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River Kwai Jungle Rafts

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

the hotel is very nice, comfortable, extraordinary location. Disappointing hotel-wise has been only the poor breakfast. Biggest problem is the very bad water quality of the river, it is full of waste, a surprise that it is not smelling bad. What I also don't like that where the staff is living along the river they just dig big wholes in the ground to deposit all their rubbish their, nothing eco.

This is my favourite place to stay on the river. There is no electricity so the entire resort is lit by gas lamps and torches which gives it a very romantic vibe. I loved sleeping right on the water and the location makes it perfect to get back in touch with nature. We spent a lovely weekend lazing about in the hammocks, swimming in the river and exploring the local area. The staff are just lovely and very accommodating. They catered for our every need and nothing was too much trouble. They organised some special food for our dietary requirements, booked us transport and generally made sure we were happy with our stay. The food is delicious and the portions are very generous. It was so lovely to eat by candle light under the stars. It's hearty Thai food with many options for meat lovers and vegetarians. If you are looking for some time in nature away from the rat race of Bangkok then I would definitely recommend this place for a mini-break. Thanks for a wonderful stay.

If you are looking for a camping like experience, this is the place for you. The river rafts are so cute with no electricity but oil lamps for light! Very rustic but cute. Dinner is family style along with breakfast! In the morning an elephant, Wendy, comes to visit! If you need to charge phones or use wifi, not a good choice, but if you are ready for a fun adventure, book now!!!

The landscape, hotel and food amazing but I can't say the same as the personal. The receptionist was unpleasant and unfriendly. He didn't try to solve us some questions and he hurry us up to do the check out.

The idea of this hotel is great but like many tourist things with many tourists the experience was lacking. Firstly with so many resorts in the same stretch of river the lack of power or generators was replaced with almost constant long tail boats taking guests and staff to the pier. Looks of rooms very close together and constant foot travel up and down the length of the rafts you really don't get any personally space. Food is really average and the village on shore is set up service the rafts. They have vehicle access so it's really if you wanted you could drive to resort! Staff end up hanging around the central area waiting for something to do which other than check in / out and meals is limited. So they just hang around bored playing their mobile phones. But they do have village make up on the faces so you feels they could be from the village NOT! Our server / host was very friendly but I think we got lucky but the look of others. The jungle is beautiful and we wouldn't have seen it otherwise but nothing like what we were expecting and wouldn't stay again. But hey some may love it.

Great retreat away from everything. Very relaxing place on the river. The hotel rate includes meals. The meals are only so, so which is to be expected. The service is outstanding, very hardworking staff. The rooms are rustic, hot and muggy due to lack of a/c. Make sure you stay active during the day so when it is time to sleep you will fall asleep. I highly recommend this place but personally wouldn't stay here for more than a night.

This hotel was part of my organiseren trip. After arriving her we walked to the room, and we where pretty shocked when we opened the door. The beds where very hard, an where full of insects, worms and muscito. They have mosquito nets on the room but they don't help, because on the floor are big spiles where the insect fly in right under the net. Also the shower and toilet are very dirty. After seen this we decided to book another good hotel nearby.

Very nice experience to stay in a hotel like this. You find yourself in the middle of nature with no electricity. While we’re used to luxury hotels, this experience stays in our mind. It is a mixture of a great nature experience and some essential history of the area. The hotel is run by the habitants of the nearby Mon village We had a package deal of 3 days / 2 nights, that I would recommend. It included transfer from and to Bangkok, a visit to the river Kwai rail bridge, a war museum, a cave, the mon village, a half day long-tail boat trip on the river, including a visit to the waterfalls, a visit to Hellfire Pass, and a train ride with beautiful scenery. (see their website for the packages). Our guide “Blye”, was super friendly. He does his job with a lot of dedication, passion and humor. If you don’t book a package, you can still book locally a boat trip and some visits. Every floating house has 4 rooms, with elementary bathroom (toilet, sink and showerhead), a table on the terrace and a deck with a deck chair. The beds were of good quality, and had a mosquito net. In the evening, every room gets a petroleum lamp for lighting. And they add some lamps at every table. This gives a very cosy atmosphere in the evening. At night, you hear several animals in the jungle. All meals were included in our package, and the food was very good, though not really spicy – probably tailored to the tourists. You could order more food if needed. Drinks were at extra charge, but at democratic prices. The current on the river is very strong at the floating hotel. You can jump in the river at the upstream rooms, and float downstream. Make sure you grab the ladder at the last houses, else you’re off to Bangkok. Over 3G, I could still receive internet connectivity (with AIS sim card), but quality was not stable. But even the kids, who are typically so hooked up on their iphone did not seem to miss this during our 3-day stay. Bring some anti-mosquito products though.

