Trying on the moss-covered railroad tracks slicing via the property, you’d nearly consider an actual practice as soon as handed via right here. And the foyer, constructed like an old-timey ticketing sales space and a station masters’ sleeping quarters, appears to have been right here for ages. However, it’s all make-believe: Impressed by the (actual) Nineteenth-century Pak Chong Railway station close by, Bangkok-based lodge designer Invoice Bensley flexed his artistic muscle and drew a narrative around Southeast Asia’s grand railroad journeys of yore. He masterfully blends truth with fiction, from the made-up protagonist Khun Somsak, a neighborhood practice conductor and railway fanatic who used his financial savings to fee the lodge’s Rama V-era structure, to the detailed backstories of the upcycled railway carts which have been saved from junkyards across the nation.
It’s the suites you’ll need to guide. Set inside a garden-fringed enclave in the back of the resort, these would possibly be among the most original lodging in all of Thailand. Each takes over an upcycled classic railway carriage, which implies their flooring plan spans a reasonably awkward 2.5 by 30 meters. Nonetheless, Bensley and his group managed to show them into comfortable suites, with slender marble-clad bathe cabins, ceiling-mounted luggage racks, and futon-like beds on a barely raised platform on the cabin’s ends. Inside-wise, they draw inspiration from entirely different Asian railway journeys: some function swirling wood-carved headboards from Cambodia, and others are furnished with kaleidoscopic Laotian silk weavings and ceramics. Whereas all open to canvas-shaded patios with outside roll-top tubs and lounge nooks, solely a handful include a non-public swimming pool.
However, even the standard rooms unfold over three gingerbread-trimmed buildings circling the lake, ship the railway fantasy. Modeled after practice cabins with clerestory ceilings and pleather lounge cubicles, they vary from cozy cabins with black-and-white paneling and loos clad in monochrome marble to all-teak numbers with tromp de l’oeil home windows searching over hand-painted jungle scenes. One other perk: full-sized Byredo toiletries within the loos that odor heavenly of lemon and marigold.