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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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When to travel to Khao Yai? (Tap to expand)

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)!

Getting to Khao Yai from Bangkok (Tap to expand)

1. By car:

– We highly recommend renting 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.
– Alternatively, for more convenience, you may book your transport (city transfer with driver) online with Klook to travel from Bangkok to Khao Yai.

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)

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. Get artsy fartsy cultural – Khao Yai Art Museum

If the arts is your thing, you’ll absolutely love this modern contemporary museum, featuring works from leading Thai artists!

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The space consists of its gallery hosting 3 rooms for art as well as a courtyard, each designed clean, sharp and beautiful.

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It’s an awesome way to spend an hour getting lost among the prints, painting and sculptures, that all seem to follow a modern take – and the art is verrryyy cool! As a painter myself, I can appreciate.

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At the moment one of the rooms is dedicated to the late King and it features some really modern / pop-art vibes dedicated and in remembrance of him – as well as celebrating the country’s culture and history!

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Khao Yai Art Museum

Price: Free!
Address: บ้านท่าช้าง หมู่ที่ 6 Tambon Mu Si, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand  (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 44 756 060
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5.30pm


2. 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 (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 922 9000
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
Entrance Fees: 100 Baht / USD $3.25 (Adult), 50 Baht / USD $1.60 (Child)


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3. 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.


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 (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 733 8783
Opening hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm daily (Tours are conducted 6 times daily at 8.30am, 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, and 4pm.)
Entrance Fees: Free – Tours from 350 Baht / USD $11.38 (for adults); 300 Baht / USD $9.76 (for kids); Free for children under 20 years old


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

4. Go glamping ‘African Safari’ style! – Lala Mukha Tented Resort

I’m South African, and I have to say, I love the African safari vibes they have going on here, especially when finding this in Thailand!

It’s the ultimate ‘glamping’ (glamour + camping), in gorgeous surroundings and it really has that African grasslands feel and look to it – I’m in my element.

The set up is beautiful and each tent has basically the entire shabam; leather couches, hot shower, softttt bed, TV and a mini fridge, all INSIDE your tent!

This is a great way to spend a few days, under the stars, in fresh air and enjoying mother nature.

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Lala Mukha Tented Resort   

Rate: From USD $86 / approx. 2643 Baht (for Eco Safari Tent in Off-Season)
Address: 515 Moo 5, Tambon Mu Si, Amphur Pak Chong Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 44 300 691

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5. It’s the castle life for all kings and queens – Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai

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

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

Newly opened, Mövenpick Resort 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!

Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai

Rate: From 4000 Baht / approx. USD $130
Address: 334 Moo 6, Tambon Wang sai, Amper Pak chong,Nakhon Ratchasima, 30130 Ban Wang Sai, Thailand (Coordinates here)

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6. 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)

Rate: From 615 Baht / approx. USD $20
Address: 292 Moo 15 Tambon Lat Bua Sikhio Nakhon Ratchasima 30340 (Coordinates here)
Contact: 081 291 5160
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7. Escape to the French countryside – U Khao yai

It seems to me that Khao Yai loves the European theme, and we stumbled across another one – this time transporting you to a rural-time village in the South of France.

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It’s an absolutely beautiful set-up, with an old-world charm; think old French countrysides, I think it’s the perfect peaceful spot to spend a night…or two.

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Spend quiet time in their gorgeous gardens, and enjoy the privacy around you – which is perfect for a little escape.

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The grounds are huge with a manor-style house as your hotel resort, with a very soft and elegant feeling lingering in the air.

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Their modern French style restaurant is also such a plus, I love good food when I’m travelling and they also offer Afternoon Tea – think of all the yummy, mini pâtisseries and savoury bites!

U Khao yai

Rate: From 3289 Baht / approx. USD $107 (Superior Double Room)
Address: 99/22 Moo 1, Moosi, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130 Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 44 079 999

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8. Experience life in an English countryside – Thames Valley

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


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 the 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

Rate: From USD $232 / approx. 7132 Baht
Address: 999 Moo 4, Moosi, Pakchong, Nakorn Ratchasima 30130 (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 044-009-999

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[CLOSED] 9. 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.


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.


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 modelled after those the cowboys took in search of a new life out West.


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

Rate: From 1813 Baht / approx. USD $59
Address: 123 Moo 15 Thanarat Road, Bann Klong Sua, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130 Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 83 131 5111

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Dine in a pretty treehouse, by the riverside and more

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 in the tree? Or a vintage museum with a restaurant right beside the river?

10. The latest in Khao Yai, a vineyard cafe – Pirom Cafe

Step into another little wonderland it seems (that could almost be the Queen’s from Alice in Wonderland) with a touch of old English royal charm, and a little French twist.

