IHG Hotels & Resorts will open two new luxury hotels in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Opening in 2025, InterContinental Chiang Rai Golden Triangle Resort will offer 68 one- and two-bedroom pool and plunge pool villas.

Meanwhile, Kimpton Chiang Rai Golden Triangle, which currently operates as The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort, will undergo an extensive renovation and convert to the Kimpton brand with 68 suites, along with a range of new facilities.

These luxury destination resorts will mark IHG’s entry into Thailand’s Golden Triangle, an area that is popular with travellers for its rich history, immersion into Lanna culture and the scenic mountain and river landscape bordering Laos and Myanmar.

“On the back of the recent opening of InterContinental Chiang Mai The Mae Ping, this signing is another milestone in IHG’s and AWC’s more than 10-year relationship and will provide travellers with the opportunity to explore more of northern Thailand,” said Rajit Sukumaran, IHG managing director for Southeast Asia and Korea.

“We remain on track to grow our luxury and lifestyle portfolio in Thailand by 50 per cent, and it’s fantastic to be expanding the InterContinental and Kimpton brands into new destinations.

The luxury boutique and design-forward Kimpton brand has enjoyed a huge period of growth since it debuted in Thailand three years ago, and now has six open or pipeline properties in market, including two operating and much-loved hotels in Bangkok and Koh Samui,” Sukumaran added.

An hour away from Chiang Rai International airport and a 90-minute drive from Chiang Rai city, the adjacent resorts will be located amidst mountain ranges and an unspoiled jungle setting overlooking the Mekong River and its calm waterways.

With 34 hotels across nine brands and 39 hotels in the pipeline, Thailand continues to be a strong growth market for IHG.