A Weekend Getaway in Khao Yai, 3 hours from Bangkok

Recently, I spent a long weekend in the magical Khao Yai. I’ve been to Bangkok several times but this is my first time to Khao Yai, a mere 3-hours drive away from Bangkok. With its lush vineyards, nature trails, unique accommodations and European architecture, it’s hard to believe that Khao Yai is so close to home. It got me thinking: Why go to Italy when you can go to Khao Yai?

Check out my travel tips below for a suggested itinerary, where to stay and getting around in Khao Yai!

THINGS TO DO

1. Get in touch with nature in Khao Yai National Park  

If you love to explore nature and spot wild animals in a natural night safari, visit Thailand’s first national park in Khao Yai. The highlight for me was spotting Asian elephants in the wild on the back of a truck. Would highly recommend the Khao Yai National Park tour by Klook if you want a break from the bustling city life – our guide was experienced and took care of us very well.

Tip: Arrive before 5.00PM as the trail closes between 5.00PM – 6.00AM due to wildlife foraging times.

Haew Narok waterfall.

Pa Deo Dai cliff khao yai

Pa Deo Dai cliff at sunrise.Made our way to this cliff to catch the first glimpse of sunrise. It was a short 15 minute walk down from the nearest convenient parking spot. Photo by Shawne Koh.

Night safari, khaoyai national park

Spotted a group of elephants in the wild during the night safari tour.Khao Yai national park night safari klook

2. Sip on wine at the lush vineyards

PB Winery

Did you know? Khao Yai is a wine region in Thailand and it has one of the most beautiful vineyards. Enjoy an afternoon sipping wine at PB Valley Khao Yai winery while admiring the lush scenery.

PB winery klook khaoyai

Photo by Shawne Koh.

3. Get up close with the friendly Alpacas 

Primo Piazza

Over at Primo Piazza, we fed Alpacas, cradled a baby sheep and went trigger happy with the European architecture as our backdrop.

Primo Piazza Khaoyai

Primo Piazza; Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand.

4. Find a piece of Europe in Thailand

Palio Village

Palio is an eclectic mix of independent shops and dining establishments. The terracotta-toned buildings are characteristic of a Tuscan village. We indulged in gelato, visited gift shops and shopped around for local snacks.

Palio Village Khao Yai

Palio Village Khao Yai Gelato

Palio Village; Thanarat Rd, Mu Si, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, 30130, Thailand.

5. Go Glamping

Lala Mukha Tented Resort

We were fortunate to be kindly hosted by Lala Mukha Tented Resort. With different accommodations available, you can choose to stay in a treehouse or tent. We stayed in a tent with an en-suite bathroom, and it was spacious and comfortable. For those who want to rough it out, they have non air-conditioned tents as well! Furthermore, there are dining options on-site so you do not have to travel out. Did I mention the food options are delicious too? A highlight for me was taking a dip in the infinity pool while admiring the sprawling landscapes. The entire glamping experience is the best so far, I will not hesitate to come back.

lala mukha tented resorted khao yai

Photo by Shawne Koh.

Lala mukha tented resort

Lala Mukha Tented Resort

Lala Mukha Tented Resort

lala mukha tented resort

Lala Mukha Tented Resort

lala mukha tented resort khaoyai

Photo by Shawne Koh.

Lala Mukha Tented Resort; Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand.

6. Pretend that you are in Santorini & dress up as a Hobbit

Over at Hobbit House, you can play dress up as a Hobbit or pretend you are in Santorini. For a unique experience, book a stay at the Hobbit or Santorini-inspired accommodations.

They also have a huge array of costumes and props for you to live like Bilbo Baggins or Princess Elsa for a moment. We had so much fun playing dress up!

Hobbit House Khao yai

Hobbit House Khao Yai

Hobbit House Santorini

Hobbit House; Lat Bua Khao, Sikhio District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30340, Thailand.

7. Dine at Hipster Cafes 

Birder’s Lodge Cafe

Could this cafe overtake the hipster ones in Bangkok? This cafe won our hearts with its charming ambience. I’m amazed at its multi-faceted character which give endless opportunities for the ‘Gram. We were pleased with the food we ordered too. Additionally, a farmers market is held during the weekends.

Photo by Shawne Koh.

Travel backpack from GastonLuga that is amazing in both form and function – I’ve been taking it with me everywhere! If you like it as much as I do, you can buy it from their website. Apply the discount code “vickiima15” for 15% off your purchase. ps. this is the Praper model.

Birder’s Lodge cafe; Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand.

8. Eat like a local

 Krua Khao Yai

This place serves up local Thai food and is well-known for their smoked meats. Indulge in their pork chops and ribs when you’re there. The coconut juice here is one of the sweetest and freshest I’ve ever tasted.

Krua Khao Yai; 27 หมู่ 7 ต.หมูสี Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand.

9. Feel like royalty for a day

Thames Valley

Be it a high tea and tête-à-tête session with your girl friend, this place will make you feel like royalty. Complete the experience with an exquisite high-tea set. Remember to save some tummy space for the delicious scones.

Thames Valley Khao Yai

Thames Valley Khao Yai

Thames Valley Khao Yai; ถนน ธนะรัชต์ Tambon Mu Si, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand.

Midwinter Green

We went to Midwinter Green for dinner and it was beyond gorgeous with its castle-like architecture and high ceilings. Their Midwinter Pizza and Ebi Mentaiko pasta were clear winners among us.

Thames Valley Khao Yai

midwinter green dinner

Photo by Shawne Koh.

Midwinter Green KhaoYai

Midwinter Green; Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand.

GETTING AROUND

Khao Yai is under a 3-hour drive away from Bangkok airport. Klook kindly arranged for our transport to Khao Yai, and we chose to add on a tour guide for our full 4 days there. The driver and guide were professional and did a great job of bringing us around according to our planned itinerary.

If you would like the benefits of a fuss-free travel experience with the option of customising your trip like I did, check out this custom tour service by Klook. Thank you Klook travel for making this trip a memorable one!

Photography by Vickii unless otherwise credited.

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Posted by Klook on Friday, June 2, 2017

 

 


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