When you’re planning a trip to Thailand, you’re most likely going to think of the more mainstream cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. Recently, Khao Yai has become an increasingly popular tourist destination for its wildlife and scenic views. But that’s not all Khao Yai has to offer.

This enchanting region, known for its lush landscapes and stunning national parks, is also brimming with charming cafes that are perfect for capturing those awe-inspiring shots for your social media feed. So, whether you’re a coffee connoisseur, a dessert aficionado, or simply seeking to discover the hidden gems of Khao Yai, we’ve got you covered.

Get ready to explore and indulge in the unique ambiance, delightful treats, and picture-perfect moments at these eight unforgettable cafes in Khao Yai.

1. Cafe de Fleurs

Cafe de fleurs definitely tops the list with its vibrant floral setting and elaborate drinks. The cafe is decked with a wide variety of flowers from head to toe. Upon entering, I felt like I was stepping into a fairytale cottage.

If you think that the colourful floral backdrop is impressive, the star of the show was actually the Iced Mocha (120 baht). It was served on a beautiful tray, decorated with fauna and flora, infusing the drink with an enchanting allure. The taste of the iced mocha was somewhat similar to Chocolate Factory’s version too — one of the most famous chocolate speciality cafe in Thailand.

While the quaint cafe has limited seats indoor, it extends to a more spacious dining area outdoors.

Cafe de Fleurs

Location: 8, Thanarat Road, Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30450, Thailand
Opening hours: 10am-9pm (Closed on Tuesday)

2. Hanaaa Cafe Khao Yai

Strategically located along the main road of Khao Yai, this 3-storey minimalist cafe is definitely hard to miss. Hanaaa Cafe, clad in an aesthetically-pleasing white tones and sleek wooden furniture, gives off Japanese cafe vibes.

The ground level has many photo opportunities. From the entrance, to the classy furniture, to the balcony… If you head to the back of the cafe, you will even find a mini garden and a pond. This cafe looked more like a villa than a cafe. Even if you’re not an Insta-hoe, Hanaa Cafe’s tranquility makes it a great place to chill or read a book

The Iced Mocha (95 baht) was rich, with a nice balance of chocolate and coffee. For the price tag? It’s definitely a bang for its baht.

Hanaaa Cafe

Location: 34 หมู่ 7 Thanaratch Rd, Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30450, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am-5pm (Closed on Tuesday)

3. Toplofty

The cafe lives up to its name with its high ceilings and canopy of autumn foliage. Who needs four seasons when you have this in Khao Yai!

You can fully immerse in the atmosphere of the cafe, while also appreciating and taking pictures of the stunning interior design.

The Iced Matcha (100 baht) was one of the best drinks I had in Khao Yai. It was creamy, thick and flavourful. There are also many other aesthetic-pleasing drinks that may cause you to fall into a dilemma while ordering.

Extending to an outdoor dining area, the cafe is also extremely spacious, with large tables to hold bigger gatherings.

Toplofty

Location: 180 Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30310, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am-5:30pm

4. La Flore Cafe & Farm

You can already start snapping Instagram-worthy shots at the main entrance.

La Flore Cafe & Farm is designed in a ‘glasshouse’ concept paired with a grey colour palette. The al fresco dining area is suitable for those who prefer to dine in a breezy and open-space environment, while the surrounding lush greenery ease all your tension away. There is also a koi pond outdoors where patrons can purchase fish food for feeding.

The Hazelnut Espresso Frappe (110 baht) was sweet and nutty. Compared to other cafes in Khao Yai, it is also slightly cheaper for an ice-blended drink. However, this was more of a sweet drink rather than a coffee-based drink, which not be suitable for those who are looking for that astringent coffee flavour.

La Flore Cafe & Farm

Location: 241 หมู่8 Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am-6pm (closed on Wednesday)

5. Mellow Mill Cafe Khaoyai

Mellow Mill was by far one of the most impressive in terms of value versus cost.

The coffee is one of the more affordable one we’ve tried, which was surprising, given that themed cafes tend to charge a higher price than regular ones. The Iced Latte (70 baht) was extremely decent for its price. Perhaps not the best in terms of quality, but you could treat it as an entry fee to such an exquisite cafe. The floral tablecloth, antique gold frames, classic tea cups and tableware collectibles turned it into a mini museum, which enhanced our meal with a dreamy vintage atmosphere.

Mellow Mill is also popular for their handmade cookies that comes in many interesting flavours. If you are looking to enjoy a lavish afternoon tea at an affordable price, here’s the right place to go.

Mellow Mill

Location: 27, หมู่ 7 Thanaratch Rd, Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 9:30am-7:30pm

6. Like a Mountain

Like a Mountain, remained true to its name, as it emanated a sense of steadfastness and calmness akin to being on a mountain. With its simple palette and minimal decorations, the cafe is a haven for those seeking to unwind and enjoy a coffee break. If that’s not calming enough, head to the back of the cafe, where a mini river lies. There is an outdoor dining area there, where you can sit back and feel your stress dissolve into the gentle murmur of the flowing river.

However, the Iced Matcha Latte (100 baht), was a slight letdown as it was void of matcha flavour. This could pass off as “sweetened milk”. Not to mention, the matcha wasn’t whisked in properly, resulting in an unpleasant gritty texture.

The reviews online also mentioned their mediocre taste, but many still flock here for the ambience.

Like a Mountain

Location: 69 ม.11 Khanong Phra, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours:
Monday: 9am-4:45pm
Tue-Thu: Closed
Sat-Sun: 9am-4:45pm

7. Trot Cafe

Located in Rancho Charnvee Resort & Country Club, Trot Cafe is a countryside style cafe with a unique feature.

No, it’s not their vintage embellishments, vintage wooden furnishings, and soft and cosy cushions. While it ranks high on aesthetics and comfort, those are not the highlight of Trot Cafe. Instead, the cafe offers the opportunity to interact with ponies and horses while enjoying a delicious meal. You can also rent some mini cute cars for a breezy drive around the area.

The Iced Caramel Latte (130 baht) at Trot Cafe was one of my favourite drinks in Khao Yai, but probably only for the sweet tooth as the drink was soaked in caramel, with a beautiful caramel-coloured swirl; truly satisfying and decadent.

Trot Cafe

Location: Khanong Phra, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 10am-7pm

8. Raft Cafe

Unlike the typical pretty cafe settings, Raft Cafe has a more laid-back and rustic design which exudes a charming and eclectic feel. Wood accents permeated the cafe with neutral or earthy shades of brown and the outdoor seating overlooks the river as well. At this cafe, you can come across a collection of vintage motorcycles as well as life-size dinosaur exhibits made of wood that can be used as backdrops for taking photos.

Iced Caramel Macchiato (95 baht) was not too sweet, but I would have preferred it to have a stronger caramel flavour as this was a little diluted. The menu was quite extensive with a range of drinks including coffee frappe and also fruit smoothies.

The Raft

Location: 25 Khanong Phra, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30450, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm (closed on Wednesday)

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