Written by Anne Scott
Co-written by Dawn Pillay, Grace Oktaviani
Have you ever wanted to stay on a cowboy ranch? How about staying in a hotel on the side of a mountain? We’re here to tell you that you can make these dreams a reality in the natural wonderland of Khao Yai (a mere 2-3 hours drive from Bangkok!).
If you’ve avoided traveling to England or Italy because of the cost, don’t worry!
You’ll find exact replications of these amazing destinations in Khao Yai too. In fact, we’ve found 15 amazingly unique accommodations to fulfill any fantasy.
There’s no reason to put off the trip of a lifetime. Pack your bags and follow us to these wonderful yet sometimes odd resorts in the amazing destination of Khao Yai!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking. All prices are reflected in Thai Baht and USD.
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1. Spend a night under the stars at this bubble igloo stay – Casa De Montana
If you’re up for a romantic new adventure, then I’ll highly recommend staying at a bubble igloo at Casa De Montana!
Here, you can get a 360º view of the night sky and stargaze from the comfort of your room (no more insect bites!).
What’s more, this bubble igloo stay is equipped with all the things needed to make your stay super comfortable (unlike other bubble igloos). Fridge? Kettle? Bathtub? Shower? Check!!!
PS: Book in advance as these bubble igloos are very popular! Otherwise, do note that Casa De Montana also offers other unique and magical stays such as caravan and container box. (Way to think out of the box!)
2. It’s the castle life for all kings and queens – Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai
Ever fancied living in a European castle of your own? Living the royal life is as simple as staying at Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai
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The gorgeous castle-like resort exudes a whimsical European elegance with a touch of countryside simplicity.
Newly opened, Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai boasts clean and spacious rooms featuring minimalist country chic furnishings – and is set amongst well manicured lawns great for romantic strolls and incredible OOTDs.
The grand accommodation also offers an on-site golf course for golfing enthusiasts, and a swimming pool for those who fantasise about spending days lounging by the pool.
Not to mention, it also comes with lovely mountain views! Needless to say, it definitely provides the perfect backdrop to a most relaxing vacation.
PS: Whichever room you choose, you’ll be well satisfied since every room is well decorated with attention to different details from fancy french windows to luxurious baths!
3. Calling all Lord of the Rings Fans – Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi)
This super unique accommodation combines adventure with Hollywood.
Now you don’t need to watch The Hobbit to live your dreams. Instead, you can pretend to be in a fantasy land at the Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi) in Khao Yai.
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Located within minutes of Khao Yai National Park, the Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi) will surely make your holiday one you’ll never forget.
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One of the best things about this resort is the rooms themselves. Each is built and decorated according to the Hobbit culture portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films.
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You will feel like you’re sleeping on a movie set while staying at this Khao Yai resort!
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Not only will you get to stay in these awesome rooms, you’ll also have the opportunity to dress up like a movie character or climb up to the watch tower. There you can shoot a bow and area to defend the resort.
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From couple retreats to family groups, this resort is suitable to all. You’ll find both convenience and adventure at the Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi).
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4. Is this where the olden English nobility lived? – Chateau De Khaoyai Hotel & Resort
As an avid reader of historical romance novels (yep, I’ve read tonssss of them!), I’ve always imagined the dukes in my books living in big, castle-like buildings surrounded by a vast garden. So imagine my surprise when I saw Chateau De Khaoyai Hotel & Resort!
With its grand building structures, beautifully pruned trees and scenic mountain views, you might mistakenly think you’ve been transported to the 1800s in England. The rooms are even adorned with regency-style furniture – from Victorian lampshades to wooden bed frames! Definitely 1800s.
If you ever feel bored indoors, enjoy some outdoor activities at their swimming pool, Tennis court, or fitness centre. Don’t forget to take a romantic stroll at its beautiful garden or along the lake too!
5. Travel to Northeast of Thailand just 3h from BKK! – Isaan-Isan Boutique Resort by Andacura
Never been to Isaan (Northeast of Thailand)? Me either. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Isaan vibes at Khao Yai. At Isaan-Isan Boutique Resort by Andacura, feel like you’re up in the northeast with straw roofs, wooden lamp posts and grass adorning the resort.
