Planning on traveling to Thailand but looking for something unusual and quirky to do?
When it comes to Thailand, travelers often think about Bangkok. Outside the busy city of Bangkok, Khao Yai is a place of relaxation and it’s only 3 hours’ drive away from Bangkok.
Khao Yai or “big mountain”, is one of the most scenic regions that Thailand has to offer. It is not only the first national park in the country but also the third-largest national park in Thailand. In 2005, Khao Yai National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its diverse landscapes and wildlife.
Breath-taking scenery and abundance of wildlife.
You will breathe fresh air as there are not many vehicles on the road. Grab the opportunity to connect with the locals while still having tourist attractions waiting for you to discover. Khao Yai National Park itself is a good reason to visit Khao Yai. But its whole surrounding offers so many attractions that will make you want to spend days there! Not to mention the European inspired attractions that Khao Yai must offer!
1. The Hobbit of Southeast Asia – Baan Suan Noi Resort
You no longer must go all the way to New Zealand to visit a Hobbit House! Slipped away in the peacefulness of Khao Yai. The Hobbit House is surrounded by nature and tailored gardens with decorations to match the theme. The Hobbit House offers rooms for an overnight stay with different styles and interior themes: Little Hole, Little Cave, Bagshot House, Dragon Inn, and Dale City. The highlight of experience here is the Cosplay Hut with costumes and props for you to dress up and be your favorite animated characters.
2. Vintage Neverland – Ban Mai Chay Nam Museum & Restaurant
This exceptional restaurant is filled with all the stuff from our childhood memories. Bragging an extraordinary display of childhood toys, antiques, and pop culture artifacts, the imaginative museum looks like something right out of a magical world. It’s clear that this restaurant is one for people of all ages and sizes. With no doubt, one of the most beautiful and interesting restaurants we’ve ever visited. A restaurant and museum rolled into one. It’s a must-visit in Khao Yai.
3. The Chocolate Factory
A perfect place to stop to grab for coffee, baked goodies, and of course chocolates!!! This place is not only home to fun chocolates, but it also houses a restaurant serving Thai-Western fusion food. When you walk through the door, you will find an instagrammable spot with a large replica of chocolates. The next thing that will catch your eyes is the large glass room where chocolatiers are busy tempering chocolate, decorating cakes and baking pastries. Grab chocolates, cookies, and order a coffee to rest your tired feet.
4. The Mushroom Haven – Panorama Farm
If you are a mushroom lover then this place is perfect for your mushroom cravings. Khao Yai Panorama Farm is where all the adorable mushrooms grow along with some other herbs. There are over 12 species of mushrooms that have been specially incubated in various rooms by experts. Each guest is welcome to take a tour of the farm with a guide that will tell you all around what goes on on the farm. You’ll learn about the different types of mushrooms being cultivated here with their respective functions.
5. The Little Italy – Palio Khao Yai
If you don’t have the budget to fly to Italy, worry not as Thailand has Palio in Khao Yai. Palio Khao Yai is a shopping street inspired by Tuscany Village features. Colorful stores with an awning in bright and colorful patterns that will be perfect for pictures. The walkway itself is picture-worthy and feels like you’re really within the Italian countryside. As for what to eat; there is a range of options to suit different budgets. The atmosphere is best felt in the central Piazza Palio, where a few bars and coffee shops surround a fountain and classical music is channeled in through hidden speakers. It’s a captivating experience.
6. Primo Piazza
From the terracotta-toned buildings and lush greenery with an obviously Mediterranean vibe to the dairy farms and vineyards. Primo Piazza Khao Yai captures a remarkable impression of serenity with its stunning scenery and elegant Italian architecture. There’s a Farm with a mountain backdrop where you can feed these adorable sheep, donkeys, and Llama.
7. Glamorous Camping at Mont Blanc Glamping
While some might enjoy the usual camping experience of throwing a tent and rolling out a sleeping bag. In Mont Blanc Glamping resort, lodgers can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to Khao Yai’s must-see destinations. You can wake up with a panoramic view of the mountain and the rich nature’s view. Everything is made to make guests feel comfortable and provides an ultimate glamping experience.
8. The sweetest corn you’ll ever have – Suwan Corn Farm
Freshly harvested, very sweet and juicy, and an improved version by the Agriculture students at Kasetsart University. Formerly “Thana” Farm as it belonged to Field Marshall Sarit Thanarat, the Farm was later transferred to Kasetsart University and became the Maize and Sorghum Research Center. The main purpose of the Center is to carry out study and publicize technology for growing “maize” and “sorghum” as well as other field crops. Basic tourist facilities provided are a touring route, toilets, and field crop seeds for sale and food stalls. The shop has a wide selection of snacks (a lot that you can buy as souvenirs back home), fresh corn juice and steaming hot corn cobs. The prices of food here are quite affordable too
9. South Asia’s largest dairy farm – Farm Chokchai
If you’re not into farming, you’d think you’d be bored, but you might be wrong. Read this first! Farm Chokchai is also one of Thailand’s most popular tourist attractions. It’s less than 160 kilometers outside Bangkok, so you can get there in a couple of hours. The tractor will take you inside the farm to see the process of making dairy products. You will see the supergene breed “Chokchai Friesian” that is adapted to the tropical weather of Thailand and produces high-quality milk. Then they will take you to see the milking process by hand and machine. For an ice cream lover, an ice cream factory is a place where you can see the whole process. If you are lucky enough, you will be tasting a new flavor fresh from the factory. Moreover, there are a lot of activities such as cowboy shows, pet shows, horse riding, and ATV driving sounds exciting right?
10. The Biggest Flower Garden in Thailand – The Bloom Khao Yai
Covering about 16 hectares in the Pakchong District, The Bloom showcases over 30 species of flowers that will take your breath away. Do it all in at the 360º viewing point that grants you a view of the garden, before heading down to take a leisurely stroll among the beautiful flowers. What an ultimate Instagram backdrop. What’s more, the assortment of flowers here is changed a few times throughout the year, so no single visit to this wonderful garden is the same. More reason to come back to Khao Yai, yes?
11. PB Valley Khao Yai Winery
Visiting this winery is a unique activity that your average tourist to Thailand won’t experience. Time to reward yourself with some fine wine. Get on the vineyard and winery tour, a guided tour that will explain about the grape varieties and the processes of producing the corresponding wines. While grape-picking is not allowed at the vineyards, they make for great photo spots. The tour will also take you to the different rooms where the wine gets fermented and aged. Wine tastings are the biggest lure here, but if you aren’t a fan of wine or any alcoholic beverages, PB Valley also produces its own grape juice that you can try with cheese and crackers.
Here’s our Video Diary from our Khao Yai trip!
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