Hi guys! Here’s sharing with you a short getaway I had to Khao Yai, a 3-hours drive from Bangkok to escape the touristy city! Hope my 4 days 3 nights simple itinerary can get you excited. Let’s go!
I was greeted by Bangkok airways with a flight delay, and it took me almost 12 hours in total just to reach Khao Yai. Man, I literally burned my first day sleeping all the way before I finally reached the hobbit house. It’s a small magical place for me to get excited.
I rode on my little pony!
My eyes feasted on realistically drooling food inside the various cozy hobbit houses! Man, it’s cute.
Yes, it’s totally possible to stay here.
I love the decor!
The weather could get a little dry and scorching though, so remember to stay hydrated while exploring these hobbit houses.
The little Santorini part is yet to be complete but still looked decently attractive.
I found frozen there!!!!!!!!!!! It’s like a sign telling me to let it go………. as in let go of the morning flight delay and start embracing what’s to come in Khao Yai for the next couple of days!
The rooms are not icy cold but there’s the element of feel there. That was a moment of Santorini bliss before I headed for a relaxing sunset dinner up on a hill at Ma Du Dao!
This ain’t a touristy spot. It’s very localized and Thai-ish.
In fact, its beautiful view captured my heart. The air is cool and fresh. I can bask richly in these moments of peace and tranquility.
I love to chase sunsets and Ma du dao gave me a good one! It’s like egg yolk…….
As night falls, it got windy and chilly. I sat down admiring the night view and ate my first official proper dinner in Khao Yai. Yes!!! I finally got my Thai iced milk tea………..
My clear tom yum soup……
My mixed vegetables with prawns…..
And my amazing plate of bbq beef. The bbq smell and smoky roasted taste was solid. I was duper satisfied.
And then finally, it’s a long ride to the place I stayed at. I chose My Ozone Khao Yai……… and I loved it! Day 1 was a day of sleeping and sleeping during most of the traveling journey but it was still a good one.
I woke up in a palace!!!!!!! My Ozone is actually a golf course place, hence its greenery, cleanliness and neatness. I observed that the locals love to come here for a staycation away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
My first stop of day 2 was Palio Village, a colorful old town with small streets of shopping, artwork, cafes, and Italian architecture. You can easily spend 1-2 hours here!
Next, I visited The Chocolate Factory which sells all kinds of chocolate products, and the one that I remembered vividly was a chocolate in the shape of a high heels shoes! So cool!
The Chocolate Factory serves the richest and thickest iced chocolate ever. It tasted like concentrated melted dark chocolate, literally. Power. I bought the dark brownie chocolate cracker home and it won the praises of my family. Top notch quality indeed. I was impressed.
My mood went up even more after my interesting lunch at The Witches Brew. It turned out to be my favorite place so far for its delicious and soft bbq pork spare ribs. Reasonably priced at 450 baht.
It was creepily fun to be a witch for as long as I dined there.
I was poisoned by my green apple soda that came in a potion, which most likely had already been cursed under a deadly spell by other witches.
Thankfully, I read the book that came with it and broke the spell. I’m a proud survivor of The Witches Brew!
After a satisfying lunch, I visited the PB Valley, a winery. It’s my first time at a winery! This is the largest vineyard in Khao Yai – a 350 hectare land!
Warning: please do not eat or pluck any of the mini grapes you see even though it’s very very tempting, or else you’ll be fined a hell load of Thai baht!
This sums up the wine making process nicely.
I hopped onto the tour truck and visited the vineyards, explored the wine factory and tasted 4 kinds of wine. If you don’t drink alcohol, they’ll replace it with something that’s 100% grape juice!
Right outside the winery, I chanced upon a sweet and juicy red corn stall and found out that it’s actually run by a retired Singaporean. What a small world.
It’s also my first time seeing so many rabbits and roosters living in harmony and enjoying their play time together.
Next up, I headed to The Bloom and was mesmerized by the small sunflower field! Man, it’s beautiful. I stood there for quite a while to get the view permanently etched in my mind.
There’s fully bloomed lavender too! Super nice!
Look at those gigantic fruits and vegetables. So fresh, so healthy!
I’m in awe. This place is a paradise. Different flowers bloom at different seasons, and I’m so thankful that I caught the sunflowers and lavenders.
Mother Nature is amazing. I highly recommend The Bloom if you’re into flowers!
If you’re into animals, you would totally love Primo Piazza. You could spend an hour or two to explore the relatively small place and feed your favorite donkey, merino and alpaca.
I did not get to feed the one and only donkey I saw as it seemed quite emotional and into itself only.
