Khao Yai is a town in Nakhon Ratchasima province. It’s located only two hours Northeast of Bangkok. This isn’t the place that you think of when you think of Thailand but the locals adore it and we have to admit we love Khao Yai too. Here is our list of the 13 Unique things to do in Khao Yai, Thailand:
Things to do in Khao Yai, Thailand
1. Khao Yai National Park.
Khao Yai National Park isn’t only the first park to be established as a national park in Thailand but it’s also the third-largest national park. This national park extends over four provinces, known as Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachinburi, Saraburi and Nakhon Nayok.
You can do wildlife spottings, such as elephants, birds and reptiles. The elephants are however hard to find but it’s not impossible. You can also stop at the two waterfalls and even enjoy the truly ethereal cave. This park also has some amazing hiking trails for those who love hiking.
2. Palio Village also known as Tuscan Village.
This little village is a shopping village in Khao Yai. All of the Tuscan buildings and decorative plazas transport you to the beautiful streets of a rural village in Italy. You can spend a few hours here just enjoying delicious food and shopping. There are some hotels in the Palio Village where you can stay at. The village, however, closes at 19:00 so be sure to explore during the day.
03. Primo Piazza Khao Yai, Thailand.
You don’t have to fly all the way to Italy to experience a beautiful Italian village, just come to Primo Piazza in Khao Yai Thailand. You can easily forget that you are in Thailand while roaming around the Primo Piazza.
Some activities here include feeding sheep, alpacas and donkeys. Primo Piazza has beautiful cafes and restaurants on-site to help you unwind. This is ideal for a family or romantic getaway.
Entrance fee for Foreigners: Adults = 200 Baht and Children = 100 Baht. Entrance fee for Thai citizens: Adult = 100 Baht and Children = 50 Baht.
4. Khao Yai GranMonte Winery.
GranMonte Winery is one of two wineries in Khao Yai. There is a restaurant that overlooks the beautiful grape vineyards. You can also do a guided tour that is about 1.5 hours long. During the tour, they explain the viticulture techniques, the climate, soil and the different grape varieties. During the tour, you will see the winemaking operations, advance winemaking equipment, fermentation tanks, barrel room with oak barrels, and bottling machines. The tour ends by visiting the GranMonte Shop and wine tasting that’s rounded off with cheese and crackers.
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Tour prices: Adults = 450 Baht, Under 20 years = 350 Baht, Under 5 years= Free. (The drinking age limit in Thailand is 20 years old, people under the age of 20 will receive a complimentary bottle of grape juice instead of wine tasting.)
5. The Chocolate Factory in Khao Yai.
The Chocolate Factory is the perfect place to treat yourself to some delicious sweet snacks or desserts. It’s a chocolate shop, where you can buy some beautiful chocolate delights or some of their desserts to take home or enjoy at the restaurant upstairs.
The restaurant also offers some delicious Thai food and some unique desserts that you can’t find in the shop. It can get very busy because people come from near and far for the delicious and unique chocolaty snacks. In the shop, you can also see how they make their chocolate.
6. The Birder’s Lodge Farmers Market.
The Birders Farmers Market isn’t a big market, but it’s definitely a trendy market in town. As you arrive, there will be a big beautiful barn right in front of you. Inside this barn is the farmers market. You can pick between fresh Thai fruits and vegetable, handmade clothes and crafts, Thai snacks and even some wine and flowers.
When you are done shopping you can visit the small cafe and enjoy a meal or just one of their unique sodas or lattes.
7. Khao Yai The Mango House Farm.
If you suddenly have a craving for mango while in Khao Yai, The Mango House Farm is where you have to be. It’s a little bit hidden but it’s kind of what makes it special. Its remote location makes for a peaceful and calm atmosphere. Downstairs you can buy some delicious mangos and other mango products. Upstairs is a beautiful seating area that overlooks about 8000 mango trees.
We highly recommend that you try the mango sticky rice and mango ice cream. It’s very affordable compared to other places in Thailand.
8. Rai Maneesorn Sunflower Field.
One of the most magical sights in Khao Yai is this beautiful collection of sunflowers. These beautiful sunflower fields bloom from December to January, thereafter they are harvested for their seeds and oil.
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9. Windmill Khao Yai Thiang Viewpoint.
This viewpoint is located about 30minutes outside of the main town of Khao Yai. This is a hidden gem that the locals like to keep just for themselves. You will even struggle to find it on google maps but once you get there you will be amazed. You will be able to see an amazing view of Khao Yai Town, the mountains and the lake. There are also some wind turbines around. The best way to enjoy this view is by foot or on a bicycle. You can rent one bicycle for 40 baht.
10. The Witches Brew Restaurant.
Pick your poison at the delicious Witches Brew Restaurant. The whole restaurant is themed with spooky witches and witchy things. The restaurant is an Italian and Thai infused restaurant. This includes lasagna, pizza, BBQ ribs, einsteins and some other traditional Thai dishes.
11. My Ozone.
Have you ever dreamed of living in a castle? Well dream no more, here you can live your ‘royal life’ in a beautiful castle. My Ozone is a European style castle-like hotel with a touch of the countryside with beautiful lawns for romantic strolls. This accommodation offers an on-site golf course and a breathtaking swimming pool perfect for spending days lounging by the pool.
12. Tayama Farm Khao Yai Resort.
Tayama Farm Resort is inspired by the Tayama Station in Morioka city of Japan. This is one of the most unique Resorts in Khao Yai. Surrounded by only mountains and you can’t help but feel relaxed while staying here. You have a choice between staying in a train cart, bamboo house, glamping tent or Japanese style room. There is a restaurant, gym and swimming facilities onsight. You can spend hours here just enjoying the fresh air and exploring.
13. Baan Suan Noi Resort (Hobbit House).
You can live your Hollywood fantasy here at Baan Suan Noi Resort. Most famous for their hobbit style houses but they have castles and even it’s own little Santorini. You can spend hours here dressing up as your favourite characters while reacting some of your favourite movie scenes.
PS. Kids love this location but you will even find adults snapping a pic or 10 all dressed up.
Let us know in the comments below which one of these 13 Unique things to do in Khao Yai you are most excited to do or see one day. We always love to hear from you and we hope that you enjoyed this guide.