What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you mention Thailand? Most of us would think of the famous sites be it Chiang Mai in the north, Bangkok in the central region or Phuket in the southwest. Plus, it’s not surprising that the yummy local eats and shopping trips top our must-do list, but you’ll be thrilled to find out that there’s another side to the country that has not been explored yet.
Quietly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city lies Khao Yai, which is only a 2-3 hour drive away from Bangkok. It is also probably one of the most picturesque regions that Thailand has to offer.
Image credit: Primo Piazza Facebook
You no longer have to travel halfway across a globe to get a taste of Italy, you can step into an Italian town right here at Primo Piazza. Decked out in Italian architecture and cobbled streets alongside lush green sceneries, you might just mistake yourself for being in a faraway Tuscan village.
Spend the afternoon indulging in some savoury treats from the restaurants and cafes located within Primo Piazza. If you love animals, you’ll be thrilled to find out that you can get up close and personal to meet some adorable furry friends, from donkeys and alpacas to sheep as you’ll get to feed them personally.
Address: Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Entrance Fee: 200THB (~S$8.20) for Adults, 100THB (~S$4.10) for Children
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm, Daily
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Enjoy a unique dining experience at Midwinter Green. Feel like royalty as you’ll be having your meal in a German castle, where the design of the building was actually inspired by Shakespeare’s play. Dig in to general portions of European style dishes and complement your meal with an extensive selection of wine.
The castle grounds are decked out in whitewashed buildings accompanied by medieval styled roofs and towers which are perfect icons of a medieval European castle. If you’re dining indoors, you’ll find yourselves seated amidst the posh and elegant decor. Alternatively, if you’re having your meal at the Al Fresco dining area, it provides a spectacular view of the mountains in the distance.
Address: 10 88/88 Soi Ban Sai Thong Mu 24 Soi 2, Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Sun – Thu | 10am – 11pm Sat – Sun
Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi)
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If you’re a Lord of The Rings fan, this one’s definitely for you. This unique accommodation allows you to live your Hobbit fantasies right here at the Hobbit House (Baan Suan Noi) in Khao Yai and you don’t have to travel all the way to New Zealand just to catch a glimpse of these quaint little houses. With the resort nestled amidst nature and themed gardens, the owners have recreated the area to resemble the Hobbit House down to the finest detail.
There are several styles and interior themes for guests to choose from: White Cave, Bag-End House, Little Hole, Little Cave, Bagshot House, Dragon Inn, Dale City and Little Santorini. Complete your Hobbit adventure by dressing up with the costumes and props provided by the resort. Choose to dress up as your favourite character and pose with your weapon of choice for an unforgettable photoshoot.
Address: 292 Moo 15, Tambon Lat Bua Khao, Amphoe Sikhiu, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park covers over 2,000 square kilometers of forest and grassland in central Thailand. It was the first national park to be established in Thailand and has since become the third largest park in the country today.
Trek through the beautiful countryside scenery and lush evergreen forests to bring yourselves closer to nature. Explore the mesmerising waterfalls via the hiking trails and at the same time, take the opportunity to spot the wildlife residing in the national park. The national park is home to majestic elephants, these gentle giants are said to roam the park and it’ll be a memorable experience should you be able to spot one along the way!
Address: Hin Tung, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Explore Khao Yai and discover the region’s charm on your next trip to Thailand!