After a couple weeks in Thailand, some of our best memories are from this really cool hotel that offers a wildly different experience. I'm not sure how it compares to the other raft "floatels" up and down the river, but you should definitely book one of them and enjoy this strange and fun place. If you haven't gathered from the reviews, this is a floating hotel on the River Kwai, which was a 3-hour drive from Bangkok. To get there, the easiest way is to pay a private taxi around 2,500 baht and arrive at Phukatien Pier, which is a large pier about an hour north of Kanchanaburi. From there, hourly boats take you to and from the hotel. The hotel is a trip... floating rooms, no electricity (you're given a lantern and small flashlight) and no hot water, but trust me-- this all adds to the charm and fun of it all. Breakfast and dinner are included at the main restaurant/bar and you can hop in the river and literally float to your room. I had so much fun doing this several times during our two night stay. The hotel is situated next to a small village where I presume that most of the workers live, and they have a pet elephant that is brought down to the river every morning. You are encouraged to feed the elephant, which was really fun. She seemed to be well treated. The best activity in the area is a day trip to Erawan Falls, which I highly recommend. It's about a one hour drive from the pier and the hotel staff can arrange everything. You can also see the WW2 stuff at Kanchanaburi if you're into that. The staff does a nice job accommodating every need. The only bummer is that there are no fans or a/c in the rooms (obviously) and it is usually hot even at night. There are mosquito nets over the beds, which were a little stiff. Book it! We had a blast and would highly recommend this as a fun two day excursion from Bangkok.

During the day this place is heaven, relaxing in your own personal hammock on private balcony or sunbathing in a lounger on the pontoon you can forget about the modern world and home life and simply take in the surroundings of the river and jungle. Floating down the river is fun and relaxing, the water is warm and you are given a life jacket for safety. Food is nice and the walk to the local village is interesting. When darkness falls you need a strong torch, the lamp you are given doesn't provide much light plus I personally can't stand the smell of fumes so I avoided using it. Once you have found your way down to dinner you are attacked by flying insects which you can't see coming so use a good repellent. Back in the room it is impossible to have a shower or do anything as there is no light. I would highly recommend having an open window in the bathroom to et in natural daylight because it is constantly dark, even during the day showing is difficult. I would also recommend the hotel to provide or advise people to bring battery powered torches just to make life a bit easier in the evening. We were in bed by 9pm as there was nothing to do in the room and insects were biting outside. There is also a strong fume smell from the lamps which I needed to get away from. On a positive note once again this is an amazing place to stay and with the addition of torches and a window in the bathroom it would be 5 stars.

Baan Tahsao Sai Yok Kanchanaburi

Hotel highlights

  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Airport shuttle (fees apply)

Located in Tha Sao, River Kwai Jungle Rafts is 10.5 mi (16.8 km) from Soi Nok Waterfall. This 121-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free self parking. It's on a river and also close to Sai Yok National Park Entrance.


You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


All 121 individually decorated accommodations feature sitting areas. Rooms also include desks.

Property features

Guests of River Kwai Jungle Rafts enjoy features like a meeting room, coffee in a common area, and a free grocery shopping service. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available on request) for THB 5800 per vehicle roundtrip. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this boutique hotel include express check-in, express check-out, and a terrace.

Room options

Raft Dinner Breakfast Lunch and Join boat transfer

Twin 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1048 reviews