Short and Sweet 2D1N Khao Yai Itinerary That Is #ForTheGram

Let’s be honest with ourselves – the whole reason why we are willing to cut short our shopping time in Bangkok and spend 3 hours on a car ride to Khao Yai is because there are so many Instagrammable spots. The sunflower fields is one of them but since they are only in season November-January, here’s an #ForTheGram Khao Yai itinerary without the sunflower fields!

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Day 1

>> 10:00 hours: Set off for Khao Yai

Set off for Khao Yai with either your rented car or chartered ride! We did a post on the cheap and expensive ways to get to Khao Yai and did some maths – basically, if you are travelling in a group of 3 or less, renting a car will be your best bet. But if your travelling part is around 10 pax, just get a chartered van because it’s cheaper and you don’t have to worry about traffic.

Regardless, the journey takes about 3 hours.

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>> 13:00 hours: Grab lunch at PB Valley

Yes, you can start whipping out your cameras because your Instagram-worthy pictures begin here. PB Valley is actually a winery (yes, in Khao Yai!) and conducts tours at certain intervals. We didn’t have time for the tour so we grabbed a quick lunch (to be honest, food isn’t that great but the view from the restaurant is amazing) and explored the vineyards on our own. Had the whole vineyard to ourselves because it was a Monday afternoon! Perks of going during off-peak season.

You’ll need about 2 hours here.

Address: 
102 Moo 5, Phaya Yen, Pak Chong Nakorn Ratchasima 30320 / Thailand
Website:
http://www.khaoyaiwinery.com/pb/

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>> 15:30 hours: Have a coffee break at the Birder’s Lodge

Birder’s Lodge is about a 30-minute drive from PB Valley and it’s a must-visit because the Farmers Market and the cafe are SUPER instagram-worthy! The Farmers Market is only open during the first weekend of each month but even if it’s not open, you can still snap a picture of the barn-style market.The cafe (also cottage-themed) is open daily from 8.30am to 6pm and I’ll suggest to have their pandan cake if you have any stomach space left because it’s so soft and good!

You’ll need about an hour here.

Address: 
282 Moo 10, Tumbol Musi (931.58 mi) Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand 30130

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>> 16:30 hours: Get teleported to Italy at Primo Piazza

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Primo Piazza is just a 5-minute walk away from Birder’s Lodge so it’s really near! Entrance costs 200 baht and there are shops, eateries and even a barn for you to explore. For us, the highlight was the alpacas and visiting after 4pm is a good plan before that’s when they release the animals into the fields! This attraction is open daily from 9am – 6pm so try not to arrive too late 🙂

You’ll need about an hour here.

Address: 
Mu Si, Pak Chong, Khao Yai National Park 30130, Thailand
Website:
www.primopiazza.com

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>> 18:30 hours: Check in to your hotel

Instead of staying within Khao Yai national park (where the above attractions are located), we chose to stay in the town area because it’s nearer to the Hobbit Resort. The hotel that we chose is Hotel Together Pak Chong – it may be a small hotel but rooms are nicely-done, parking is free and it’s very affordable at SGD 55/night.

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>> 19:30 hours: Dinner at Ban Mai Chay Nam Restaurant 

This isn’t just a restaurant. It’s also a vintage museum with old-school pinball games, antiques and characters which you can spend at least half an hour to photo-binge on! Decor aside, food was SO GOOD. We ordered the seafood fried rice (MUST-order), tomyum soup and egg souffle with crabmeat – everything was under SGD 30!

Address: 
21 Moo 11, Koh Kaew Village, Pak Chong Subdistrict, Pak Chong District., Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
Opening hours:
10am to 10pm daily

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>> 21:00 hours: Snacks at Pak Chong night market

If you have any energy left, we highly recommend a quick trip to the Pak Chong night market to soak in the local atmosphere! Of course, it wouldn’t be like the night markets in Bangkok so don’t expect to shop here. Instead, expect lots of cheap tasty local snacks (like the one above) and a glimpse into the daily lives of the locals.

Address: 
78 Bypass Road, Pak Chong, Thailand

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Day 2

>> 10:00 hours: Coffee at Roast Niyom

Coffee is important but what I really like about this cafe is this huge swing right outside their shop! The cafe interior is crazy cozy and makes a perfect Instagram post too. Guess it’s a bonus that their coffee tastes great too! 😉 In case you haven’t had your breakfast, you’ll be able to find Mcdonalds’s right in front of Roast Niyom or if you are craving for something local, there’s a fishball noodles stall behind Mcdonald’s. Plenty of food options here!

I spent about an hour having my breakfast + taking photos here.

Address: 
esco Lotus Pak Chong, ตำบล ปากช่อง Pak Chong District Nakhon Ratchasima 30130 Thailand
Opening hours:
7am to 8pm daily

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>> 11:30 hours: Arrive at The Hobbit House

The Hobbit House actually lies within the Baan Suan Noi Resort. If you are not a resort guest, you can still pay 50baht for entrance or 100baht for entrance+costume. You can take your pick from a whole room of costumes but be warned that it’s not very organized. No matter what, it’s still really fun exploring the hobbit houses in whatever costume you are in and you’ll also be able to enter the hobbit houses!

Address:
Lat Bua Khao, Sikhio District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30340, Thailand

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>> 12:00 hours: Explore the ‘Santorini’ of the Baan Suan Noi Resort

That’s right! Santorini is right next to the Hobbit House, within the same resort! As compared to the Hobbit House, the Santorini area is significantly smaller but there’s still various spots for you to spend at least half an hour here.

Address:
Lat Bua Khao, Sikhio District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30340, Thailand

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>> 13:00 hours: Quick lunch and set off for Bangkok

From the Baan Suan Noi Resort, it’s about 3.5 drive back to Bangkok so we suggest that you grab a quick lunch along the way (Birder’s Lodge has an extensive lunch menu). Assuming that you spend 1 hour at lunch, you should arrive back in Bangkok before it turns dark – which is just nice to explore Bangkok’s night markets.

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We hope this itinerary is useful for those who want to visit Khao Yai but are short of time. Safe travels, guys!

Emma
My parents think I travel too much but if not now, then when? New experiences excite me the most and that's why I rarely visit the same city twice unless (a) they have awesome food and (b) they have awesome food.
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