Khao Yai Travelogue 4: What To See, Do, Eat and Stay in Khao Yai

If you have been following my blog closely, you would have realised that this is my second trip to Khao Yai this year. I visited the area in September with friends, and this time it was with my sister. This blog post will not include details about the places I visited during my first trip as well as safari at the National Park, so if you want to find out more about Khao Yai and how to get there, here are my other posts:

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I have created a map to show the major attractions in Khao Yai and the relative distance between them so that you can have a rough gauge.

What To See

  1. Sunflowers at Saraburi Sunflower Field (November to January)
  2. Flowers at The Bloom

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To get to Saraburi Sunflower Field, it is a slight detour from the route from Bangkok to Khao Yai. It should cost you about an additional 200 Baht if you are taking private transport. While blooming period is from November to January, the sunflowers only started blooming in December this year, so it would be good to check before going there.

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Khao Yai Travelogue 3: Dasada – The Flower Es’Senses Resort

Following our day exploring Khao Yai, we headed to our second hotel Dasada- The Flower Es’Senses Resort. It was about an hour by car from Hotel La Casetta by Toscana Valley. At the resort, you find yourself immersed in the lush foliage and relaxing atmosphere. It is indeed both a luxurious and revitalising experience staying there.

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We reserved a Deluxe Room, which comes with a spacious bathroom, two double beds and an in room day bed. Also, waiting for us on the table was a complimentary plate of fruits!

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We made it in time for their water fountain show at 7pm.

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After the show, which was in Thai and lasted for about half an hour, we walked over to The Bloom restaurant for dinner. The restaurant has no relation to The Bloom by TV Pool

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Khao Yai Travelogue 2: The Bloom, The Chocolate Factory and Farm Chokchai

Seeing that we had time constraints on our side as our stay at Khao Yai was limited to two nights, there was not a lot of places we could hit there. Travelling alone to Khao Yai took almost the afternoon, we had only one full day left before we headed back to Bangkok.

There are many interesting things to do in Khao Yai, namely night safari at the national park, feeding alpacas at Primo Piazza and many others. However, due to communication breakdown, we did not manage to go for either of those (they told us that Primo Piazza was closed). Hence, we narrowed down our itinerary to The Bloom, The Chocolate Factory and Farm Chokchai and got a driver for the whole day for 3,500Baht.

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After checking out of Hotel La Casetta by Toscana Valley before lunch time, we headed first for The Bloom by TV Pool. It is the largest flower garden in the vicinity, with over 100 acres of flower fields and more than 30 specifies of flowers. The garden is opened year round and admission is free.

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We did not stay long to appreciate the flowers as it was scorching! A good time to visit would be in the early morning or later in the evening.

The Bloom by TV Pool
357 Moo 5 Tambon Prayayen Amphur Pakchong, Khao Yai National Park, Khao Yai, Thailand 30320
Tel: 044-756336 ext. 0, 087-799-9555
Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 0700-2000hrs

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Khao Yai Travelogue 1: Hotel La Casetta by Toscana Valley

I started planning my trip to Khao Yai months ago after a good friend sent me an article on ’14 Unique Hotels in Magical Khao Yai- 3 Hours Drive from Bangkok’. There were many charming and interesting hotels featured, but only three that caught my eye and had excellent ratings, namely Thames Valley Khao Yai, Lala Mukha Tented Resort and Hotel La Casetta by Toscana Valley.

However, even as I was booking the hotel months ahead, Thames Valley and Lala Mukha Tented Resort were already fully booked! And so, I was left with Hotel La Casetta. I booked Hotel La Casetta though my trusty hotel booking website, Booking.com. It had a rating of 8.4/10 and positive reviews.

Finally, after months of planning and anticipation, I finally got to fly there!

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The best way to get to Khao Yai is to fly to Bangkok and arrange for a private car to take you there. The drive took us a full three hours, with a short toilet break for the driver. Prior to flying, I did quite a bit of price comparison and the most reasonable rate was by Thai National Parks. They offered a spacious station wagon and a round trip from Khao Yai to Bangkok at 4,600 Baht. Furthermore, they were extremely helpful and prompt in their replies.

Since the journey was going to be long, my friends and I headed to the second floor of the airport to buy some food to tide us over till we got there. We were stuck at the customs for more than an hour, so we only left the airport around 3pm. The sun had set when we pulled into our hotel. But, even though it was dark, we could still bask in the beautiful setting of Toscana Valley.

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We took almost an hour to check in because the staff only knew minimal English. It was so bad that they thought 2000hrs was 2pm. We were trying to arrange for a night safari, which Khao Yai is famous for, as well as transport around Khao Yai during the day. However, they did not work with any tour operators or even taxi companies. After getting nowhere with the night safari and a taxi driver who did not know English, we went to our rooms.

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We had reserved a Casetta Loft, which came with one queen and two twin beds. The bathroom was quite huge, with a shower stall and a bathtub. From the window, you get a view of the mountains and the swimming pool. With nothing much left to do after unpacking, we decided to head to the Town Square for dinner.

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