What makes Khao Kho so special? Aside from the fact that it will show you a whole new side of Thailand you’ve never seen, there are sweet strawberries, multi-coloured blooms and freshwater jellyfish, amongst other things!
Without further ado, let’s explore the magic of Khao Kho, starting with all reasons why it should be on your travel list.
Where is Khao Kho?
Khao Kho is 5 and a half hour’s drive from Bangkok. We split up the drive by driving from Bangkok to Lopburi – then staying one night in Nakhon Sawan and exploring the area, before reaching Khao Kho!
How to get there?
We were on a friends’ road trip so we wanted to rent a car and enjoy the drive ourselves. One of the most reliable and affordable car rentals we found was Europcar Thailand.
Our tip: If you plan to drive up mountainous roads like we did to reach Khao Kho, we recommend renting an SUV with higher power to go up the mountain.
We got a 1.6L Sylvia and almost stalled the car, and 2 of us ended up having to get out and walk up while our friend drove up!
Best time to visit?
Khao Kho is generally good to visit most of the year. Avoid Khao Kho from April to June (hottest season). Other than that, you’re good to go! If you’re looking for spectacular sea of clouds views, the sea of clouds are most dense during the rainy season from July to September. And if you’d love cold wintry temperatures, visit from November to February!
Wake up to the sea of clouds!
Spend your nights nestled among the clouds and wake up to stunning views!
One of the best ways to experience Khao Kho is to actually stay there. You’ll feel like you’re nowhere on earth, and make unforgettable memories.
1. The cutest shaped rooms with views to boot! – Phu Sandao Resort
We found the cutest little places for you to stay in Khao Kho, especially if traveling with your lover – basically in a sea of clouds.
Each room here is designed like a yummy swiss roll, and they call them jamrolls here. Thankfully, they’re like little cabins where you’ll get to wake up every morning to breathtaking views – and each little unit has its own balcony for you to enjoy those panoramic views at.
The rooms are designed to be warm, charismatic, a little bit modern with a homey cabin-in-the-mountains feel. What we’re trying to say is the interiors are simply lovely!
There’s a real uniqueness about this stay, but surely waking up with your head up in the clouds everyday must add some kind of secret magic to whole experience too!
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2. Only if you’re adventurous and up for it, camp in heaven! – Rai Rim Pha @ Phu Thap Boek Mountain
Camping at Rai Rim Pha is something only for the adventurous. It’s simple with no frills, and this means none of the usual comforts like a private heated shower.
However, if you’re up for it, the views are amazing and no pictures will ever live up to the real deal. If you come around December or January, you will see cherry blossoms in bloom – no need to fly all the way to Japan!
But don’t just stay for a photo or two, pack a bag and stay overnight instead. Camp out and experience what it means to be one with nature.
Rairimpha ไร่ริมผา @ Phu Thap Boek Mountain
Rate: From USD $16 / 500 Baht per tent (50 Baht with own equipment) Address: Ban Noen, Lom Kao District, Phetchabun 67120, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: 66 84 822 2625
3. Feel like a real life European fairytale prince or princess at – The Blue Sky Resort
There’s no other stay that enhances Khao Kho’s European feels as much as The Blue Sky Resort. If you’re after something more luxurious, this is the one for you. Immerse yourself into an English countryside, without even leaving the continent!
Paired with the breathtaking scenery and quaint designs, it’s a beautiful place to fall in love – so make sure you’re with the right person 😛
4. For that panoramic “sea of clouds” view – The Sense Resort Viewtalaymok
What better place to view the clouds than from high above? The Sense Resort has perfect views from every direction. Drink it in while having a nice wine at the restaurant, from your bed or whilst chilling in the lobby. The sights are not to be missed.
The little private villas opening up to a private platform looking over the clouds are perfect for couples. With the clean open spaces, and the romantic ambiance, you’ll want to stay in ALL DAY.
5. Here’s how to glamp in the clouds, a secret only locals know! – Lake Hill Khao Kho
Stay in a teepee, surrounded by foliage with a view over the clouds – this is glamping in the clouds. There are a few options, but we’ve got our eye on the White Dome Tent. It’s secluded enough for comfort but not so that you’re isolated from food or human interaction.
You can also get some furry time with the dogs at The Pug Coffee. Their two residents seem to be a French Bulldog and a Pug, so be on a lookout for the two.
Be aware that no loud noises are allowed after 10pm, and there is a shared bathroom that has gas heating so you needn’t be worried about the cold.
