In recent years, Khao Yai has been gaining popularity among tourists. Khao Yai is about 2-3 hours drive from Bangkok and it is a popular weekend getaway for Bangkok residents. If you are someone who loves nature and want a place to relax, you need to visit Khao Yai.

In this guide, we will cover your queries of Where To Go, Where To Stay and What To Eat! The whole list below requires about 5-8 days to visit so you can pick and choose the places that you want to visit. 3D2N is highly recommended if you want to explore Khao Yai/Pak Chong. Trust us, a day trip is never sufficient!


Getting Around

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Most of the time, I prefer renting a car because it makes exploring places easier. Especially for Khao Yai, the distance to travel to every different place may take from 15-30 minutes and they are not really located close to each other.

If you don’t intend to rent a car, then you will have these 2 options left. There’s no private hire, taxi or Grab in Khao Yai itself.

  1. Look for your own driver and car to take you from Bangkok<>Khao Yai
  2. Book a customised private tour from Klook

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When To Visit?

The best time to visit when all the attractions are open will be from November to February. Of course, this will be considered their high season and hotels might be more expensive. During this period, the weather is also more cooling due to “Thailand’s winter”.


Where To Go?

#1 PB Valley Khao Yai Winery

PB Valley Khaoyai Winery is the first and largest vineyard in Khao Yai and they have professional guided tours around for you to learn something about wines.

You get  to experience what the grapes went through, from harvesting to bottling!

Finally, get to have a taste of PB Valley’s wine!

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Entrance Fee: 350฿ (Tour Timings –  9:30am,  11am, 1:30pm and 3pm)
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#2 GranMonte Asoke Valley

There is no shortage of wineries in Khao Yai. Granmonte Winery is another family winery which is gaining popularity in Khao Yai. Wine lovers should visit all of them to try out the different wines!

As usual, you visit their winery to learn about the wine-making process. You won’t miss their wine-tasting sessions to taste their wines!

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Entrance Fee: 330฿
Opening Hours:  Daily: 7:30am – 8pm

#3 Khao Yai National Park

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Khao Yai National Park is Thailand’s first national park and third largest national park in Thailand, covering more than 2,000 square kilometres of forest and grassland. It is also named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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There are many hiking routes, viewpoints and waterfalls in the park, and you will easily take 3-6 hours to explore.

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Entrance Fee: 400฿ (Adult), 200฿ (Children)
Opening Hours: Daily: 6am – 6pm

#4 Khorat Geopark [Newly Added]

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Our absolute new must-visit location in Khao Yai, featuring a mesmerising landscape highlighted by gigantic windmills with a backdrop of clear blue skies, green mountains and valleys. Buggies and bikes are available for rent if you are not keen on walking around the huge water reservoir, but photos are a must!

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#5 Scenical World Amusement and Water Theme Park

Scenical World has both an amusement theme park and a water theme park, all in one place.

It is a good place for families and friends to have thrilling fun! We were here on a weekday at it was so quiet! You can have the whole park to yourself. Be prepared for some crowds on the weekend, though.

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Entrance Fee:  Refer to website
Opening Hours:  Daily: 11am – 7pm (Closed on Wednesday)

#6 Farm Chok Chai

Farm Chok Chai has to be one of the most popular attractions in Khao Yai because of its advanced establishment. They have proper 2-hour tours to bring you around their farm, and you will also get to learn how your bottled milk comes about.

You get to see how cows are milked, the sterilisation till the bottling process. It is more of an eye-opener for your child. Please check their website for the tour schedule.

Opening Hours: Daily: 9am – 5pm

#7 Khao Yai Speedkart

In Khao Yai, there are several places where you can ride a go-kart and ATV but having seen the terrain and condition of the cars, a highly recommended one will be at Khao Yai Speedkart! Over here, you can ride go-karts, and ATVs as well as visit a little horse farm.

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Opening Hours: Daily: 9am – 6:30pm

#8 Pak Chong Night Market

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Pak Chong Night Market is the place to go for local street eats! It’s the only “big” night market in the area but don’t expect it to be as big as those you find in Bangkok!

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Keep your expectations low. You will find the usual shops selling clothes, shoes, handphone accessories and food!

Opening Hours:  Daily: 5pm – 10pm

#9 The Birder’s Lodge Farmer’s Market

The Birder’s Lodge Farmer’s Market is currently open every Friday to Sunday from 10 am and the vendors all bring very different and unique offerings to their stores and you will never know  what treasure you can find here.

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Opening Hours:  Friday to Sunday: 10am – 6pm

#10 Primo Piazza

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Primo Piazza is like another small Italian Village with many photo opportunities.

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The entrance fee includes free feeding of alpaca.

