER CAMP @HELLFIRE PASS
Hintok River Camp @Hellfire Pass sits on a mountain ridge overlooking the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. This glamping site is near the world famous historical site, Hellfire Pass. Spread across a grassy lawn, each spacious stylish safari tents is an oasis of the comfort with en-suite bathroom, individually controlled air con and spacious private verandas.
Guests are welcome to use one of the camp’s mountain bikes. Close by is ‘Hellfire Pass trekking trails’ and ‘Hellfire Pass Museum’, must-visit World War II sites. It is home to the famous ‘ railway cutting’ built by the Prisoners of War.
Other popular guest activities include the wading in natural spring pool or enjoying a barbecue campfire dinner under the moonlight and dazzling stars.