Wanting on the moss-covered railroad tracks slicing via the property, you’d virtually consider an precise prepare as soon as handed via right here. And the foyer, constructed like an old-timey ticketing sales space and a station masters’ sleeping quarters, appear to have been right here for ages. But it surely’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 up a narrative round Southeast Asia’s grand railroad journeys of yore. He masterfully blends reality with fiction, from the made-up protagonist Khun Somsak, an area prepare conductor and railway fanatic who used his financial savings to fee the lodge’s Rama V-era structure, to the precise backstories of the upcycled railway carts which have been saved from junkyards across the nation.
It’s the suites you’ll need to e-book. Set inside a garden-fringed enclave behind the resort, these may simply be a few of the most unusual lodging in all of Thailand. Every one takes over an upcycled classic railway carriage, which suggests their ground plan spans a reasonably awkward 2.5 by 30 metres. Nonetheless, Bensley and his staff managed to show them into comfortable suites, with slim marble-clad bathe cabins, ceiling-mounted baggage racks, and futon-like beds on a barely raised platform on the cabin’s ends. Inside-wise, they draw inspiration from totally 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 out of doors roll-top tubs and lounge nooks, solely a handful include a non-public swimming pool.
However even the usual rooms, unfold over three gingerbread-trimmed buildings circling the lake, ship the railway fantasy. Modelled after prepare cabins with clerestory ceilings and pleather lounge cubicles, they vary from comfortable cabins with black-and-white panelling and bogs 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 bogs that odor heavenly of lemon and marigold.