The floating raft resorts of Kanchanaburi

Staying in a hotel that floats on the water can be done at several places in Thailand. The two most popular places to go are Khao Sok National Park and Kanchanaburi Province. Kanchanaburi province is only a few hours from Bangkok and therefore very popular. The floating hotels at the banks of the river Kwai are very well known among tourists. Most likely due to the 1957’s classic war movie ”Bridge over the river Kwai”. In Bangkok you can find many companies offering short trips to Kanchanaburi that include one ore more nights at a floating hotel. Far lesser known is the Srinakarin Lake. This lake was formed after the building Thailands third largest dam;  the Srinagarind Dam (also known as the Srinakarin Dam) on the Kwai Yai River. The dam was built in order to avoid floods and to ensure water and electricity supply to the area’s residents. On this lake you”ll also find a lot of floating hotels. These are mostly visited by Thai people. Some even have only a name in Thai alphabet. Probably due to the larger distance to Bangkok and usually the need of private transport this lake is often overlooked by foreign tourists.

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One of the floating hotels (Saiyok View Resort) at the river Kwai in Kanchanaburi. Source: Facebook

The following list contains only the hotels, guesthouses and resorts that have a website, Facebook page or other online presence. Many resorts are 100% floating accommodations and hotel facilities. Others have both floating raft houses and bungalows on the river banks. The websites, YouTube movies and Facebook pages behind the links in this article are very often in Thai language only.

River Kwai Yai

1 The Hub Erawan Resort
Only 15 minutes driving from the famous Erawan Waterfalls. The rooms at the waterfront come with an outdoor bathtub. Besides swimming in the river it is also possible to swim in a swimming pool.

The hub erawan resort compilation
Life is good at the beach river. Source: Facebook

www.huberawan.com
Facebook
YouTube 01   YouTube 02
Instagram

2 Ingphupha Resort and Restaurant
www.facebook.com/ingphupha

3 Maldive Erawan
www.maldiveerawan.com
www.facebook.com/MaldiveErawan

4 Paeviewer Erawan (แพวิวเวอร์ เอราวัณ)
www.facebook.com/paeviewer

River kwai Noi

1 Mek Kiri Riverkwai Resort
Only 5 minutes by car from Hin Dad Hotspring.
www.facebook.com/mekkiriresort
YouTube

2 Sai Yok View Raft
www.saiyokviewresort.com
www.facebook.com/saiyokview2
YouTube

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Saiyok View Resort at dusk. Source: Facebook

3 River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort
One of the firrst founded floating hotels in the area in 1976. Simple bamboo huts and no electricity. Despite that it is part of luxury hotel chain Serenata Hotels and Resorts Group.
www.riverkwaijunglerafts.com
www.riverkwaifloatinghotel.com
YouTube 01  YouTube 02
YouTube by Mark Wiens
Travelblog by www.readme.me

4 Wang Nokkaew Park View
www.wangnokkaew.com
YouTube 01  YouTube 02
Travel blog from www.readme.me

5 Sai Yok Floatel
If you don’t want to swim in the river you can also swim in their swimming pool that is also floating on the river.
www.saiyokfloatelresort.com
www.facebook.com/Saiyokfloatel
YouTube

Saiyok Floatel 01
Quite unique: A swimming pool that floats on a river. Source: Facebook

6 FloatHouse River Kwai Resort
One of the more luxury floating resorts in Kanchanaburi. Part of the Serenata hotel group.
www.thefloathouseriverkwai.com
www.facebook.com/TheFloatHouse
YouTube
www.instagram.com/thefloathouseriverkwai

The Floathouse river kwai
The Floathouse River Kwai. Source: Facebook

7 ?? Suan Sai Yok Resort
Tripadvisor
Travelblog on www.readme.me

8 Koh Mueangkarn Paradise View Resort
www.kohresort.com
www.facebook.com/kohmueangkarnresort
YouTube
Instagram 01
www.instagram.com/koh_resort

9 Boutique Raft Resort River Kwai Hotel
www.boutiqueraft-riverkwai.com
www.facebook.com/Boutiqueraft
YouTube

9 Iya Resort ??

Tripadvisor

11 Banana Resort and Spa
Not exactly a floating hotel but it has easily access to the river with a floating restaurant and areas for swimming.
Facebook
YouTube

12 Krit Rafthouse
Facebook
YouTube

13 X2 River Kwai Resort
They have floating bungalows but a large portion of the resort is located on the river bank.
www.x2resorts.com/resorts/river-kwai
www.facebook.com/X2riverkwairesort
YouTube 01 YouTube 02

14 The For Rest Resort
www.theforrestresort.com
www.facebook.com/TheForRestResort
YouTube
Travelblog by www.readme.me

For-Rest resort Readme
Relaxing in one of the hammocks in front of the rooms of For-Rest Resort. Source: www.readme.me

15 Kwai Tara Riverside Villas
www.kwaitara.com
www.facebook.com/KwaiTara
YouTube

16 Pung-Waan Resort
Large parts of the resorts are on land but they also have a stretch of floating bungalows.
www.pungwaanriverkwai.com
YouTube

