If you’re thinking of experiencing the stunning natural beauty of Khao Yai with the family, here are 7 great resorts worth considering.
Situated within 100 acres of forest, Farm Chokchai Camp lets you leave the modern world far behind. The kids will love the adventure of staying in the camp tents and there’s more than enough activities to keep them busy, too – from pony rides and a cowboy show to tractor tours around the farm and a petting zoo that lets you feed the animals and milk the cows. The farm also produces its own fresh, homemade ice cream – sure to put big smiles on little faces!
This Wild West-themed adventure park is a fun-packed retreat for families. Take your pick from a variety of cowboy and Native American-inspired accommodation, including covered wagons, rustic cowboy suites and cosy teepees. As for the range of activities? There’s everything from bumper boats, buggy rides and go-carts to horse riding, artificial skiing and laser tag. Kids can also get dressed up at the Cowboy Studio and spend the day pretending they’re back in the Wild West. Yeehaa!
Surrounded by lush, forest-clad peaks, Khaoyai Fantasy Resort is a truly relaxing escape for the family. You can rent bikes from the resort and head out on nearby trails, while the more adventurous with older children can hire ATVs and explore the surrounding countryside. The resort also offers cable car rides, zip lines, a children’s pool and a playground. There’re also plenty of dining options with both Thai and international cuisine available.
A world away from all those oh-so-serious grown-up chain hotels, Phuchittawan Resort has a toy town feel about it, thanks to the whimsical bungalows. Stay in Barn farm, Donald farm or the arctic-themed Snow House – complete with its own snowman welcoming you outside the front door. There’s a garden area for the kids to play in and the resort is just 6km from the city centre, making it a great base to explore the rest of Khao Yai.
Family-friendly activities are plentiful at Rancho Charnvee, a picturesque resort tucked away in the lush hills of the Khao Yai countryside. This European style retreat features an impressive 18-hole golf course along with a practice putting green that’s ideal if the whole family fancies a game. You can also hire out bikes to ride around the resort or book the kids into a session at the hotel’s horse riding ranch, which offers training to help first-timers pick up the reigns.
The biggest draw at this tranquil and rustic resort is by far its free-roaming animal inhabitants, namely, bunnies, chickens and ducks, who will greet you the moment you step onto the premises. The expansive, well-manicured grounds also house deer, parrots and fish. After a day exploring the national park, kids will love to hand feed the animals (but watch out for the overly aggressive ducks), as well as bike around the resort’s paved path, run and play in the gardens, and have a dip in the small swimming pool.
7. Farm Mor Por
Established by Dr. Nopadol Saropala, or “Mor Por”, an obstetrician at Bumrungrad International Hospital, this horse farm offers visitors basic but comfortable accommodations for up to 15 people, including kids, who wish to experience farm life. Activities include collecting eggs from over 400 free-range hens; feeding the animals, such as chickens, ducks, geese, teacup pigs and goats; touring the vegetable patches; learning more about different horse breeds; swimming at a nearby creek; and yes, learning how to ride and groom horses and ponies.