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Nothing says family bonding more than a roadtrip. To the young ones, it’ll be an adventure. Look at it from their point of view: every time the car stops, it’s an exciting new place! And for you? Quality time with the kids and partner (when the kids inevitably fall asleep).

Instead of going for hours on end trying to reach your destination, you’ll be stopping frequently at attractions along the way. We want you to really enjoy the journey.

Khao Kho is an up and coming holiday destination for travellers looking for something different, and yet still supremely affordable.

The best part? Khao Kho offers nice chilly weather, especially if you travel during the winter season (between Nov-Feb). Of course, it’s good to go throughout the year too!

With stunning valley views, flower fields, and quaint mountain experiences awaiting, you won’t be able to believe that you haven’t heard of Khao Kho till now.

So if you’re ready… Scroll to see the best of Khao Kho that’s in store for you.

Read more: 19 things to do in and around Khao Kho, Thailand

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Overview

Here’s a quick overview of this Bangkok and Khao Kho itinerary
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Getting there and around
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Best time to visit
Total Cost Breakdown

Where is Khao Kho?

Khao Kho is 5 and a half hour’s drive from Bangkok. We drove ourselves without a driver and split up the drive. Drove from Bangkok to Lopburi – then staying one night in Nakhon Sawan and exploring the area, before reaching Khao Kho!

Getting there

The best way to get to Khao Kho is via car.

1. Book a private chartered car with driver: Highly recommended. We’ve rented cars and driven on road trips ourselves, and have also tried hiring private chartered cars with driver (most convenient!).

You won’t have to worry about taking turns to drive or getting lost, when there’s a local who’ll handle these. All you’ll need to do is focus on your family/friends and enjoy the trip to the fullest! Klook offers very competitive rates from USD $545 per car. Check out their customisable Khao Kho Itinerary with Driver!

2. Rent a car: Not recommended for inexperienced drivers, especially with the mountainous roads you’ll experience travelling to Khao Kho. If you’re confident on foreign roads, then you can simply load the directions on GPS (or Google Maps on your phone).

When renting a car, make sure to check your rental car thoroughly – from ensuring that everything is working fine, to when it was last serviced. (Europcar Thailand, from USD $35 / approx. 1091 Baht per day)

Our tip: If you plan to drive up mountainous roads like we did to reach Khao Kho, we recommend renting an SUV with higher power to go up the mountain. We got a 1.6L Sylvia and almost stalled the car, and 2 of us ended up having to get out and walk up while our friend drove up!

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You’ll need a local SIM card/WiFi device for your Khao Kho travel. We highly recommend AIS telco (from USD $5.60 / approx. 179 Baht). True story, we got lost in the middle of the night while on the road to our Khao Kho stay – and had no reception with the local Sim cards we had.

We then had to drive around hoping to find someone to help us. The local that we met shared that AIS was the best telco to use in the mountains.

 

Day 1

Reenact Sound of Music through a field of sunflowers and visit a traditional shopping village

We’re going to assume that you arrive in Don Mueang airport in the morning and will be ready to go by 12AM.

Make sure you grab some snacks from the convenience store before leaving, just in case you feel hungry along the way. (Also if you might need snacks at night in your hotel.) You can make the day extra special by letting your kids pick whatever they want!

Now, for the first stop: get a hot meal in all of you.

Start with authentic Thai food and a warm welcome into Thailand – Baik Baik (1hr)

18 mins away by car, you’ll come across this restaurant in a garden setting that serves pretty decent Thai meals. The manager speaks English well enough, but it’s the earnest reception and service that will set you in a great mood.

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Baik Baik

Price: From 90 Baht / USD $2.80
Address: Thanon Song Prapha – Soi Song Prapha 18, Khwaeng Si Kan, Khet Don Mueang, Bangkok 10210, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 2 928 7341
Opening hours: Daily, 10AM to 12AM

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Field of a thousand blooming suns (only available from Nov-Jan) – Saraburi Sunflower (30-45mins)

With far off mountains in the backdrop, Saraburi Sunflower fields really seems like that floral landscape from our dreams.Take all the photos you want.

It’s free too! And you might be able to get some local honey for 120 Baht if you come during the end of the year from November to January.

