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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