Beautifully manicured gardens, colourful houses reminiscent of Southern Europe, farm-stalls and homemade bakeries, whitewashed Mediterranean villas and picturesque scenery.
It all sounds to me like we might as well be jet-setting off to a summer in another continent, way way far from here. It could even be the French countryside if you so wish.
Just a short two and a half hours drive from big Bangkok, refresh the body and senses as you spend a few days surrounded by luscious green mountains – adventure to a waterfall or simple enjoy a cuppa tea in the sunshine on your lawn front.
And did we mention, this little quirky and wonderful town is super, like superrrr into their farms, particularly animals, so expect to find a lot of them around.
PS: Everybody knows that the tastiest food comes fresh from the farm-stalls.
1. If you wanna be an alpaca, you gotta roll with the big guns – Alpaca Hill
After visiting this stop, you can say you’ve officially been to Thailand’s first and only Alpaca breeding farm! That’s right, alpaca babies and they are so so cute! They’re like these gentle goofy looking little things.
Three times a week, they allow visitors to get up-close with the alpacas too, so it’s luck of the draw on this one!
Not only is it home to the alpacas, but they have an expressive Exotic Animal petting zoo with all sorts of furry and funny creatures, from wallabys to prairie dogs, giant rabbits and flamingos!
Side note: There’s 250 square metres of land that have been designed to resemble the Alpacas natural habitat, and they enjoy as much space to move around as desired. There is also a team of professionals and on-site vet.
Editor’s Note: Remember, animal cruelty ain’t cool. 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.
Entrance Fees:From 290 Baht / USD $9 (Senior citizens and kids under 110cm are free!) Address: 357 Moo8, Phapok-Tako Land Rd, Suanphung Amphoe Suan Phueng, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70180, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 80 821 2108 Opening hours: Mon-Thu from 9am to 5pm; Fridays & Sundays from 9am to 6pm; Saturdays from 9am to 6.30pm
4. A waterpark AND a resort you say? – The Resort at Suanphueng
Cool down, splash around, and get water wild! If you’re travelling with children, you’ve hit the jackpot with this resort designed for the entire family.
It’s a resort as well as waterpark, and is totally equipped to keep your family entertained for a good few hours. There’s a nice variety of water slides and various water activities.
Jump and bounce around on a trampoline in the water, and chuck yourself right into the water with plenty of things to do all in water! They’ve also installed a huge pool of water that creates a natural feel – the kids will love it!
Convenience is key here. Wake up early and play, and you have the luxury of returning to your room as soon as you need to take a break.
In addition, the location of this villa is superb, completely surrounded by mountainous scenery.
The Resort at Suanphueng
Price:From 100 Baht / USD $3 (Kids; 140 Baht / USD $4.30 (Adults); Accomodation from 2100 Baht / USD $65.50 Address: 546 Moo 8 Suanphueng, Suan Phung, Ratchaburi, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 81 763 9336 Opening hours: Mon-Friday from 9am to 6pm; Sat-Sun from 9am to 7pm
5. Am I in South America? Oh no it’s just… – Moai Coffee Suan Phueng
You may recognise these giant Polinegian stone age monuments (carved as humans with giant heads), found on the volcanic island where Chile shares territory with Polynesia known as the Easter Islands.
These ancient, historic statues are called ‘Moai’, hence the name of this little coffee spot. And it’s not only in the name but the design and layout too.
Indoor and outdoor seating is cleverly designed and there are quirky bits and bobs everywhere.
It’s a really cool sight to see, and after you’ve done some gandering (and photo-taking around), stop, refresh, and enjoy a seriously yummy latte.
Or if you’re feeling peckish, fill your bellies with a good salad or a deliciously cheesy pizza.
Moai Coffee Suan Phueng
Price:From 60 Baht / approx. USD $1.80 Address: 9/9 หมู่.10 ต.ท่าเคย, Tambon Pa Wai, Amphoe Suan Phueng, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70180, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 94 159 3554 Opening hours: Daily from 8.30am to 6.30pm
7. Flowers, hamburgers or maybe just a regular candle, here there’s no limit – Baan Hom Tien
I’m always on the hunt for something different to do when travelling and I simply love this little destination spot – plus it makes for an epic momento!
What am I talking about may you ask? A candle factory! It’s a well known attraction in town, and is home to the most ambient little candle shop I have ever seen.
