Attraction

Here are just a few suggestions but there are many more activities in the surrounding area that are available if you search online.

Blessed with a cool climate, picturesque mountains, and a location just 3 hours away from Bangkok, Khao Yai is an ideal getaway from a getaway.

Just 160km northeast of Bangkok, Khao Yai is Thailand’s third largest National Park. Khao Yai means “large mountain” in Thai, the region comprises a crescent-shaped mountain range with forested peaks that reach up to 1,350m. Because of this elevation, the climate here brings warm and sunny days then cool and dry nights, making the area not just popular with weekend merry-makers from the city but also great for agriculture.
The most popular time, especially with Thai people is from November to February when the climate is between 22-24 degrees in the day and a cool 10 degrees at night.

Khao Yai’s biodiversity and optimal climate have also resulted in many farms and plantations spread across its lands. In fact, with currently four wineries established here, Khao Yai is Thailand’s very own budding wine region. A growing interest in the local produce as well as the laid-back lifestyle the region affords in contrast to bustling Bangkok, is propelling Khao Yai to become a welcome getaway for visitors into the Thai capital.


Visit Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park boasts many hiking trails, ranging from those that take a morning or a whole afternoon. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to lush verdant peaks, glorious waterfalls and streams, as well as interesting wildlife such as the elephant, macaque, barking deer, sambar deer,  gibbon, porcupine, civet. one can look out for when trekking through.

The national park is home to around 300 resident and migratory birds and has one of Thailand’s largest populations of hornbills. Some of the interesting birds that can be found in the park are barbets, scarlet minivets, broadbills, pittas, mountain scops-owls, great slaty woodpeckers, collared owlets, blue-winged leafbirds, Asian fairy bluebirds, trogons, drongos and magpies. Many ground dwelling birds such as silver pheasants, junglefowls, green-legged partridges and Siamese fireback are common on the roads and trails. Best time to visit Khao Yai for birdwatching is during the dry months and during March April when the big bird migration happens

Established in 1962 as Thailand’s first national park, it is the third largest national park in Thailand. Situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Khao Yai extends into Prachinburi, Saraburi and Nakhon Nayok provinces. Khao Yai checkpoint is just 2.5 hours away from Bangkok.

The park covers an area of 2,168 km², including rain/evergreen forests and grasslands. 1,351 meters high Khao Rom is the highest mountain within the park. The average altitude of the national park ranges from 400 to 1,000 meters asl.

For additional information please go to https://www.thainationalparks.com/khao-yai-national-park

Visit a Vineyard

GranMonte Vineyard and Winery’s 16-hectare estate comprises 10 hectares of vineyards, a winery, an Italian restaurant Vin Cotto and is a 10-minute walk from Kham Reserve. Owned by the Lohitnavy’s, GranMonte is one of the leading Thai wineries, having amassed a roster of awards from international wine competitions. Their flagship wines include a fruit-forward and aromatic Viognier that has been aged for six months in barrel to give it body; as well as the Asoke Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah blend, which is aged for 14 months in new French and American oak barrels to result in a full bodied red full of red fruit, spice, and elegant tannins.

Khao Yai is home to Thailand’s original wine growing region and still produces most of the Thai wine seen in the market today. Khao Yai’s cooler mountain climate, higher elevation and soil—a mix of clay and clay-loam—was key to growing grape vines. 

There is also PB Valley Khao Yai Winery (formerly Khao Yai Winery). Started in 1989 by Dr. Piya Bhirombhakdi, the winery had its first harvest nine years later in 1998. Today, the plantation spans over 320 hectares. With such a large area to cover, the winery provides a tour by open-air bus of the vineyard and adjacent fruit orchards. There are six tours per day, each taking around 75-minutes. After working up an appetite, visit The Great Hornbill Grill at PB Valley, named for the local Hornbills that are native to the area. The restaurant is known for grilled meats and pizzas made in a traditional wood-fired oven. 

Buy some local produce Time your visit to Khao Yai on the first weekend of each month and you’ll be able to experience the monthly farmer’s market held at The Birder’s Lodge’s Barn.

Inside the cavernous wooden barn, you’ll find stalls by boutique farmers from around the region peddling fresh produce like melons, cucumbers, limes, avocadoes, and many other vegetables and fruits. Other food items to look out for are local coffee, honey, and chili pastes that you can easily bring home as souvenirs.

Go Golfing

Kirimaya exclusive 18-hole championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus is set within natural surroundings with panoramic views of Khao Yai’s lush greenery and mountains.

The course ranges from 4,875 yards (ladies) to an incredible 7,115 yards (tournament) and with its single-track layout, golfers feel as if they are the only ones on the entire course for a truly memorable golf experience. On the edge of Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the chic elegance of contemporary living blends seamlessly with natural beauty.

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