The cool and breezy getaway spot has no shortage of hot attractions across its rolling hills.
After a massive revamp what was formerly called Primo Pasto, Primo Piazza (www.primopiazza.com) is a popular country getaway a couple of hours north of Bangkok. The spacious complex features classic Italian architecture and is set in a tranquil spot amid copious greenery. Here you’ll find Western and Thai fusion cuisine, a wine bar, café, souvenir shop and an Australian-inspired barn housing numerous fluffy sheep. While you are there, have a drink or a meal outdoors to take in the fresh cool air. Open daily 9am-6pm. Admission fees are B100 for adults and B50 for children. Only the restaurants, wine bar and souvenir shop are open after 6pm.
200/2 Moo 10, Moo See, Pakchong, 081-922-9000, 044-009-900-5. Open daily 9am-6pm. www.primopiazza.com
Step aside, Amazon Coffee. Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank is a project by Secondfloor Architects, who have designed the property in a way that integrates it with the natural surroundings to provide visitors a relaxing, peaceful caffeine fix amid the leafy trees near the entrance of Khao Yai National Park. The industrial-chic, semi-open air cafe is already a hit with locals and visitors, thanks to its insta-friendly design and yummy drink and dessert offerings, which include over 10 types of cold press juices plus a seasonal menu. It’s only open three days a week, though (Fri-Sun, from 9am-11pm), so plan wisely.
149 Moo 10, Moo-si, Pakchong, 096-981-0682. Open Fri-Sun 9am-7pm. www.fb.com/yellowsubmarinecoffee
Sip wine and listen to the rain fall at GranMonte Asoke Valley (www.granmonte.com), the multi-award-winning vineyard led by Nikki Lohitnavy, Thailand's first female winemaker and member of Forbes's inaugural Asia 30 under 30 list. They offer wine tasting programs and farm tours from B330, but we recommend going for a wine-and-dine package which starts at B995 at lunch or dinner.
52 Moo 9 Phayayen, Pakchong, 044-009-543, 081-900-8282. Open Sun-Thru 8am-6pm, Fri-Sat 8am-7:30pm. www.granmonte.com
Khao Yai National Park
Of course, the biggest attraction in the area is the actual National Park. The second largest in Thailand, it covers an area of over 2,000 sq km and ranges from forest-clad hills to open grasslands. Offering spectacular hilltop views and a number of dramatic waterfalls, it remains one of the best places to spot wild Asian elephants as well as gibbons, black bears and over 320 species of birds. The park is well served by paved roads and bicycles can be hired from the Visitor Center, which also has maps of the easier hiking trails. There is the option to stay inside the park at night, either through a number of campsites (tents can be rented) or the national park lodges and cabins, though you’ll need to make reservations through the national park website (www.dnp.go.th) before you go. Entry is B400 for adults and B200 for children, B50 for Thais.
The Scenical World
Set across a whopping 20,800 sq-meters, The Scenical World (www.scenicalworld.com) is a new lifestyle mall and theme park that's being touted as the biggest water park in Isaan. The water park is home to 12 different types of water slides, plus a lazy river and wave pool. The theme park side of things is divided into two sections: the Life Park, which consists of roller coasters and bumper cars, as well as thrillers such as the Super Pendulum and GX Swing; and the Midwest Carnival, with more kid-friendly, carousel-type rides. Tickets for adults are B1,250 for the theme park and B890 for the water park.
777 Moo 5 Thanarat Rd., Moo See, Pakchong, 044-001-188. Open daily 10am-6pm. www.scenicalworld.com
Another garden worth visiting in the area is The Bloom, a 100-rai plot of land that a TV mogul has turned into the biggest floral garden in the country. Inside are various themed gardens such as Victoria Park, with its giant steel arbor, the landmark Starry Fountain, as well as a slightly clichéd sheep farm. Do note, on our last visit a while back, parts of the garden were still under construction and were some way off completion. Entry on weekdays B100, weekends B200.
357 Phayayen, Pakchong, 044-756-336. Open daily 9am-6pm. www.thebloom.co.th
Inspired by the stunning small villages in rural Tuscany, Italy, Villanova Khaoyai is a picturesque luxury residence along the rolling hills of one of Thailand’s most beloved getaway spots. Just 1.5 hours away from the bustling action of Bangkok, the 47-unit residence is a place to escape, relax and even retire. Using warm, bright colors, large windows and modern Italian design, these luxury estates feels like a home away from home. Residences are available in sizes ranging from cozy studio suites to all-out penthouses and pool villas. With a host of stunning Khao Yai attractions just a few minutes away, Villanova Khaoyai is set to become the premier luxury lifestyle residences in the area.
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