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Planning on travelling to Thailand? Looking for something unusual and quirky to do? Then you have come to the right place.

Khao Yai is one of the most picturesque regions that this beautiful country has to offer, and the best news is that it’s only located a short 3 hours’ drive away from Bangkok.

PS: Looking for the most convenient way to get to Khao Yai or traveling to Khao Yai on a day trip? Look no further, Klook offers a fully customisable tour complete with your own personal driver!

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Also read:

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Here is your definitive guide to the unique things you can do in Khao Yai, to ensure you have the best time possible and a truly memorable stay.

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1. Feed sheep, alpaca and donkeys at this Italian escape – Primo Piazza

Thanks to Primo Piazza, you no longer have to fly halfway across the world to get a taste of Italy, and have the gorgeous pictures to prove it too.

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You could be easily mistaken for thinking that you were in a remote Tuscan village, with the complex’s classy Italian architecture, cobbled streets and lush green surroundings.

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At Primo Piazza they have succeeded in creating that warm and relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere, with an array of excellent cafes and restaurants on hand to help you unwind.

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And interestingly, you can even feed sheep, alpaca and donkeys here too! The kids, or the big kid in you, will enjoy.

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This will unquestionably be a trip you’re unlikely to forget – ideal for a romantic getaway or a family escape.

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Primo Piazza

Address: 861 Moo 6, Thanarat Road, Tambol Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130
Contact: 044-099-900-5
Opening hours: Friday to Saturday, 9am to 12pm; Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 10pm
Entrance Fees: 100 Baht / USD $2.80 (Adult), 50 Baht / USD $1.40 (Child)

Website

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2. Get wined and dined – PB Valley Khao Yai Winery

For those of you thinking that Thailand can’t possibly produce its own wine, well think again!

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Visiting this winery is certainly a unique activity that your average tourist to Thailand won’t experience.

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The wine tastings are the biggest draw here, but if you aren’t inclined to some choice tipple, PB Valley also produces their own coffee that you can sample.

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The experienced staff at the winery will go out of their way to ensure you have a memorable day, with an excellent restaurant available as well – making for a great sophisticated day out that’s perfect with your partner or friends.

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PB Valley Khao Yai Winery

Address: 02/2 Moo 5, Mitraparp Road Payayen Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30320
Contact: +66 81 733 8783
Opening hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm daily
Entrance Fees: Free (Tours from 200 Baht / USD $5.70)

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3. Live in a Hobbit’s house, English countryside resort, and Cowboy hotel!

3-a. It’s the castle life for all kings and queens – My Ozone Khao Yai

Ever fancied living in a European castle of your own? Living the royal life is as simple as staying at My Ozone Khao Yai!

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The gorgeous castle-like resort exudes a whimsical European elegance with a touch of countryside simplicity.

Newly opened, My Ozone Khao Yai boasts clean and spacious rooms featuring minimalist country chic furnishings – and is set amongst well manicured lawns great for romantic strolls and incredible OOTDs.

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The grand accommodation also offers an on-site golf course for golfing enthusiasts, and a swimming pool for those who fantasise about spending days lounging by the pool.

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Not to mention, it also comes with lovely mountain views! Needless to say, it definitely provides the perfect backdrop to a most relaxing vacation.

PS: Whichever room you choose, you’ll be well satisfied since every room is well decorated with attention to different details from fancy french windows to luxurious baths!

My Ozone Khao Yai

From USD 150++
Address: 334 Moo 6, Tambon Wang sai, Amper Pak chong,Nakhon Ratchasima, 30130 Ban Wang Sai, Thailand

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3-b. Calling all Lord of the Rings fans, The Shire awaits – Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi)

This incredibly unique stay combines fantastical adventure and Hollywood in one quirky place.

Now you don’t need to watch The Hobbit to live your dreams. Instead, you can live your Hobbit fantasies at the Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi) in Khao Yai.

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Located about 1 hour away from Khao Yai National Park, the Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi) will surely make your holiday one you’ll never forget.

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One of the best things about this resort are the rooms themselves. Each have been built and decorated to replicate the Hobbiton village portrayed in Lord of the Rings films.

You will feel like you’re sleeping on a movie set while staying at this Khao Yai resort!

