When I told my friends that I am going Khao Kho, they asked “Where is this place?” Khao Kho, located at the north of Thailand is probably a less-travelled place for many of us. It is also known as misty Thailand that is away from the bustling and hectic Bangkok city. A drive of approximately 5.5 hours away from Bangkok will transport to a town above the clouds. No traffic and its serene and laidback town where you get to enjoy the nature scenery and beauty of the place.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are several ways to get to Khao Kho from Bangkok. You can opt for bus or car. If you are up to adventure and cost saving, you can try to go by bus for about 9 to 10 hours ride from Bangkok Bus Terminal (Mochit 2) to Lomsak Transport Station followed by bus from Lomsak District to Khao Kho District.
Alternatively, you can rent a car and go for a road trip from Bangkok. For us, we rent a private car transfer for 3D2N services from Bangkok to Khao Kho.
The details of the driver and car will be finalized one (1) day before the trip itself. Do not worry as they will send you official email with the company name, driver name and car number.It is a FREE & EASY road trip, and the driver will provide 12 hours of service per day.
Note: It is at the mountain side, so it is better to have personal chartered transport to move around. You can have the full flexibility of your time too. There are no grab services there and sky turned dark by 7pm. Most of the shops also closed early.
WHEN TO VISIT KHAO KHO
Khao Kho has chilly temperatures throughout the year and scenic views that is well-known among the locals. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Phetchabun province.
There are different activities and attractions at different seasons. If you want the view of the sea of clouds, go during the rainy season from July to September or another popular period is November to January where it is usually the coldest and you get to catch the glimpse of blooming sunflower fields and strawberries picking!
There are many nice and pretty resorts to pick and choose at Khao Kho. One of the popular one is The Blue Sky Resort Khao Kho, where the resort with European theme-style that is highly reviewed on google. We decided to stay De Capoc Resort this time because of the relaxing vibe and beautiful view. The resort offers villa and hotel rooms but do take note that the villas and rooms are limited. There is also no lift to go up to second floor of the hotel room. So bear in mind that you need to carry your luggage up the staircase.
We enjoyed our stay here and love the zen moment. The resort location is ideal as well as it is located in between the list of attraction places that we wanted to explore around Khao Kho. This is good because we did not rush ticking off the list and just chill.
MUST-VISITS/ ATTRACTION PLACES TO GO IN KHAO KHO
1. Wat Prathat Phasornkaew
Wat Pha Sorn Kaew, also known as Wat Phra That Pha Son Kaeo, is a Buddhist monastery and temple in Khao Kor, Phetchabun, in north-central Thailand. It is made up of a surrounding garden, preaching hall and pagoda. The other attractive factor is that over 5 million colorful mosaic tiles and pottery shards are used to decorate the main temple’s main pagoda as well as surrounding buildings. Magnificent!
FREE admissions but do take note that you need to remove your shoes to be able to enter the area for sight-seeing.
2. Khao Kho Wind Farm
The wind turbine power generators standing amongst the green field reminds me the similar ones in Taiwan. It is a also a recommended place to visit when you are in Khao Kho. However, no one can walk up to tour the farm. Visitors need to pay an entrance ticket THB60 per person ~S$2.28 per pax to tour the whole area. Once you purchased the ticket at the counter, wait for the tram to bring you around. The trams run a loop and visitors can stop at any pitstops to explore the place. There is no time limit so take your time to enjoy the scenery and photo taking session.
3. Pino Latte Resort & Café
This resort and café are a good place to chill and relax with a cup of coffee and dessert while overlooking the view of the Wat Prathat Phasornkaew in the distance and surrounding hills. We went there twice because the first day was too cloudy and dark sky. Thank God we are blessed with good weather the next visit.
4. Hydrangea Café
While Hokkaido famous with Furano Lavendar Fields, Khao Kho has their own version of artifical “flower field” too. They have a big garden with different flower on the hill of one of the mountains in Khao Kho.Beautiful flower garden that bloom all year round except Hydrangea which bloom around new year.
There is an entrance fee of THB60 per person ~S$2.28 per pax and you get to enjoy a discount for THB20 for a cup of coffee.
5. Tanrak Talaymok
This restaurant is recommended in TripAdvisor as one of the favourite tourists & local spots. Aside from the delicious dishes, the location of the restaurant is one of the key factors as well. It is dining with the view of the valley below. Diners/ Visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of the misty hills and photo taking at their garden area with lawn and vibrant flowers and plants. They also offer accommodation as well.
6. Phu Thap Boek-Mountain
Our private transport service does not cover this area but if you want the driver to go there, there will be additional charges applicable. You can negotiate with him. Phu Thap Boek is the tallest mountain in the Phetchabun province. Cool weather all year round and it’s a sea of clouds especially during the rainy season.
7. B.N. Farm
If you are into agricultural, check out B.N. Farm in Khao Kho. It is also one of the tourist attractions that showcases the farm that produces vegetables, fruits and winter flowers. There is also souvenir shop for visitors to shop their local produce.
You can read more about it here.
We did not go in, but we check out the container café called Taproot Café & Bakery instead. The hidden café offers coffee and pastries for those who wants to grab coffee fix and desserts. Watch the full video of the place here.
8. Sri Dit Waterfall
Our driver recommended Sri Dit Waterfall, a single-level waterfall with streams flowing through the cliff and rock layers. There is a large basin on the ground level where visitors can play in the water. We were there during rainy season and maybe the streams are too strong, and the muds are all in. Thus, this explains the colour of the waterfall in my photo.
The google photo shows a different version of it. We were a bit disappointed with it though.
Note: There is an entrance fee of THB20 per pax ~S$0.76 per pax.
PLACES TO EAT
1. Khai Yang Bua Tong
Our driver also recommended Kai Yang Bua Tong, a famous northeastern Thai Restaurant in Phetchabun for meal along our way to Khao Kho. The restaurant is located along the roadside. It was a good and affordable meal especially the unique grilled chicken menu that is popular with both locals and tourists. The chicken is grilled with charcoal and best eaten with dipping sauces. Their local delights like somtum, bamboo shoot curry, minced pork skewer and many more.
2. Chew House
Chew House is run by a young couple who offers boat noodles and cafe drinks. We had the thai boat noodles and it was flavourful and comforting.
Address: 2196, Khaem Son, Khao Kho District,
Phetchabun 67280, Thailand
3. Tanrak Talaymok
The restaurant is rated well on tripadvisors and the exterior of the restaurant has instagram-worthy spots. The restaurant has an awesome panoramic view from the hill. The local dishes served here were pretty good and reasonable too.
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Our total expenses for 3D2N excluding the transportation and accommodation is S$81.80 including the entrance fee tickets for the attraction places. The expenses here in Khao Kho is very affordable and the food served is delicious and comforting. Nothing fancy but the taste of local flavours are there. If you are looking to explore out of Bangkok, try Khao Kho. It is less touristy and we enjoyed the zen moment and free from traffic. The locals here are friendly and approachable too.