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.
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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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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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3. Live in a Hobbit’s house, English countryside resort, and Cowboy hotel!
3-a. 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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3-b. 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.
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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3-c. 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 modeled 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!
4. Have a fun filled day at a farm!
4-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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4-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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4-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.
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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4-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!
4-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.
5. 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 watch (strangely), and you might just enjoy it too!
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.
6. 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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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?
7. 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.
Otherwise, check out the lesser known Haew Suwat Waterfall that has a truly ethereal cave you might want to explore too.
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!
And of course, look out for wild elephants, bears, gibbons and over 300 species of bird too!
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8. 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.
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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9. 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!
10. 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!
11. 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.
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?
12. 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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13. 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!
14. 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!
15. 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!
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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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!
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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