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It resembles a vineyard, with a view of manicured bushes and shrubs that resemble maze-like trees and shaped hedges.

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It’s beautiful and in the fresh open air, so the atmosphere is simply gorgeous and refreshing.

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Another super cool thing you should know about this place is every Saturday & Sunday, they set up a stall here selling absolutely fresh (and in variety) fruit and vegetables!

It’s pretty new in Khao Yai and we can see why the people love it here, especially when the cappuccinos are good and there’s cake involved!

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Pirom Cafe

Price: From 100 Baht / Approx. USD $3.25
Address: 234, Tambon Phaya Yen, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30320, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 98 886 1181
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm


11. 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) pork-chop is also highly raved about.

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Dairy Home Farm Shop

Price: From 50-200 Baht / approx. USD $1.60-6.50
Address: 100/1 Moo 11, Mitraparp Road | Phayayen Subdistrict, Nakhon Ratchasima 30320, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 991 0271
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 7.30pm


12. Time to get your hands dirty – Ribs Mannn

If you love your meat – and I’m talking about the big, juicy, chunky, eat with your hands and get em’ dirty kind here – you’re in for a meaty treat my friend!

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I mean all kinds of smoked meats and favourites, including, their famous smoky BBQ ribs! (Sticky and delicious, the way it should be.)

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The owner smokes all his meats, which you can see in-store and hanging around on hooks. For me this indicates it’s the real deal.

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It’s a cool set-up done in natural woods, giving it almost a modern ranch feel to it, so think Southern I’d say.

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The dishes are funky – try their Sticky Glazed pork ribs sprinkled with popcorn – or how about some fudge ice-blocks that melt into milk as a drink!

Also, I have to mention the Eisbein, it’s delicious and super crispy (oooooo, all that crackling!).

Ribs Mannn  

Price: From 400 Baht / approx. USD $13
Address: 55/5 Moo 4. Thanarat km 4. The red swamp. Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima. 30130 (Coordinates here)
Contact: 099 289 3555, 044  365 555
Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm


13. Visit Neverland in this restaurant by the river – Waterside House

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Do you get called out for a being a big kid all the time? Well, Waterside House 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 our childhood dreams are made of, 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 cakes 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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Waterside House

Price: From 150 Baht / approx. USD $4.75
Address: 21 Moo 11, in front of Ban Mai Vintage, Mittraphab Rd, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130 (Coordinates here)
Contact: 044312134, 044314236, 0816602826
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm


14. 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!


Midwinter Green

Address: 88/88 Moo 10, Thanarach Road, Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 90 191 8842, +66 82 452 8888
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday from 10am to 11pm
Price: Entrees from 300 Baht / USD $8.50


15. If you’re travelling with kids, they’re going to love this one – The Witches Brew Restaurant Khao Yai

It’s time to play dress up (for lunch) and indulge in some seriously hearty and delicious food.

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The entire restaurant is to theme, with spooky witches and their witchy things hanging everywhere! (There’s two floors of memorabilia which come from the owner’s personal collection.

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It’s heavily Italian and classic Thai, and the food looks delicious and really homely too! (Another benefit if you’re travelling with kids). I’m talking lasagna, wood-fired oven pizzas, and some other traditional dishes from around such as sticky BBQ ribs and eisbein!

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PS: Your little ones will love putting on their witches hats and climbing onto broomsticks!

Price: From 230 Baht / Approx. USD $7.49
Address: 379/10 Veneto Piazza Thanarad Road, Moosi, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 93 639 4695
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 11am to 9pm (Closed Tuesdays)
The Witches Brew Restaurant Khao Yai


16. An architectural beauty if you ask me – Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank

Be warned, you won’t see any submarines here, instead step into a super minimal, architectural coffee house.

This is a super cool design, wow, I’m a big fan of minimalistic interiors, especially when surrounded by nature and raw materials.

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All done in dark shades and solid shapes, surrounded by cedar wood trees, so there’s loads of different textures going on – I LOVE it! Also, can you imagine the photographs?

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On top of the amazing design, they serve a really GREAT coffee – if you’re looking for a real cappuccino. Oh and I heard their nutella brownie is just oosy nutella chocolatey goodness! Stopppp.

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Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank  

Price: From 100 baht / approx. USD $3.26
Address: Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 96 981 0682
Opening Hours: Thursday to Tuesday from 9am to 6pm (Closed Wednesdays & Public Holidays)


Have a fun filled day at a farm!

