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Lacol Hotel Khao Yai Thailand a Chatrium Collection Resort a superb place to connect with nature

Lacol Hotel Khao Yai Thailand

Discover Lacol Hotel Khao Yai, the newest addition to the Chatrium Collection luxury brand by Chatrium Hospitality Group. Nestled in the lush greenery of Khao Yai National Park, Thailand, this resort offers modern accommodations, stunning views, and a unique dining experience. Explore the resort’s amenities and its commitment to sustainability.

Khao Yai, Thailand – Lacol Hotel Khao Yai, a new luxury resort located in the popular tourist destination of Khao Yai National Park, Thailand, is now part of the Chatrium Collection, the luxury brand of the Chatrium Hospitality Group.

The rebranded Lacol Khao Yai set amidst lush greenery offers guests a relaxing and luxurious experience, with spacious and modern accommodations, stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and a variety of amenities and activities to enjoy. We drove from Bangkok and arrived at lunch time after approx 160 km from home. We were warmly welcomed by the resort’s GM Thawintorn ‘Natt’ Kanungkid.

The resort features 125 spacious and well-appointed guest rooms, each with its own private balcony or terrace. The bright spacious rooms are well equipped with all the latest amenities, including flat-screen cable TVs, WiFi, mini-bars, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

The resort also boasts a stunning outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa. Guests can enjoy a variety of dining options, including a buffet restaurant, a la carte restaurant, cocktail bar and the wonderful see-through Domes that enable you to capture the spectacular views in air-conditioned comfort. They provide for a 360-degree view, in the privacy of your own totally enclosed Dome. With space for 2-4 people. Ideal for Honeymooners or anyone thinking of popping the question and proposing to their loved one. They are fun, private and you can stream your own music via the bluetooth speaker. There are just 4 Domes so reservations are essential. Absolutely recommend, the unique dining experience is memory-making. We had afternoon tea here for two and the next day a candlelit dinner.

There is also a children’s club for younger guests.

Talking with GM Thawintorn he indicated that they are currently working on expanding the facilities at the resort, and since the Resort joined the Chatrium Collection just a month ago that business has increased.

He mentioned that 80 per cent of guests are Thai with 20 per cent of other guests originating mainly from Singapore and India, and that one of his priorities is to develop a broader market mix. The majority are seminar groups or corporate team-building groups. The GM is keen to promote sustainability in his resort. The resort already has its own organic garden from which much of the fresh produce is provided for the restaurant.

The resort also has its own outdoor cinema where guests can order drinks and popcorn while enjoying movies under the stars.

I asked Khun Thawntorn what were his greatest challenges as GM and not surprisingly, since Covid, the labour shortage is a challenge to overcome. However, he feels that there are opportunities to encourage more student entry-level employees into the hospitality business and feels that this will be a priority, not only for Lacol but for many hotels in the north-east.

The resort’s large outdoor pool is the perfect place to relax and cool off on a hot day. Guests can also enjoy
a variety of spa treatments at the Varin Wellness Center including their impressive Japanese Onsen (bathhouse).

The resort is situated close to the entrance to the Khao Yai National Park 5km away.

Khao Yai was established in 1962 as Thailand’s first national park. It is the third-largest national park in Thailand. Well worth a visit to see its famous wildlife including the Great Hornbills and Gibbons. The park is also home to elephants, tigers, and monkeys. Guests can enjoy hiking, biking, and birdwatching in the park.

Situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Khao Yai extends into Prachinburi, Saraburi and Nakhon Nayok provinces. The park covers an area of 2,168 square kilometres including rain/evergreen forests and grasslands. At 1,351 metres high, Khao Rom is the highest mountain in the park. The park is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

To access the resort we drive along leafy lanes, passing by some of Khao Yai’s most famous names, wine-yards and farms.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

  • Khao Yai National Park 5 km
  • PB Valley Winery 22 km
  • Granmote Valley Winery 15 km
  • Premium Outlet 19 km
  • Toscana Valley 18 km
  • Bonanza Exotic Zoo 11 km
  • Khaoyai Art Museum 6 km

Lacol Khao Yai a Chatrium Collection, is part of the Chatrium Collection, the luxury brand of Chatrium Hospitality Group. Chatrium Hospitality Group is a leading hotel operator in Thailand, with a portfolio of over 40 hotels and resorts in Thailand, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

Lacol Khao Yai – A Chatrium Collection is part of the Chatrium Collection, the luxury brand of Chatrium Hospitality Group. Chatrium Hospitality Group is a leading hotel operator in Thailand, with a portfolio of over 40 hotels and resorts in Thailand, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

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Andrew J Wood was born in Yorkshire England, he is a former hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer. Andrew has 48 years of hospitality and travel experience. Educated at Batley Grammar School and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew started his career in London, working with various hotels. His first posting overseas was with Hilton International, in Paris, and he later arrived in Asia in 1991 on Bangkok with his appointment as Director of Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel and has remained in Thailand ever since. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Garden Resort Group now Anantara (Vice President) and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Vice President of Sales and Marketing). Latterly he has been the General Manager at the Royal Cliff Group of Hotels in Pattaya and the Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok & Resorts.

A past board member and Director of Skål International (SI), a former National President with SI Thailand and a two time past President of the Bangkok Club. Andrew is the former President of Skål Asia. In 2019, Andrew was awarded SKÅL’s highest award the distinction of Membre D’Honneur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Asia.

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