Entrance Fee:  200฿ (Adult), 100฿ (Children)
Opening Hours:  Daily: 9am – 6pm

#11 Palio Village (Temporarily Closed)

Palio Village is one of Khao Yai’s most popular attractions! Every visitor needs to at least stop by here to have some photos taken. Palio is like a small Italian village with several shops and corners for nice photos to be taken.

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Opening Hours:  Daily: 9am – 6pm

#12 Khao Yai Panorama Farm

You must check out Khao Yai Panorama Farm if you love mushrooms. They focus on the development and cultivation of mushrooms. During the tour, you can see more than ten kinds of mushrooms being grown.

Opening Hours:  Daily: 11am – 8pm (Closed on Wednesday and 5pm on Fridays)

#13 Ban Tha Chang Spring

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Ban Tha Chang Spring is catered mainly to locals instead of tourists. Many locals come here for a dip and what’s amazing is that the spring is filled with crystalline light-blue water!

Opening Hours:  Daily: 8:30am – 4:30pm

#14 Khao Yai Farm Village

Khao Yai Farm Village caters more to children as they can join the several activities organised by the farm, such as planting workshops, making hand soap, baking banana cakes, etc.

Opening Hours:  Daily: 9am – 5:30pm

#15 Rai Maneesorn

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Photo Credit: Stranger in Bangkok

If you love sunflowers, you have to visit this place! “I have been to sunflower fields before, but this is easily the best of all. It’s HUGE, and quite a sight. I would personally make a day trip just to see this.” – Eddie, Stranger in Bangkok

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Photo Credit: Stranger in Bangkok

#16 Jim Thompson Farm

Jim Thompson Farm is only open for at most two months per year, usually in the range of December – January.

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Photo Credit: Stranger in Bangkok

So if you happen to be in Khao Yai when they are open, you should head down for a visit! What to expect there? Jim Thompson is the man who revitalised the Thai silk industry and today, it’s a renowned luxury Thai silk brand. In the farm tour, they are split into several sections.  Click here to read more!

#17 Thai Massage Center

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There are many good spas in Khao Yai. We know that sometimes you just want to have a very basic and good Thai massage. We asked the locals, and this is the one they recommended. It’s not exactly easy to find but located just opposite Scenical World Theme Park, there’s this hidden Thai massage house.

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Very local Thai style, as you can see from the pictures. You can be guaranteed a good local Thai massage and expect to see lots of locals here. It can get quite crowded at times!

Opening Hours: Daily: 9am – 10pm

#18 Rose Spa

Rose Spa is located inside Thames Valley Hotel, and if you happen to be staying there, it makes going to the spa even more convenient. For those who are looking to pamper yourselves with a good spa session which is more private, this is an option for you!

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Opening Hours:  Daily: 10am – 9pm

#19 Bonanza Exotic Park

Are you visiting Khao Yai with the kids? If you are, then you should really visit The Bonanza Exotic Park in Khao Yai. This small zoo exhibits more than 50 types of exotic animals and there are various feedings available at some exhibits.

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Entrance Fee: 150฿ (Adult), 80฿ (Children)
Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am – 5pm


What To Eat?

#20 Ban Mai Chay Nam

Ban Mai Chay Nam is located beside a river, and its surroundings make this place so special and unique. When you arrive, walk into their museum featuring lots of superhero figures and vintage collectables worldwide.

Choose your preferred seat and start ordering your favourite dishes.

After the delicious authentic Thai meal, walk around for more photos.

They recently opened their own resort, and it’s definitely worth a look!  Read more…

Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 9:30pm

#21 Krua Khaoyai [Newly Added]

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Famous for its grilled smoked pork and freshness of its vegetable dishes (like its stir-fried mushroom), Krua Khao Yai has long been a staple for Khao Yai residents and regulars. We also enjoyed their crispy bean curd skin and Panaeng Curry beef. If you are tired of the throngs of photogenic cafes in Khao Yai that give little regard to the quality of their drinks, the adjoined café, Mellow Mill, will be a refreshing change.

#22 The Birder’s Lodge Cafe

The Birder’s Lodge Cafe is a must-visit! The whole cafe is very aesthetically pleasing with a very minimalistic industrial theme. Besides that, the food and drinks are both instagrammable and delicious!

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Opening Hours: Daily: 8:30am – 6pm (8pm on Friday & Saturday)

#23 Penlaos Restaurant

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Penlaos is a popular Isaan food restaurant, frequented by Bangkok locals. If you are looking for good Isaan food, Penlaos won’t disappoint but do be prepared for a short wait during peak hours.