17. 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 (Coordinates here)
Contact: 03 635 9021
Entrance Fees: From 10 Baht / approx. USD $0.33

18. 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: 169 หมู่ที่ 2 Mittraphap Rd, Nong Nam Daeng, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 84 328 9595
Farm Tour Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday at 10am and 2pm (if tours are full, tours will run every 20minutes); Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays every 20mins from 10am to 11.40am, and 1pm to 2.40pm (tours leave every 20 minutes)
Entrance Fees: 300 Baht / approx. USD $9.78 (Adult), 150 Baht / approx. USD $4.89 (Child)


19. Tucked away in fairy-like forest with exquisite waters! – Ban Tha Chang spring

This one is a little well-kept secret that fewer travellers know about, and you’ll find locals mainly at this natural spring, especially weekends!

Step through a little mossy forest until you come across pristine and crystal waters. It’s like a dark aquamarine colour here, all surrounded by trees and greens, really gorgeous!

There’s also been small man-made waterfalls created by a stone barricade so you can enjoy cascading waters too!

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It’s an amazing place to spend an afternoon near exquisite waters; why not bring along a picnic?

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Ban Tha Chang spring  

Address: Tambon Mu Si, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 93 896 5092
Price: Free

20. Awesome for adults as well as kids – Khao Yai Speedway Speedkart (and House Farm)

This is perfect for a solid hour filled with endless fun for all ages, which can also be a bonus if you’re looking for an adventurous outdoors activity with le familia.

So basically you’re going to find a really cool go-karting track as well as ATVs (which I refer to as a four-wheeler or 4×4), also with its own dusty roads.

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Kids will love it!, as well as your inner child turned adrenaline junkie now, and it’s awesome that they cater for all ages – obviously the tracks/karts provided differ for different age groups.

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Now, we have to mention their little animal farm! It’s super cute with their rendition of farm animals and you even get to feed them all too – ugh those little lambs!

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If you’re looking for a different kind of rush, this time I’m talking about the caffeine one, enjoy their Topsy Turvy cafe which serves pretty good coffee.

Khao Yai Speedway Speedkart (and House Farm)    

Address: Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: 086 660 8060
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm
Price: 370 Baht / USD $12 (per person); 320 Baht / USD $10.43 (each for a group of 10)


21. I don’t think you could imagine something quite like it – Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave, Thailand

This is the kind of sight you’d likely get to experience once in a lifetime.

Watch about 2 million bats streaking across the sky as they leave their cave, and and fly into the glorious sunset – all the while marvelling at mother nature’s splendour.

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It’s awe-inspiring and of course, great for photos!

You cannot go into the actual caves themselves, so remember to steer clear and enjoy the spectacle from outside. (You can take a guided tour or make your way there yourself.)

Note: You can of course, visit the caves at any time, however the bats come out in their millions to feed around sunset between 5pm to 6.30pm.

Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave, Thailand  

Address: Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Price: 500 Baht / approx. USD $16.29 (for a guided tour – however you can find it yourself if you’re driving or have hired a private chartered car with a local driver)

22. 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 of the vegetable.


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!

Photo via inkheartt, mr.thep_travel

Khaoyai Panorama Farm

Address: 2 ถนน ธนะรัชต์ Tambon Nong Nam Daeng, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: 044 756 234
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 6pm


23. Harvest your own fruit 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.

Photo via mui, karataekid
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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 fruit and vegetables! Once you’re done, simply pay for your harvest of fresh produce.

Photo via worker wanderer, Ritz rueangritz, Afotonov

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!

Photo via Nunnnara

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

Jim Thompson Farm

Address: 2072, Tambon Takhop, Amphoe Pak Thong Chai, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30150, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 2700 2566
Opening hours: Annual Jim Thompson farm tours resumes in the cool season daily from 9am to 5pm.
Entrance Fees: WEEKDAYS 180 Baht / USD $5.86 (Adult); 130 Baht / USD $4.24 (Child); 90 Baht / USD $2.93 (Seniors born during or before 1958) – WEEKENDS 220 Baht / USD $7 (Adult), 160 Baht / USD $5.21 (Child); 90 Baht / USD $2.93 (Seniors born during or before 1958)


24. 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.

Photo via aimamms, knok pim

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: Hwy 3049, Tambon Sarika, Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Nayok, Chang Wat Nakhon Nayok 26000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 95 515 2559
Opening hours: Daily from 7.30am to 6pm
Entrance Fees: 50 Baht / USD $1.60 (Adult), 20 Baht / USD $0.65 (Child)


25. 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.


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 witness (strangely), and you might just enjoy it too!


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

26. 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.


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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Photo via happybabythai

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 หมู่ที่ 5 บ้านโนนกระโดน, Tambon Phaya Yen, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30320, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: 02 733 9000 ext. 457
Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 8pm
Entrance Fees: 100 Baht / USD $3.26 (Adult), 50 Baht / USD $1.63 (Child)


27. 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.

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.

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.)

Photo via lorenzopozzan, chickenfeettravels

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!

