Aside from Bangkok, Khao Yai is one of the more popular destinations in Thailand. Khao Yai is most famous for its extensive list of Instagrammable places such as My Ozone, as wells as their variety of farms and zoos, where you can feed animals like sheep, goats and tortoises. On top of that, picturesque spots that offer uninterrupted views of the horizons, grandeur mountains, impressive waterfalls and even European-inspired architecture.

Animal feeding, scenic hikes, cosy cafes, here are the 16 best things to do in Khao Yai, Thailand.

1. Khao Yai National Park

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A visit to Khao Yai will be incomplete without visiting their most popular tourist attraction, which is also the third largest national park in the city.

Hike on nature trails, take in magnificent views from the mountain peak point, visit multiple waterfalls or catch a glimpse of wildlife such as elephants, deer and gibbons. If you are adventurous enough, consider camping at one of the camp sites and wake up to wild animals roaming about.

If you’re planning to camp in the park, click here to read our ultimate camping guide at Khao Yai National Park.

Location: Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Price: 200 baht per person
Opening hours: 6am-6pm

2. The Chocolate Factory

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If you can’t get enough of chocolates, stop by The Chocolate Factory to get your cravings settled.

The cafe offers a impressive variety of chocolate drinks and desserts. There is also a restaurant serving Thai-Western fusion food at affordable prices. After your meal, shop for some handcrafted chocolate souvenirs including artisanal chocolates. While it’s not a literal factory as its name suggests, you can still view the chocolate-making process in a small glass kitchen.

Price: 100 to 350 baht~

Location: 352 หมู่ 2 Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 11am- 9:30pm

3. Bonanza Exotic Zoo

If you are a nature or animal lover, do not miss this famous attraction as you get the opportunity to feed animals that are usually uncommon for public feeding, like giraffes, parrots and tortoises. The list goes on, and you can possibly get close to and feed more than ten different species at a really affordable admission fee.

Price: 200 baht (includes one pack of carrots)

Location: 236, Khanong Phra, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am-5pm (daily)

4. Ban Tha Chang Spring

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Part of the of the Lam Takong River, the Ban Tha Chang Spring is a scenic destination as well as a popular spot for swimming among the locals and tourists. The spring boasts boasts crystal-clear turquoise water with mini waterfalls that is out of this world. Soak in the refreshing and cooling water or have some adrenaline fun by jumping off a rock with a somersault.

Price: Free

Location: GCX9+5XG, Soi DPT., Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm (Daily)

5. Pete Maze

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This swirling hedge maze is a great family-friendly bonding activity, with several Instagrammable spots along the way. Be prepared to spend some time here. Not only might take awhile for you to find your way out, there are also quirky installations and statues at almost every corner for photos.

Additionally, catch a glimpse of the beautiful maze from the bridge; only once you’ve completed the maze though. No cheating!

Price: 150 baht per person

Location: 126 หมู่ที่ 11 ถนน ธนะรัชต์, Khanong Phra, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am-6pm

6. PB Valley Khao Yai Winery

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Perfect for the wine enthusiasts, you will get (literally) a taste of how wine is produced at this attraction.

Enjoy the idyllic scenery of Khao Yai’s biggest vineyard while being educated about various wine and other grapes in the estate. In addition, explore other fruit orchards such as dragonfruits and passionfruits. After the tour, shop at their souvenir store offering fresh grapes, fruit juices and quality wines.

Price:
Adult: 350 baht
Child <12 years old: 300 baht
Child <4 years old: Free

Location: 102/2 Moo5, Mitraparp Road Payayen Pakchong Nakhon Ratchasima 30320, Thailand
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 9am-7pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-7pm
(Reservations must be made in advance)

7. Khao Yai Art Museum

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Take some time to unwind and connect your soul to artistic paintings at this private gallery.

There are three different rooms displaying a mix of traditional Thai Art and European influenced artwork pieces. At the outdoor garden area, you can also view interesting sculptures.

After touring around the museum, stop by the cafe on the second floor to quench your thirst with a cup of latte or drink.

Price: 50 baht for adults (updated, no longer free of charge)

Location: บ้านท่าช้าง หมู่ที่ 6 Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am-5pm

8. Strawberry Picking

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Experience a day-in-the-life of a farmer by going down to the strawberries fields.

