One week in Khao Yai (pt. 1)


"You sure or not? One week? Got things to do meh."
"Aiyo, no need go so long lah.. Nothing one."

That was what I initially thought when we settled on a one week trip to Khao Yai last December (I know it's been half a year since then but still... it's a nice place)

Most of you might not know but I've been writing articles for For the Chinese version of this post, click here. I guess that's one of the ways to continue practicing my written Chinese after high school.

Khao Yai is part of a national park in Nakhon Ratchasima (a.k.a. Khorat), located approximately 3 hours away from Bangkok. December is probably the best time to travel there as the weather is cooler.
It is possible to travel there on a tight budget as things are not too expensive over there.

Day 1: K.O.-ed

We had some issues with the trip from Don Mueng Airport in Thailand to our resort in Khao Yai. Clearing customs took a little more than an hour, and we were all starving by the time we got on the van so we made a lunch stop which delayed our trip to Saraburi Sunflower field and it was cancelled in the end.

The two van drivers are from Bangkok so they were not quite familiar with the area so we also spent a good deal of time getting lost but thankfully we managed to find the resort around 8pm.

At least they had A&W.. and sunsets there are magnificent (#nofilter).

Day 2: Chocolate Factory, Lookkai Restaurant, Primo Piazza

What a blunder! Turns out that the Chocolate Factory wasn't actually a legit factory producing different kinds of chocolate, like this one here.
It was actually a chocolate-themed restaurant WITH a mini workstation. Not complaining though, the chocolate is good.

Model of the day going for that Korean look but had to hurry in cause it was scorching hot outside.

We got some chocolates (there were so many to choose from!). Flavours include Earl Grey, Pistachio, and Passionfruit.

We also visited some other stores and cafes nearby.
Only watched an episode of MLP so far but still.. they are a sensation (hah).

I'm guessing that this is a second-hand store. Too much going on though. You could practically find everything from action figures, to clothes and bags, to pots and pans.

The Chocolate Factory
Thanon Thanaratch, Tambon Pak Chong, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand

Made a lunch reservation at Lookkai Restaurant. If you're going in large groups, I'd suggest making a reservation as it is usually quite crowded (it was about 2pm then and still full house).

The decor was quite impressive and there's also a mini garden surrounding the restaurant so we went out for some photo-taking and wandered around (did I mention that there's also an air hockey machine?)

(a few days after colouring my hair at a salon in Kota Damansara but it faded shortly after)

Lookkai serves Thai food, Western food, and fusion ones. Portions aren't huge but they are delicious. They also have desserts but unfortunately everyone was full and I doubt that I could finish a whole bowl by myself.

Lookkai Cafe & Restaurant
Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
+66 99 106 8844

Next up, Primo Piazza! (one of the few stops that I was looking forward to)

The main town area is not particularly large but there are a few cafes around for some coffee and people-watching (most Malaysians will consider people-watching a waste of time whereas lots of Europeans enjoy it).

One of the double-storey cafes (and probably the only one I went into).

They also have this area where you could feed sheep, alpacas, and donkeys. You will get a handful of grass (I guess?) by trading your entrance ticket.

The sheep and rams were pretty aggressive, probably because there are more of them and most people prefer alpacas over them?

I mean, how could you blame the alpacas? Look at those eyes, and fur, and noses, and cute little mouths, and their long necks...

To be honest, Primo Piazza is a pretty small area but it is possible to spend up to 4hours here! Between drinking a cup of coffee while enjoying some ice-cream and feeding the animals, there's something for adults and children.

Primo Piazza
Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand
+66 44 009 900

We also visited the Panaroma Farm and Pete's Maze but those were quick in-and-outs. Maybe I'll insert some photos here on the next update..
Stay tuned for part 2! Will slowly update the Khao Yai travelogues while I update some newer ones.

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