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Not only will you get to stay in these awesome rooms, you’ll also have the opportunity to dress up like a movie character or climb up to the watch tower. Ever watched The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? There you may defend the resort with a bow and arrow, just like Bard the Bowman! (Or at least get some awesome pictures! :p)

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From couple retreats to family groups, this resort is suitable for all. You’ll find both convenience and adventure at the Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi).

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Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi)

From USD $20 (Approximately 600 Baht)

Address: 292 Moo 15 Tambon Lat Bua Sikhio Nakhon Ratchasima 30340
Contact: 081 291 5160
Book direct via RoomScope

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3-c. Experience life in an English countryside – Thames Valley

Inspired by the lifeblood of London, the Thames River, this unique hotel in verdant Khao Yai transports its guests to a different time and place.

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The southern region of England is known for its magnificent country estates, local pubs and pastoral riverside walks. This slow pace of life and refined country living is mirrored in the small details of Thames Valley.

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There is even a garden maze where the you can play hide-and-seek!

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Each room is decorated with a touch of stone work and complete elegance. In addition, you’ll enjoy the warm atmosphere of each facility.

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Dine on intricate cakes and steaming TWG tea each afternoon in the tearoom. Later, head over to Castle Restaurant for an evening roast followed by a stroll along the river.

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If you want to take your relaxation to the next level, book a treatment at the lush Rose Spa. No matter where you spend your time, you’ll feel like you’ve visited another world after your visit to Thames Valley.

Doesn’t it sound simply wonderful?

PS: Do try the honey toast at Castle Restaurant. Every bite tastes like heaven!

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Thames Valley

From USD $92 (Approximately 3201 Baht)

Address: 999 Moo 4, Moosi, Pakchong, Nakorn Ratchasima 30130
Contact: +66 044-009-999
Website

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3-d. Play Cowboys vs. Indians – Panther Creek Resort

Set on 45 acres of land, Panther Creek Resort transports guests to the American Wild West and a time of gun-slinging cowboys and horse-riding Native Americans.

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The resort includes exciting attractions such as the town square, a Native American village of teepees and a train used to transport settlers to their new home on the frontier.

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Every night, the friendly people at Panther Creek put on dinner and a show. You can marvel at a grand battle between frontiersmen and natives followed by elegant fire dancing and blowpipe demonstrations.

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The fantasy doesn’t stop with the evening entertainment. Most rooms at the resort feature Western decor and some suites offer you the opportunity to sleep in railcars modeled after those the cowboys took in search of a new life out West.

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Whether you’re 14 or 44, you are sure to enjoy living out your childhood fantasies at the Panther Creek Resort. Find new adventures in this Khao Yai resort!

Panther Creek Resort

From USD $59 (Approximately 2054 Baht)

Address: 123 Moo 15 Thanarat Road, Bann Klong Sua, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130 Thailand
Contact: +66 (2) 942-9212
Website

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4. Dine in a pretty treehouse, by the riverside and more: Khao Yai’s unique cafes

If you’ve fallen in love with Khao Yai’s beautiful architecture that reminds you of Europe, you’ll be equally captivated by the very special cafes you can find here. How about a dollhouse perched on the tree? Or a vintage museum with a restaurant right beside the river?

4-a. Breaking conventions – Dairy Home Farm Shop

This farm shop in Pak Chong is the best shop in the world, we think, if only for the fact that it serves food. We love how rebellious it is: “I’m a shop, not a restaurant!”

The shop also sells organic produce – who says you can’t do marketing and stuff your face at the same time? The sample stalls at Isetan say “yes you can”, and so does the Dairy Home Farm Shop.

This establishment exists in the form of bright red barn buildings and a tree house, which really makes you feel like you’re at a farm.

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Although you might question, since when did farm food taste so amazing? The shop is renowned for its homemade ice cream, and its Kurobuta (black pig) steak is also highly raved about.

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Dairy Home Farm Shop

Price: 50 – 200 Baht (SG$1.92 – 7.69)
Address: 100/1 Moo 11, Mitraparp Road | Phayayen Subdistrict, Nakhon Ratchasima 30320, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 991 0271
Opening hours: 8am to 5pm

Official Website

4-b. Visit Neverland in this restaurant by the river – Ban Mai Chay Nam Museum & Restaurant

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Do you get called out for a being a big kid all the time? Well, Ban Mai Chay Nam Museum & Restaurant is a prime example of why there’s nothing wrong with being a little nostalgic.

