Care about future – sustainability at the River Kwai Jungle Rafts

Since 1976 are the Jungle Rafts giving a warm welcome to all its visitors, floating on the river Kwai in Kanchanaburi. It’s a true discovery to sleep in the middle of the jungle, next to the legendary river Kwai, local Mon village, gigantic elephants and impressive canyons. Far away from reality it’s exactly what the River Kwai Jungle Rafts would like to preserve to assure that visitors can enjoy their stay, not only today but also tomorrow. It is one form of sustainability in Thailand.

Preserving the environment
The Jungle Rafts are sticking to its original concept of being into nature. They are being successful, the resort distinguish itself from others as they don’t make use of any electricity. Instead lanterns are being used resulting in a dazzling moment at night.

To preserve the environment and minimize the waste the Jungle Rafts installed multiple septic tanks which is the key element for a sewage system. Besides the wood used to construct the rafts is all coming from dead trees. Living trees are not being cut by the floating resort so everyone can enjoy the sights of the stunning nature.

Local culture
An ethnic minority group in Thailand are the Mon, living amongst others in Kanchanaburi, Central Thailand and Southern Myanmar. Through the presence of the resort they don’t only have a job but are also living together with their family in a small village. They built their own temple and the resort was as well a support for the school, giving access to education and allowing children to play without worries. Click Here to Read more about the Mon culture.

The elephants
One of the smartest animals in the world and likewise biggest is the elephant. Unfortunately they are not always treated well.. Luckily the River Kwai Jungle Rafts cares about the animals. The caretakers are not allowed to use a bull hook to correct the elephants. Even though their skin seems to be very thick – it remains sensitive. If you are curious and want to find out a little more about this special animal, have a look on: Intelligent Animal

elephants
Almost every morning elephants take a look at the resort. ©River Kwai Jungle Rafts
mon cultural school in kanchanaburi
Children are performing the traditional Mon dance in school. ©River Kwai Jungle Rafts

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