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Opening Hours: Daily: 9:30am – 6pm (8pm on Friday & Saturday)

#24 Midwinter Green

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Midwinter Green makes a good place for a nice romantic dinner. Just look at the majestic structures which resemble European castles.

Most diners would prefer to dine al-fresco because of the nice view and also the live band.

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The food here is generally quite good but considered expensive by Thai standards. One of the must-order would be their “Midwinter Pizza”.

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For those who prefer a cleaner and air-conditioned setting, you will be happy to know of this available option.

Opening Hours:  Daily: 10am – 10pm (11pm on Friday & Saturday)

#25 Umm! Milk

Umm! Milk originated from Khao Yai, and they sell really good milkshakes and ice cream. One taste of it and you probably would fall in love. You can also find them in Bangkok, at major well-established shopping malls.

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#26 The Castle Restaurant

The Castle Restaurant is located inside the Thames Valley Hotel. We were very impressed by the quality of the food here. Every one of them tasted so delicious; one worth mentioning was their Calamari Salad. This is probably one of the best calamari we had!

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Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 9pm

#27 Please Don’t Tell Khaoyai

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As the name suggests, “Don’t Tell”, but you just have to tell it to everyone you know because this place is simply amazing.

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The views, decor and drinks are all worth visiting and trying.

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They are the highest cafe in Khao Yai and the also have the longest coffee bar (probably in Thailand).

Opening Hours:  Daily: 8:30am – 5:30pm

#28 Pirom Cafe

Pirom Cafe is one of the newest and most popular cafes in Khao Yai. As you can see from the pictures, it offers an extremely nice view of the lake and mountains when you sit outdoors.

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They offer several drinks and snacks for you to chill your afternoons away. Don’t miss out on their potato wedges and fried sushi!

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If you have too much cash to spare and want to buy land to build your own house in Khao Yai, enquire and go for a tour at Pirom at Vineyard!

Opening Hours:  Daily: 8:30am – 5pm

#29 Lago Di Khao Yai [Newly Added]

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Lago Di Khao Yai is everything you expect from Khao Yai in nutshell – natural yet highly-chiseled. Then again, it’s probably worth the trip for its dozens of photo spots and an extremely-relaxing vibe on its wooden lodge-style Timeo café perched right by the lake surrounded by waterfalls.

#30 Mountful Khaoyai

Mountful Khaoyai is considerably new, having opened its doors only in recent years, and is run by the same group of people behind “Big Mount”, a restaurant adjacent to the cafe. Stepping in, we were amazed by the amount of natural light, vastly contrasting to the dark windows seen from the outside. The cafe maintained a clean and minimal theme throughout, with yellow lights hanging off the ceiling, bringing warmth to the overall ambience. The open concept and space are also welcomed change. We can imagine staying here for hours.

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Opening Hours: Daily: 8am – 5pm (Closed on Tuesday)

#31 Khaoyai The Mango House Farm

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If you have a sudden craving for Mango Sticky Rice while you’re in Khao Yai, you are in luck! In the past, it’s quite challenging to find Mango Sticky Rice even though it’s such a popular Thai dessert. Most visitors to were Thai locals but it’s no longer the same. Khao Yai is now visited by many tourists. I guess this is what the owners felt and hence KhaoYai the mango house farm was born. Deeper research on this place revealed a story to preserve the heritage of Pak Chong Khao Yai being agricultural land, one of the best plantations in the country.    If you love Mango Sticky Rice, do drop by to support them because they are also probably serving the best Mango Sticky Rice in Khao Yai!

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Opening Hours: Daily: 9am – 5pm (Close on Tuesday)

#32 The Chocolate Factory

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Recommended by almost every other website on Khao Yai, you just have to pay a visit. It’s indeed a beautiful restaurant both day and night. They serve mains, but we felt that the price was generally on the high side. Of course, this is the place for chocolate lovers to get small souvenirs.

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Opening Hours:  Daily: 11am – 10pm

#33 Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank

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Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank is the place to go if you are into “Instagram”. Almost every corner of the “dark space” is good for photos. Of course, you need to get some of their items on the menu to pair them with your photos.

Opening Hours: Daily: 9am – 6pm (Closed on Wednesday)

#34 Lookkai Khao Yai

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Lookkhai Khaoyai is a popular restaurant with both locals and tourists. They have some signature dishes which are quite good but unfortunately were sold out when we were there.

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This corn soup was amazing, though. Easily one of the better ones in Thailand.

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Don’t leave without buying some of their rice crackers with pork floss. The rice crackers are so crisp and thin, unlike any rice crackers you have eaten. It’s also very addictive. No wonder they sell it in boxes too!

