A locomotive experience awaits at InterContinental Khao Yai Resort

The luxurious resort, located in 19 hectares of lush tropical landscape and five lakes with resident swans, is a dream come true for railway buffs

If you share an interest with the character Sheldon Cooper (who loves locomotives dearly) of the sitcom Big Bang Theory, the InterContinental Resort at Khao Yai will be right up your alley.

In the heart of Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park, a three-hour drive from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport lies the oasis of luxury and tranquillity. Set amidst lush greenery and stunning mountain vistas, the InterContinental Khao Yai Resort redefines the concept of indulgence with its unparalleled blend of natural beauty and most importantly, takes railway carriage living to a whole new level.

Exterior of the Heritage Railcar. Photo by InterContinental Khao Yai Resort

Stepping into its embrace is akin to entering a curated tableau of luxury and cultural reverence. Conceptualised by award-winning architect and interior designer Bill Bensley, the resort captures the nostalgic charm of an era lost in the rivers of time. Every corner tells the story of Khao Yai’s significant past as a railroad gateway during King Rama V’s reign–transporting guests to a bygone era of elegance and adventure.

A standout feature, of course, is its unique train concept, an homage to the golden age of railway travel.

45 rooms and 19 unique suites and villas–across three guesthouses: Pak Chong, Sapmuang and Bandai Mah–are housed in refurbished train carriages, restored to offer modern comforts while retaining their historical allure. Each abode sees an outdoor bathtub and Byredo’s toiletries and offers panoramic vistas of the verdant landscape; evoking the sensation of traversing towards distant horizons aboard a luxurious locomotive.

With 11 suites and rooms boasting private outdoor pools, the resort also promises a reclusive experience for those seeking solace in solitary. A 24-hour in-room dining service is available for the latter, though the Somying’s Kitchen and Poirot, a Thai farm-to-table restaurant and French Brasserie, respectively, are must-visits for an authentic railway gastronomic adventure.

The locomotive experience extends beyond the rooms, with the resort’s lobby and public spaces echoing the grandeur of historic railway stations. Rich wood panelling, intricate detailing, and railway memorabilia–from vintage trunks to old tickets–create an atmosphere of timeless sophistication.

Even the 24-hour fitness centre, Papillon Bar, Tea Carriage, Back on Track Spa, and Planet Trekkers–a haven including professional babysitting services for youthful curiosity–boast a similar allure.

Nestled just a stone’s throw away from the Terminus Bar, the expansive infinity pool with a backdrop of the mountains is the only amenity without the overt locomotive aesthetic; that said, it still perfectly embodies the ethos of Khao Yai, offering a sanctuary of relaxation where time slows amidst nature’s embrace.

Terminus Bar, right beside the infinity pool. Photo by InterContinental Khao Yai Resort.

Besides these experiences within the resort, InterContinental Khao Yai Resort also prioritises personal experiences. Whether it’s a lakeside stroll and picnic, a round of golf at one of Thailand’s premier courses, cycling through the nature reserve, a visit to local wineries, or exploring nearby attractions, the resort stands ready to curate unforgettable moments. For those seeking deeper insights, expertly guided tours are available, promising illuminating encounters with the region’s rich heritage and natural wonders. However, such exclusive experiences require advanced bookings.

One of three guesthouses. Photo by InterContinental Khao Yai Resort

“We are delighted to be sharing the beauty of Khao Yai with guests from around Thailand and beyond,” professes Sandy Liw, General Manager. “InterContinental Khao Yai Resort will set the tone for unbounded adventure in the area, marrying deep knowledge of the destination with an understanding of what luxury means to the discerning modern-day traveller.”

In tandem with its commitment to unparalleled luxury, InterContinental Khao Yai Resort espouses a steadfast dedication to sustainability. Energy-efficient building designs, alongside Bensley’s innovative sustainable solutions, underscore the resort’s pledge to environmental stewardship. By supporting local conservation endeavours, the resort ensures a harmonious coexistence with its natural surroundings, preserving its legacy for generations to come.

InterContinental Khao Yai Resort