Monday, 24 March 2014

Raft Hotel on the River Kwai

I've found it. I've found heaven on earth. And it's tucked away in a gentle meander of the River Kwai in Thailand. Even the busiest of bees will forget his troubles. Don't try and fight it workaholics, it just won't work.

After landing in Bangkok we met our driver who took us to the pier so we could catch our long tail boat to the hotel or should I say "Floatel". Our boutique floating raft hotel.

We rode 15 minutes on the long tail boat, with every passing minute, the quieter it became, the deeper we were in the wilderness, throwing our worries and stress over board as we approached our next stop.

You can see it in the distance!







It is so peaceful and silent here. The silence is only interrupted by the sounds of boats passing by and crickets singing at 6pm sharp every evening.

There are only 24 of these beautiful rooms in total and I managed to score one of them. At only 50 GBP per night  I was afraid we would be stuck in a smelly, cheaply built room but I couldn't be more wrong. The rooms were breathtaking with high ceilings, wooden and bamboo beams and nautical ropes running across the room. The fan made of wood and rattan completed the look. I did not see concrete in these 3 days.  The beds and pillows were ultra soft too. It really is like a mini Four Seasons in the middle of the wilderness.



I've found my favourite spot


Day bed in our room



Our day was simple. We wake up to the waves of the passing boats rocking our room as they whizz pass. I would stumble outside with sandy eyes and sit on our porch and watch the water glisten in the morning sun. It doesn't feel like real life. This peaceful feeling doesn't come regularly.  This must be what meditation feels like. I sit there longer to enjoy the moment before reaching for my iPad and start reading the news. Not long after Saad also stumbles out and does the same thing.


Morning sun glistering



 Our stomach started to rumble so we made our way to breakfast.



 After breakfast we visited a cave that was a short walk away just up in the hills behind our Floatel. The cave was sooo hot and humid. By the time we were out we were sweating like there was no tomorrow.















After lunch, we canoed up and down the river and went exploring.




At 6pm the crickets started to sing and we knew it was time for a sunset drink. We sat down again at the same table we had breakfast and lunch and got ourselves a  cold refreshing drink. I looked around and noticed that other guests also took the same table they had at breakfast. I wondered if we all would keep like this for the rest of our stay. We did.

Nobody talks 






After our drink we booked two lovely ladies to come and give us a couples massage in the room. Saad fell asleep as they were leaving and I let him rest a little longer before waking him up to go for dinner. I can hear soft music playing in the background as we sit down to our claimed table. After dinner we went back to our little gem of a room and fell asleep to the rocking of the waves cradling our rafts. I can't wait to feel this happy again when I wake up tomorrow.



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