To top it off, you even get to stay in a room comprising wooden and checkered-pattern furniture with a pond view! (Let’s not forget those cute wooden tubs too!)
Looking for a romantic dinner for 2? Have one in the garden by the mini waterfall while enjoying Isaan-style food.
Otherwise, you can always opt to have an Isaan-style meal at the lawn or the restaurant bedecked with decorative straw fishes and baskets.
Also, don’t forget to enjoy a traditional Thai massage, and go relax by the swimming pool. These are what vacation days are made of….
[CLOSED] 6. Play Cowboys vs. Indians – Panther Creek Resort
Set on 45 acres of land, Panther Creek Resort transports guests to the American Wild West and a time of gun-slinging cowboys and horse-riding Native Americans.
The resort includes exciting attractions such as the town square, a Native American village of teepees and a train used to transport settlers to their new home on the frontier.
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Every night, the friendly people at Panther Creek put on dinner and a show. You can marvel at a grand battle between frontiersmen and natives followed by elegant fire dancing and blowpipe demonstrations.
The fantasy doesn’t stop with the evening entertainment. Most rooms at the resort feature Western decor and some suites offer you the opportunity to sleep in railcars modeled after those the cowboys took in search of a new life out West.
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Whether you’re 14 or 44, you are sure to enjoy living out your childhood fantasies at the Panther Creek Resort. Find new adventures in this Khao Yai resort!
7. Meet your new favourite European city on a hill – La Purinee Khaoyai
Something I’ve always loved about countryside cities in Europe was the tranquility and cobbled stone walkways. Luckily, now I just need to drive 4 hours from Bangkok to enjoy the same experience.
At La Purinee Khaoyai, you’ll discover a row of European houses located on a hill and rooms ranging from attic rooms to villas.
But if you’re feeling adventurous, stay a night (or several nights) at one of the two caravans.
While you’re here, spend an afternoon picnicking on the hill or enjoying tea and dessert in the restaurant.
PS: There’s also an infinity pool you can swim in, perfect when the weather gets too hot if you’re in Khao Yai outside of winter time!
8. Have a deep love for all things Japan? – Zen Villa Khao Yai
Missing Japan? Good news. Stay at Zen Villa Khao Yai and you’ll immediately feel like you’re back in Kyoto – especially with all those bamboo trees and stone walkways.
They’ll even loan you a kimono that you can wear around the hotel! (Tip: Take pictures near the small Zen garden or along the bamboo trees while wearing your kimono. It’s super instagrammable!)
If you ever feel famished, enjoy some Japanese-style pastries and cakes at the Tatami Room. But if you’re looking for some fun, go for a swim at their swimming pool or visit their Nokori Room where you can sing, eat and drink.
There aren’t many rooms available here, but each room can accommodate up to 4 people – perfect for families or a group of friends to stay at.
9. Stay at a romantic Spanish village (or gorgeousss drama set!)– Mirasierra Khao Yai
When you combine romantic Spain with serene Khao Yai, what you get is something magical – something only found at Mirasierra Khao Yai.
Immerse yourself in this romantic Spanish village by staying over at one of the Spanish-designed rooms – complete with arched doorways, wooden furniture and floral/abstract patterns.
And with mountains surrounding Mirasierra Khao Yai, relish the relaxing vibes at this boutique stay.
You can even enjoy horseback riding or a ride in the horse carriage – a past-time activity many Spanish enjoy doing.
Famished? No worries. The restaurant offers drinks, tapas (Spanish appetisers) and other Spanish and Thai dishes you can request whenever.
Fun Fact: This Spanish stay was the background of a cute Thai royal drama (the Thai version of famous Korean drama Princess Hours!).
10. Stay on a Spaceship – DNA Resort & Spa
Deep in the hills of Khao Yai exists a structure so strange some fail to explain it.