Lake Hill Khao Kho
Rate: From USD $57 / approx. 1800 Baht (for เต้นท์โดมขาว ขนาดนอน2/White Dome Tent) Address: Lake Hill Khao kho 276 ม .1, Tambon Khao Kho, Amphoe Khao Kho, Chang Wat Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 88 282 1115 Facebook
6. You ain’t seen nothing like this before, mosaic style temples! – Wat Prathat Phasornkaew วัดพระธาตุผาซ่อนแก้ว
We all have that one friend who is always unexcited about visiting unique temples or monuments in Thailand – but the architectural styles found here are described as Gaudiesque and very aesthetically pleasing.
Don’t you think so?
Just an hour north of Khao Kho, you will be greeted by a towering pagoda. It is visited by people all around the world for its authenticity. Being hidden up in the mountains does tend to put a damper on commercialization.
วัดพระธาตุผาซ่อนแก้ว Wat Prathat Phasornkaew
Address: 95 หมู่ 7 บ้านทางแดง, ต.แคมป์สน อ.เขาค้อ, Amphoe Khao Kho, Chang Wat Phetchabun 67280, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 84 494 1262 Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm Price/Entrance fees: Free but donations are welcomed
8. Fill up your empty tanks with deliciously served fresh produce – Tanrak Talaymok
There’s a reason that this is one of the locals’ favourite places to eat in Khao Kho. Designed like a greenhouse, being here will lift your spirits!
The red curry was so fragrant, we’re hungry just thinking about it. Plus, the stir-fried cabbage here is incredible – super duper sweet cabbage like the famous Taiwan cabbage (mountain-grown produce FTW). There’s nothing quite like it, every crunch filled with mouthwatering juices. That could be because they are right next to a vegetable farm!
Tanrak Talaymok (แทนรัก เขาค้อ)
Address: Route 2325, Khao Kho, Thailand Contact: +66 91 453 9888 Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 8pm Price: From USD $2.80 / approx. 90 Baht Facebook
10. Tamarind picking, shopping, cooking and eating! – NK Tamarind Farm, 9 Tamarind Cafe
Here’s a little fun fact: Phetchabun is known for its tamarind, that sticky, dark, yummy (and really common) ingredient used in Thai cuisine.
You’ll have a chance to taste delicious homemade tamarind juice, buy tamarind candies, or simply taste fresh tamarind on the spot. The tamarind here are the giant and super sweet ones that you only find in Petchabun!
Harvesting season is from November to February, if you want to truly experience its importance to the province.
At the end of January there is even the annual tamarind fair that is held! Also, take a stoll downtown where tamarind trees flower in abundance, and look out for the many pods hanging off of trees!
12. Get blown away by – Khao Kho Wind Farm ทุ่งกังหันลมเขาค้อ
If you’re lucky, you’ll see fields of strawberries ripe for the picking. But even if you don’t, the 24 windmills are a sight to behold – making it one of the top local attractions in Khao Kho.
There’s a rustic tram that you can catch, which will take you all over the huge farm. They also have giant swing set to bring out your inner child.
Apart from that, you’ll be able to find authentic wear and souvenirs crafted by the locals in the village too.
Khao Kho Wind Farm
Address: Thung Samo, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here) Opening hours: Daily from 5am to 6.30pm Price/Entrance fees: From USD $3 / 150 Baht per person (you’ll have to pay for parking, and take the shuttle into the farm)
13. Take a step back into real time – Si Thep Historical Park
If you’re into history and love adventuring to culturally rich surroundings, this historical park will be right up your alley.
Spend an hour or so walking around the ruins of Phetchabun’s ancient town, which dates back to about 1000 years old.
There is a lot of Thai history here and you can feel a sense of magic in the air – I often get this feeling when walking through time, and holy grounds.
Discover the few temples whilst taking a peaceful stroll around the grounds.
There’s also two Information Centers – an old one and a new – which have displays of ancient remains and exhibits on the history, and archaeology of the Si Thep Historical Park.
Si Thep Historical Park
Address: Si Thep, Phetchaboon 67170, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 5692 1322 Opening hours: Daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm Price: Entrance fee 30 baht per person / approx. USD $1
15. Spend the night, the stars are worth it! – Khao Takhian Ngo
If camping is right up there in your list of favourite to dos, you’re going to jump from the mountaintops… Or if you simply like to be outdoors, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one too.
This is a viewpoint AND camping grounds, so spend your day (and night) doing something a little different. Can you imagine the sunrises?!
From Khao Ta Kian Ngo, you can see Khao Pu and Khao Ya which looks like Mount Fuji that’s why its named as Mount Fuji of Thailand.
This spot is not overcrowded, which is a bonus for both exploring and camping reasons.
PS: In the rainy seasons it gets extra foggy here, and do be careful when driving through, it’s intense!
Khao Ta Kian Ngo
Address: Nong Mae Na, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: To be more specific, the viewpoint is right by road No. 2258 M.6 Opening hours: Daily from 7.30am to 10pm Entrance fees/Price: 10 Baht / approx. USD $0.31
16. If you’d rather scale a waterfall you should be at – Khao Kho National Park
Scale the waterfall or kayak downstream, an hour away from Phetchabun.
