Khao Yai has never been so happening. Its latest eye-catching hotel, Nhapha Khao Yai Resort (, is set on land that used to be a rock mine.

Designed to blend with the craggy surrounds, the resort offers two room types: the hill-top 90-sq-meter deluxe Chom Hin Pha (from B12,000/night, including full-board three meals) and the hill-side 50-sq-meter Ping Hin Pha (from B8,000/night, with three meals), which combines floor-to-ceiling windows with marble-stone walls.

As it’s owned by Thavorn Ko-Udomvit, a renowned lecturer at Bangkok's Silpakorn University and the guy behind Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, the hotel is full of art pieces from leading local and international artists such as ceramic artist Nino Sarabutra and sculptor/photographer Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch, along with Japanese printmakers Tetsuya Noda and Kansuke Morioka. There’s also a red pool on-site.

For more art, head to the nearby Khao Yai Art Museum (, which is just a five-minute drive away.

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