Khao Yai,A UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Thailand’s third largest and one of the most visited national parks. It spreads across four provinces, namely Saraburi (west), Nakhon Nayok (east), Nakhon Ratchasima (north) and Prachinburi (east). The highest peak, at Khao Rom, is 1,351 metres above sea level. Blessed with a lush, mountainous landscape, with fertile valleys, pounding waterfalls and rich biodiversity, Khao Yai is a year-round getaway destination just three hours’ drive from Bangkok. The west side boasts a range of wild-west theme parks and vineyards of Thailand’s award-winning labels, such as Pirom Khao Yai Reserve and Sawasdee Chenin Blanc. The south and east are peppered with a wealth of natural wonders, from Prachinburi’s jungle-clad waterfalls to Wang Nam Kheo’s ozone-rich valleys.
Welcome to Primo Piazza Khao Yai Is the new attraction in Khao Yai. The improvement came from primo posto The idea of bringing architecture of Tuscany from Italy to mock them. You could be easily mistaken for thinking that you were in a remote Tuscan village, with the complex’s classy Italian architecture, cobbled streets and lush green surroundings.
Sun Flower Farm
One of the area’s finest horticultural sights can be found here at Saraburi, with their stunning collection of sunflowers. The spectacular plants bloom from November to January, before they are eventually harvested for their seed and oil. A fantastic escape to witness nature’s splendour!
Jim Thompson Farm
The star attraction at this particular farm is the impressive giant pumpkin patch, which provides a perfect spot for many photo opportunities. Around the farm there are dozens of stunning flower fields to look at and even a ‘self-pick’ garden where you may harvest your own fruits and vegetables! Once you’re done, simply pay for your harvest of fresh produce. If you start feeling slightly tired from all the walking, then just hop onto one of the small trams that will transport you round the farm. There even is a dance performance to catch, if you’re in the mood for a show.
The Bloom by TV Pool is the largest flower garden in Thailand, covering the area of approximately 100 Rai. It is a recently-opened tourist destination of Pak Chong District of Nakhon Ratchasima Province, the world’s seventh ozone concentration area. The bloom welcomes both Thai and foreign tourists who love the beautiful natural scenery of lake, mountain and forest. During winter, the chill wind blowing past sea of fog gives the place a relaxing atmosphere. Surrounded by picturesque view of mountains, the Bloom consists of more than 30 species of winter flowers. It is the biggest garden with blooming flowers awaiting to welcome visitors all year round.
Palio is a picturesque shopping centre, 220km north-east of Bangkok, themed around a Tuscan village where visitors are treated to an out-of-the-ordinary combination of clothes and gift shopping, gourmet snacks, live entertainment and an eclectic mix of independent shops and stalls. The grand idea has been to bring the charm of Tuscany to the green heart of Thailand. Both places share a cool, sunny climate and both grow wine – although not to the same distinction. From this fairly tenuous link, the developers of Palio have produced something truly unique and unmistakably modern.
Scenical World is an action-packed giant playground, which can not only be enjoyed by kids, but is also suitable for visitors of all ages. Expect to have plenty of fun and laughter going around here, with the Life Park, Splash World and Greenery Park Mall to help keep you entertained. You can enjoy rides at Life Park, before cooling down in the refreshing water park and then dry yourself off for a few hours of retail therapy in the afternoon at Greenery Park Mall.
Being on holiday is all about treating yourself and having a bit too much eat, so chocolate lovers can rejoice, as the Chocolate Factory provides the perfect excuse to enjoy the sweeter things in life. As the name suggests, this place is all about chocolate, with plenty of different varieties of our favourite snack to sample and purchase. One of our favourites? A tube of the yummiest Chocolate Granola The yummy treats here are also created by an extremely experienced and famed American chef, so you know that you’re in safe hands. And if you’re interested, they host several workshops at the factory, allowing you to have a go at the chocolate-making process yourself!
PB VALLEY KHAO YAI WINERY
PB Valley Khao Yai Winery in Pak Chong District covers the area of approximately 500 Rai. Founded by Mr. Piya Bhirombhakdi who aims to produce premium quality wines in Thailand, PB Valley Khao Yai Winery is the biggest winery in South East Asia. Inside the place, there is a restaurant, The Great Hornbill Grill, which serves international foods, both authentic and fusion cuisines, along with over 100 selected dishes of Thai food. It is an air-conditioned restaurant with over 200 seats and open terrace to embrace the natural grandeur, stunning view of the vineyard and beautiful scenery of Dong Phaya Yen Mountains. Souvenir shop selling fresh grapes and other products such as grape juice, passion fruit juice and wines, is available.
WANG NAM KHIAO
Wang Nam Khiao, also sometimes spelt as Wang Nam Khieo, is a beautiful district within Thailand’s largest province of Nakhon Ratchasima. In the northeastern part of the country, in the region known as Isan, you might also hear Nakhon Ratchasima referred to by its previous name of Khorat.The name Wang Nam Khiao translates roughly as the castle (or palace) of green water; don’t expect to see any castles or green water though! It is said that the name arose because of being able to see the vibrant green reflections of the trees in the area’s clear waters.Wang Nam Khiao is a mountainous area that is famous for its excellent air quality. Indeed, it is often celebrated for having the purest air in all of Thailand. Soaring mountains that are carpeted with lush greenery, combined with deliciously fresh air, have led to the area being nicknamed the Switzerland of Isan. A fabulous place for enjoying a range of outdoor activities, nature, and scenery, here are a few things to enjoy in Wang Nam Khiao.
KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK
This was the first national park to become established in Thailand and is now the third largest park in the country. If it is beautiful countryside scenery and lush evergreen forests you desire, then fear not, you have come to the right place. The park’s centrepiece is without a doubt the majestic Haew Narok Waterfall.
Otherwise, check out the lesser known Haew Suwat Waterfall that has a truly ethereal cave you might want to explore too. Not only are there mesmerising waterfalls to make your trip a memorable one, but the wonderful wildlife spotting opportunities in the park are similarly impressive – there are wild elephants roaming the park, even on the roads! (However, wild elephants are relatively rare in the park, and you’d be supremely lucky to encounter one.) Looking for the perfect spot to settle back on and look upon the glorious view? Make your way to Pa Deo Die cliffs to enjoy the untouched beauty of Khao Yai National Park. Do be extremely careful not to venture too close to the edge for a selfie though! And of course, look out for wild elephants, bears, gibbons and over 300 species of bird too!