For the faint of heart, take a left at Wang Tum waterfall to view the rappellers. Or you can go for a trek, take a dip in a large pond at the base of Than Thip waterfall or go rock sliding! Save Pha Lat Waterfall for those who love knee-wobbling heights.
Untouched by tourism, it has been called ‘Switzerland without the snow’, and if you’re up for it, you can camp here and explore the park.
Khao Kho National Park
Address: 2302, Bung Nam Tao, Lom Sak District, Chang Wat Phetchabun 67110, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 81 284 5223 Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 2pm Price/Entrance fees: USD $6 / 200 Baht
17. Take a selfie with the Presidents of America and see a guerilla stronghold – Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Two hours away from central Khao Kho is a national park which was a stronghold for guerilla warfare in the 70s. You can still walk through its camps and see for yourself where the kingdom of Siam was liberated from communism.
The park itself is a wonder to behold, with refreshing terrain such as the rocky plains and sakura blossoms. There’s no shortage of places to explore here.
Along the way, you will even pass by a mini tribute to the past presidents of America. (Such a bizarre thing to see in a random place like that!) Cafe Rushmore is located at Breeze Hill Hotel along Highway 12.
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Address: ทางหลวงแผ่นดินหมายเลข 2331 Tambon Noen Phoem, นครไทย Chang Wat Phitsanulok 65120, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 55 233 527 Opening hours: Daily from 6am to 6pm Price/Entrance fee: USD $15 / approx. 500 Baht (for adult foreigners)
18. Take a boat ride to see freshwater jellyfish! – Bang Rachan Islet แก่งบางระจัน เขาค้อ
Freshwater jellyfish? Is there really such a thing?
Be surprised as you float along this river looking at fluttering butterflies and freshwater jellyfish. The best time to spot them is during the summer months, from March to May. If you’re lucky, you might spy a wild elephant, deer or bison taking a drink of water too!
Bang Rachan Islet แก่งบางระจัน เขาค้อ
Address: Nong Mae Na, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: 087-889-3855 Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 4pm (open during October to May) Price/Entrance fee: From USD $6 / approx. 200 baht per boat (accommodates up to 4 pax)
22. It’s a walking street + floating market with an assortment of food and art – Lom Sak Street
It wouldn’t be Thailand if it didn’t have a market now, would it?
Prepare your belly for a feast of street food, snacks like fried dumplings on a stick, sio bees, jellies the colors of a rainbow amongst other local Thai food. You can find it along the street or from the boats bobbing by the river.
Make sure your phone’s all charged up because you’ll never know what you just might find…
Arts and crafts are abound and you might even pick up a Hmong souvenir or two! Plus, there’s a nice auntie with a loom, weaving in the middle of the street!
Lom Sak Street
Address: ตำบล หล่มสัก Lom Sak District Phetchabun 67110 Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 99 240 5534 Opening hours: Every Saturday from 5pm to 11pm Price: From USD $3 / 100 Baht
23. Nature with a sprinkling of shopping spirit – Khao Kho Sri Dit Waterfall
This is another hotspot, which isn’t like any other waterfall. It’s lined with simple stalls, for one. There’s no need to worry about snacks or meals – as you can easily grab a quick snacks like roasted sweet potatoes and boxes of sweet strawberries here, and be all set up for a picnic.
There are unique tribal clothing here that are strangely familiar. Perhaps a little similar to the Mongolians or the Ibans from Malaysia? But rest assured that these are lovely wares from the Hmong Hilltribe.
Khao Kho Sri Dit Waterfall
Address: Mu 10 Ban Rom Pho-Rom Sai, TambonNong Mae Na, AmphoeKhaoKho, Phetchabun Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 5pm Price/Entrance Fee: USD $0.60 / 20 Baht
24. Pristine white pagoda in Khao Kho – Kanchanapisek Pagoda พระบรมธาตุเจดีย์กาญจนาภิเษก
For those not willing to travel for a temple or who just love visiting interesting places of worship nonetheless, you may pay homage at Kanchanapisek Pagoda which has ties to the royal family.
Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn oversaw the planting of its forests personally, and gave sacred relics to be enshrined at the pagoda.
Do bear in mind that when visiting temples and the like, it is appropriate to cover up.
Kanchanapisek Pagoda พระบรมธาตุเจดีย์กาญจนาภิเษก
Address: Highway 2196, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here) Opening hours: From 8am to 5pm Price/Entrance fees: Free
If you’re not set on heading to Khao Kho, you must really hate beautiful places! JK
This town should be considered one of the wonders of the world, just for the fact that you get to wake up with clouds beneath your feet. Feels just like heaven, doesn’t it?
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