Ahh Thailand, the land of smiles indeed. The sincere hospitality is not the only factor that has won the hearts of many tourists in the world! With delectable Thai cuisine, bustling night markets and pristine white beaches, Thailand tops the list as one of the few destinations that provides everything you need. We’ve all heard of Bangkok, Krabi and Phuket, each exuding a different life on its own and catering to the different needs of travellers. What about Wang Nam Khiao?
It is simple to see why Wang Nam Khiao is dubbed the Switzerland of Thailand. This obscure, scenic gem is located in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand’s largest province (about 4 hours’ drive north of Bangkok). With lavender fields, lush greenery and mountains, this alluring province in Thailand will definitely take your breath away. Here are 7 reasons why you should start packing for Wang Nam Khiao!
: The best way to get to Wang Nam Khiao is via a private car or tour that will take you up north from Bangkok. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can take a bus from Mochit (Bangkok) to Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima). Then, take another bus from Korat to WNK! ?
1. An escape from the city life
Veggie lovers, this one’s for you. Picking out chemical-free vegetables might not be on some travellers’ itineraries, but why not? All in the name of good health.
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Visitors can pay a visit to Suan Lung Krai, a chemical-free farm which produces the freshest greens, or stay in an organic farmhouse. The from-farm-to-plate concept has existed for decades but has been increasingly popular with millennials who want to have a change in lifestyle.
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The Cool Living Farmhouse allows guests to enjoy organic meals and experience the farming lifestyle of the farmers there. The farmers also educate the visitors on the benefits of organic farming and organic produce. And, you can cycle around the premises too. ?
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590 Coolliving Farmhouse, Moobaan Butako, Tambol Wang Nam Khiao, Nakhonratchasima, 30370 Wang Nam Khieo, Thailand
2. Be captivated by Flora Park
You’re in for a treat if you’re visiting Wang Nam Khiao’s very own Flora Park during December to March. Visitors will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the colourful landscapes.
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Don't only visit this park for the ‘Gram! After you’re done capturing your OOTD amidst the English roses and lavender, visit the “Fah Prathan”, a learning centre for sustainable agricultural development located in the vicinity of the Flora Park.
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There are also different zones in the Fah Prathan such as the grape ozone or the veggie ozone, where visitors are able to educate themselves on how sustainable agricultural development came about in Thailand. And here’s the best part - you’re able to shop for organic goods at the Farmers’ Market once you’re done strolling around the park!
3. Bask in the beauty of nature at Lam Phra Phloeng Reservoir
For those who can’t get enough of what nature has to offer, Lam Phra Phloeng Reservoir is a newly established site in Wang Nam Khiao, where you can go for a quick jog, cycle or even take a leisurely stroll. This path is approximately two kilometres long, with plenty of photo opportunities and fresh produce sold at roadside stalls. The path ends at the Lam Phra Phloeng dam viewpoint.
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There are also plenty of convenient facilities, such as parking spaces and restrooms at the starting point of path. So yes, shrug off those worries of not answering Mother’s Nature calls while appreciating nature!
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4. Catch the stunning sunset at Pha Kep Ta Wan
Trek up Pha Kep Ta Wan to catch the sunset amidst the mountains and hills of Wang Nam Khiao. It is highly recommended to travel up around 4-5pm (local time).
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Although moderately crowded with tourists, there are three routes up to the peak with a diverse set of flora and fauna. After the sun sets, temperatures can drop to 10 degrees with a high chance of strong winds, so do prepare suitable clothing in advance. There's also a patio for tents – perfect for those who want to spend a night in the hills!
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With rock formations at the peak, you’re able to witness His unique and wonderful creations. Don’t forget to snap a picture and showcase to the world that you’ve caught one of the most beautiful sunsets in Thailand ?
5. Visit a mushroom farm!
We’ve all heard of strawberry and cherry farms, but…a mushroom farm seems out of the ordinary. And yes, it offers out of the ordinary experiences too! ?
You’ll begin your journey in Mister Mushroom by walking through an aisle of adorable Mushroom-themed statues. With statues of different sizes, personas and colours, this is another great photo opportunity for you. After snapping pictures, swing by the information gallery to learn more about the history of cultivating mushrooms.
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Here comes the fun part: the mushroom growing area. You’re able to snap pictures of the dim IG-worthy warehouse. After the intensive exploration, do drop by the rows of souvenir shops and Muslim-friendly food stalls perfectly catered to your needs!
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Disclaimer: The snacks are not halal-certified; readers are advised to check with the stall owners before consuming at their own discretion.
: Thai Samakkhi, Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30370, Thailand
6. Perfect for the kids: Montana Farm
Get up close and personal with animals such as alpacas, sheep and horses during your trip at Montana Farm. Visitors are also strongly encouraged to disinfect their hands and wear protective gear before stepping into Alpaca land. Rest assured, the measures were established in the best interests of the Alpaca as well as the visitors and yes, you can feed them!
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There is also something for the adventurous souls seeking for thrills. You are able to rent a quad-bike to explore a designated area in the farm. Do have a go at shooting and archery while you’re there as well!
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With plenty of colourful gardens and a mini Ferris Wheel, Montana Farm is also a perfect place to take a pleasant stroll with your loved ones.
: Wang Nam Khiao, Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30370, Thailand
7. Visit the little garden for our not so little hearts
The picturesque Little Garden at Wang Nam Khiao is also home to a variety of flora and fauna. There are chicken and rabbits for you to feed as well.
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This beautiful place consists of different mini houses decked in floral sculptures and ornaments. The vibrant nature and atmosphere of the different plantations will captivate you. Visitors are able to educate themselves on the different type of blooms available there. And if you’re lucky, you might see seasonal flowers slowly blooming.
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In addition to snapping IG-worthy pictures, you can also buy the fresh vegetables and fruits grown at this farm.
The attractions in Wang Nam Khiao possess three vivid similarities – greenery, flora and animals. With its stunning landscapes and plantations, it’s a no wonder that Wang Nam Khiao is dubbed the Switzerland of Thailand! So if you are Mother Nature’s number one fan, then take the trip up north to Wang Nam Khiao and explore these 7 different reasons! ?