You've shopped in Bangkok, you've swam in Phuket, but you've probably never been to this magical town above the clouds in Thailand
Located about a five and a half hour drive away from Bangkok is a "wintery" hidden gem known as Khao Kho
Nestled within mountains, Khao Kho is an affordable holiday destination that will have you waking up to stunning scenery and crisp air.
The perfect time to visit is said to be between November to February, when its temperatures can go down to around 12 degrees Celsius.
If you're planning your next holiday, here are few suggestions of places you can stay at in Khao Kho:
1. Phu Sandao Resort
Located 927 metres above sea level, Phu Sandao is known as a little Switzerland in Thailand with its rolling hills and stunning views.
Stay in cute, jam roll-like dome houses made for two people or spend your vacation with a group of three to four friends at one of their eight sophisticated houses.
Rates start from THB2,500 (RM320) per night.
Unnamed Road, Tambon Khaem Son,
Amphoe Khao Kho, Chang Wat Phetchabun 67270,
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2. The Blue Sky Resort
Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and head to this quaint, picturesque resort tucked away in the mountains – perfect for that honeymoon or anniversary escape!
Some claim that the resort exudes an English country cottage vibe that will make you forget you're in Thailand.
Rates start from THB5,000 (RM642) per night.
96 Moo 5, T. Campson, A Tambon Khao Kho,
Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67280, Thailand
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3. Pino Latte Cafe and Resort
Pino Latte is worth a visit if you're looking for breathtaking views and good food.
Many reviewers rave about the cafe - which serves a good variety of cakes, coffee, and tea that you can enjoy while overlooking a beautiful landscape. Although it's said to be on the pricier side, visitors claim that the view makes it all worth it!
Rates start from THB4,200 (RM550) per night.
232 M. 5, A. Khao Kho,
Khao Kho 67280, Thailand.
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4. Imperial Phukaew Hill Resort
Looking for a romantic and luxurious getaway? Sit out on your private balcony and soak in the spectacular view at this peaceful haven that can be likened to a Swiss-style retreat.
You can also host board meetings, weddings, and parties at the resort, as its function rooms can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Rates start from THB1285 (RM133).
99 Moo 14, Phitsanulok-Lomsak Rd.,
Khao Kho, Phetchabun 67280 Thailand
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What kind of activities can I do at Khao Kho?
If you're looking to rest and relax within the resort, then great! However, there are a number of activities you can do around Khao Kho for those looking to explore.
1. Explore Khao Kho Wind Farm
This scenic farm is a great spot to capture Instaworthy photos or for families with children. There are 24 windmills scattered all over the landscape, a man-powered Ferris wheel, a garden, and wooden swings.
You can walk around the area for free or take a tram, which will bring you closer to the windmill area for THB60 (RM8).
Opening hours: 5am - 6.30pm
Thung Samo, Khao Kho District,
Phetchabun 67270, Thailand
2. Hike or take a dip at a waterfall within a national park at Petchabun district
There are several national parks located in Khao Kho, Petchabun district, such as Nam Nao National Park and Tat Mok National Park.
If you're feeling adventurous, take a drive or bus up to one of these parks and enjoy the untouched forests and chilly weather.
Within the national parks are also several beautiful waterfalls that you can relax or swim in. Some waterfalls to check out near Khao Kho are: Tat Mok, Song Nang, and Sri Dit.
Take note that an entrance fee for foreigners will apply at these national parks.
3. Bring out your inner child by heading to Phukaew Resort & Adventure Park
Some of the activities at the park include:
- canyon rafting,
- rock climbing,
- canoe paddling,
- bungee jumping,
- go-karting, and
- white water rafting, among other things.
Prices per activity ranges between THB150 and THB300 (RM19 - RM40).
Opening hours: Daily from 9am - 5pm
You can find out more on their website here.
How to get to Khao Kho from Bangkok?
Book a tour package or if you prefer to have your own road trip, rent a car or hire your own driver.
You can also get there by plane - take a flight from Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok to Phitsanulok Airport. Then, take a bus from Phitsanulok Transport Station to Khao Kho district.
A cheaper alternative is to take a bus from Bangkok Bus Terminal (Mochit 2) to Lomsak Transport Station and then take another bus from Lomsak district to Khao Kho district.
Check out this website to book a bus.