So you are a bit sick of city life and want to get a quick break which is not very expensive and gives you a change of scene. Enter Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.
Bangkok is always fun and so are beach towns like Phuket and Krabi. Recently though, we got to see a different side of Thailand at Khao Yai.
While researching online on weekend getaways from Singapore, we chanced upon not only beautiful images of the place but also those of a unique stay called Lala Mukha tented resort. We were sold and made plans for a short 4 days holiday which included 1.5 days in Bangkok and 2.5 days in Khao Yai.
How to get to Khao Yai
You would be glad to know that Khao Yai is only 3 hours away from Bangkok by road. While you can take a bus to get there, we decided to book a car rental through Klook. You can book a custom tour for a larger group through them as well. The service overall was good but we struggled a bit with communicating with the driver in english.
To get inside the actual park, you need to pay an entrance fee of THB 400 (THB 200 for children) and then are free to drive around. You even rent cycles or go for one of the several hiking trails.
What to do at Khao Yai
One highlight of the trip was our stay, which was a glamping experience in a setting surrounded by limestone rock formations, a small pond, plenty of green, a small pond, a restaurant and an open air pool. The tents were well equipped and even had air conditioning which was a respite in the weather which tends to get humid and hot.
The other highlight was the full day that we spent inside the National Park. It was beautiful and green. And you could breath-in lung-fuls of fresh air and take in all kinds of sounds, sights and smells. Khao Yai made us realise we had missed being with nature and urged us to try to plan more nature and wildlife travels in the near future.
Besides the park itself, we were quite surprised to find vineyards in the region. We stopped at one called PB Valley which even had a restaurant serving wood fired pizzas. We recommend this place for a leisurely lunch!
There are also children friendly activities such as feeding animals and farm visits. And we enjoyed some of these ourselves.
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