Hotel of converted train carriages is stunning, shame about the service


My three-compartment Heritage Railcar Bed room Suite is dripping in gold and decadent particulars from the Roaring 20s. I step into the primary compartment, which options an elongated espresso and bar station resulting in a non-public lounge and a flat-screen TV mounted on an easel. Artefacts and artworks information me to the center rest room carriage, the place copper-brushed mirrors and vanities hold over marble benchtops and golden basins. The bathe and bathroom are separated, with luxe Byredo facilities. The final carriage is the bed room, the place a step results in a king mattress laid on the parqueted timber flooring. There may be ample storage in addition to a protected, umbrella, additional pillows and fluffy robes. My personal deck has its personal pool and a tub dealing with downhill in direction of the lake. My carriage is a little bit too near the neighbours to make sure complete privateness.

Out + about

The resort is on the fringe of World Heritage-listed Khao Yai Nationwide Park, Thailand’s oldest nationwide park, and there are many probabilities to discover the outside. Bookable “Signature Excursions” embody biking excursions to close by communities and tastings at family-run wineries, however I go for a guided stroll by the nationwide park with village elders in quest of wild bison. In regards to the lodge you’ll be able to be part of a yoga class, swan across the lake, or stretch out poolside on the Terminus Bar.

KhaoYai InterContinental Khao Yai Resort hotel.

KhaoYai InterContinental Khao Yai Resort lodge.

Meals + drink

Somying’s Kitchen gives a breakfast buffet and all-day menu of Thai crowd-pleasers for lunch and dinner. The workers are well-intentioned nonetheless the service stage and a focus to element doesn’t match the decor. It takes an hour earlier than workers tidy tables mounted excessive with plates from earlier visitors. Elsewhere, the Tea Carriage gives formal afternoon tea, whereas French brasserie and cocktail bar, Poirot, serves refined European delicacies.

A pool of one’s own.

A pool of 1’s personal.

The necessities

Intercontinental Khao Yai Resort: 262 Pong Talong Sub-District, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30450, Thailand. PH: +66 44 082 039. See Rooms from $450 an evening, and from $550 for a Heritage Railcar Bed room Suite.

The decision

A shocking architectural lodge that honours the area’s previous and serves as a launching pad to discover a less-frequented a part of Thailand’s pure heritage. Sadly, the resort is held again by uneven service.

Our score out of 5



A late-night soak in my personal pool whereas listening to the hum, chitters and caws of the nighttime rainforest.


Ordering a espresso and watching it go chilly on the cross whereas the waitress seems at her cellphone.

Justin Meneguzzi travelled as a visitor of Intercontinental Inns and Resorts.

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