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This unique restaurant is filled with all the stuff of our childhood dreams, and they go from new-age hottie Captain America to goofball Inspector Gadget (how long ago was that?). In any case, it’s clear that this restaurant is one for kids of all ages and sizes.

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It helps, too, that the food is probably some of the best that you can get at Nakhon Ratchasima. The restaurant is famed for its authentic Thai taste, so you’ll definitely have to get your hands on the papaya salad, fried fish cake and green curry.

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Play like a child and eat like an adult – here’s where you can get the best of both worlds.

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Ban Mai Chay Nam Museum & Restaurant

Price: ~150 Baht (~SG$5.76)
Address: 21 Moo 11, in front of Ban Mai Chai Num Resort, Mittraphab Rd, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130
Contact: 044312134, 044314236, 0816602826
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

Official Website

5. Have a fun filled day at a farm!

5-a. Horticulture at its finest – Saraburi Sunflower Field

One of the area’s finest horticultural sights can be found here at Saraburi, with their stunning collection of sunflowers.

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The spectacular plants bloom from November to January, before they are eventually harvested for their seed and oil. A fantastic escape to witness nature’s splendour!

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Saraburi Sunflower Field

Address: Patthana Nikhom, Wang Muang Road
Contact: 03 635 9021
Entrance Fees: From 10 Baht / USD $0.20

Website

5-b. Make your own cow milk ice cream! – Farm Chok Chai

Chok Chai is a top recommendation for those travelling with their family, as the farm is especially good fun for young kids.

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The Agro Tour allows you to not only learn and witness some of the key practices in agriculture, but also organises workshops where you can put your newfound knowledge to the test.

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How about having a go at milking a cow, or even more exciting, making your own milk ice cream? Delicious!

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Alternatively, visit the Cowboy station and catch the cowboy show in action.

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Even better, make like the cowboys and try your hand at horse-riding or cart-riding too!

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Farm Chok Chai

Address: 159-160 Moo 2 Friendship Highway, Pak Chong
Contact: 0651 558 5280
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 2pm; Weekends 10am to 2.40pm. (Tours leave every 20 minutes)
Entrance Fees: 300 Baht / USD $8.50 (Adult), 150 Baht / USD $4.20 (Child)

Website

5-c. One for the mushroom and vegetable lovers – Khaoyai Panorama Farm

This farm is all about mushrooms, where you can witness a dozen or so different varieties and learn all about the cultivation process for the vegetable.

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You’ll also get to sample some of the mushrooms that they grow and taste what all the fuss is about!

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Ps: If you’re interested in a stay at the farm, there are some really cute mushroom houses for you to settle in for the night!

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Khaoyai Panorama Farm

Address: 297 Moo 6, Thanarat Road, Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong 30130
Contact: 044 756 234
Opening hours: Weekdays 9am to 5pm, Weekends 9am to 6pm

Website

5-d. Harvest your own fruits and vegetables – Jim Thompson Farm

IMPORTANT: Annual Jim Thompson farm tours only open during cool season (from December to January) from 9am to 5pm daily. For the exact opening date please check here

The star attraction at this particular farm is the impressive giant pumpkin patch, which provides a perfect spot for many photo opportunities.

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Around the farm there are dozens of stunning flower fields to look at and even a ‘self-pick’ garden where you may harvest your own fruits and vegetables! Once you’re done, simply pay for your harvest of fresh produce.

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If you start feeling slightly tired from all the walking, then just hop onto one of the small trams that will transport you round the farm. There even is a dance performance to catch, if you’re in the mood for a show!

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PS: Jim Thompson is a well known brand in Thailand for its variety of bags and silk too!

Jim Thompson Farm

Address: 2072, Tambol Takob, Amphur Pak Thing Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima
Contact: 02 762 2566
Opening hours: Annual Jim Thompson farm tours resumes in the cool season from 9am to 5pm daily. For the exact opening date please check here
Entrance Fees: Weekdays; 120 Baht / USD $3.40 (Adult), 80 Baht / USD $2.20 (Child). Weekends; 140 Baht / USD $3.90 (Adult), 100 Baht / USD $2.80 (Child).

