THE 5 BEST CHEAP THINGS TO DO IN KHAO KHO

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Imagine walking through colourful flower fields or looking out towards a misty mountain view – this sounds lượt thích a holiday we all wish we could book. If this sounds like the dream getaway you need, Khao Kho’s the place khổng lồ go.

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This lesser-known countryside town is a good alternative to lớn the human-packed shopping paradise of Bangkok or the beaches of Phuket if you’re looking to head to lớn Vương Quốc Nụ Cười for a quiông chồng getaway. As Aladdin would say – it’s a whole new world.

Thanks lớn a fully-planned private tour we booked via Klook, we got a chance to lớn fly lớn the Little Switzerland of Vương Quốc Nụ Cười – one that’ll let you experience being in Europe without the heartađậy of spending the money to lớn do so.


1. Visit the fairytale gardens of The Blue Sky Garden


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Walk a little deeper inkhổng lồ the area and you’ll find European-style houses with long walkways sandwiched between rows of lalang 

Having a big house surrounded by long pathways and gardens is something many of us can only dream of. But I’m glad to say that at The Blue Sky Garden, our dreams came true. 

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Step into lớn the compound and you’ll find different types of gardens; one brimming with colourful blooms, và another with some serious fairytale aesthetics complete with ornate stone structures và a fountain lớn boot.

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There is also a maze you can complete which leads to lớn a standing deông xã up a flight of stairs. Photo-ops lượt thích flower-adorned benches & swings can also be spotted here. I’d reckon this would be a great place for a wedding photoshoot!

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Yet, the highlight of the place has got khổng lồ be Blue Sky’s picture-perfect cà phê. The cafe features both indoor and outdoor seats, but we preferred the outside seating area which featured lots of natural light for that golden hour selfie.

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The oải hương bunches hanging from the ceilings & floral patterned cushions made me feel lượt thích I was attending an Alice in Wonderland tea tiệc nhỏ. 


While here, freshen up with some drinks lượt thích the Ice Milk Tea (100THB, ~S$4.30) & or a classic cup of Ice Latte for the same price.

Address: 96 Moo 5, Tambon Khaem Son, Amphoe Khao Kho, Chang Wat Phetchabun 67280, ThailandOpening Hours: Garden: Mon-Sat: 8.30AM-5.30PM, Cafe: Daily, 7AM-9PM Telephone: +66 02 247 7310/ +66 02 247 7311Admission: 100THB (~S$4.30) for entry inkhổng lồ the gardenWebsite


2. Meet ‘King Kong’ made out of xuất xắc at King Kong Khao Kho


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King Kong Khao Kho is a one-stop venue for you to get Tumblr-esque flower shots in their lalang fields. They even have sầu giant tuyệt structures of King Kong and an elephant which younger kids would have fun posing with. 

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From King Kong Khao Kho, you’ll get a clear view of Khao Kho’s 24 huge windmills

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Another option where you can capture the windmills in their full glory is Khao Kho Windfarm, which is just a 10-minute walk away. This village area is surrounded by many strawberry và cabbage plantations và also doubles up as a viewing point for the massive sầu wind turbines.

King Kong Khao KhoAddress: Khao Kho, Amphoe Muang Phetchabun, Phetchabun, ThailandOpening Hours: open 24/7Telephone: +66 61 489 1566Admission: Free

Khao Kho Wind FarmAddress: Thung Samo, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, ThailandOpening Hours: open 24/7Admission: Free


3. Pose with pretty blooms at Tanrak Talaymok


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I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard nature lover, but I sure couldn’t deny the beauty of Tanrak Talaymok, a restaurant-cum-resort with an open-to-public flower garden. This place is a must-visit photo lớn spot, which is good if you’re on a long drive sầu & need a pit stop.

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It felt like I was doing a Covergirl photoshoot – easy, breezy, beautiful 


We’d suggest coming here in the evening to lớn check pink sunsets off your danh sách and settle dinner at their restaurant, which serves local Tnhì food. Alternatively, you could book a stay at the resort, where the rooms come with balconies for you to star in your very own Cinderella movie – waking up lớn birds chirping and a field of flowers dancing in the breeze.

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Address: Khao Kho, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, Thailand Opening Hours: open 24/7Telephone: +66 87 020 7014Admission: Free 


4. Travel baông xã khổng lồ the Victorian times at Golden Hill Village


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Just like the Little Paris of Korea, Golden Hill Village is a quaint Europe-inspired district near Khao Kho with cafes and souvenir shops designed lớn look lượt thích olden-era cottages. Coupled with the cobblestone pathways, this place easily passes off as the birthplace of the dozen nursery rhymes we grew up listening to lớn.

