- Safari tents in lovely rural setting
- Close to two national parks
- Mountain biking, canoeing, bamboo rafting
- Elephant trekking, cultural visits
Hintok River Camp is a rural nature retreat with well-appointed African safari style tents in a stunning setting right on the banks of Thailand’s River Kwai. The camp is conveniently located close to a wide variety of activities and two national parks: the Sai Yok National Park is on the opposite side of the river, while the Erawan National Park is just a short drive away. Also nearby is the notorious Hellfire Pass – here, during World War II, a number of prisoners of war famously and painstakingly carved out a route for a railway track through both jungle and rock.
The accommodation comprises 20 luxury canvas safari tents built on wooden platforms. They’re designed to blend in with their natural surroundings and come with a variety of amenities such as air conditioning, hairdryers, complimentary toiletries and a brass fan. All tents house a private bathroom with hot running water, as well as a terrace/living area.
The restaurant is set on a wooden terrace and is semi-outdoors with stunning views of the river and the lush jungle scenery. Three meals a day are served here, and BBQ Campfire Dinners are held in the evenings under the starry night sky. The retreat’s professional chef offers up a variety of freshly prepared food and there’s a bar serving refreshing soft drinks, distinctive beers, colourful cocktails and wine.
While simple and rustic in character, the retreat does have its fair share of on-site facilities and activities. Perhaps the most appealing thing to do here is to enjoy a leisurely dip in the clean and natural spring water pool. To learn about the fascinating yet somewhat sombre history of the area, visit the Hintok Story Museum or for something a bit more relaxing, book a soothing Thai massage. There are lots of exciting outdoor activities available in the local area from canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, and bamboo rafting to elephant trekking. Some of the many nearby attractions include the massive Lawa Cave, located within the Sai Yok National Park, the Treetop Adventure Park with its thrilling zip-lines and the Mon Temple, a grand monument belonging to the Mon people, an ethnic minority who to this day enjoy a peaceful and simplistic way of life.
Hintok River Camp welcomes children and is a great destination for younger ones who want to learn more about the natural world. Beds can be laid out in double, twin or triple formation depending on requirements. Parents are reminded to keep an eye on their younger ones when by the pool or by the river, as both are unguarded and unfenced.
- Unique riverside location
- Peaceful and relaxed atmosphere
- Hiking, caving, birdwatching
- River tours, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019