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The X-Float: Floating hotel rooms on Thailand’s River Kwai

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This is part of an ExpatGo editorial series featuring creative architecture designs in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia.

The Kachanaburi Province in Thailand is the scene of a range of floating houses and rafts on the River Kwai, which adds to the stunning landscape of lush greenery, mountains, and the (in)famous bridge. One of the newest additions to the river’s portfolio of floating accommodation is the X-Float, a futuristic, gorgeous structure created by Agaligo.

Here’s a look around:



The X-Float is a hybrid of vernacular and modern architecture, combining the simple technology of a raft and making it a liveable unit.




Situated on the river bend as an extension of the X2 Resort, the X-Floats are oriented to take full advantage of the beautiful views outside while providing shade from the harsh afternoon sun.


The main structure of these floating units is made out of lightweight steel framing, clad with fibre cement and plywood. Also, to keep the units steady and afloat, there are in-built balance systems which allow for guests to enjoy their stay, free of motion sickness.





Architecture: agaligo studio
Lighting Design: Studio Accent
Engineering: Chainarong Siangpraiphan
Location: Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Area: 110 Sq.M.

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