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To match that their vintage-Victorian aesthetic, the gift & souvenir shops sell keepsake pieces like lace-adorned straw hats & ratchảy baskets

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Plant yourself on a pretty chair or lean lazily on the bikes lớn nail that ‘candid’ shot

Scattered all over the village are bicycles with flower-filled baskets, & furniture with ornate carvings – perfect props for photos even if you are an amateur at posing like me.

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For a quichồng bite, head into 1 Ploy Whan cafe for refreshing drinks like Apple Tea or Mint Letháng Italian Soda, both at 60THB (~S$2.60) each. For a light afternoon snaông xã, they also have sầu scones (20THB, ~S$0.90)waffles (45THB, ~S$1.95).


5. Catch the misty sunrise at Khao Takhian Ngo


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Wakey Wakey, rise & shine – to catch the sunrise, alặng to lớn reach the venue at 6am. The crisp mountain air is something you’ll never get in Singapore either

We were told that Khao Takhian Ngo is best visited from November khổng lồ February where you’ll get a view of the fog surrounding the mountains lượt thích a ‘sea of clouds’. But if you’re decide lớn visit during the hotter seasons, you’ll still be able to lớn catch the sun creeping up from behind the mountains with a little sliver of mist shadowing them. 


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We recommover carefully making your way down the steep paths for a clearer view 

Viewing spots in Khao Kho are truly cheap thrills because you don’t have khổng lồ pay a single cent khổng lồ enjoy the picturesque scenery. In fact, as we drove away from this spot, we also chanced upon a quaint little residential area that looked starkly lượt thích it was from The Sound of Music.

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Walking down the long path made me feel like I was starring in a music video

For those who enjoy camping, you could set up a base camp at Khao Kho Post Office, which in the cooler months, looks as though it’s been engulfed by fluffy Trắng clouds. There are amenities lượt thích toilets in the vicinity but vì chưng remember to lớn bring along your shower essentials & self-cooking equipment for your stay here.

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Address: Nong Mae Na, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67270, ThailandOpening Hours: open 24/7Admission: Free 


6. Dine at a cafe overlooking the mountain range at Pino Latte


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I’m sure we can all agree that pretty views và a nice cafe ambience just makes our whole dining experience so much better. Pino Latte will raise your expectations of any cafes you visit in the future with its chill vibe và view of the mountains in the distance.

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The cà phê boasts multiple viewing spots for you to get the best of the WOW-worthy scenery of Khao Kho’s very own ‘Alps’

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As you browse the menu, you’ll find cafe-style dishes lượt thích the Big English Breakfast (180THB, ~S$7.75) which comes with a generous portion of mushrooms, sausage, eggs and toast. They also have sầu a sizeable range of cakes, with anything for the chocoholic or the major sweet tooth.

We went for the citrusy Yuzu Orange Cake (195THB, ~S$8.45), served with whipped cream & cornflakes for an added bit of texture & crunch.

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Head out to lớn their open areas for cool shots like this. They even have sầu an outdoor sitting area where you can hvà your legs freely – if you dare!

Address: Pino Latte, Campson, 67270 Petchabun, ThailandOpening Hours: Daily, 7AM-7PMTelephone:  +66 87 099 4497Admission: FreeWebsite


7. Visit Khao Kho’s ‘castle’ at the Wat Prathat Pha Sorn Kaew Temple


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Vương Quốc của nụ cười is known for majestic temples that not only attract devotees but tourists as well. Wat Prathat Pha Sorn Kaew is no exception. This place of worship has everything from intricately adorned pillars lớn a grvà pagoda that stands majestically in the centre.

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If you look closely at the walls, floors và pillars, you’ll find them plastered with different shards of ceramic, beautifully arranged lớn give a mosaic effect and a unique finish to the place. We were even lucky enough to see one of the artists arranging the pieces to lớn decorate another portion of the temple.

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And when you’re done admiring the architecture, drop by the Buddha structure which is equally as impressive sầu. It’s an all-trắng statue jazzed up with silver embellishments that help lớn reflect the sunlight, giving the illusion that the statue is glowing.

As this is after all still a place devoted to lớn worship, bởi vì come dressed appropriately. And if you happen lớn be wearing shorts during your visit, you can rent a sarong to lớn cover up as well – just make a donation with however much you wish to ‘pay’ for your rental.