A circular hallway connects bulbous rooms overlooking a green courtyard. This may look like a spaceship sent down to Thailand via Mars, but it’s actually the DNA Resort & Spa, a unique accommodation in Khao Yai.
At DNA Resort & Spa, green technologies and verdant surroundings to create a relaxing and luxurious space for all guests. Each visitor not only has access to his or her own circular room, but also an observation tower and outdoor pathway perfectly positioned for taking in the breathtaking mountain views.
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Here’s a hot tip. Don’t miss your opportunity to view an amazing Khao Yai sunset from the top of the observation tower.
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The well-planned recreation area and the refreshing swimming pool add to the relaxation experienced by guests to the resort.
Why not stay somewhere a little different during your time in Khao Yai? Book your stay at the DNA Resort & Spa for a vacation you won’t soon forget.
Note: Although this stay is unique, it is old so the place may not be in tip-top condition anymore.
11. Enjoy the English Life – Thames Valley
Inspired by the lifeblood of London, the Thames River, this unique hotel in verdant Khao Yai transports its guests to a different time and place.
The southern region of England is known for its magnificent country estates, local pubs and pastoral riverside walks. This slow pace of life and refined country living is mirrored in the small details of Thames Valley.
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There is even a garden maze where the you can play hide-and-seek!
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Each room is decorated with a touch of stone work and complete elegance. In addition, you’ll enjoy the warm atmosphere of each facility.
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Dine on intricate cakes and steaming TWG tea each afternoon in the tearoom. Later, head over to Castle Restaurant for an evening roast followed by a stroll along the river.
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If you want to take your relaxation to the next level, book a treatment at the lush Rose Spa. No matter where you spend your time, you’ll feel like you’ve visited another world after your visit to Thames Valley.
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Doesn’t it sound simply wonderful?
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12. Have a Campervan Party – Casa de Montana
After starting with a cafe and small restaurant in Khao Yai, the owners of Casa de Cafe decided to expand to Casa de Montana. And are we glad they did!
Their new concept hotel is full of fun. At Casa de Montana you can stay the night in an authentic caravan. Each room is an independent camper complete with a double bed, couch, TV and tiny kitchen.
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The campervans are situated in a circle, providing a central focal point to meet in the evening. You might even find a small party around a campfire here in the evening. By the time you leave Casa de Montana, you’ll have made several new friends over the romantic light of the campfire.
If you’re hungry, purchase some meat and vegetables to cook on the barbecue grill or grab a bite to eat in the delicious restaurant. In the morning, you’ll also find a gorgeous breakfast with energy-providing coffee in the cafe.
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What are you waiting for? Live your roadtrip dreams without traveling a single meter at Casa de Montana.
13. Be a Part of the Jungle – Lala Mukha Tented Resort
Khao Yai is a region known for its spectacular nature. People flock to the national park from around the world to experience its adventure-filled landscape. Why not continue that adventure in your accommodation?
Lala Mukah Tented Resort is built around a safari theme. Here guests are accommodated in luxury tents or treehouses where no comfort is left to be desired. Each is filled with a deliciously comfortable bed, a TV and plenty of space.
Outside the tents, the resort is surrounded by subtropical rainforest and, to set the mood correctly, the accommodation faces a scenic lake. The outdoor infinity pool neighbors the lake in order to give you the feeling of swimming in a natural setting.
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In the evenings, the lit restaurant forms a gorgeous focal point and a great excuse to break your diet. The food is out of this world!
For those looking for a back-to-nature experience from both your national park excursion and your accommodation, Lala Mukha Tented Resort is the choice for you in Khao Yai.
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14. In the Side of a Mountain – Nhapha Khao Yai Resort
In an ultra-modern hotel like Nhapha Khao Yai Resort, you can expect clean lines and an environmentally-friendly design.
This resort certainly doesn’t disappoint. Each room is designed to best display the surrounding nature with a minimal design and large, panoramic windows.
Whether you’re in the exposed bathroom or comfortable bedroom, you’ll find that your room is partially made of the neighboring mountain, bringing you constantly into contact with the nature you came to experience.