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Saraburi Sunflower

Admission: Free
Address: Chong Sarika, Phatthana Nikhom District, Lopburi 15220, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: 24/7

Special Mention: If Saraburi Sunflower is closed when you’re visiting from Feb-Oct, we recommend visiting Phra Prang Sam Yod (Monkey Temple) instead!

What’s a new retro market? Find out here – Talad Boran Ban Si Phak (1hr)

You’ll be surprised along this shopping market filled with vintage Thai architecture that looks brand new.

Constructed in late 2017, this newly built market holds vintage treasures such as traditional food, snacks, and interestingly local sights.

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Talad Boran Ban Si Phak

Price: From 50 Baht / USD $1.60
Address: ติดวิทยาลัยนาฏศิลปลพบุรี Muang Lopburi, Lop Buri, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 844 4446
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, from 11AM to 8PM; Sat & Sun, from 10AM to 9PM

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Authentic affordable Thai food in a charming cafe – Ban Madame Cafe & Restaurant (1hr)

Right opposite the market, you can settle in for an early dinner.

Past visitors had nothing but kind words for the place, praising the staff, food and ambience. They will do their best to accommodate even the fussiest of eaters.

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Ban Madame Cafe & Restaurant

Price: From 120 Baht / USD $3.8
Address: 153 ถนน รามเดโช, ทะเลชุบศร, เมืองลพบุรี, Lop Buri 15000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 85 787 3344
Opening hours: Daily, 11AM to 9PM

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Special Mention: It’s a royal dinner with the guest of honor: Alaskan King Crab – 9 Pints The Gastro House

If you’d like a grander family dinner, consider heading to this gastro house! They have craft beers for the adults and a kids’ menu for the young ones. Top that off with their famous Alaskan king crab, and you’ve got a winner.

It’s only a 12 minute walk from Chateau de Bear too, so you don’t even have to drive.

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9 Pints The Gastro House

Price: From 79 Baht / USD $2.5 ; 1999 Baht / USD $64 (for a king crab)
Address: 394/30 หมู่ 10 ต.นครสวรรค์ตก อ.เมือง Nakhon Sawan (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 90 915 1932
Opening hours: Daily, 11AM to 11PM

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Chic & comfy with European vibes – Chateau de Bear

Not only is it a truly charming stay, it’s also perfect for roadtrippers because there’s a parking space right outside your room.

The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and a great place to relax at after a long day.

PS: There’s free wifi at this place!

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Chateau de Bear

Rate: From 1560 Baht / USD $50 (for Delux Triple Room – sleeps up to 4)
Address: Wat Sai, Mueang Nakhon Sawan District, Nakhon Sawan 60000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 56 224 466
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Day 2

It’s a foodie’s dream and even the kids will be impressed

Get everyone ready to set out by 9AM because it’s going to be a long day ahead. I’m talking great food and amazing views, especially if you’re traveling between Dec to Jan.

Fishball so Thai you might not be able to stop at one bowl! – ร้านนายตี๋ ลูกชิ้นปลากราย 3 รส Nai Tee Fishball (1hr)

A short 12 min drive away will have you at one of the best places to have a bowl of Thai noodles.

They are famous for their fish balls but you can also get spring rolls and other delicious food here. Always something for everyone.

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ร้านนายตี๋ ลูกชิ้นปลากราย 3 รส Nai Tee Fishball

Price: From 60 Baht / USD $2
Address: สวรรค์วิถี 13 60000 Pak Nam Pho, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 532 2524
Opening hours: Daily, 9AM to 9PM

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Cakes, ice cream & desserts, oh the kids are going to love this – AVA Cafe & Eatery (30mins)

And probably the husband too. I have this theory that secretly, dudes love them sweet things. Even if he denies it, well, there’s a menu for savory meals too 😉

It’s two hours from the last stop so it’s a good place to stretch your legs and take a breather.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the shop itself looks like it popped out of a cartoon. Perfect for that fun family shot.