Pa Deo Die cliffs (Photo via alifeatraveller)

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

Photo via gregmiles

Khao Yai National Park

Address: Hin Tung, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Price: 400 Baht / USD $13 (Adults), 200 Baht / USD $6.50 (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

28. The Tuscan village for pretty pictures and quirky shopping – Palio Village (Now closed)

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

Photo via kee hua chee2

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.

Photo via ballbilly, ying nongnooch

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.

Photo via fyeahxtukta

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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Photo via noooil

Palio Village

Address: ถนน ธนะรัชต์ Tambon Mu Si, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: 044-365-888
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm
Entrance Fees: 20 Baht / USD $0.65 (for parking)


29. 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.

Photo via nanmnk

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.

Photo via bo pakaorn,tang rainbow, fonnnny

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: ถนน ธนะรัชต์ Tambon Khanong Phra, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 80 168 9601
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
Entrance Fees: 150 Baht / approx. USD $4.89


30. Unwind at this entertaining action-packed park – Scenical World (Now closed)

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.


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.

Photo via annitu

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.

Photo via i powerpat

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

Scenical World

Address: 777 หมู่ 5 ถนน ธนะรัชต์ Tambon Mu Si, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30450, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 44 001 188
Opening hours: Thursday to Tuesday from 10am to 6pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Entrance fees (Tap to expand)

Entrance Fees:
Splash Park;
890 Baht / USD $28.99 (Adults),
680 Baht / USD $22.15 (Children),
680 Baht / USD $22.15 (Senior),
2500 Baht/ USD $81.43 (Family Pack)
Life Park;
1250 Baht / USD $40.72 (Adults),
850 Baht / USD $27.69 (Children),
600 Baht / USD $19.54 (Senior),
2850 Baht / USD $92.85 (Family Pack)
Splash Park and Life Park Combo Pack;
2000 Baht / USD $65.16 (Adults),
1420 Baht / USD $46.26 (Children),
1180 Baht / USD $38.44 (Senior)

31. 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.

Photo via totjisele

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.

Photo via kee hua chee, nameparama

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!

Photo via oak eye view, fai arinrada, noon napatsorn

Secret Art Garden

Address: หมู่ 9 99 Tambon Klang Dong, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 803 7103
Opening Hours: Thuursday to Tuesday from 9am to 5pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
Entrance Fees: 100 Baht / approx. USD $3.25


32. 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.

Photo via natchivn

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

Photo via gadesasi, hedfangfang

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.

Photo via olenji_som

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

Photo via chalisa pattypat,p pramkaew

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 หมู่ 15, ตำบลวังน้ำเขียว อำเภอวังน้ำเขียว จังหวัดนครราชสีมา, 30370 30370, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 752 3636
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
Entrance Fees: 50 Baht / USD $1.63

33. 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.

Photo via Temamolnat, Benbbiesel

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)!

Photo via im nuttiga, mimijariya

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!


Chocolate Factory

Address: Thanon Thanaratch, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30130 (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 92 443 8881
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am to 10pm; Wednesday from 9.30am to 9pm
Cafe Price: From 100-200 Baht / approx. USD $3.26- $6.50


34. 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.

Photo via mipym

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 raccoons.

Photo via pimmysinlaparak

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!

Editor’s Note: TripCanvas is strongly against animal cruelty, and we strongly urge everyone to treat these animals gently – and make sure that they are handled with love and care. If you have seen signs that the animals are not being well taken care of, please highlight it to us immediately.

If the animals are uncomfortable with you, please do not force them to take pictures with you. Please also do not feed animals food that might not be part of their natural diet. We urge you to write to us if you see anything that makes you uncomfortable – we will do our best to report the truth, and fight for their rights together.

The Bonanza Exotic Zoo

Address: 236, Tambon Khanong Phra, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand(Coordinates here)
Contact: 044 921 109
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm; Saturday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm
Entrance Fees: 100 Baht / approx. USD $3.26 (Adult), 50 Baht / USD $1.63 (Child)


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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Photo via Cherryyz

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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Photo via viewssee

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?

Photo  by veronatublan

The Verona at Tub Lan

Address: Bu Phram, Na Di District, Prachin Buri 25220, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 96 324 4423


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.

Photo via bejarrrrr

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

Photo via the poy,lady siriwan,cherry ncm

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

Photo via tumsanti

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!

They’ve a really beautiful resort on the flower farm grounds too. You could consider a night’s stay here for sure. 😛

Dasada Gallery

Address: เมืองปราจีนบุรี Mueang Prachin Buri District, Prachin Buri 25230, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 37 239 800
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm
Entrance Fees: 200 Baht / approx. USD $6.50 (Adult), 100 Baht / USD $3.26 (Child)


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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