How the set up works: you’ll find a market, souvenir shop as well as food shop and the best part yet, a candle-making workshop station where you get to create your own candle in any shape or form. That’s right, ANYTHING your heart desires/mind can conjure up.
The kids will totally go bonkers for this one, letting their imaginations run wild and it’s a great stop-over for a family activity if you’re travelling with your whole brood.
The whole set up is wonderful too and has this retro/vintage vibe about it, lots of old-school coca cola signs, colourful vintage candy containers, rusted (in the good way) signs and prints… You catch my drift…
It’s home to the cutest/coolest little shop selling so many knicky-knacky things from patchwork shoulder bags to wooden utensils! Awesome gift ideas too! Thoughtful and from the heart.
PS: Every ticket comes with a free candle! Bonus!
Baan Hom Tien
Rate:From 80 Baht / approx. USD $2.50 Address: 210, Soi Suan Phueng, Nai Mueang, Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: 081-8411895, 085-8457379, 081-9958144 Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm; Saturdays from 8.30am to 9pm;Sundays from 8:30am to 7pm
8. Old MacDonald had a (dreamy) farm – The Scenery Vintage Farm
Here you’ll find thatchwork and patchwork, hay stacks, white farmhouses and barns, if you’re looking to escape to the most adorable vintage farm-style village. A day activity or over-night stay, this will surely tickle your fancy.
It’s got a total farm feel about it which is just amazing for kids, as well as adding a bit of nostalgia to your life.
There are various activities for visitors to try from feeding sheep, to archery, horse-riding, dress-up and wagon rides!
The farm itself is scattered with the cutest animal farm figurines – be sure to look out for the oversized pup, looking after his herd of sheep on the daily.
The Honey Scene Restaurant is where you’ll stop for a refuel and I HAVE to mention my favourite – the ice-cream…Here they make their OWN sheep’s milk ice-cream and rumour has it it’s incredible!
Lastly, if you’re looking for a place to spend the night, they offer amazing villas with two options – either outdoor bathtub or jacuzzi – either or, it sounds pretty dreamy to me.
The Scenery Vintage Farm
Price:From 30 Baht / USD $0.90 (for Children up to 120cm); 50 Baht / USD $1.50 (for Adults) Address: 234 ม 7 ต สวนผึ้ง อ สวนผึ้ง, Tambon Suan Phueng, Amphoe Suan Phueng, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70180, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 81 000 6677 Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 8.30am to 6pm, Sat-Sun from 8.30am to 6.30pm
9. Japanese-style ‘Eat, play, plant’ sounds like fun to me! – Coro Field
Calling all you agricultural fanatics, there’s a new destination in town and this time we’re going Japanese-style.
The word ‘coro’ in Japanese means ‘time’ which they have used as a concept, and their idea is to let yourself be fully immersed in greenery – then allowing the body to relax and take a break from the big city life in this overall experience. (Heard of forest bathing, anyone?)
The space includes 5 different zones. First, let’s start with Coro Cafe where you can enjoy the freshest and tastiest farm-style treats, all sourced from the fields.
If you love your food and plan on cooking this trip, or want to stock up on some fruit – their Market zone will leave you salivating and conjuring up dinner ideas. (All produce is organically grown on the farm!)
Visit Coro House and take a tour in their greenhouse, tasting green melon straight off the vines, or plant and pick your own vegetables in their Garden. Wow, such a fan of this idea!
Lastly, they also offer a range of awesome DIY activities so why not plant and decorate your own plant and pit – zen garden style.
Price:Desserts from 75 Baht / USD $2.35; Savoury staples from 165 Baht / USD $5.15 Address: 117 Moo 5, ท่าเคย, สวนผึ้ง, Ratchaburi 70180, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 92 569 4791 Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm; Sat-Sun from 9am to 7pm Facebook
10. Get out that camping gear – Huai Khok Mu View Point
If you’re tired of staying in enclosed spaces and are looking for something a little adventurous to do, this might just be right up your alley.
Hire a motorbike or 4×4 wheeler and drive a good 8km till you reach panoramic views on top of the mountain of this Thai-Myanmar border.
A lot of travellers also choose to set up camp here – mainly because it’s free! – which is awesome. However there is a donation box for those who want to say thank you for the free facilities and it’s care.
Speaking of, there are toilet and shower facilities as well as a basic food stall – so if you like your munchies, eat a big lunch and don’t forget to pay 7/11 a visit before!