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5-e. It’s a sheep paradise! – Khonyok Sheep Farm

Situated in the picturesque Thailand countryside is this popular sheep farm. The sheep are the stars of the show here, as you get to stroke and feed these charming animals.

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For the adults, there is also a decent café at the farm too! An excellent way to spend an afternoon and a lot of fun for families.

Khonyok Sheep Farm

Address: National Highway 3049, Nakhon Nayok, Sarika
Contact: 0 3734 9801 2
Opening hours: 8.30am to 6.30pm daily
Entrance Fees: 50 Baht / USD $1.40 (Adult), 20 Baht / USD $0.50 (Child)

6. Meet the elephants and get up close with them – Thanaratch Elephants

If you’re really excited about meeting elephants and better yet, getting to feed and stroke them…. You’ll be happy to know that you can, in Khao Yai!

Simply drive along Thanaratch road, and stop the car when you spot the elephants by the road. Interested in feeding the elephants? Baskets of sugarcane are available at 50 Baht each, for you to interact with the magnificent beasts.

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The best time to go would be between 9 to 12, where you’ll get to see the caretakers bathing the elephants – watching the elephants spraying water in their mouths is a really fun thing to watch (strangely), and you might just enjoy it too!

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Editor’s note:

While elephant rides are available here, we strongly advocate against elephant rides.

Riding elephants can actually cause serious long term harm  as their spines are not made to support the weight of humans. Do try to avoid taking a ride as it is actually harmful to these magnificent animals.

Thanaratch Elephants

Address: Thanaratch Road (Next to The Jungle House Khao Yai). Coordinates here

7. Embrace flower power – The Bloom

The Bloom is a large garden area of over 100 acres, decorated in a variety of beautiful and colourful flowers providing the ultimate Instagram backdrop.

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These flower arrangements snake their way around the garden to create a wonderful bright glow, with the rolling green hills of Pak Chong district behind them.

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More than 30 species of flowers come together here, which is a glorious sight for those who enjoy horticulture and gardening. But let’s be honest, who doesn’t like flowers, right?

The Bloom

Address: 357 Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phayayen, 30320
Contact: 02 733 9000 457
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 7am to 8pm
Entrance Fees: 100 Baht / USD $2.80 (Adult), 50 Baht / USD $1.40 (Child)

Website

8. Spot the wild elephants on the road! – Khao Yai National Park

This was the first national park to become established in Thailand and is now the third largest park in the country.

If it is beautiful countryside scenery and lush evergreen forests you desire, then fear not, you have come to the right place. The park’s centrepiece is without a doubt the majestic Haew Narok Waterfall.

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Haew Narok Waterfall (Photo via krisrepublik)

Otherwise, check out the lesser known Haew Suwat Waterfall that has a truly ethereal cave you might want to explore too.

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Haew Suwat Waterfall (Photo via bik.kilouy)

Not only are there mesmerising waterfalls to make your trip a memorable one, but the wonderful wildlife spotting opportunities in the park are similarly impressive – there are wild elephants roaming the park, even on the roads! (However, wild elephants are relatively rare in the park, and you’d be supremely lucky to encounter one.)

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Looking for the perfect spot to settle back on and look upon the glorious view? Make your way to Pa Deo Die cliffs to enjoy the untouched beauty of Khao Yai National Park. Do be extremely careful not to venture too close to the edge for a selfie though!

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Pa Deo Die cliffs (Photo via alifeatraveller)

And of course, look out for wild elephants, bears, gibbons and over 300 species of bird too!

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Khao Yai National Park

Address: Hin Tung, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Price: 400 Baht / USD $11.30 (Adults), 200 Baht / USD $5.70 (Children)
Getting around:
1. If you are driving, you can easily navigate in the Khao Yai National Park with the help of maps obtained at the entrance of the national park.
2. If you don’t have your own vehicle or if you want to maximise your chances of wildlife encounters, it would be better to hire a local guided tour with driver service.
3. Otherwise, the more adventurous ones might choose to hitchhike from checkpoint to checkpoint.
Download map of Khao Yai National Park

9. The Tuscan village for pretty pictures and quirky shopping – Palio Village

This small shopping village, set amongst the rolling hills of the Thai countryside, is another bite-sized Italian paradise.

