Top 5 Places to Visit in Magical Khao Yai, Thailand

Top 5 must-go places on your next vacation to Khao Yai.

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For those who have read about vast sunflower fields and quaint little European towns in Thailand, this place exists! No, the internet is not lying to you about this magical place. From Italian-inspired villages to beautiful flower fields, Khao Yai has it all.

In fact, there are just so many things to see and do here in Khao Yai but I’ll only be able to take you through my favourites. Come along as we explore the Top 5 Attractions to Visit in Khao Yai, Thailand, which is only a mere 3-hours drive away from Bangkok! Stick around for some bonus attractions too! 

5) Primo Piazza

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For those of you who dream of travelling to Europe, hop on a journey to Primo PiazzaSurrounded by hills, Primo Piazza houses several Italian-inspired buildings and is paved with cobblestones streets.

You’ll feel as though you’ve just stepped foot in a miniature Italy. This spot is perfect for those Instagram-worthy shots that belong to your main feed, not your spam account.

 

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In this small village, there are cafes and restaurants, though not many choices are available here. You can also stop by the ice-cream corner there to grab a taste of the sweet treat. 

Moving on to the main attraction of this village, head to the stables to get up close with some of the fluffy and friendly residents of Primo Piazza: the alpacas, sheep and donkeys! They can be seen even from afar as white spots in a patch of green and it’ll be hard to miss them, if at all. 

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You can exchange your entrance ticket for a bunch of grass feed for the animals. These are really good for luring in these beautiful creatures for a photo. Apart from taking photos, you can get to carry and pet some of the little lambs there. 

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Why You Should Visit:

  • Extremely adorable farm animals which will surely delight the little onesThis is definitely a place to go if you are travelling with kids who love animals!
  • Well-maintained buildings, lawns and stables.

Tips: 

  • Arrive early to buy your tickets as ticket sales are only available from 9 am to 5.30 pm.
  • Alternative: Palio Village
Entrance Fees: 
  • Adults: THB 200 = SGD 9
  • Child: THB 100 = SGD 4.50
Address:

861 Moo 6, Thanarat Road, Tambol Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130

Opening Hours: 

9 am to 6 pm

Contact: 

044-099-900-5

Estimated Length To Stay: 

30 minutes 


4) Jim Thompson Farm

The reopening of the Jim Thompson Farm is by far one of the most widely anticipated events that happened in Khao Yai. It’s such a big deal that they even have a countdown for its opening every year!

 

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This farm is only open for a limited time from early December to early January, so do check their official website if you are planning to visit. This is due to the cool climate which makes it suitable for the seasonal crops to be grown only during those few months.

If you are looking for the perfect place for your new profile picture, then you’re in luck! Home to vast stretches of fields blooming with beautiful flowers, every turn you take leads you to a stunning view of the surroundings. There are many different crops here at the farm, including pink cosmos, sunflowers and even pumpkins!

Every year, Jim Thompson Farm centres around a different theme. Last year in 2018, the theme was “Zap Nua Huamuan: Happy Flavours” and in 2017, it was “Rushing Water – Life Force Of Isan”.

There are 5 different stations at the Jim Thompson Farm, mainly:

Station 1: Cosmos Field and 5 Colors of Fruit and Vegetable Garden

Tons of photo opportunities are available here. Snap away while you get lost in a world of flowers!

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Station 2: The Courtyard of the Northeast Culture

Be amazed when you see the sight of the enormous bright orange pumpkins greeting you at this station. 

 

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Station 3: Isan Village

What better way to discover the local culture of the Isan people than to taste their food?

Station 4: Jim Village

Learn about the silk production processes here, which is a prominent product of the Jim Thompson Farm. 

Station 5: Jim Market

For those who are interested in buying their local produce and souvenirs, then you can do your shopping here!

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Personally, my favourite sections of the farm are probably the pink cosmos and sunflower farms. The flower petals are super vibrant and they also provide a perfect photo opportunity, especially when the sun is out. The sunflowers can grow up to the height of an average person, and they can be as HUGE as your face!

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Why You Should Visit:

  • For those coming here by car, there’s a large parking lot in front of the farm entrance.
  • Well maintained farm with neatly trimmed flower beds.
  • Reasonably priced food is available here if you get hungry from all the exploring.
  • Free trams services are available from one station to another. 

