Craving a fun-filled family holiday? Head over to the majestic Khao Yai for experience a family vacation like no other – and it’s just a 3-hour drive from Bangkok!
This idyllic town has many exciting attractions for a fantastic family holiday – from vineyards with mountain views and fun farms, to adventurous locales like cowboy-themed parks and Khao Yai’s famed National Park.
To make your family trip to Khao Yai filled with excitement and adventure, we have planned the ultimate 3D2N for you!
Note: How long should I stay in Khao Yai?
– Some travellers choose to spend half their trip in Khao Yai (3D2N), then head back to Bangkok for the other half of their vacation.
– Other travellers prefer to spend an entire vacation (5D4N) in Khao Yai alone.
We have the perfect itinerary for both options – go ahead and explore the family itinerary below, and make unforgettable family memories in the dreamy land of Khao Yai.
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This itinerary will cover everything needed to cater to your endless family needs, from suitable accommodation to wonderful places to visit and eat.
We’ve even plotted out the routes for you, so your journey will be less tiring and more exciting!
When to travel to Khao Yai?
The best time to travel to Khao Yai would be during the winter season between November to February.
This is when the weather is absolutely perfect, and waterfalls actually have water in them. If you travel down outside of the winter season, the weather can get almost unbearably hot (not kidding at all)!
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Go on a winery tour and make an Italian escape to Primo Piazza!
Once you’ve landed in Bangkok and made your way to Khao Yai, an endless list of thrilling places to visit awaits you!
(Depending on your flight timing, if you had an early flight, you’ll be able to have lunch at PB Valley – otherwise, feel free to customise your itinerary according to your schedule.)
After a long ride from Bangkok to Khao Yai – enjoy a fantastic lunch with majestic vineyard and mountain views here.
After that, feel free to experience the Vineyard and Winery Tour – check out the vineyards, how wine is made, and have a wine-tasting session.
Primo Piazza is a must-visit Italian-inspired landmark with much beauty, peace and tranquility.
The family will have a fun time at the barn feeding playful Llamas and Alpacas. Feel free to walk around to take photos while checking out the sights and shops!
Before heading back to the your resort, enjoy a sumptuous family dinner at Chocolate Factory.
Indulge in Western and Thai delicacies, as well as superb desserts, as you enjoy an uninterrupted view of the stunning surroundings through the restaurant’s glass windows.
Day 1 Route
Lunch in a riverside museum and shop away in Tuscany at Palio Village!
Before heading out to another adventurous day, fill up your empty stomachs by having a quick breakfast at the resort!
Have a fun time with your little ones by completing the hedge maze at Pete Maze. Be ready to spend 45 minutes before you find an exit out of this thriller maze!
PS: Grab your drinks at the café in the gardens to keep you fresh and hydrated!
Enjoy a wacky lunch and explore this museum/restaurant by the river – Ban Mai Chay Nam Restaurant (1.5 hours)
After draining your batteries at Pete Maze, it is time to recharge them!
Gorge on some delicious authentic Thai dishes at this museum restaurant by the river – and enjoy your meal with your loved ones while relaxing in a forest-like ambience!
A ton of things to see and do – Farm Chockchai (2-3 hours)
There are tons of interesting activities lined up for your kids at Farm Chockchai!
An educational farm tour inclusive of buggy rides, fun fair games, horse riding and other delightful pastimes will make your family time fun and memorable.
Get away and enjoy a spot of shopping at the picturesque Tuscan-themed Palio Village.
There’s an endless list of shopping options (bespoke products on offer) – live entertainment and independent stalls serving light snacks along the walkways.
Feeling peckish after a long, tiring day? Devour mouthwatering dishes and dine in style at The Mew Khaoyai.
An exquisite restaurant with impeccably fun and luxurious outdoor seating with cushions laid across the lawn will elevate your family dining experience!
Day 2 Route
Dress up at Hobbit House and head back to Bangkok!
Spend some relaxing moments at Bunny Cafe and dress up at Hobbit House before leaving for Bangkok.
Looking for a simple place to relax with food and small entertainment for the kids for breakfast or lunch?
At Bunny Coffee, kids will have fun interacting with the little bunnies that are littered (literally) outside the café – while the adults enjoy food and a smoothie or two.
Note: If you’re planning to head back to Bangkok today, you can travel back from here itself.
This incredibly unique place combines fantastical adventure and Hollywood in one quirky place – you’ll even have the opportunity to dress up like a movie character.
Ever watched The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? Here you may defend the resort with a bow and arrow, just like Bard the Bowman! (Or at least get some awesome pictures! :p)
Day 3 Route
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Getting there and around
Getting there from Bangkok
1. By car:
a) The most convenient option we highly recommend is to book your transport (city transfer with driver) online with Klook to travel from Bangkok to Khao Yai. You and your family will be able to comfortably spend time together while on the road, as the local driver brings you around the best places in town!
b) Alternatively, if you’re confident driving on unfamiliar roads, you may rent a car in Bangkok for your time in Khao Yai. Simply load the directions on GPS (or Google Maps on your phone). The journey is relatively straightforward, and will take up to 3 hours. The best part? Having a car will make exploring Khao Yai that much easier!
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.
2. By bus:
Make your way to Mo Chit Bus Station in Bangkok. There are several buses travelling to Pak Chong every half hour. Bus tickets will cost from USD $5. (Do double check that the bus you take stops at Pak Chong.)
3. By minivan:
The faster alternative, minivans located at Victory Monument travelling directly to Pak Chong leaves every 2 hours and cost from USD $5 per seat. Get to Victory Monument and find minivan companies on the south exit of the BTS skyline station, on the small stretch between Century Plaza and 7-eleven shop.
Resorts can also provide a one-way private minivan to pick you from your hotel in Bangkok for approximately USD $98 for up to 8 people.
4. By train:
The slowest way to get to Khao Yai, take the train from Hua Lampong Train Station in Bangkok Central to Pak Chong. Trains leave Hua Lampong Station for Pak Chong 4 times a day, and will take approximately 4-5 hours to reach. Tickets cost approximately USD $8 (depending on seat class)
If you’re looking for options to get around, we have you covered. In Khao Yai, one definitely needs a car to get around.
Whether you would rather have a private chartered car or prefer driving around yourself – getting around can be simple!
1. Klook’s private chartered car with driver From USD $116 / approx. 3935 Baht per day
Klook provides a great private chartered car service that’s not only affordable, it definitely makes getting around extremely convenient and comfortable.
2. Car rental without driver From USD $41 / approx. 1400 Baht per day
If you enjoy driving around personally and are confident on unfamiliar roads, you might want to consider renting a car from Ezy Rent A Car. It’s tried and tested! (Prices vary depending on the car model chosen.)
1. Enjoy majestic mountain views with the family – Greenery Resort Khao Yai (from USD $65)
Photos via bibiaai, maimassuk