"NO ELECTRICITY in the heat of Thailand? Are you crazy?" Yes, this super eco friendly hotel operates without the use of electricity. It's snugged deep inside the luscious green mountain on River Kwai in Kanchanaburi province. I was scared of the concept at first but as soon as I was being transported from the dock by a long tail boat, feeling the cool breeze from the river and admiring the scenery of jungle on both sides, my doubt started to subside. Once I saw this place which the entire hotel is made of bamboo huts connected together, floating quietly on the water, my worries completely went away.
The hotel is next to the local village where you can go visit. You can hike or do the elephant trekking. The elephants also came by to the hotel for morning visit. But the most fun activity was jumping off the dock to the river, floating downstream to the end of the huts, getting out and repeat.
The hotel prides itself on being sustainable to the environment. The flowing river underneath keeps the room cool, the oil lamp at night keeps the place bright. No TV, no computer. It's good to unplug from our busy life. Just a good book, a hammock, feel the tension melting away and let the time pass by.
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Early Morning Ritual
Watch the procession of monks in the morning, passing by on the dirt paths running parallel to the river, as they collect rice and other food offered up by the residents. Make sure you take a boat ride up the river to see the countryside from river level.