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Tips: 

  • When planning your trip, take note of the opening date before booking your trip. (Last year, it was open from 8 December 2018 to 6 January 2019)
  • Watch out for photobombers because I’m sure you don’t want anyone ruining your potentially amazing photos!

  • Guided tours are conducted in Thai, but information is available in English on the leaflet.
  • Always avoid Thai public holidays! My visit coincided with a Thai public holiday and it was exceptionally crowded that day. And with crowds, there will definitely be queues for everything. 
  • Visit early in the morning to avoid the scorching afternoon sun.
Entrance Fees: 

Adult: SGD 6.50 – SGD 9.50

Seniors: SGD 4

Child: SGD 4.40 – SGD 7

** These are 2018 prices, but 2019 prices should be similar!

Address:

2072, Tambon Takhop, Amphoe Pak Thong Chai, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30150, Thailand

Opening Hours: 

9 am -5 pm

Contact: 
  • Tel: +66 (0) 2 700 2566
  • Email: farmtour@jimthompson.com
Estimated Length To Stay: 

2-3 hours to explore all 5 areas (depending on how much you like taking photos)


3) PB Valley – Khao Yai Winery

For those who like wine and want to learn more about wine-making, PB Valley is definitely the place for you! Join a local tour of the winery at Khao Yai’s largest vineyard which includes tram rides and wine-tasting.

Even if you don’t drink wine, feel free to visit too because there are many beautiful spots for you to take photographs. The vast vineyards and mountains provide a perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos.

 

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Guided Tour Includes

  • Visiting the Vineyard
  • Tour of the Storage Facilities
  • Learning about the Wine-Making Processes
  • Wine-Tasting (Sample 2 Red Wines and 2 White Wines) – For those who are below the legal age of 20, Grape Juice will be provided instead.

Why You Should Visit:

  • Guided Tour is conducted in English.
  • Wine-tasting is available for all you wine enthusiasts!
  • Dining options are available at the ‘Great Hornbill Grill’, which serves Western and Fusion dishes. If you are lucky, you can even catch a live band during your visit.

Tips: 

  • Book Early because the tours have limited spaces. 
  • Check the tour timings and plan your itineraries so that you don’t have to wait for the next tour. The tour is conducted 6-times daily at 8.30 am, 10 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm, 2.30 pm and 4 pm.
  • The Harvest Season is from February – March, and you may be able to go fruit-picking around the vineyard if you are lucky! If you visit during Khao Yai’s peak season in December, the grapes will be green in colour and small.
  • PB Valley occasionally holds Special Events such as the PB Valley Grape Harvest in early February every year. You can choose to visit during these events as there are more activities available.

  • Alternative: GranMonte Asoke Valley
Entrance Fees: 
  • Adult (>20 Years Old): THB 350 = SGD 15
  • 4-20 Year Olds: THB 300 = SGD 13
  • Children Under 4 Years Old:  Free

[Rates are valid until 31/10/2019]

Address:

102 Moo 5, Phaya Yen, Pak Chong Nakorn Ratchasima 30320 / Thailand

Opening Hours: 
  • Sunday-Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 8 am – 10 pm
Contact: 
  • Tel: +66 81 733 8783 or +66 85 481 1741
  • Email: info@khaoyaiwinery.com
Estimated Length To Stay: 

75 minutes

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2) Midwinter Green

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Imagine sitting in an open-air courtyard, with a live band playing in the background. The sun is setting and it casts an orange-red hue in the sky. The cool breeze blows as you indulge in your dinner by the illuminated fairytale-like castle. Sounds unreal? Think again, because this place actually exists and it is none other than Midwinter Green!

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Midwinter Green is another building with European-inspired architecture, and it looks stunning even at night! The ambience here is absolutely amazing and it is nothing like I’ve ever experienced in Singapore. If you visit in December, the cooler temperatures make it the best time to dine outdoors! Again, like the rest of Khao Yai, there are many photo opportunities here because of the surrounding mountains and of course, the castle itself.

 

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There are 2 options for you to choose from, indoor or outdoor dining. For the indoor dining, the inside of the castle is air-conditioned and consists of 4 floors.