17 Baanpufa Resort
Only a few room floating at the water.
www.baanpufa.com
www.facebook.com/baanpufa
YouTube

18 Tayan Resort and Spa
www.tayanresort.com
www.facebook.com/TayanResortAndSpa

19 River Kwai Botanic Delight
www.botanic.co.th
www.facebook.com/BotanicDelight

20 The Raft Land Resort

21 Baan Rai Darun Home Stay and Scenery Raft
www.facebook.com/baanraidarun

Sinakarin Lake

1 Lake Heaven Resort
Besides a resort this is also a fun park with floating objects.

Lake Heaven Resort Kanchanaburi
Lake Heaven Resort seen from above. Source: Facebook

www.lakeheaven.com
www.facebook.com/LakeHeavenResort
YouTube

2 Heaven Bay Resort
www.heavenbayresort.com
www.heavenbay.net
www.facebook.com/HeavenBayResortTH
YouTube 01   YouTube 02

3 Ruknam Resort
www.ruknamresort.com
www.facebook.com/ruknamresort.kanchanaburi
YouTube 01   YouTube 02
Instagram

4 Ananta River Hills Resort
www.anantariverhills.com
www.facebook.com/anantariverhillsresort
YouTube 01  YouTube 02
Instagram

Ananta River Hills Resort 01
Floating playground in front of Ananta River Hills Resort. Source: Facebook

5 The tara cape resort
www.facebook.com/theTaracape

6 Amadard Resort
www.amadardresort.com
Facebook
YouTube

7 Phu Pai Lake and Resort
www.phupailake.com
YouTube

8 Raya Buri Resort
www.rayaburiresort.com
www.facebook.com/Rayaburi
www.twitter.com/Rayaburi

9 Paemindmont resort
www.paemindmontresort.com

10 Pufa Engnam Lake Resort
YouTube
More info on www.hotelthailand.com

11 Pufa Lake Resort
www.facebook.com/pufalakeresort
Travelblog on www.readme.me

12 Z9 Resort
Very nicely disigned resort with a unique shape of their bungalows.
www.z9resorts.com
www.facebook.com/Z9Resort
YouTube 01  YouTube 02

Z9 Resort 02

13 Green River Hill Resort
www.greenriverhill.com
Facebook
YouTube

14 The Raft Kanchanaburi
The unique thing about this resort is that the floating houses can be moved to another point of can be pulled by a by VIDSqaure” href=”#45552058″> boat for a tour over the lake.
www.theraft-kanchanaburi.com
www.facebook.com/TheRaftKanchanaburi

The Raft Kanchanaburi

1 Khonsoe
www.khonsoe.com

16 Baan-Pak-LongPae-Vintage
www.facebook.com/bplpvintage
YouTube

17 Pae-Lung-Nid
www.facebook.com/Lungnid086

18 Pae Khuean Srinagarin
www.facebook.com/paekhueansrinagarin

19 Paevimanloynam resort
www.paeviman.com
www.facebook.com/paevimanloynam

20 Sweet Home Floating House
Close to the Sisawat Ferry Terminal. From here you can take the ferry to the other side of the lake. The resort has no electricity.
www.sweet-home-floating-house.com
www.facebook.com/Sweethomefloatinghouse

21 Siam Silver Lake Resort
www.siamsilverlake.com
www.facebook.com/siamsilverlake
YouTube 01  YouTube 02

22 Sky lake view resort
www.skylakeviewresort.com
www.facebook.com/Aoy.Skylakeviewresort

23 Petchfa resort
www.petchfa.net
www.facebook.com/paepetchfa

24 paepeetons
Big rafts (party boats) for groups of people.
www.paepeetons.com
www.facebook.com/paepeetonsnew
www.facebook.com/paepeetons

25 peasumran
Big rafts (party boats) for groups of people.
www.peasumran.com
www.facebook.com/peasumran

26 Hornbill hill Resort a.k.a. Phu NokNguk Resort (ภูนกเงือก)
Also here is a inflatable floating fun park. Also the possibility to do canoeing and bamboo rafting.
www.hornbillhillresort.com
www.facebook.com/HomeDesignKanchanaburi
YouTube

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The colorful floating bungalows at Hornbill (Phu Noknguk) Resort seen from the water. Source: Facebook

 

Mea Klong

1 Blue Sky Raft Resort
www.blueskyraft-resort.com
www.facebook.com/BlueskyraftResort
YouTube 01   YouTube 02

Vajiralongkorn Lake

1 The Floatel – Buntern
Facebook
YouTube

More info:

https://thailand.tripcanvas.co/kanchanaburi/floating-riverfront-hotels/

https://thailand.tripcanvas.co/kanchanaburi/overwater-resorts-with-lake-views/

Not all of the floating bungalows are in Kanchanaburi
https://thailand.tripcanvas.co/budget-water-villas-in-thailand/

https://www.thailand-expert.com/thailand-travel-guide/thailand-center/thailand-center-northeast-ne/kanchanaburi-thailand-center-northeast-ne/srinakarin-lake-kanchanaburi/

https://www.altrnativtripsthailand.com/srinakarin-dam-and-houseboats/

https://www.fishsiam.com/venues/dams-reservoirs-national-parks/srinakarin-dam-thailand/

https://www.ceediz.com/en/travel/kanchanaburi/sp/a/srinakarin-dam.161356/

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