If you’re after an escape from the frenetic bustle of Bangkok, consider a quiet weekend getaway in Khao Yai. Ideally located within a two-hour drive from Bangkok, Khao Yai lets you reconnect with nature with ease. Full of enchanting experiences, Khao Yai is a peaceful haven for discovering the region’s natural abundance and biological diversity. From evergreen forests to fine vineyards and wildlife sanctuaries and mighty waterfalls, the destination’s many attractions will give you a greater peace of mind.
With a handful of celebrated wine vineyards, Khao Yai could easily be your new wine holiday destination spot. These wineries are defying old traditions and producing quality wine in the tropics. We recommend you renting a car and visiting the various vineyards at your own pace. GranMonte Asoke Valley, PB Valley Estate and Village Farm & Winery all offer wine tastings and tours in English and Thai all year round. If you are planning to drop by Khao Yai in February, do not miss their grape stomping event during the wine harvest period.
GranMonte Asoke Valley, 52 Moo 9, Payayen, Pansuk-Kudkla Street, Nakhon Ratchasima, +66 4 400 9543, granmonte.com
PB Valley Estate, 102 Moo 5, Phaya Yen, Pak Chong Nakorn Ratchasima, +66 81 733 8783, khaoyaiwinery.com
Village Farm & Winery, Wang Nam Khiao, Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima, +66 81 877 3711, facebook.com/VillageFarm
Besides luscious wines and lush nature, Khao Yai also offers plenty of fresh markets where you can experience authentic local life. Here, you can purchase farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as unique handicrafts and small souvenirs.
If you are looking for leathered goods, we suggest you visiting the Cowboy Night Market where you can find all leather everything, from wallets and belts to horse saddles and leather chaps. During the day, you may also enjoy horseback riding and rodeo shows.
Khao Yai Cowboy City Resort, Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima, +66 81 354 3474, facebook.com/Khao-Yai-Cowboy-City-Resort
Primo Piazza and Palio Village are Tuscan-style complexes with man-made towns and villages that resemble the European countryside. With a range of animal farms, families will enjoy visiting Primo Piazza to feed various furry friends such as woolly sheep and quirky alpacas. At Palio Village, you can select from an array of dining options, from Italian fare to local Thai delights. There are also plenty of shopping and entertainment at night. Hang around and have an ice-cold beer at their beer garden after a fun day of activities.
Primo Piazza, Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima, +66 4 400 9900 primopiazza.com
Palio Village, Thanarat Rd, Mu Si, Nakhon Ratchasima Province,+66 4 436 5888 facebook.com/welovepalio
Where to Stay
An elegant escape nestled in the mountains, dusitD2 Khao Yai lets you uncover a unique blend of lush nature and modern design. Each of the 79 guestrooms and suites offer expansive views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khao Yai National Park. At this laidback retreat, you can experience a wide range of activities, from exhilarating rock climbing to exclusive treetop dining.
dusitD2 Khao Yai, 678, Moo 18, Moosi, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima, dusit.com/dusitd2/khaoyai