But I got to feed my favorite alpaca!!!!!!! Woohooooo!!!!!!! In fact, I fed many alpacas at the barn as well. Bucket list checked! My dream came true and I finally interacted with alpacas! I wish I could bring one home.
The lucky merinos got to eat some of my remaining fresh grass. See I made them so happy!
Above all, I still love the alpacas most. If I could, I would bring one home most definitely.
I was glad that I ended my night with a relaxing dining experience at Midwinter Khao Yai for dinner, as it turned out to be a great chillax place with beer, meat, live band and a romantic ambience.
Please chill here for at least 2 hours, and if you stay late, you’ll get to see interesting surprises, lightings and performances around you when the place starts to turn almost pitch dark.
And my dinner’s settled with a homemade meat platter that’s on promotion which I paired with Hoegaarden beer. Shiok! I know I’m living the life when my stomach’s full and heart’s contented. Life is good.
What an amazing night.
I kickstarted my day 3 morning with a visit to Farm ChokChai, a moo moo farm, with lots of cows, milk, milk and more milk!
It’s my first time milking a cow! Woooooo! To my surprise, the milk flow seemed quite little compared to my self-imagination. LOL.
The cows are so huge, and so pretty. They looked meek but don’t agitate them, they might retaliate. Stay cool, stay clear, stay safe.
This moo moo is so fat and cute right!!!!!!
Another highlight at Farm ChokChai is that you could also ride a horse for 5 minutes for a small fee. I’ve always loved riding horses and this was no exception. Yay!
You could also ride an ATV for around 10 minutes for a small fee. It’s an easy route, as it’s mostly on flat surfaces.
There’s a cowboy, horse, and a few stunts performances including ropes and guns to keep all the folks entertained as well. The whole tour at Farm ChokChai takes about 2 hours.
I then headed for a late lunch at The Castle Restaurant & Tearoom at Thames Valley. This place is serene and calming.
I had both prawns and duck, which were reasonably priced and surprisingly tastier than they looked. I highly recommend their specially crafted drinks and pretty desserts for they ended my hearty lunch with the sweetest note.
I took a long ride in the car before I finally reached Khao Yai National Park. Man, this park is too huge and I only visited one waterfall because apparently the next one seemed to be so far away! It rained earlier on so I reckoned it might be too slippery or dangerous to hike the other waterfalls so I gave them a miss. Still, at least I caught a small one!
Along the way to Pete’s Maze, I saw this prominent statute. I wonder who’s that?
Pete Maze is a must-do when you’re in Khao Yai because it’s thrilling to get lost within the maze and freak out. There’s no one to help you in there so you die die must figure your way out alive!
To me, the difficulty level was manageable, as I managed to come out of the maze within 40 minutes. I think I had performed slightly above average already, as it’s rumored that some can get trapped for an hour or two. It’s fun!
Feeling proud and recharged, I headed to a funky dinner place called Ban Mai Chay Nam to celebrate and feast on authentic Thai food. This cafe is a unique concept where you dine by the river with its surroundings alike a museum. There are many interesting and vintage collectible items for your eyes to feast on and you may even purchase those that’s for sale.
Don’t forget to check out the long bridge that you can legit use for crossing to admire the night scenery and feel the breeze.
I ended my night with a stroll along Pak Chong night market and managed to grab some cheap steals like clothes, earrings and shoes. Yes! Shopping checked! It’s time to pack up and head home soon.
I can’t bear to leave My Ozone Khao Yai!
But sadly, the last day’s here and it’s really time to leave Khao Yai. Boohoo. Thankfully, I still enjoyed a mini half day road trip while routing back to Bangkok, and started my morning with a slow stroll along a roadside fruit market. They sell a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fresh and sweet. Thank God for the sunny weather!
Next, I combed the premium outlet thoroughly for some intense last minute shopping and bought a designer bag at a steal! Wooo!
Life got sweeter when I visited a local sweet corn farm and ate some of their very fresh and sweet corns. Yums. Too bad the corn juice was sold out. Damn!
Moving on, I popped by to check out a huge white Buddha statute as well. It’s situated high up in a very serene and greenery arena.
Last but not least, I was glad to chill at Dairy Home for a bit before leaving Khao Yai. It’s like a mini garden with cute little things like pots, plants and flowers all around you. Therapeutic and quiet.
I dined at Dairy Home Restaurant for lunch and they serve delicious and thick pork chop! I also tried the organic milk and coffee, and both were great. The best part is that the ambience is calming and peaceful. Perfect for chilling.
One surprise was that I bought a scoop of milk ice cream and the staff told me that I could bring home the cute animal cup after I finished my ice cream! Shiok! So happy!
Thanks for all the awesome 4D3N memories, Khao Yai! Till we meet again, xoxo.
Thanks for reading!