Monday, May 23, 2011

Khao Yao Thrice

Set against a backdrop of robust and lush mountains, Chokchai Farm is a cattle ranch, an affordable tent resort and agro-tourism destination all rolled into one. Large (setting about 50) tractor-driven wagons bring visitors on tours across the sprawling 3,000-hectare-plus property, allowing everybody the opportunity to milk cows, pet farm animals, ride ponies, visit an orchid and watch a live rodeo show. When the heat and excitement get to much, stop by the dairy for a fresh ice cream or the restaurant for some prime rib.

Address: 159-160 Moo 2, Friendship Road, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima
Tel: +66 (0) 4432-8485
Tours: Tue-Fri 10:00am-2:00pm, Sat-Sun/public holidays 9:00am-3:40pm (book 7 days in advance)
Price: Bht 125 for kids, Bht 250 for adults and Bht 2,490 for two-day, one-night room package
The Greenery Resort Kao Yai has 256 spacious guest rooms, views of forest-clad hills and a play pool for kids, but the real draw is the Life Park next door. A fun-seekers’ stomping ground, the recently renovated adventure park brims with attractions ranging from gentle rides on bumper boats and kiddie karts to adrenaline thrills in the Zorb, a giant inflatable ball that rolls down a 120-meter slope, and GX-Swing, a reverse-bungee ride that catapults you 60 meters into the sky!

Address: 188/1 Thanarat Road, Moo See, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima
Tel: +66 (0) 4429-7668
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00am-6:00pm
Price: Bht 2,500 for double room and Bht 160 life park ride
Nature-loving families should skip the basic lodgings offered by Khao Yai Garden Lodge & Wildlife Tours opt for the adventure of an overnight jungle-camping tour. With well-trained eyes, veteran guides will lead the way through forests and grasslands to the best trails for spotting indigenous species including gibbons, hornbills, elephants and barking deer. You also see caves, giant trees, raging rivers and more – a real wilderness buffs’ dream.

Address: 135/1 Thanarat Road, Km 7, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima
Tel: +66 (0) 4436-5178
Open: Year round
Price: Bht 7,400 for two-day, one -night camping tour per person

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