There's a lot more to Thailand than the party-island, beach resort, bustling Bangkok sprawl than you might think! We take a look at the range of Thai architecture and interior design in this whistle-stop tour!
HillTop House is located on the boundary of Thailand's largest national park - Kaoyai National Park and you can see that the influence of the rocky and forested landscape is integral to the design of the house. We wouldn't mind a view like that from our bathroom window!
The all important link to the outside is a common thread for both the view and also the obvious benefits of cross ventilation in a tropical climate. Here in Bangkok - this amazing before and after transformation for a family home / office has a central atrium with a tree growing up through the various levels, as well as the upper terrace with oversized louvres creating sought after air-flow.
Thai Hotels range from timeless elegance to ultra modern - one of our favourites is 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai for it's classic style and one of the best pools with a vast wall of trailing greenery tumbling down to the water's edge.
The Siam Hotel in Bangkok provides guests with something different and a more authentic Thai experience (showcasing Thai antiquities) than the usual sky-rise Bangkok luxury hotel. We featured it in full in a previous blog post here.
One aspect that we love with Thai architecture is the attention paid to ceilings - you absolutely cannot forget to look up! Trika Villa in Chiang Mai shows off just what is possible to achieve with it's bamboo structure creating undulating curves.
Bamboo has been used for centuries in tropical architecture and the examples below from Soneva Kiri resort are incredible!
For a more contemporary vibe The W Retreat resort in Koh Samui creates a faceted design with it's ceiling.
Finally - The Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai is an iconic destination and design - and perhaps more indicative of what you may expect from Thai design in Northern Thailand but we couldn't resist this image of the residences looking over the rice terrace as it really just doesn't get much better than this!