InterContinental Khao Yai Resort evokes the golden age of train travel

The InterContinental Khao Yai Resort has opened its doors, welcoming guests to explore the golden age of train travel.

To celebrate the opening, the resort has curated a wide range of enriching experiences and outdoor adventures designed to uncover the secrets of the destination.

Transported Back in Time

The resort was designed by award-winning designer Bill Bensley, who was inspired by the region’s history as gateway for rail transportation to Northeast Thailand during King Rama V’s reign. On arrival, guests are ushered to a check-in area styled like a ticket counter, where a stationmaster bell rings to welcome them and they are served a glass of yellow dragon fruit juice, a fruit the area is famous for.

Adorned with railway memorabilia – from vintage trunks to old tickets – the arrival area sets the stage for the rest of the stay, and each of the 45 rooms in the main buildings is adorned with wall hangings inspired by the vintage railway signs that once hung in train stations around the province.

Curated Experiences

Developed exclusively for Intercontinental guests, the resort offers a series of curated adventures through Khao Yai’s lush mountains and landscapes. Highlights include Welcome to Khao Yai, visiting to Baan Sa Nam Sai, one of the oldest communities in the area, Khao Yai Life & Legends, a chance to experience the traditional way of life here, visiting the Tha Maprang community, or the ‘Tour de Khao Yai,’ cycling around the resort and its surrounds.

Experience-Led Dining

With a focus on culinary expertise and the use of locally sourced, organic produce, the resort offers an eclectic selection of authentic culinary experiences. Somying’s Kitchen is a farm-to-table concept; with most ingredients sourced from the hotel’s own organic farm, whilst local farmers will also contribute to the pantry. Tea Carriage, set in a heritage railcar, offers a formal afternoon tea set with optional Champagne, rosé or sparkling wine pairings, as well as a selection of Signature Iced Coffees and Teas.

Transformative Wellbeing

Complimentary stretching, Hatha Yoga & Pilates group classes are on offer, whilst a Resident Healer will guide guests through their personal wellness journeys. A Cross-Fit-inspired fitness centre overlooks views of Swan Lake and a series of jogging and cycling tracks wind through the resort.

A Commitment to Sustainable Stays

Sustainability has remained a key priority since the construction stage of InterContinental Khao Yai Resort; Bill Bensley and his design team made use of locally sourced materials and upcycled train carriages in the resort design, in line with BENSLEY’s pledge to create sustainable hotel design solutions.

In line with IHG’s commitment to reduce plastic waste by removing bathroom miniatures, InterContinental Khao Yai Resort is one of the first in Thailand to introduce European luxury brand Byredo in a full-size format. Wooden keycards and biodegradable eco-friendly cleaning products will be used across the resort, whilst the culinary team work closely with farms in the region to source seasonal ingredients and minimise food waste.

Later this year, a French brasserie and speakeasy bar will be added to the selection of dining offerings, with a spa and the brand’s signature Planet Trekkers programme further enhancing the guest experience. A range of 19 railcar suites and villas will also be unveiled.

More information HERE.

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