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Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

Stayed here on a Kumuka Tour to the nearby Hellfire Pass. I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty, quietness and serenity of this place. The location is superb, high above the river with mountains in th ebackground. You can hear the silence at night and the sky is so dark! The food provided was excellent, tyhe air-cond. tents were really good and the ability to simply grab a mountain bike and goo for a ride in the morning acros sthe nearby suspension bridge was great. Best thing of all are the spring-fed pools near the river, although the installation of a flyingfox to the bar fo rdrinks would be a great innovation! What is a lttle hard to rencoile is this beautiful place was also the location for a POW camp during the building of the Death Railway.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

we stayed here as part of our thailand tour - and loved this place!
the rooms are large tents with a big bed, air cons and an ensuite.
the pool is natural spring water and has fantastic views of the river, definitely reccommend to anyone going to hell fire pass

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Reviewed 10 April 2012

The tent is huge and air-coned lying in a large field and surrounded by gorgeous mountain range and river. Love the BBQ campfire at night and spring pool down next to the river. A bit warm during the day but air-con helps and pretty cold during the night. We even turned off the air-con at night and opened windows for fresh air. The camp is close to Hellfire Pass. We spent couple of hours there trekking and taking photos. Enjoyed it so much. Will certainly recommend to friends.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

we enjoyed our stay , the food , location and pool were fantastic .the staff were friendly but seemed a bit over it .there is a lack of transport on offer , they wanted to charge me 500 thai baht to go 4 km to hellfire pass memorial.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

This is a hard place to review, as essentially whether you like it or not will depend on whether you see staying in a "luxury" tent as a bit of an adventure and something different, or whether you prefer your usual 5-star hotel with plush bathroom facilities! It is maybe a "love it" or "hate it" kind of place.......

the good points:

the tents (there are 30 or so) are permanently sited on a wooden platform, and are large clean and spacious with a fridge and air con unit, and a nice wooden verandah outside. Ours was in good condition.

the place is very quiet, although there is a small village nearby, and on the Sat night that we were there we could hear load karaoke music from a hotel further down the river till quite late at night (we were told that this is unusual and doesnt happen every Sat night)

there is a central open area, with an atmospheric campfire being lit at night around which meals are served

the evening food we had as 100% Thai and tasty, although not as spicy as usual in Thailand presumably less spicy as most of the guests were European. the first (Sat) night was a buffet, but the second night was served at our table as fewer guests staying. breakfast is served in a separate location near the river and comprises the usual things you'd expect

the location is superb, being high above a bend on the river Kwai with lovely views from the bar area. there are steps down to a jetty on the river, and a natural spring pool although we didnt go into it as we suspected the water would be a bit cool...

there is no TV or phone in the tents, which we thought was an advantage!

we honestly didnt find the mosquitos a problem - the hotel must provide some kind of repellent at night, and we were in any event covered in DEET repellent anyway

we walked to Hellfire Pass museum along part of the old death railway, which was really moving and well worth doing, much more enjoyable than the boring train ride from Kanchanaburi. We also booked a longtail boat (through the hotel) to the Lawa caves about 40 mins ride away, which was pleasant enough if a bit pricey

the staff are pleasant and helpful, although we reckoned only 3 of them were very fluent in English

the other guests were a mix of nationalities, some local, mostly western from all over Europe and the USA, some individuals, others on small group tours, some young some less so.

the not so good points:

the key problem for us is that the bathroom area (WC, basin and shower) are screened but are on the wooden platform outside the tent, so are open air in effect. this means that you have no protection against insects/animals when on the toilet or taking a shower (we found a frog inside the toilet on one evening visit!) and the area is a bit dark at night. if you are very fussy about your bathrooms, then don't come here, it is as simple as that

it isnt obvious what excursions can be taken or whether they are guided or not - on arrival it took us a while to work out what to do. it seems that one of the staff (called Lam) does some guiding, but otherwise you are left to your own devices

the place is not a late night place! on the Sun we retired to our tent at 9.30pm as everyone had already gone! the meal is served at 7pm and some people had finished and gone back to their tent by 8pm, so if you want a good night partying dont come here....

overall, we found it an unusual contrast to the usual smart hotels we stay in on holiday and it has given us some stories to tell, but you need to have a bit of a sense of adventure and it helps if you like camping! We would say 2 or at most 3 nights would be enough as there isnt really that much to do in the vicinity without your own transport.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass

Address: 109 Moo 9 Ban Had Ngew | Tambon Thasao, Kanchanaburi 70150, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Kanchanaburi Province > Kanchanaburi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 83 Speciality Lodging in Kanchanaburi
Price Range: ₹ 7,617 - ₹ 15,170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass is an exceptionally safari tented camp resort 'Glamping' stunningly located on a upon the pinnacle of Hintok mountain in Kanchanaburi, Thailand where the historical river, River Kwai runs through. ... more   less 
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