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The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort

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- Unique riverside location
- Peaceful and relaxed atmosphere
- Hiking, caving, birdwatching
- River tours, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking

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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.

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  • I would like to say a massive thank you for organising our Vietnam trip. The itinerary and execution were superb, as was the attention to detail. I would also like to thank the agent who was on the end of my whats app chat (I have no idea who they were!) – always available, always quick to respond, and kept me updated regarding times etc. Also, the guides Dan (north) and Tien (mid) were just excellent, and we really enjoyed their company. The lady (whose name I have forgotten) who was our additional guide for the DMZ day was exceedingly good and made that day very special.

    Missingfiona g reviewing Complete Vietnam For Families on 15 April 2024

  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

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