PS: The best time to visit if travelling in winter is in the early mornings. This is when all the mist and fog creeps in and it creates quite a misty cool atmosphere, that definitely make for some beautiful photos!
Huai Khok Mu View Point
Price:Bring your own tent, camping space is free (Small donations are recommended!) Address: Tanao Si, Suan Phueng, Ratchaburi 70180 (Coordinates here)
Another jam-packed activity zone with cute rabbit holes and the bunnies to boot, the grooviest flower mural that belongs in the 70s, and a serene lake that also hosts big water wheel bikes!
It seems they’ve gone for the Santorini, Greece vibes here, donning the place in whites and blues – and is one of the (many) European-themed tourist destinations in the weird and wonderful district of Suan Phueng.
There’s even a shetland pony range, and you can sit back and relax at the Veneto Bistro, designed in a sweet loft-style.
And of course, what’s Thailand without visiting a 4D gallery? Luckily for you, you’ll find one here so have some fun taking crazy photos that will fool your friends and family.
I would say it’s also a great place for couples to stay, especially if you’re into your cutesy/mushy love.
13. This definitely ain’t your ordinary nine (actually 14) tiered fall – Nine Waterfall
A spectacular one for the adventurers, and this is definitely more than just your average waterfall!
Let’s break it down for you; this 14 level waterfall (that’s right) boasts an impressive range of activities – for a waterfall that is – with hikes up to the 9th floor. (Beyond that is outta bounds as it becomes super dangerous/unclimbable up there.)
Starting at the bottom, walk 500 meters from the parking lot to the lowest level of the waterfall. I would recommending making the trek to the sixth as it boasts the most beautiful fall of water – spectacular!
Now, get this! You can actually stay overnight at the waterfall itself! Bring your own tents, climbing equipment and flashlights, and take shelter for the night on the ninth floor – EPIC or what??!!
PS: You should reach Level 9 before sunset by 6pm, if you’re planning on spending the night.
TripCanvas Tip: Please don’t drink the water here, as when the water flows all the way down it hits a lot of mud (it’s 14 stories after all!).
14. Witness a spectacular show of mother nature – Khao Chong Phran (Bat View)
As the skies turn dusty pink, witness a pretty phenomenal sight as millions of bats leave their cave around sunset, about an hours’ drive out of town.
Khao Chong Phran is home to a beautiful cave named Tham Phra Non, and is filled with more than 100 Buddha images, as well as a massive 9-metre long reclining buddha.
But of course, people flock to witness the bat colony forming a large black line across the early evening sky. This activity can last for hours into the evening, but to be honest, staying for more than 30 minutes, MAX, might start to feel a bit creeepyy, especially as night falls!
A little spooky, a little wacky, but totally memorable!
Khao Chong Phran (Bat View)
Address: Tao Pun, Photharam District, Ratchaburi 70120, Thailand (Coordinates here)
15. Panoramic 360º views of green landscapes and rolling hills – Panoza cafe @ Panalee Home & Camping
Aleeeelelelelele, ‘Woza’ (meaning ‘come here’ in native Zulu) Africa.
I’m loving this African-themed/Mexican infusion vibe going on, and it feels like I’m stepping onto the plains of Africa – or sitting among giant cacti in Mexico (said in accent if you’ve been watching Narcos).
But let’s talk real business, the homemade, fresh goods bakery serving d.e.licious coffee, and homemade ice-cream! And you just have to try the Chocolate Lava Cake here too!!
Another totally awesome place to camp for the night, except they provide everything you need, and tents are already set up in a beautiful green garden lined with trees and the rolling hills.
If camping ain’t your sorta thing, indulge in one of their stunning villas, reminiscent of the Western coast in South Africa; cements, neutrals, thatch and simply stylish.
A small shop sells the most unique souvenirs filled with cute baby clothes with the Big 5 animals printed on them, lots of leopard print, wooden ornaments and trinkets.
Panoza Cafe @ Panalee Home & Camping
Price: Entrance is free! Address: Chang Wat Tambon Suan Phueng, Amphoe Suan Phueng, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70180, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 89 110 0226 Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
Who knew there was so much to enjoy in a little town just two hours from Bangkok, offering travellers something a little different (and a LOT more green) than your usual skyscraper sky.
So when you’re trying some of that home-made sheep’s ice-cream, do totally let us know about your overall experience by commenting below or sharing on our socials!
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