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Kirimaya, Khao Yai National Park 

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1/3 Moo 6 Thanarat
Khao Yai National Park
Tel: 66 44 426 099
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Travelers to Bangkok can now forgo the urban jungle for the real thing. Kirimaya is set on 250 acres at the edge of Khao Yai National Park, a lush tropical forest two hours outside the city that is home to elephants, tigers, and more than 300 species of birds. The 56 rooms have all the expected amenities, along with soaking tubs with mountain views, bamboo headboards, and outdoor daybeds; four palatial tented suites boast a master suite, a living room, a whirlpool, and a private deck. Kirimaya's concierge can organize rafting, mountain biking, bird-watching, and animal safaris, as well as tee times at the Jack Nicklaus–designed course and tours of the Angkor Wat–like ruins at Phi Mai, two hours north. Meals transpire in the Thai hunting lodge–style main building, where famed Bangkok chef Somboon Satheerang dishes up his signature Hainan chicken rice and, for breakfast, lightly caramelized banana pancakes. Staff exude Thai hospitality but may nod yes even when they fail to comprehend your request.—2005 Hot List

When to go: For a true rain forest experience, July through September.

Which room to book: Tented Suite 604 affords the best park views

Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, Spa, Wheelchair-accessible

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