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Its authentic Tuscan buildings and decorative plazas transport you to the picturesque streets of a rural village in Italy, with quirky shops to keep you occupied.

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Not only can this magnificent complex be enjoyed for the day, located just two and a half hours from Bangkok, but the on-site hotel means you can indulge in a relaxing evening at Palio as well.

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Expect quirky little shops, delicious food, and stunning Italian wine – which all combine to create a destination that will prove very difficult to leave. Bellissimo!

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Palio Village

Address: Thanarat Road, Mu Si, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, 30130
Contact: 044-365-888
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 8pm; Friday and Saturday, 8am to 10pm
Entrance Fees: 20 Baht / USD $0.50 (for parking)

Website

10. Try not to get lost in this wondrous maze – Pete Maze

This is a great fun activity for the whole family and is guaranteed to keep the children happy, as they weave their way around the maze’s leafy avenues.

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You could say that they will find it A-MAZE-ING! Having managed to get lost several times, you’ll then be able to retreat to the safety net of the café, getting rehydrated before heading back out onto the road.

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A lovely outdoor activity for the kids that encourages them to be active, just make sure you don’t accidentally leave anyone in there!

Pete Maze

Address: Kahanong Phra, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima
Contact: +66 80 168 9601
Opening hours: Only open Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm
Entrance Fees: 150 Baht / USD $4.20

11. Enjoy a unique dining experience – Midwinter Green

This restaurant offers diners an authentic European experience, not just in terms of the menu, but also how the building design is inspired by Shakespeare’s play.

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From the outside you could quite easily be looking straight at a German castle, with its medieval style roof and tower.

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The inside is similarly just as grand, which creates an enchanting atmosphere that is guaranteed to impress.

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The excellent menu selection mainly consists of European style dishes and comes with an extensive wine selection as well. One thing is for certain – if you do choose to eat here, you really do get to dine like a king!

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Midwinter Green

Address: 88/88 Moo 10, Thanarach Road, Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong
Contact: +66 90 191 8842
Opening hours: 10am to 11pm
Price: Entrees from 300 Baht / USD $8.50

Website

12. Unwind at this entertaining action-packed park – Scenical World

Scenical World is an action-packed giant playground, which can not only be enjoyed by kids, but is also suitable for visitors of all ages.

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Expect to have plenty of fun and laughter going around here, with the Life Park, Splash World and Greenery Park Mall to help keep you entertained.

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You can enjoy rides at Life Park, before cooling down in the refreshing water park and then dry yourself off for a few hours of retail therapy in the afternoon at Greenery Park Mall.

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In fact, the only question that remains is…what’s not to love?

Scenical World

Address: 188/1 Thanarat Road, Moo See, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima
Contact: +66 2 661 2999
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily

Website
Entrance fees (Tap to expand)

13. Discovering arts, crafts and gardens – Secret Art Garden

If you love arts, crafts and gardens, then this should be an absolute must whilst in the Khao Yai region of Thailand.

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It makes for a really interesting couple of hours as you wander around the garden, admiring all the unique bits of artwork along the way. The Secret Art Garden creator, Surindr Sonthirati, has been working on this plot of land for the past 30 years.

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Not only can you enjoy exploring the garden, but you also get the opportunity to take part in some workshops yourself. So why not join Surindr in his passion for art and get all those creative juices flowing!

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Secret Art Garden

Address: 99 Moo 9, Klangdong Pakchong Nakorn Ratchsima, 30320
Contact: 044 993 939
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm daily except Wednesdays
Entrance Fees: 60 Baht / USD $1.70

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14. Take a stop to stroke the sheep, and indulge in some cake and coffee! – A Cup of Love

When embarking on long travel journeys with young children, you often need several stops along the way. Luckily the good people at A Cup of Love have provided the perfect place to do so, with a little help from their friends.

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The sheep here are the star attraction, with the opportunity for visitors to feed and stroke them.

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The setting for the sheep pen is very picturesque, with an almost western farm theme to the buildings and a small bridge that leads you over a lake.

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There is also a café here that sells coffee and cakes so you can recharge your batteries while out with the kids!

