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    Posted May 6, 2014 by
    Nakorn Ratchasima, Thailand

    Discover the English Countryside in Thailand?

    Thailand is widely known as the ‘Land of Smiles’. It has a bustling, modern capital city, friendly people, and world-famous cuisine ranging from spicy street fare to fabulous fusions of Western and Eastern cuisines. Blessed by Mother Nature with abundant wildlife, verdant forests and beautiful beaches and islands, Thailand seems to have it all.

    I like to ‘get back to nature’ and I have been fortunate to visit many of Thailand’s most dramatic rural regions such as Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Petchabun and Nakhon Ratchasima. Each has its own unique characteristics and ambience to lure you in and create memorable experiences, as does a new destination I recently discovered. When I heard about a new resort called Thames Valley Khao Yai and its English countryside concept, I was intrigued and could not resist a visit.

    As I travelled to Nakhon Ratchasima province, where Thames Valley Khao Yai is sited, I wondered what the hotel would be like and how the developers were able to create an English atmosphere in a location that is thousands of miles away from the UK. This, I think, is what they mean by ‘East meets West’.

    When I arrived at the resort, I couldn’t believe my eyes. There in front of me was a pastoral scene that was beyond imagination, with landscapes and architecture straight from southern England. For a moment I thought I really was back in ‘Old Blighty’, but then the heat brought me back to reality. Yes, I was definitely still in Thailand, but the resort imitates the English countryside and homes along the River Thames so well that for a moment it was easy to be fooled.

    The hotel at the resort encompasses a variety of rooms with different interior designs reflecting the pastoral way of life along the Thames Valley, UK. In addition, it has a cozy English-style restaurant called ‘The Castle’, which serves traditional British and Thai dishes. There is also ‘The Clotted Cream Tea Room’, a quintessentially English tea room serving TWG Tea, the finest luxury tea brand in the world, and delicious scones with homemade clotted cream and sweet preserves.

    If you can’t actually make it to England this summer, then a trip to Thames Valley Khao Yai is the next best thing! See more for yourself at

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