Each of the 8 rooms includes all the amenities you could ask for. You can spend the evening in your luxurious bed watching TV or surfing the internet. Some rooms even feature romantic hot tubs.
Outside the rooms, you’ll find plenty of space for relaxing. The infinity pool and hot tub allow you to relax with a mountainous backdrop. And the restaurant will serve you delicious Thai meals morning, noon and night.
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If you are ready for a snack between meals, the modern coffee shop is the place to go, and should you wish to purchase a souvenir before your journey home, the art shop is stocked with locally crafted treasures.
Don’t miss your chance at this bit of luxury. You won’t regret it!
15. Experience Country Living – Belmont Village
Are you looking to enjoy the slower side of life for a few nights? If so, Belmont Village in Khao Yai was built with you in mind. At this unique hotel, vintage and countryside meet to create a special and beautiful environment.
The atmosphere of the Belmont Village is built by its decor. Every villa is brightly painted in the popular barn style. A windmill, kitschy statues and the Belmont Bistro add to the countryside flavor.
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Each villa in Belmont Village is equipped with WiFi, modern furnishings and sometimes even a loft to fit larger families or groups. Some rooms feature their own private porch to perch on in the late afternoons. What more could you ask for?
The wide array of amenities means you’ll never be bored during your time in Khao Yai. Guests enjoy access to well-equipped BBQ facilities and a restaurant. And with all the Khao Yai excitement, Belmont Village’s room service will allow you to remain relaxed on your holiday.
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While staying at the Belmont Village, you’ll enjoy easy access to everything Khao Yai has to offer, including limestone mountains and natural hot springs.
16. Surrounded by Childhood Memories – Tomang Oh Vintage Resort
Spiderman climbing the Eiffel Tower, a shy Minnie Mouse and a Mini Cooper table are just a few of the unique features found at Tomang Oh Vintage Resort.
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Located just east of Muang Nakhon Nayok, this cute resort provides holidaymakers with the ultimate selfie-taking adventure.
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The entire resort as well as the attached restaurant and bakery overlook a garden filled with various statues that evoke memories of sweet childhood. It’s every cartoon-lover’s dream!
While you are sure to enjoy all that Tomang Oh Vintage Resort has to offer, you’ll especially enjoy the refreshing salt-water swimming pool where you’ll be watched over by Tweetie Pie.
Alternatively, you can take advantage of the delicious cuisine served at the restaurant. Many guests stop at Tomang Oh just to eat the famous Thai gastronomic delights.
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All the rooms have also been thoughtfully designed using vintage decor. Each bungalow boasts its own porch and chairs, a main-floor bedroom and a loft for extra space. In addition, you’ll enjoy modern amenities like TVs in every room and free WiFi.
A conference center, children’s playground and free parking ensure all guests are perfectly catered to at this uniquely decorated resort.
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17. On the Streets of Italy – Palio Inn
Did you know you can go around the world in Khao Yai? Visiting Italy is as easy as staying at Palio Inn where you’ll find a picturesque Italian village, full of colorful shops and gourmet Italian restaurants.
The resort was inspired by the word ‘palio’ which translates to reward. As such, the Palio Inn is truly your reward for all the hard work you do.
From the minute you arrive at the resort, you’ll be enveloped by the class and luxury that defines Italy. The focal point of the resort is the elegant fountain and clock tower where nightly parades and mini concerts entertain visitors.
Your room will be located in one of the top two levels of the village. From here, you’ll be able to gaze over the quaint streets and surrounding mountains.
In the evening, dine on pasta and pizza in the Palio Piazza before shopping for handmade souvenirs to complete your immersive experience. Who wouldn’t want to visit Italy for a night?
18. With Stunning Valley Views – Toscana Valley
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Khao Yai, Toscana Valley offers a delightful and indulgent getaway for nature-loving holidaymakers.
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Even if you are here for just a visit, make some time for a stay in Town Square Suites. Situated right beside Country Club’s Clubhouse, you’ll find an Italian restaurant, ‘Vino’ Wine Bar, games room, and even a playground for the kids that comes with a flying fox too!