You get to choose and pick the fresh strawberries by yourselves based on your own liking. However, you have to be lucky enough to catch the blooming season, which runs from November to March, in order to harvest fresh and juicy strawberries.

Price: 60 baht for 100g

Location: Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 7:30am-6pm

9. Bat cave viewing

Don’t forget to check this off your bucket list if you want something slightly more adventurous. Admire this breathtaking sight where millions of bats will be spiralling out of their bat cave at dusk. The bats only emerged at about 6:25pm, flying out of their caves in small groups. This majestic phenomenon usually lasts at least an hour.

Price: Free

Location: 14.549254, 101.545786 (coordinates on Google Maps)
Opening hours: NIL

10. Primo Piazza

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On top of its scenic beauties and farms, Khao Yai is also known for its European-inspired attracitons.

Here’s one of them — Primo Piazza, a small tuscan village square with olden European architecture, complete with cobblestone streets, brick walls and flowers on the windowsill. Some of the shops have been closed down after the pandemic, but it’s still worth a visit for a change of scenery.

Aside from a prime photoshoot location, visitors can also feed alpacas at Primo Piazza for a small fee.

Price: 200 baht

Location: 200/2 หมู่ที่ 10 Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am-6pm

11. Farm Chokchai

With more than 60 years in history, Farm Chokchai is one of the largest dairy farm in Khao Yai and is always packed with tourists and visitors.

On top of animal-watching and feeding, the farm tour brings you deeper into the process of producing dairy products like milk and ice-cream. The farm also conducts family-friendly activities such as a cowboy show, pet show, horse-riding and ATV-riding, which makes it stand out from the rest of the farms.

Price:
Adult: 300 baht
Child: 150 baht

Location: 169 หมู่ที่ 2 Thanon Mittraphap, Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-5:30pm

12. Mango Farm House

Mango Sticky Rice is a must-try local dessert when you head to Thailand.

Visit this mango paradise offering various mango-related food products and tantalising desserts with an unforgettable taste. The cottage house is surrounded by lush greenery and thousands of mango trees, allowing you to savour the desserts while enjoying a picturesque view.

Location: ร้านบ้านหมากม่วง 60/3 ม.5 ซ.บ้านเขาแคบ, Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30450, Thailand
Opening hours: 8:30am-5pm (closed on Tuesdays)

13. Hokkaido Flower Park

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Unfortunately, the Manee Sorn Sunflower Field at Khao Yai, one of the most famous garden, is temporarily closed.

If you are looking for alternatives to admire beautiful blooms, consider visiting Hokkaido Flower Park. The colourful flower bed displays Purple Verbena, Chrysanthemum flowers and Red Silosia. It is recommended to visit in the early morning to avoid the hot afternoon sun.

Price: 50 baht

Location: Moo5Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130 Thailand
Opening hours: 8am-5pm

14. Khao Yai Farm Village

Khao Yai Farm Village is one of the most instagrammable farms around the vicinity with its classic and iconic red barn house.

If you enjoy interacting with animals from a close distance, this is also one of the few farms that allows their sheep to freely roam while you are feeding them, providing better photo-taking opportunities with unblocked views. The general area is fenced up, so you don’t have to worry about animals escaping.

Price: 50 baht (includes one bunch of grass)

Location: หมู่ที่ 7 16 Khanong Phra, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 8:30am-5:30pm

15. Pak Chong Night Market

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The Pak Chong night market isn’t as vibrant in comparison to the major night markets in Bangkok.

However, if you are craving for some late night supper and want to savour some authentic local street food, this is a nice place to visit. Aside from barbecued seafood, meat skewers, and desserts, the market also features local produce, affordable clothes, and other fashion accessories.

16. Mulberry Picking at Evergreen Khao Yai

If you enjoy farming activities, this Mulberry Farm is very affordable for you to experience being a Mulberry farmer. There is no entrance fee and you just have to pay for what you plucked. The owner is also extremely friendly and offered us to try some of the mulberry juices. Overall, this farm has pretty good vibes and you can just chill around while sipping on some mulberry goodness.

Price: 150 baht for 1 kg

Location: PC37+WF4 2422 Tambon Pak Chong, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours: 5-10pm

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