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AVA Cafe & Eatery

Price: From 100 Baht / USD $3.20
Address: 290/77 Pichaisongkram Road 65000 Phitsanulok (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 95 885 6028
Opening hours: Daily, 9:30AM to 7:30PM

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A greenhouse of wonders that’s not actually a greenhouse – Tanrak Talaymok (1hr)

The views here are nothing short of amazing, and you’ll want to come back again and you will. But for now, it’s time for some proper food.

Their red curry should not be missed and neither should their super fresh, super sweet cabbage dishes (that they plant themselves)!

Note: If you/the kids can’t take spicy food, be sure to let the staff know.

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Tanrak Talaymok

Price: From 90 Baht / USD $2.80
Address: Route 2325, Khao Kho, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 91 453 9888
Opening hours: Daily, 7AM to 8PM

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It’s a fan, it’s a pinwheel? No! It’s – Khao Kho Windmill ทุ่งกังหันลมเขาค้อ (1hr 30mins)

Not only is it home to 24 windmills (very Teletubby-like), there’s also a huge swing and a retro tram-like carriage to take you around. If you see strawberries for sale, make sure to get them! They are the sweetest strawberries ever (similar to the ones you can get in Korea).

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Khao Kho Windmill ทุ่งกังหันลมเขาค้อ

Price: From 150 Baht / USD $3 per person (you’ll have to pay for parking, and take the shuttle into the farm)
Address: Thung Samo, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 87 099 4497
Opening hours: Daily, 5AM to 6PM

Catch the sunset at this gorgeous temple and make your wishes – Wat Prathat Phasornkaew (1hr)

This temple features some of the most unique looking temple architecture ever, and I’m talking colourful mosaics. The view is just as breathtaking, and it’s also one of the places the clouds touch.

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Wat Prathat Phasornkaew

Price: Free but donations are welcomed
Address: ต.แคมป์สน อ.เขาค้อ บ้านทางแดง 95 หมู่ 7 Tambon Khaem Son, Amphoe Khao Kho, Chang Wat Phetchabun 67280, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 84 494 1262
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM to 5PM

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A local delight that serves all the yummy basics – Boranniyom Khao Kho Restaurant ร้านโบราณนิยม เขาค้อ (1hr)

Before you head back for an early night and quality time with the family, you need to fuel up first. And what better place to do it than at this homey open-air restaurant.

Have yourself some Thai-style comfort food with the peaceful mountain atmosphere and friendly service. They play good music here too, according to past visitors!

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Boranniyom Khao Kho Restaurant ร้านโบราณนิยม เขาค้อ

Price: From 100 Baht / USD $3.20
Address: Khao Kho, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 83 068 8635
Opening hours: Thurs – Tues, 7AM to 9PM (Closed on Weds)

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Be excited for bed because of what’s waiting tomorrow… – Viewpoint Khaokoh Hotel โรงแรมวิวพอยท์ เขาค้อ

Everyone’s probably tired by now, so we recommend retiring earlier. You’ll also get to wake up earlier to the magical sea of clouds. Yes! If you’re lucky, you’ll see this waiting for you in the morning.

Kids below 8 years old that don’t need additional bedding get to stay for free.

Note: This night would be a great time for some family bonding. If your family loves a good time of boardgames and such, try to prepare something for the night. 🙂

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Viewpoint Khaokoh Hotel โรงแรมวิวพอยท์ เขาค้อ

Price: From 1250 Baht / USD $40 (Deluxe Room on First Floor, sleeps 2 adults+2 kids, 1 extra bed if needed)
Address: 222, Ban Khao Kho, Petchuban, 67260 Khao Kho, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 85 284 5348

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Make sure to turn in early as you’ll have an early day tomorrow to catch the sea of clouds! (only available before 8am)

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Day 3

Be wowed by the sights you’ll see today, from sea of clouds to freshwater jellyfishes!

Today’s going to be an eyeopener for the kids. They’ll surely have an unforgettable time marveling at the beauties of nature. (To catch the sea of clouds, you have to leave the hotel by 6am in order to make it to Phu Thap Boek by 7.30am. Make sure you have snacks in the car for the drive to Phu Thap Boek!)

Catch the cherry blossoms, stunning views and chilly weather – Phu Thap Boek Mountain ภูทับเบิก (1hr 30mins)

Depending on when you are visiting, if it’s in the colder months of Dec to Jan, you will be able to see the cherry blossoms and an incredible sea of clouds moving before you. It’s a picturesque drive from here on.