If you have the option, I would personally recommend outdoor dining because there are live performances in the courtyard. The live band mainly sings Thai songs and occasionally some English songs. Enjoy your meal under the stars as they take on classics and make a rendition of them. The food served here is mainly European and Thai Cusine.

 

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Why You Should Visit:

  • There is complimentary parking and it is easily accessible via Google Maps/GPS.
  • For families with little ones, there is a playground for children to romp around.

  • The soothing ambience here is not an experience that you can easily get in Singapore, if at all.

Tips: 

  • Call them to make reservations early because walk-ins may not be guaranteed a seat. 
  • Bring along a jacket if you are sensitive to the cold as it can get a little chilly at night.
  • The waiters only know basic English, so be prepared to use hand gestures and simple English to communicate with them.
Entrance Fees: 

Free if you dine at their restaurant.

Address:

88/88 moo10, Thanarat Rd. Nong Nam Daeng Subdistrict, Pak Chong 30130, Thailand

Opening Hours: 
  • Sunday-Thursday: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 10 am – 11 pm
Contact: 

+66 44 365 299

Estimated Length Of Stay: 

30 minutes (excludes dining)


1) Saraburi / Lopburi Sunflower Farm

Imagine yourself standing amidst a vast and expansive field of bright yellow sunflowers and its leafy stalks, sparking a stark contrast with the blue sky. With every step you take, you kick up a puff of sand.

Sunflower Fields are an iconic sight in Khao Yai and it is a must-visit location when you visit during the peak season. Get your cameras ready and shoot away! I guarantee you that it will be hard to put down your camera when you are here.

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If you are visiting with an experienced local driver, then these farms would be easy to find. There are plenty of farms which provides the same breathtaking views. For the specific farm that I went to, there were several elevated platforms for you to take amazing shots. When you are here, do also keep a lookout for the roadside stalls that sell items like sunflower seeds and other souvenirs!

 

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Why You Should Visit:

  • Awesome place for your Instagram shots! 
  • Do I really need to elaborate further?

Tips: 

  • Go there early as the sunflowers will start to droop after the afternoon sun reaches its peak.
  • Grab your shades and put them on as it can get really sunny! Plus, you don’t want your eyes to appear as two slits in your pictures, do you?
Entrance Fees: 
  • THB 10 – 20 depending on the farm you visit = SGD 0.50 – SGD 1
Address:

Khao Jeen Lae – Kok Toom Subdistrict, 15000, Thailand

Pattana Nikhom – Chong Sarika, Phatthana Nikhom District, Lopburi 15220, Thailand

Rai Manee Sorn – Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening Hours: 
  • Only blooms from December- Early January
  • Varies from farm to farm
Contact: 

Not Applicable

Estimated Length To Stay: 

30 minutes 


Final Thoughts on Khao Yai

Are you now convinced that Khao Yai should be your next destination on your bucket list? Yes, I’m sure you are fascinated with the beauty of this underrated town not far away from Bangkok. What are you waiting for? Hurry and pack your bags now! Be prepared to be wowed by this national treasure.

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Apart from the above-mentioned attractions, Khao Yai has a lot more to offer. I have compiled a list of places you should also visit in Khao Yai if you have more time to spare.

Farm Chokchai

Catch the cowboys and cows in action while you learn about the milking processes.

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Thames Valley

Experience the English lifestyle when you get transported to this English countryside.

 

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The Bloom by TV Pool

Can’t get enough of flowers? Then you’re in luck!

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Khao Yai National Park

Craving for an adventure? Immerse yourself in undisturbed wildlife and get in touch with nature here.

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My Ozone Khao Yai

Ever wanted to stay a life of luxury in a fairytale castle?

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Baan Suan Noi Resort

Why go all the way to New Zealand, when there are Hobbit Houses here in Khao Yai?

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The Chocolate Factory Khao Yai

I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate?

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Palio Village

Another European-inspired village for the Instagrammers!

 

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Lala Mukha Tented Resort

Glamour and Camping. Put it together and what have you got? Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo! Glamping!

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Khonyok Sheep Farm

Get up close with the star of the show, the Sheeps.

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