- Unique riverside location
- Peaceful and relaxed atmosphere
- Hiking, caving, birdwatching
- River tours, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking
The Float House is an elegant boutique resort whose unique accommodation consists of ‘floating’ villas set right on the banks of the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, Thailand – a three or four hour’s drive away from Bangkok. The resort is accessed via an 11-minute ride from the Phatakein pier in a traditional long-tail boat. With no direct road access, the property boasts a genuineally secluded and serene feel. It lies within the Sai Yok National Park and is one of the most unique accommodation options in the area.
All of the villas here are handsomely decorated and furnished throughout featuring teakwood furniture, space and comfort. Each villa has its own private balcony and pier with swing chair and views of the river and the heavily forested surroundings. Facilities common to all of the villas include a 32 inch LCD TV with DVD player, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and sun beds out on the balcony. The bedroom comes with either twin beds or a single king size bed, and the bathroom houses a rain shower.
Many of the activities are naturally centred on the river, though there are plenty of other things to do that are easily accessible from the hotel. Private long-tail boats can be hired for sightseeing river tours, or alternatively there’s bamboo rafting and canoeing excursions. Mountain biking is a popular activity, along with bird watching, hiking and even caving - many visit the Lawa Cave to see its vast underground chambers and fascinating rock formations. Every night after dinner, local people from the nearby Mon village put on an extravagant cultural dance show featuring authentic live music.
The Pontoon Floating Restaurant & Bar is open throughout the day and offers a choice of international dishes, as well as plenty of local Thai delicacies. The restaurant offers both a la carte and buffet-style dining, while the bar has a relaxed, informal atmosphere and a broad menu including fine wines, colourful cocktails, cool soft drinks and refreshing beers. Both the restaurant and the bar are open-air, with lovely riverside views.
Although children of all ages are welcome to stay at The Float House. While there’s no babysitting service, nor any child-oriented facilities or activities at the hotel itself, there are plenty of child-friendly activities in the surrounding area. Note that each villa can only accommodate one additional rollaway bed and due to the hotel’s waterside location and the fact that the balconies, piers and walkways are unfenced, parents are reminded keep an eye on their children at all times.
- Safari tents in lovely rural setting
- Close to two national parks
- Mountain biking, canoeing, bamboo rafting
- Elephant trekking, cultural visits
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