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Take a moment to find the pool. Spectacular with an unbridled view of the valley, it’s truly Instagram-worthy.
The ambience extends from the magnificent views. Each room is Tuscan in nature and will transport you to the vineyard-filled valleys of Italy. Don’t forget to snap a few shots of the environment to show off to your friends!
Each of the spacious guestrooms provide holidaymakers with all the necessities for a relaxing and memorable vacation. The decor is minimal but evokes the Italian stonework tradition, creating an atmosphere second to none.
In addition to the breathtaking views from the pool, guests will have the opportunity to take advantage of a full-service spa and if you head out, a world-class golf course.
Another place to consider a stay at especially if you’re a larger group of travellers or a big family – Castello Khao Yai, a private and charming 5-bedroom house awaits with similarly Tuscan-styled rooms.
Looking like a luxurious Italian countryside stay with all the amenities you could need – along with little artsy touches at every corner, Castello also gives you sweeping views of the valley with comfy seating to enjoy the view from.
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Whether you choose to stay at Town Square Suites or Castello Khao Yai, Toscana Valley affords easy access to all of the Khao Yai attractions. Nature safaris and wine-tasting rooms are just a short drive away.
19. Try Out Farming – Montana Cotswolds Resort
Are you an animal lover and a wannabe farmer? You’re going to love staying at Montana Cotswolds Resort where a variety of room types, delicious food and a unique farm atmosphere are combined with an amazing view.
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The best part of the Cotswolds Montana Resort is the stunning view over the surrounding landscape. Don’t miss a sunset here. The colors create a romantic setting out of the most normal of days.
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Not only does Cotswolds Montana Resort deliver in terms of a magnificent view, it is also home to a ranch-style farm with sheep, horses and even alpaca! As a guest of the resort, you will also enjoy the attached restaurant. The menu is full of delectable Western dishes.
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Finally, holidaymakers can expect plentiful facilities. A garden and play area are available for guest use, and a variety of room types are available from spacious tents to private chateaus.
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While you might want to hang out on the ranch or in the restaurant throughout your stay, Khao Yai is only minutes away. Montana Cotswolds Resort is a great way to enjoy the classic Khao Yai topography!
20. Relive Your Childhood – Phuchittawan Resort
The Phuchittawan Resort is perfect for any group traveling with children or child-like adults. They are sure to love the unique atmosphere created with these special buildings.
At this unique resort, you can choose to stay in the barn house, the snow house or the farm house. Each is pleasurable in its own way.
In particular, the farmhouse enjoys wonderful views and plush amenities including a sitting area and an LCD TV.
The snow house, on the other hand, comes with its own snowman, which is perfect for your next selfie. Finally, the barn house is perhaps the cutest structure on the complex. With the shape of a barn, it transport you to a make-believe land.
When you aren’t busy playing in the hotel, do take some time to visit the nearby attractions. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the PB Valley Winery, Chok Cai Farm and the local sunflower fields if you’re visiting between November and February.
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Go ahead and act like a kid again! Stay at Phuchittawan Resort on your next trip to Khao Yai.
21. Within Picture-Perfect Gardens – Kensington English Garden Resort
If you enjoy picture-perfect gardens and a bit of English flair, look no further than Kensington English Garden Resort as your accommodation in Khao Yai. The clean lines of this garden-centric resort will bring calm and relaxation to your holiday.
Each of the magnificent guest rooms looks directly onto the verdant center piece. You’ll be amazed how many outstanding photos you’ll have after a stay at this unique resort.
The Kensington English Garden Resort was inspired by the rose-filled gardens of Kensington Palace in the United Kingdom. This well-appointed resort is tucked away from the crowds of Khao Yai but within a quick drive of the area’s attractions.
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The verdant glory continues from the garden to the accommodation. Each of the 40 rooms and suites includes internet access, a TV and England-inspired decor. An outdoor pool and delicious breakfast round out the ample facilities.