If you don’t have the budget to fly to Italy, worry not as Thailand has Palio in Khao Yai
P alio Khao Yai is an Italian-themed shopping hub in the heart of Thailand’s wine territory. Palio stands out from its surroundings with its charming houses colored in warm earthy tones. You’ll be stumbled in by the village’s Italian-inspired architecture.
Captivating countryside charm.
Walk further inside and you might just forget that you’re still in Thailand! Palio Khao Yai is a shopping street inspired by Tuscany Village features. Colorful stores with sunshade in a bright and vibrant pattern that will be perfect for photos. The walkway itself is picture-worthy feels like you’re really within the Italian countryside.
The designers went out of their way to recreate the feeling of wandering through a small town in Tuscany, complete with a clock tower, baroque-style buildings wrapped in ivy, a shaped garden, and a replica of the famous Bocca Della Verità (“Mouth of Truth”) carving in Rome.
Take a relaxing stroll through the passages and you’ll pass by boutiques, gift shops, cafés, and other dining outlets. Unlike what you can find in your usual shopping malls, most of the products sold here are handmade and not mass-produced.
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.
We took our post-lunch at this Italian serving restaurant located at Central Piazza Palio. Café Firenze serves Coffee, Pizza, Pastas, and even Burgers, Pork Spareribs, and Salmon Steaks. We’re all satisfied with our Carbonara, Spaghetti with Bacon in Tomato Sauce and Pineapple topped pizza! Just don’t forget to bring your own drinking water because bottled water will cost you extra baht.
Palio is a place that shows not much resemblance to Thailand. Still, the hot tropical weather that drives you to have a cool drink at one of the sidewalk cafés.
A lot of these stalls only open on weekends so try to visit on weekends to have the full Palio experience which includes the crowds. Also wear your best OOTDs, charge your camera, and get ready to take lots of photos.
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