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Ps: Accommodation is available, if you’re looking for a place to stay. Ever stayed on a sheep farm before? If your answer is no… Well, here’s your chance!

A Cup of Love

Address: 97 Moo 15, Wang Nam Khiao, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30370
Contact: +66 58 388 1528
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm daily
Entrance Fees: 50 Baht

/ USD $1.40

15. Treat yourselves with delicious chocolate creations – Chocolate Factory

Being on holiday is all about treating yourself and having a bit too much eat, so chocolate lovers can rejoice, as the Chocolate Factory provides the perfect excuse to enjoy the sweeter things in life.

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As the name suggests, this place is all about chocolate, with plenty of different varieties of our favourite snack to sample and purchase. One of our favourites? A tube of the yummiest Chocolate Granola (only 60 Baht)!

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The yummy treats here are also created by an extremely experienced and famed American chef, so you know that you’re in safe hands. And if you’re interested, they host several workshops at the factory, allowing you to have a go at the chocolate-making process yourself!

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Chocolate Factory

Address: Thanon Thanaratch, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30130
Contact: +66 92 443 881
Opening hours: 9.30am to 9.30pm daily
Cafe Price: From 100-200 Baht / USD $3- $6

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16. Take a walk on the wild side – The Bonanza Exotic Zoo

This zoo is particularly great, as not only do you get the opportunity to see lots of awesome animals, but you also get the chance to feed some of them as well.

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The zoo is easily explored in a couple of hours, as you make your way around the 700 metre circular walkway – a great thing for those who don’t fancy much walking!

Some of the animals you are guaranteed to see are; alpacas, white lions, red pandas, orangutans, wallabies and racoons.

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In fact, there are over 50 types of exotic animals living here, which have come from all corners of the world. An experience suitable for all ages, let’s face it, who doesn’t love going to a great zoo!

The Bonanza Exotic Zoo

Address: 236 Tanarat Road Tambon Khao Yai, Chang Wat Phetchaburi
Contact: 044 921 109
Opening hours: Weekdays 10am to 5pm; Weekends 9am to 5pm
Entrance Fees: 100 Baht / USD $3 (Adult), 50 Baht / USD $1.5 (Child)

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Special mention 1: Fall in love all over again – The Verona at Tub Lan (2 hours drive from Khao Yai)

This rather surreal attraction is a complex that has been crafted to look like the Italian town of Verona, renowned for the setting of the romantic love story, Romeo and Juliet.

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There are plenty of shopping opportunities here with little shops spread around the area, as well as a farm and a hotel if you wish to prolong your stay beyond a day.

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Other notable features here include Verona Park, Juliet Park, Clock Tower, a picturesque bridge and the opportunity to cruise along in a gondola. So why not visit The Verona and create your own romantic love story to remember?

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The Verona at Tub Lan

Address: 251 M.6 BuPhram Nadee, Prachinburi, 25220
Contact: 081 377 6163

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Special mention 2: Blossom under the flowers – Dasada Gallery (2 hours drive from Khao Yai)

Thousands of beautiful flowers are on display at this splendid gallery, located at the foothills of the surrounding mountains at Prachinburi.

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Various flower arrangements are found across the 800 acres of greenhouse space found at Dasada Gallery, each with their own unique appeal.

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You’ll be able to spot household names such as orchids, lilies and rather surprisingly, Christmas trees as well.

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Whatever your favoured flower of choice, you’ll be likely to find it here and will be guaranteed to leave with a huge smile on your face. Anticipate an uplifting afternoon amongst some of nature’s finest floral creations when you make your way here!

Dasada Gallery

Address: 179 M.12, Noen Hom, Muang Prachin Buri, Prachinburi, 25000
Contact: 06 140 45000
Opening hours: 9am to 7pm daily
Entrance Fees: 200 Baht / USD $5.70 (Adult), 100 Baht / USD $2.80 (Child)

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There you have it, navigate your way around the delights of Khao Yai and enjoy these unique experiences, which are guaranteed to make your family and friends back home envious.

Whether you’re travelling with your partner, family, friends, or even going solo – this area of Thailand has something to offer everyone.

Start your Khao Yai adventure today, and let us know below if there’s anything else you’re looking for!

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