Opening Hours:  Daily: 10am – 8:30pm

#35 Suwan Farm Sweet Corn

Don’t forget to drop by Suwan Farm’s Sweet Corn to get some freshly steamed sweet corn and corn milk. Locals stop by and buy them in boxes! You won’t regret a short stop here because the sweet corn is simply amazing and delicious!

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Opening Hours:  Daily: 8:30am – 5:30pm

#36 Dairy Home Farm Shop

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Dairy Home is one of the most popular milk brands among expat mums in Bangkok, as they produce organic milk from grass-fed cows. Don’t leave without their excellent ice-cream, which was lauded as Haagen Daz-quality by one of my companions. 2 scoops plus any one of their cute cups will set you back only by 80THB. In terms of price vs quality, this could be the best ice cream deal in Thailand.” – Eddie, Stranger in Bangkok

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Photo Credit: Stranger in Bangkok

Opening Hours:  Daily: 9am – 7:30pm

#37 Ribs Mannn

Many locals visit Ribs Mannn if they are fans of the grill. They are famous for their ribs and local food such as grilled pork neck! Enjoy the good food in a nice environment with some live music.

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Opening Hours:  Daily: 10:30am – 10pm

#38 Lan Lee Lar Restaurant

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We lost quite a few of our photos this is a beautiful and nice place to have one of your meals. The food is delicious, and if you come at the right time, you can even sit near the “pond” for some nice photos.

Opening Hours:  Daily: 10am – 8pm (Close on Tuesday)

#39 Fairy’s Scone House Khaoyai

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For scone lovers, there’s a small cafe in Khao Yai which sells freshly baked scones with different flavours. If you are craving some special scones, here’s the place to check out!

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Opening Hours:  Daily: 8:30am – 6:30pm


Where To Stay?

#40 Thames Valley Khao Yai

Thames Valley is one of the most popular choices among visitors to Khao Yai because the whole place has a fairytale castle theme!

Brick walls and bridges are common around Thames Valley, as the hotel follows its castle theme. There are a total of 10  different types of rooms you can consider when making your booking.

The Deluxe High Garden room is 40 square meters in size. The decor and brick walls really brought out the fairy tale castle theme of the hotel.

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#41 U Khao Yai

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U Khao Yai is a French-inspired resort with spacious and comfortable rooms. You won’t feel as if you are in Thailand as usual. The view here is just breathtaking, and there are many beautiful spots to take photos.

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Here’s the spacious room with a mega bed! This photo doesn’t do justice to the room’s space but believe us, it’s big! Check out the amazing view just outside the room from the balcony.

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#42 The Gallery Khaoyai [Newly Added]

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Photo Credit: The Gallery Khaoyai

If you enjoy homey apartments overlooking nature at its best, you may consider The Gallery Khao Yai, where you can chill your day away taking a leisurely stroll in search of the elusive waterfall and resident duck family, or read a book on the large couch at the balcony, accompanied by an orchestra of crickets, birds and running water.

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#43 The Birder’s Lodge

The Birder’s Lodge offers an option to stay in their “tiny houses”. It is a more unique experience than staying in a hotel your whole trip.

There are only five tiny houses, and you can have a barbecue outside too as each house comes with its own grill.

These tiny houses are all different from each other. Some come with a beautiful mountain view, while the other one has a roof that you can climb onto. Each tiny house has its own special feature.  It’s a nice cosy living space with lots of amenities!

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#44 My Ozone Khao Yai

My Ozone Khao Yai is a breathtaking luxury and wellness resort compromising of both a hotel and a villa. The resort is inspired by the Tuscan style, and many locals come here to visit Panacee Wellness Center for their health/wellness treatments.

At Panacee Wellness, they also offer massage or spa treatments for customers. The air here is extremely fresh and is a place to rejuvenate.

#45 Toscana Valley

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Toscana Valley is an upscale residential community that celebrates the earthy simplicity of Tuscan living with artistic and thoughtful design efforts. It is such a beautiful place, and you won’t feel that you are in Thailand.

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As you can see, one of our favourite views has to be from the pool! Unfortunately, we didn’t have to chance to stay here yet. But we are happy enough just to visit the poolside of Toscana Valley for now!

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Yes, that’s a lot of information to digest, and we are not done yet! There are still so many restaurants and beautiful hotels to explore.

From the above recommendations, you can mix and match according to your interest and the number of available dates you have to explore.

If you think we missed some attractions, feel free to comment below!

P.S. We visited The Bloom by TV Pool (the biggest flower garden in Thailand) but were disappointed with the customer service and offerings (perhaps the wrong season). You may want to check it out from November to February if you are a big fan of flowers. Thongsomboon Club was another theme park that catered more for locals, and we felt that the maintenance of the attractions could be better.  As such, we have omitted them from our list for now.  

Happy planning!