Imagine a vacation spent with almost no electricity within close proximity. Simply kerosene lamps to lit up the nights and waking up to elephants from a nearby wildlife sanctuary bathing at your back door.
If you are a traveler searching for a truly authentic and all inclusive experience, there are just so many unique experiences Thailand can offer in and around Bangkok. The critically acclaimed floating villas which we are going to share in this post is simply just one of those. So, if you are up for an eco getaway, all ready to take in a slow life and embrace what nature has to offer, nestled within the dense forest of historical rich Kanchanaburi lies a hidden gem in a peaceful sanctuary.
A 2.5-hour drive from the heart of Bangkok followed by a 20 mins traditional long tail boat ride brings you through the various scenic and breathtaking views of the gorges surrounding the River Kwai Jungle Raft Resort. The boat ride is truly exhilarating on its own as you glide through the river, venturing deeper into the jungle wilderness only to the clear chirping of birds and the whirring of hummingbird wings that amplify the silence and reclusiveness of the private enclave. Located right on the historic River Kwai and surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle, Kanchanaburi's floating raft resort offers a truly authentic accommodation experience.
''The River Kwai literally flows under your bed.'' Walls are weaved from local bamboo and furnished with furniture reflecting the local Mon villagers living style. Rooms are completed with ensuite private bathroom, balcony and a hammock for a truly great Rest & Sleep Experience. For ecology conservation in mind, Use of electricity is completely replaced with kerosene lamps to bring out the romantic and nostalgic ambience at night. The floating resort has its own natural cooling mechanism with the river running beneath although we do not recommend visiting the resort in April-May during the scorching hot Songkran period.
All furnishing and design aspects of the floating resort are also painstakingly carried out by the local Mon villagers. Thai and traditional Mon inspired dishes prepared with local fresh ingredients sourced from neighboring villages are also available in the resort restaurant. This provides local villagers a steady and sustainable income source. Besides being able to play a part in supporting the local Thailand rural community, dining under the starry nights while overlooking the river flowing at its own pace provides for an unparalleled dining experience second to none.
And last but not least, what is living on River Kwai when you can't have a dip in the historical river? Hence, the reason why every room is equipped with a safety life jacket as the river jump activity becomes a staple form of water entertainment for travelers on the River Kwai Jungle Raft.