Address: 95 Moo 7, Khaem Son, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67280, ThailandOpening Hours: Daily, 6AM-6PMTelephone: +66 63 359 1554Admission: FreeWebsite


8. Feast on some authentic Tnhì food at Rai Chan Raem restaurant


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While you wait for your food, snap some photos at their flower fixture 

Situated high on top of a hill is Rai Chan Raem Restaurant & for good measure, because you’ll be able to lớn get a panoramic view of the mountain pastures. We’d give this restaurant A+ for effort with the flora that decorates every corner of the restaurant. You really could pose anywhere in the outdoor dining area và not be disappointed.


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Besides feasting your eyes on the picturesque scenery, quell your cravings for some authentic grub with the traditional Tnhì food served here.

Unlượt thích the usual dishes you’ll find in Thai restaurants in Singapore, we found some quality bites including the best-seller – Steamed Fresh Mushrooms with Soy Sauce (150THB, ~S$6.50). The mushrooms were plump and flavourful and paired well with the Fried Rice with Egg (80THB, ~S$3.45 for 1 person portion) which can actually feed 2 hungry souls. 

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Go for the Fried Chicken Wings (THB$150) which has a peppery kichồng and an ASMR-worthy crunch from its crispy skin

Note: Because the restaurant is situated on top of a hill, you might find some bugs flying around while you dine. But it’s no big giảm giá as you’ll be provided with insect repelling incense burners to lớn keep the bugs out.

Address: 152 Moo 8, Tambon Khao Kho, Amphoe Khao Kho, Chang Wat Phetchabun 67270, ThailandOpening Hours: Daily, 8AM-9PMTelephone: +66 56 728 0501


9. Take a pit stop at Muak Lek Sunflower Fields


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We’ve sầu all probably heard the iconic pick-me-up tuy nhiên, ‘Walking On Sunshine’ before. The closest you’ll get khổng lồ doing so is at Thailand’s biggest sunflower field, the Muak Lek Sunflower Fields. This sunflower plantation that’s complete with a backdrop of grassy mountains is a 2.5 drive from Bangkok that you can visit while on your journey khổng lồ Khao Kho.

The flowers are usually in full bloom from November lớn January – a great time to visit ‘cuz it coincides with the school holidays in Singapore!

Address: Chong Sarika, Phatthamãng cầu Nikhom District, Lopburi 152đôi mươi, ThailandOpening Hours: Daily, 6AM-6PMAdmission: 10THB (~S$0.50)


10. Indulge in fancy fusion cuisine at Le Bonheur Khao Kho


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Khao Kho is a treasure trove of mountain top cafes like Le Bonheur Khao Kho, which provide good food và greater views. If you’re visiting Khao Kho, this is a good place to spkết thúc a lazy afternoon with your travel buddies because of the cosy interior và a large outdoor area that’s perfect for chilling out.


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Here, you’ll find a selection of Italian and Thai fusion dishes like the Thai Spicy Sausage Spaghetti (185THB, ~S$8)Spaghetti with Crispy Gourami Fish (195THB, ~S$8.50). And because there’s always room for dessert, give the Tnhị Tea Bingsu (165THB, ~S$7.15) a try. You could also order the Tartufu Ice Cream (155THB, ~S$6.70), an Italian ice cream dessert that comes which has a frozen fruit centre. 

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When you’re done filling your bellies, enjoy the view of Khao Kho from the outdoor patio that is complete with stools. In the cooler seasons, you’ll even get a full glimpse of the famous ‘sea of clouds’ that is unique lớn this part of Đất Nước Thái Lan.

Address: Khaem Son, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67280, ThailandOpening Hours: Daily, 8AM-7PMTelephone: +66 86 299 5954Admission: FreeWebsite


Hassle-không tính phí travelling around Khao Kho with Klook


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Khao Kho – trang chủ to the ‘Swiss Alps’ of Thailand 

Khao Kho is relatively unheard of to lớn the everyday Singaporean, but that doesn’t mean that this mountainside town is ulu and hard khổng lồ reach. All we needed khổng lồ do was book the fully-planned 3D2N Khao Kho Private Tour from Bangkok via Klook to lớn get the ball rolling. This is way more convenient than having to hail a cab khổng lồ get khổng lồ all your locations, where you might even over up paying more than you need to!

I must say that as someone who’s a tín đồ of free-and-easy travel, the tour was better than expected because of its flexibility. Our trusty driver even doubled-up as a local guide who advised us on alternative places we should visit according to lớn the time period we were there.

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In our era of Instagram, posting stories of our travel is lượt thích an unspoken rule. You just gotta bởi it, & with the 4G Portable Wifi, you can update your social truyền thông, as và when you lượt thích. Since the portable wifi is shareable và allows multiple devices to lớn be connected, it’s a great package especially if you’re travelling with your family or a group of friends. This can be booked through the Klook’s trang web as well – where you can get unlimited data packages for