If not… Well, there’s nothing better than some fresh mountain air and a good brisk walk for health, anyway! Also, did we mention the views?

P/S: If you’re an adventurous family, you might want to look into camping here, which we mentioned in another post.

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Phu Thap Boek Mountain ภูทับเบิก

Admission: Free
Address: Ban Noen, Lom Kao District, Phetchabun 67120, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: 66 84 822 2625, 0 5670 9026 or 08 1680 0223
Opening hours: Daily, 6AM to 6PM

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Eggs Benedict are calling! – Pino Latte (1hr)

Pino Latte does them really well. They do loads of Western breakfast and their coffee is said to be pretty amazing too.

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Pino Latte

Price: From 75 Baht / USD $2.40
Address: 232 Moo 5, Khaem Son 67280, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 87 099 4497
Opening hours: Daily,7AM to 6.30PM

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It’s a whole new dimension of butterflies and waterfairies – Bang Rachan Islet (2hrs)

By waterfairies, I mean freshwater jellyfishes. They aren’t venomous nor are they known to sting, but you should refrain from touching them all the same.

Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs, right? 🙂 It’s a good thing to instill in kids when they are still young too.

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Bang Rachan Islet

Price: From 200 baht / approx. USD $6 per boat (accommodates up to 4 pax)
Address: Nong Mae Na, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: 087-889-3855
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 4pm (open during October to May)

Special Mention: If you’re travelling from Jun-Sep when Bang Rachan Islet is closed, we recommend replacing this activity with rafting at Khek River!

Take a picture at their bamboo entrance and eat fresh strawberries – B.N. Farm (1hr 30mins)

Aside from their exotic fruits such as avocado, lychees and persimmons, you can also try their homemade ice cream (lychee is recommended!). Definitely a treat for the whole family.

However, do bear in mind that the fruits change along with the season. What may be available in May might not be available in Dec.

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B.N. Farm

Price: From 100 Baht / USD $3.20
Address: Khaem Son, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67280, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 96 879 0324
Opening hours: Daily, 8:30AM to 5PM

It’s a two in one market, one on land and one over water – Lom Sak Street (2hrs)

Expect bright lights and a penchant for wandering around, because there’s so much to be found. Street food and arts await at every stall.

You could get a matching set of tees for you and your family too!

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Lom Sak Street

Price: From 100 Baht / USD $3.20
Address: ตำบล หล่มสัก Lom Sak District Phetchabun 67110 Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 99 240 5534
Opening hours: Every Saturday, 5PM to 11PM

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Head back to Viewpoint Khao Kho Hotel to get a good rest!

Special Mention: A local delight that serves all the yummy basics – Boranniyom Khao Kho Restaurant ร้านโบราณนิยม เขาค้อ (1hr)

If you get hungry after heading back from Lom Sak Street, feel free to head to this restaurant. Have yourself some Thai-style comfort food with a nice atmosphere and friendly service. They play good music here too, according to past visitors!

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Boranniyom Khao Kho Restaurant ร้านโบราณนิยม เขาค้อ

Price: From 100 Baht / USD $3.20
Address: Khao Kho, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 83 068 8635
Opening hours: Thurs – Tues, 7AM to 9PM (Closed on Weds)

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Day 4

Let’s visit a quaint little shopping village & do more shopping in BKK!

The early bird gets the worm, but in this case, the sea of clouds – Tanrak Talaymok

Look at how picture perfect this place is. It feels like a completely different place, or even, dimension – it definitely deserves 2 visits!

It’s magical and chilly, so you might want to bundle up the younger ones and put on extra layers yourself.

Once you’re done marveling at the beauty (and posing for the camera), head inside for some breakfast before you go on your way!

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Tanrak Talaymok

Price: From 90 Baht / USD $2.80
Address: Route 2325, Khao Kho, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 91 453 9888
Opening hours: Daily, 7AM to 8PM

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A random roadside find with quirky, colourful buildings – Golden Hill Village

Here it’s the buildings and decor that warrant a stop. Pastel coloured shops and huts that look like they were pulled out of a children’s storybook.

