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A 6-hour drive away from Bangkok to Khao Kho will transport you to a magical town above the clouds.

Due to the cooler temperature, the scenery is vastly different from the Thailand you are used to.

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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 14 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.

We picked up our car upon arriving at the airport in Bangkok, and started our road trip immediately! (Their rental prices start from USD $35 / approx. 1091 Baht per day)

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. 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.

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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!

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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.

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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


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2. 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!

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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 😛

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The Blue Sky Resort

Rate: From USD $220 / approx. 7000 Baht
Address: 96 Moo 5, Campson, Phetchaboon, 67280 Khao Kho, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +(662) 247-5744

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3. 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.

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The Sense Resort

Rate: From USD $150 / approx. 4800 Baht (for Standard Rooms)
Address: 180 Moo 12, Khao Kho 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 86 177 3566

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4. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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


Dine among the clouds

Feeling hungry? There’s no lack of good food in Khao Kho!

Good food and great views go hand in hand, and you’ll experience this pleasurable combination in spades at Khao Kho. It’s TripCanvas tried and tested!

5. Skip all the cutesy and have some peace and quiet – Pino Latte

It’s like everywhere in Khao Kho offers you a brand new view and this place is no different!

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Take some nice selfies against the skyline and have a slice of cake and maybe some of those fresh vegs.

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By the way, we’ve heard great things about their eggs benedict.

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Pino Latte

Address: 232 Moo 5, Khaem Son 67280, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 87 099 4497
Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 6.30pm
Price: From USD $17 / approx. 550 Baht (for dinner sets)


6. 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!

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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


7. Sip coffee with a pile of bears ON A CLIFF – Louis Cafe

We’re not kidding – there is a HUGE pile of bears. Paired with the scenic views, which girl can resist?

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Boys, do it! Take that selfie and post it up because we love guys who doesn’t take themselves seriously. Look at how adorable they are..

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Coffee and cakes go hand in hand at Louis Cafe, so place your order and enjoy your serving of coffee and cake with a slice of delicious views.

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Louis Cafe

Address: Khaem Son, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67280, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 97 007 7214
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 10pm
Price: From USD $3 / approx. 100 Baht

8. 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.

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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.

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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


9. 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.

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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)

10. 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.

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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.

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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


11. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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)


12. Take a boat ride to see freshwater jellyfish! – Bang Rachan Islet แก่งบางระจัน เขาค้อ

Freshwater jellyfish? Is there really such a thing?

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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!

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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)


13. Be real explorers and check out this abandoned – Military School โรงเรียนการเมืองการทหาร

If you’re adventurous enough to venture into what looks like a ghost town, you will be greatly rewarded with these sights.

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Old and forgotten structures, frozen in time and overtaken by nature. With the fog, it can get pretty creepy indeed.

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But November through February will see maple leaves falling gently, like a scene out of a whimsical fairytale.

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Military School โรงเรียนการเมืองการทหาร

Address: Noen Phoem, Nakhon Thai District, Phitsanulok 65120, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Price/Entrance fee: Free!

14. Need more adventure? Get your adrenaline rush here! – Phukaew & Adventure Park Resort

Just 48 minutes away, there is a resort that will satisfy the adrenaline junkie’s rush! Or maybe you’re just really active.

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Giant swings on cliffs, bungee jumping, white water rafting, go karts, rock climbing… Seriously the possibilities are endless.

If you’re not up for anything too extreme, there is an archery range and obstacle course (among other things) for you to try your hand at.

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Phukaew & Adventure Park Resort

Address: 75 หมู่บ้านภูแก้วรีสอร์ท หมู่ที่ 14 ต. แคมป์สน จ. เพชรบูรณ์ Tambon Khaem Son, เขาค้อ Chang Wat Phetchabun 67280, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 86 340 5820
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
Price/Entrance fee: From USD $5 / approx. 150 Baht (for Super Slider and more)


15. You didn’t come all this way not to taste their famous sweet strawberries – B.N Farm

Right you are. Make your way to this farm established back in 1969!

They are also praised for their homemade ice cream and fields of flowers.

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However, do bear in mind that as the seasons change, the quantity of fruits or flowers will change right along with it.

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Seasonal fruits include lychees, persimmons, australian avocadoes and more.

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The bamboo entrance is picturesque and worth a visit too!

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PS: We hear the lychee icecream is a must-try!

B.N Farm

Address: Khaem Son, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67280, Thailand
Contact: +66 96 879 0324
Opening hours: Daily from 8.30am to 5pm
Price/Entrance fee: From USD $3 / 100 Baht


16. 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?

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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.

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Make sure your phone’s all charged up because you’ll never know what you just might find…

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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!

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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


17. 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.

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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.

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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

18. 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.

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Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn oversaw the planting of its forests personally, and gave sacred relics to be enshrined at the pagoda.

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Do bear in mind that when visiting temples and the like, it is appropriate to cover up.

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Kanchanapisek Pagoda พระบรมธาตุเจดีย์กาญจนาภิเษก

Address: Highway 2196, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: From 8am to 5pm
Price/Entrance fees: Free


19. Guns and arms at a museum which used to be – Itthi Military Base

You don’t have to be a weapons enthusiast to visit this museum. It’s got artillery and weaponry which was used in previous battles.

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If you make your way towards the mountain top, you’ll come to Khao Kho’s Sacrificial Monument where the casualties of war are memorialized in marble.

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Itthi Military Base

Address: Khao Kho, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Hours: Daily from 6am to 6pm
Price/Entrance fees: 10 Baht

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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