Located in Nakhon Ratchasima Province in Khao Yai National Park, InterContinental Khao Yai is a new resort in Thailand with a big difference. Not only does the property sit on 100 acres of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but IHG Hotels & Resorts’ latest Southeast Asia opening transformed no less than 19 heritage train carriages into luxury suites. luxury, part of a larger accommodation offer that totals 45 rooms. and villas.
With carriage suites fitted with original luggage racks, railway signaling and, in some cases, bunk beds, InterContinental Khao Yai aims for a sense of authenticity to recall Khao Yai’s history as one of Thailand’s most important rail hubs. Considering this area served as a gateway to the northeast during the reign of King Rama V from 1868 to 1910, InterContinental Khao Yai has a lot of history to play out and from the photos it looks like it is beautifully articulated at through loans from InterContinental. signatures.
The carriages came mostly from a yard in Bangkok but also from all over Thailand, most of which are narrow but long enough to provide generous living space as well as outdoor areas including a bathtub and a large terrace. Five of the suites also have their own private pools, while the largest of them all, the Heritage Railcar, uses two full-size cars running together.
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Architect and interior designer Bill Bensley is responsible for this colorful and imaginative project, having worked on various brand name hotels throughout Southeast Asia, including the Four Seasons hotels in Chang Mai and Koh Samui, as well as JW Marriott Phu Quoc, Capella Ubud and Rosewood. Luang Prabang.
Bensley also gave InterContinental an easy way out when it came to sustainability initiatives, as using the old train cabins meant a reduction in the new materials needed to build the entire resort, which was planned around the natural environment of Khao Yai.
A Wes Anderson-level touch of whimsy comes into play for guests checking into the resort. A fictional station master named Somsak from Khao Yai Station was created to provide a bit of a theme to the guest experience. Upon arrival, guests check in at the Somsak ‘ticket office’, which is designed with various antiques and heirlooms aimed at creating a bit of history for the stationmaster.
Somying’s Kitchen, the resort’s on-site restaurant, serves Thai and international cuisine in a space that’s described as a half-American, half-provincial station restaurant. Other amenities include a Back on Track spa, the Papillon cocktail bar, and another French-style restaurant called Poirot Brasserie. Another train carriage has been designated as the station’s official Tea Carriage, where patrons can watch black swans go by as they pick up plates of scones and mango macaroons.
InterContinental Khao Yai
Address: 262 Moo 6, Pong Talong Subdistrict, Pak Chong District, Khao Yai, 30450, Thailand
Contact: +66 44 082 039
Rates for the InterContinental Khao Yai start at around $380 per night.