Can’t stand the heat and the hustle-and-bustle of Bangkok? Do you wish to explore something more natural and greener in Thailand? Well, you’re just in luck because Khao Yai is the next go-to destination in Thailand to offer you a more natural kind of experience. Just three-hours drive away from Bangkok, Khao Yai is a whimsical city lined with wineries, scenic nature, enchanting floral fields, cool mountain atmosphere and exciting adventure.
Visit Khao Yai from November to February for that perfect weather, but if you're one of our three lucky Sweet Summer Escape challenge winners, or you just want to take a one-day trip away from Bangkok, here are all the things you can do in the idyllic city of Khao Yai. Psst... These places are exremely instagram-worthy!
Welcome to a little slice of Italy a la Thailand in Khao Yai! Surrounded by terracotta-toned buildings, quaint cafes and classy canopies, you’ll feel as if you have landed in a middle of a relaxing Tuscany village.
Other than the chill Mediterranean vibes and excellent eateries, you’ll be spoiled with the superb greeneries all around. But what will blow your mind is the roaming four-legged furry animals such as sheep, alpacas, llamas and donkeys you can feed and pet to your heart’s content.
Bring you hat and sunnies, for thing is about to be very classy in Khao Yai’s vineyard and winery. Thanks to the higher altitude and temperature during the winter season, this city comes alive with choices of fine wines – from Shiraz, Chenin Blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines in this particular joint are made by a certified Thai winemaker with relatively light, sweet and refreshing aftertaste.
You will also find a bistro here with fabulous speciality menus. Made to be enjoyed together with wine pairing, just brace yourself cause this place will not disappoint!
Live the Lord of the Ring and hobbit fantasy right here in Khao Yai at Baan Suan Noi. This quirky resort is an awesome replicate of Hobbiton village in New Zealand, down to every tiny detail.
Other than highly instagrammable spots all over the place, this family-friendly accommodation also offers you the chance to play dress-up like a movie character. From fluffy princess gowns to full suit with bow and arrow, it’s guaranteed to be a magical stay you won’t easily forget.
You are staring at a minimalism concept done right - here at the simple yet ultra cool coffeehouse of Khao Yai. With textured black walls, modern architecture and tall shady trees, this place serves both looks and great coffee that will fix your caffein need in the instant.
Not a coffee lover? Don’t worry! Plenty of yummy light bites and other drinks await for you to sample. We recommend the desserts in form of oozing chocolate goodness Brownies or Charcoal Honey Toast to get you going.
The UNESCO Heritage Site label is enough to make you know that this is simply a must for everyone. This huge park boasts a panorama like no other, making it the best national park in and the most-visited in all of Thailand.
Other than the vast stretch of brilliant green landscape, a wealth of mountains, throngs of waterfalls and fresh atmosphere all around, you’ll also find a rich wildlife in their best forms. The most popular animal here is the elephants, but you can also find gibbons, macaques, deer, civets and other mammals plus over 300 bird species!
The sunflower season in Khao Yai normally starts in November and ends around January and February. It is also one of the top reasons why travelers prefer to time their visit well, so they can bask in the stunning yellow fields as far as the eye can see. When you get to the Sunflower Field of Khao Yai, it is impossible not to feel cheerful and wear a big grin on your face. This therapeutic mood is a natural effect of both the brightest blue sky and vibrant yellow in perfect combo. So whenever the camera is ready, strike a pose and show that happy face to us!
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It was always you, and me, always and forever. For those of you love birds who have managed to stay together after all those years, ups and downs, highs and lows (you get the point)… we salute you! Falling in love is always the easiest part, right? Keeping it going, though, is another story. Relationships aren’t always easy, especially when it comes to the bigger picture – marriage. We highly encourage you to celebrate your meaningful date together. If you ask us why the so-called importance of celebrating your special date? Because you are officially a team! You made it this far, the both of you… and for that, you need to remind each other of what brought you two together into one loving union. Considering our suggestion, are you? Sit tight, we’ve already put together a number of great ways for you to celebrate your anniversary:
The past stays where it belongs, and what lies ahead is the future. We can't repeat the past, nor is it anywhere near possible. However, what you can do that can definitely bring back those good old days (although not entirely as a would a time machine), is to look through all your pictures together from day one. Start at the very beginning of your time together. Perhaps you started off as friends, or maybe even lovers. Do you remember your frist date? Or maybe the first time you spent quality time together.
