Raya Heritage comprises 33 spacious suites set in lush gardens overlooking the tranquil Ping River in low-impact, three-story structures designed by noted Thai architect Boonlert Hemvijitraphan.
Terracotta tiles, hipped roof gables, vintage hardwood columns and beams, and mulberry-paper screens evoke traditional northern Thai design while high ceilings and a colour palette of whites and creams give the interiors a light contemporary twist. The suites’ generous outdoor verandas facing the river hark back to a time when villagers gathered on their front porches in the evening, chatting together and sharing the day’s stories.
The resort’s design incorporates beautifully curated, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, artefacts and accessories, sourced from and often created by local craftspeople using traditional techniques.
Hand-carved teak-frame mirrors, locally-crafted ceramic tiles, handwoven, hand-dyed textiles and handmade lacquerware underscore a style of luxury based on simple, natural beauty and northern Thailand’s unique cultural heritage.
Natural fabrics such as cotton, hemp and linen hail from weaving cooperatives in villages that are among the last anywhere in Thailand to employ age-old methods of spinning and weaving. Only rich, natural dyes – such as authentic indigo sourced from the leaves of local Indigofera tinctoria – were used to colour the cloth.