The River Kwai, more correctly Kwai Noi (Thai: แควน้อย, English small tributary) or Kwai Sai Yok (แคว ไทรโยค), is a river in western Thailand, near, but not over the border with Myanmar. It begins at the confluence of Ranti, Songkalia and Bikhli Rivers. At Kanchanaburi it merges with the Kwai Yai River to form the Mae Klong river, which empties into the Gulf of Thailand at Samut Songkhram.
The river is chiefly known from the Pierre Boulle novel and David Lean film The Bridge on the River Kwai, in which Australian, Dutch and British prisoners of war were forced by the Japanese to construct two parallel bridges spanning the river as part of the Burma Railway, also called the Death Railway, for the many lives lost in its construction. One bridge was wooden and temporary. The other was made of concrete and steel and still exists. The bridges actually spanned the Mae Klong, but as the railway subsequently follows the Kwai Noi Valley, the bridges became famous under the wrong name. In the 1960s, the upper part of the Mae Klong was renamed the Kwai Yai (big tributary").
A military history of the building of the bridges during World War II can be found in Professor Peter Davies's biography of the British officer Philip Toosey, "The Man Behind the Bridge: Colonel Toosey and the River Kwai". The book, and an associated BBC Timewatch documentary, challenge many of the inaccuracies portrayed in Boulle's novel and Lean's film.
The River Kwai is known for the wide variety of experiences it offers. SERENATA Hotels & Resorts embraces this by inviting travelers to Discover Thai Varieties in Style. The area along the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand, and the resorts there are the flagship and pride of SERENATA and further the “Pride of the River Kwai”.
SERENATA’s new addition to the “Pride of the River Kwai” is the Home Phutoey River Kwai Resort, a family resort on a vast area of land right on the historical river. It gets in line with the other resorts of SERENATA Hotels & Resorts Group along the river, which have won numerous awards for their unique designs and professionalism. The resorts have been the travelers’ favorites since their establishment. You can choose from an exceptional ‘glamping’ (= glamorous + camping) experience, a chalet-style holiday paradise , floating rafts, which embrace the theme ‘back to the basics’, or the high-end luxurious floating rafts, which offer all the comforts you can think of.
Every one of the resorts embodies a unique concept, promising their guest incredible holiday experiences. The beauty of the jungle in the Kanchanaburi province is reflected in the lovely details in the resorts. At Hintok River Camp @ Hellfire Pass, camping resort, you will find that the bar is built around a tree and the stairs and platforms leading down to The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort were also built in a way to refrain from cutting down the trees along the river. In fact, the properties are built only out of trees, which were already dead. The resorts are set on the most beautiful pieces of land along the historic river Kwai. Mountain ranges are all around and every resort provides a view of the River Kwai. At the River Kwai RESOTEL resort the guest can also enjoy the fresh local fruits right from the trees.
SERENATA Hotels and Resorts pride themselves for their sustainable philosophy, which does not only include the natural environment but also the well-being of the local communities. The face behind SERENATA, Khun Suparerk Soorangura, has made it possible for the minority group from Myanmar, the Mon people, to settle down on his land along the river next to the famous River Kwai Jungle Rafts, which were established in 1976. He has not only given the Mon a home, but also jobs at the local resorts, a school for their children and appropriate living standards, such as electricity. In the Mon village close to the resorts, travelers can experience the traditional Mon culture, visit their temple, sacred places, school or watch the local kids play traditional toys. Here, in the calmness of the jungle far away from other busy tourist attractions and cities in Thailand. You can come as close as nowhere else to the authentic culture of the locals.