Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an oasis teeming with wildlife and primeval jungles. At the foot of the mountain, you can already feel the drop in temperature and refreshing scents of damp earth as you approach the park’s main gate, where the entrance fee is collected. The contrast is more noticeable if you take the Pakchong route, cutting through a large section of Saraburi’s unsightly industrial estate.
At 745 metres above sea level, the park remains relatively cool all year round, although it can feel searing hot at midday in the summer. Cutting north-south through the park, the jungle-shaded main highway winds through the heart of Khao Yai’s lush wilderness, shooting off at several points where trekking routes begin and disappear into dense forests. Street signs warn about the presence of wild animals and often you can spot monkeys idling in the middle of the highway.
This main two-lane highway passes through all natural attractions and scenic points on Khao Yai National Park. Heow Suwat (Suwat Abyss) and Heow Narok (Hell’s Abyss) Waterfalls are two of the most visited sites and, as their names suggest, they shoot straight down from a high cliff in one forceful plunge. In the rainy season, Heow Narok can be extremely slippery and dangerous.
It’s a good idea to drop by the park’s headquarters (closes at 18:00) and visitor’s centre to pick up an area map and plan your journey, which can include hiking along the five scenic routes, wildlife watching at Nong Pak Chee or Mo Singto and visiting various view points and the park’s highest summit at Khao Rom. The road to the top, though, is very steep and rough with deep potholes and no hand railings. But the views of Khao Yai’s sweeping mountain ranges from the summit are more than worth the effort.
Location: Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima
- How to get there: take the Vibhavadi-Rangsit expressway from Bangkok and continue northbound via the Saraburit-Pakchong route.
- 55 minutes’ drive from hotel
GranMonte Vineyard and Winery
GranMonte Estate is uniquely located in Asoke Valley, Khao Yai and conveniently lies adjacent to Khao Yai National Park. Asoke Valley is known in Thailand for its beautiful yellow blossoms, which are special to the region of Khao Yai. The serene atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings of Asoke Valley provide the perfect setting for the GranMonte Estate. Also, the grandeur of Khao Yai mountain ranges has inspired the name.
At 350 metres above sea level and in a valley with a total area of 100 rai (approximately 40 acres), GranMonte has the ideal microclimate for growing high-quality grapes for winemaking in this wet tropical region. The wine grapes produced on our arable land are of different varieties, including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Semillon, Verdelho, Durif and Grenache. Our table grapes come in many varieties with or without seeds such as Muscat of Alexandria and Hamburg, Thomson, Perlette and Maroo seedless grapes.
GranMonte also earns the reputation of producing Thai wines of only the best quality and class. There are a restaurant, produce shop and wine cellar that visitors can explore.
Opening hours: 08:00 – 17:00 Daily
Location: Pakchong, foot of Khao Yai National Park
- 33 minutes drive from hotel
Khao Yai Art Museum
Khao Yai Art Museum is located on more than 20 rais of land in Tambon Moosee, Aumpher Pak-Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima. The place comprises of the gallery with space of more than 1,700 square metres. The art of Mr. Pongchai Chindasook’s collection will be exhibited. There are outdoor sculptural garden with six ‘Art Space’ residences in modern architectural style.
The aim of the Khao Yai Art Museum is to provide art area for exhibiting contemporary works created by Thailand’s leading artists for the public. The pieces exhibited both in the gallery and sculptural garden are available for tourists and the public will be served as art learning center which will develop attitude and perception while enhancing taste and encouraging interest in art. They are decorated with the masterpiece of art. The place is surrounded by mountain ranges of Khao Yai National Park, one of the top green areas in the world.
The Khao Yai Art Museum is another area for people who love and appreciate the values of Thai contemporary art. This place is both a museum and an art learning center that demonstrates intellectual wisdom concerning art, architecture, decorative art and landscape composition in the midst of peaceful and beautiful nature. The place is embraced with elegant lifestyle.
Opening Hours: 06:00-17:00
Address: Phrapokklao Road
- Ten minutes’ drive from hotel
Located near Khao Yai National Park, Thongsomboon Club is a popular and large adventure park. Thongsomboon Club offers safe, fun and exciting activities for adults and kids alike. If you're looking for a memorable day out for yourself, your friends or your family, Thongsomboon Club is the place to visit. You will ride ATV vehicles, take a ski lift, drive the luge, roll down a hill inside a plastic ball filled with water, lie on a huge inner tube and much more.
Opening Hours: 6:00-19:00
Address: 119 Moo 10, Pakchong-Hualam Rd., Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130 Thailand
- 39 minutes’ drive from hotel
Chokchai Farm or Farm Chokchai runs a substantial dairy farm with over 3,000 heads of dairy cattle. It’s a breed grown exclusively by the Chokchai Farm. Originally, Farm Chokchai was just an agricultural venture in a country deeply rooted in farming. Now Farm Chokchai continues to evolve from a well-established agricultural business into a dynamic company that includes a vibrant customer-centered service division.
Today the Farm Chokchai setting along Mittraphap Road has developed into a full attraction park dedicated to agro-tourism and Thai awareness about farming.
Besides the restaurants and ice cream parlors, you will find there plenty of fun things to do. Get the real feel of the farm life by seeing and learning through experiences such as milking cows, making fresh milk ice cream, seeing live cowboy shows, watch dogs rounding up sheep, enjoy dogs performing their skills, visit a nursery, ride an ATV short track and make farm visits.
Opening Hours: 8:30-18:30
Address: K.M. 159-160 Moo 2 Friendship Highway, Pak Chong, Thailand
- 30 minutes’ drive from hotel
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