The environment is just right for a nice stroll and an impromptu family portrait session.

You’ll also be able to find vintage goods and handcrafted items here.And if you’re hungry, there’s a cafe or 2 that serves coffees, scones and more.

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Golden Hill Village

Price: From 50 Baht / USD $1.50
Address: Yang Tan, Krok Phra District, Nakhon Sawan 60170, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 56 247 077
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM to 8PM

You better figure out quick, who’s getting the top bunk – Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok

Where you see a bunkbed, children will see a jungle gym. The place is tastefully decorated to stimulate a cosy home.

Plus, it’s surrounded by family-friendly places that your kids will love. The most notable ones will be listed in tomorrow’s itinerary.

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Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok

Price: From 3777 Baht / USD $88 (for family rooms with bunk beds)
Address: 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Klong Toei, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 2 261 7100
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Herbal chicken to lift your spirits and chicken porridge for the soul – New Srifa 33

When you’re all rested up and ready to have some dinner, we’ve got just the thing.

Aside from their famous porridge, they also do Thai favorites like stir fried pork or scrumptious fried rice.

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New Srifa 33

Price: From 200 Baht / USD $6.40
Address: 12/19,12/21 ซอย สุขุมวิท 33 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: Walk 15 mins or alight at Phrom Phong
Contact: +66 2 258 2649
Opening hours: Daily, 5PM to 3AM

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Ready your shopping bags for a night of splurge – Terminal 21, The Emporium, Talad Neon Night Market

Here’s a list of popular shopping destinations which aren’t too far away, that you can hit up before turning in.

But if you just want to rest up for tomorrow, be sure to stop by a 7-11 and get some goodie first. For a list of what can’t be missed, check out our guide.

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Day 5

It’s time for you to freestyle up this joint and personalise your day

Today really depends on what time you’re scheduled to fly off. You can leave your luggage with the reception/concierge, if you want to check out early and still go for a last hurrah in Bangkok.

If your flight is scheduled at night, and you have the whole afternoon to spend till 6pm, you can choose to do several things and make this trip truly unforgettable for the kids!

a. Shopping (check out our shopping guide)
b. Recommended kid friendly cafes
c. Recommended unique cafes
d. Recommended family activities

But be sure to check the routes/distances and timing needed, so you can mix and match wherever you want to go – according to the time you have!

PS: Enjoy the convenience of sending your luggage to the airport, instead of having to come back to your hotel to pick them up after shopping/before your flight! (Klook’s Luggage Services from USD$2.20)

Shopping (What’s a Bangkok trip without a great haul?)

Kid-friendly cafes (It’s fun and games to go with your meals)

Unique cafes (that will rock your mind)

Family friendly activities (the last hurrah!)

Best time to visit

Khao Kho is generally good to visit most of the year.

  • Avoid Khao Kho from April to June (hottest season). Other than that, you’re good to go!

  • If you’re looking for spectacular sea of clouds views, the sea of clouds are most dense during the rainy season from July to September.

  • And if you’d love cold wintry temperatures, visit from November to February!

Total Cost Breakdown

For 2 adults & 2 kids – excluding flights

Accommodation:
Day 1 = USD $50
Day 2+3 = USD $40 x 2 = $80
Day 4 = USD $88
TOTAL = USD $218 / SGD $290.77

Transport:
USD $35 x 4 (if renting a car) = USD $140 / SGD $186.73 (USD $545 in total for 4 days if you’re hiring Klook’s private chartered car with driver!)

Meals & Attractions (shopping not included):
Day 1 = USD $36
Day 2 = USD $56.80
Day 3 = USD $43.60
Day 4 = USD $42.80
TOTAL = USD $179.20 / SGD $239

Total cost (from Singapore, exclude flights) = SGD $716.50 ~ SGD $179 per person

There you go for a fun filled family adventure that isn’t too taxing or tiring. We believe that every trip should be relaxing and stress-free. Otherwise, what would be point to all that?

Plus, it should also give you ample time to spend with those who matter, rather than rushing headlong into the next stop and hitting up every attraction.

This is for the ones who are looking for a meaningful time. If you’ve got a friend who’d enjoy this, make sure you share it with them 🙂

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