Love is a beautiful thing to share with that special person of ours. It changes how we act, think and feel. By looking at those pictures together, you will see how you have grown together after all that time as partners. Be it a digital slideshow, printed photos or an entire collage of how you and your partner came to be. To make things better, try to recall the story behind each picture you look through. This will bring forth the emotions from those days, and the both of you are sure to have memorable time together.
Just a quick tip to top it off, put on that playlist of songs only you and your partner know/love to set up the mood. Not sure of what to play? We suggest a good ol' coffeeshop jazz playlist - we assure you that will never go wrong!
For lovebirds like you and your boo, there is always that one place that will take you way back to the very beginning of time... your very first date together! This, our lovely escapists, will never be forgotten no matter how long you have been together. Why, you ask? Most ofen than not, first dates are always the most exciting part of a relationship. It's that time when we had all the crazy butterflies in our bellies due to all the excitement and nervousness we had before the very first meeting.
Wherever you are in your relationship or in what ever state, we guarantee those butterflies coming right back once you revisit your first date. But this time, it will take the both of you to reminisce the day, time and place. Visit that coffee shop or restaurant where you first met, and if you can, try to book the same spot for you two to sit in. Look around the place. What has changed? What stayed the same? Within seconds, you'll feel those warm fuzzy feelings seeping in again. Remember when you first laid eyes on each other? How did you feel? What was on your mind?
Relationships are wonderful, but overtime they age as well. And just like every relationship, you need to maintain that relationship to keep the fire and sparks going. But don't worry, relationships that are done right... age like fine wine!
If you're interested in removing the same dull routine from your relationship, then you've come to the right tip! Plan something new and exciting with your loved one, and this time, make sure it's something neither of you have done before. Nothing is better than trying something for the first time together. A little canoe ride on a lake or marsh, perhaps? That's definitely exciting.
Similarly to a suggestion we've previously proposed, this activity requires you to look at your oldest, better yet, very first photo together. Where were you? What were you doing and how were you feeling that day? Were you in a little cafe downtown or some fancy restaurant together?
Go through your closets and find the complete attire that was worn on that day. Head over to the cafe or restaurant when the photo was taken. Was it day, or night? Keep that in mind too. We highly suggest that you try to book the same spot as shown on the photo. How you were sitting, the poses and facial expressions you've made should be as similar as possible if not the same. Make sure that everything in the picture is reenacted, and we assure you that it will be an entire day of fun and laughter with your loved one.
If you and your partner happen to be the busy bodies who are always on the go, with a very packed schedule that makes it almost impossible to spend time together, then a simple but deeply meaningful breakfast in bed is the solution to your anniversary! Afterall, they do say that home is where the heart is... you can be yourselves at home and enjoy eachother's company?
Wake up together in the morning, or whenever you wake up and head to the kitchen for some great cooking fun. A simple but great way to bond with your loved one, and you get to make something yummy for eachother. Cook eachother's favorite dish (if you can and know how to), if not, a simple dish of scrambled eggs, toast, sausage and potatoes can never go wrong. Take your dishes back up to bed, and sit in while you go on a marathon of your favorite shows and movies. That alone sounds like a day of quality bonding time together.
We know, for those of our escapists who work the 9 to 5 job, this could probably be a bit more challenging if your anniversary happens to be during the weekdays. But you know what? Once in a while, we say go ahead, take a day or two off from work - it's a special occasion and your partner will truly appreciate it. Take the day(s) off, and go somewhere nice and refreshing. Up to the hills and mountains, perhaps? It's a good idea to go somewhere cool and refreshing - a very good reason to cuddle up and stay warm together! Or maybe you live somewhere cold... which is why you should escape to a beautiful sandy beach where all your daily problems will be left behind with only you and your partner left.
Especially for sweet and important moments like your anniversary, don't forget that SweetEscape is always ready capture the moment for you! We capture any occasion, any time, anywhere. We connect you to a growing network of photographers in 500+ cities around the world, and your photos will be ready for download in 48 hours after the session via the SweetEscape app and our website. Book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!