Known for its lush rainforests and rolling hills, the Khao Yai and Pak Chong area is a beloved getaway for neighbouring city dwellers. It offers plenty of fresh air and fun spaces for kids to explore, whether on foot, ATV or even horseback. Below are some suggested places to check out.
The Chokchai Farm is a fun-loving emulation of the American Wild West in the Thai countryside. Cowboy shows, cattle herding and horse-drawn carts are all on offer. Agro Tours educate kids about the life cycle and upkeep of dairy cattle. There’s also a petting zoo and a workshop on how to make ice cream. You can stop by for a day or spend a night at the boutique tent accommodations.
The popular Pak Chong adventure park features ATV rides, horseback riding, kart track, luges, bumper boats and more. A big obstacle course is set against a vast and hilly landscape, making for a fun and adrenaline-pumping way to spend the day.
3. Primo Piazza
For a more relaxed outing, enjoy on-site cafés and restaurants amidst lush scenery, inspired by the rustic Italian countryside. Children will love to explore the premises and feed the resident sheep, alpaca and donkeys.
The Bonanza zoo-slash-adventure park is host to both rides and animals galore. The zoo is home to a number of exotic species, including alpaca, white lions and red pandas. ATV rides, a BB gun battlefield and horseback riding are also available to keep kids on the go.
Kids can make the rounds of the track at Khao Yai Speed Kart, offering both adult and children tickets. A house farm and funky coffee shop are both on site for those seeking a break from the speed.
Panther Creek bring the American Wild West to Thailand, featuring exhilarating attractions such as the town square, a Native American village and a train used to transport settlers to the frontier. Pop in for the day or stay overnight; the latter includes dinner and the re-enactment of a grand battle, fire dancing and more.
7. Farm Mor Por
This small farm houses over 70 horses of varying breeds, as well as chickens, ducks, geese, teacup pigs and goats. Children can gather eggs from free-range hens, feed the animals, tour the vegetable patches, learn more about different horse breeds, swim in a nearby creek, and of course, ride and groom the beautiful horses and ponies. Limited overnight accommodations are available.
8. Scenical World: Life Park & Splash World
The expansive Scenical Park is home to the Life Park, an adventure zone boasting over 20 rides, including driving courses, bumper boats and obstacle courses; as well as Splash World, a waterpark with over 15 water rides, ranging from the exhilarating slides to the chilled out lazy river. Either proves deeply refreshing for the hotter Khao Yai days.
9. Pete Maze
This hedge maze is a fun place for kids to run and get lost from anywhere between 15 to 25 minutes. Stops for photographs, including a statute of the Queen of Hearts, are scattered along the way.
The first national park in Thailand and the third largest park in the country, Khao Yai offers plenty of opportunities for getting back to nature. Pick up a map at the visitor’s centre, and challenge yourself on the trek to the stunning Haew Narok Waterfall or go hiking on easier trails suitable for families with younger kids. Keep your eyes peeled (and ears open) for gibbons and other wonderful wildlife.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Make your way to the Chocolate Factory where you have plenty of delicious varieties to sample and savour! You can also join a chocolate workshop, which allows you to try your hand at creating chocolate-based treats.
12, Jim Thompson Farm (Seasonal; opens mid-December to mid-January)
Originally started to support Jim Thompson’s silk production business, the farm has evolved into a popular agro-tourism attraction, featuring mulberry plantations, fruit orchards, flower gardens and more. Farm tours cover the life cycle of silkworms and silk farming process, as well as the vegetable plots, including a giant pumpkin patch. Visitors can also mill and winnow rice using traditional methods, and take home their self-processed rice.