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Tranquility and calm in Kanchanaburi a perfect break in a perfect luxury designed resort

Kanchanaburi is the largest province in western Thailand and has a storied history.

Thailand – Cross River Kwai hotel is located beside a most beautiful stretch of the Kwai Noi River. On arrival its quirky modern design stands out, you know it’s going to be special – and it was. 

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It oozes style and comfort. An eclectic mix of modern luxury retro. The resort is located on the banks of the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi province and is easily accessible from Bangkok (a comfortable journey of 2.5hrs). You can also take the train. The train ride from Bangkok along the famous railway to Kanchanaburi is famously scenic and the resort can organize transfers to whisk you to the hotel when you arrive. 

Kanchanaburi is the largest province in western Thailand and has a storied history. The province is home to the famous Bridge over the River Kwai as well as many natural attractions such as forests, mountains, caves and the renowned Erawan National Park. 

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Cross River Kwai is simply stunning. Located on the river and our room was actually a floating luxury suite with a private balcony and deck and a rooftop patio. Simply wonderful. A spectacular backdrop of mountain ranges and blue sky. Every room has uninterrupted panoramic river views and the surrounding countryside. The modern design is seamlessly interwoven into the resort’s natural surroundings, so peaceful and calming. Good for the SOUL! 

Water activities include kayaking and paddle boating. The resort’s saltwater pool offers horizonless views across the river as you chill. The bird watching is copious and fascinating! 

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The Bridge Restaurant and Bar was outstanding. Chef Thor has crafted exceptional meals, breakfast to die for and lunch and dinner delicious delights. We ate all our meals at the resort, it was that good!

Our stay was much too short but we will be back. 

Before leaving I wanted to see the brand new two-bedroom falling-water pool villa. A duplex uber deluxe ‘penthouse style’ space with high ceilings and a waterfall! Great for a gathering of friends or family. 

Open plan living room and self-contained sunken kitchen/bar. Spectacular river views and jaw-dropping designs.

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Andrew J Wood was born in Yorkshire England, he is a former hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer. Andrew has 48 years of hospitality and travel experience. Educated at Batley Grammar School and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew started his career in London, working with various hotels. His first posting overseas was with Hilton International, in Paris, and he later arrived in Asia in 1991 on Bangkok with his appointment as Director of Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel and has remained in Thailand ever since. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Garden Resort Group now Anantara (Vice President) and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Vice President of Sales and Marketing). Latterly he has been the General Manager at the Royal Cliff Group of Hotels in Pattaya and the Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok & Resorts.

A past board member and Director of Skål International (SI), a former National President with SI Thailand and a two time past President of the Bangkok Club. Andrew is the former President of Skål Asia. In 2019, Andrew was awarded SKÅL’s highest award the distinction of Membre D’Honneur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Asia.

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