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The chocolate factory is relatively famous among tourists. I think it's also due to the scarcity of such shops available in Khao Yai, and most tourists are here to buy chocolates as gifts. There are seats available in the shop too. There is also a drink booth in the shop where you could order some drinks and chocolates to eat. I got a cup of hot chocolate and some dark chocolates to share. It's okay, but I have better ones. However, if you need to get some gifts for formality purpose, get their dark chocolate biscuit. Their dark chocolate biscuit is less sweet, and it goes well with coffee.
You are recommended to come to this place for a break, especially if you like chocolate. There is a restaurant next to the chocolate shop too. You can also dine there. I saw the reviews are pretty good too.
Like the title suggest; I did not put on make up for more than a month.
Earlier in May 2019, I had a slight break out. I suspected that it might be due to the stress that my body went through due to long haul flights and I was experimenting with new sheet masks. I figured that I had dry skin, and the usage of the wrong mask caused the outbreak. I wanted my complexion to improve fast, so I decided to go without makeup for a month.
The first week was not easy for me, as I was quite self-conscious when I go out. I did not dress up since I am not putting on makeup. I try to be as plain as possible to blend in with the environment. After a while, I am used not to make up. I feel pretty neutral on most days. The makeup does not define me of who I am. No one seems to care if I have makeup on or not. Once in a while, I do get one or two asking me why do I look so tired, which is pretty reasonable.
Nevertheless, when I did put on makeup, I do feel a little fancy and better on those days.
Now, I am more conscious about skin care products and makeup that I used. I gave away the masks that do not suit my skin type. I tried to keep my skincare as organic as possible. I am using the term "organic" loosely here. I meant I used pure aloe vera by exacting the gel from the plant, or I applied raw honey as a mask. These are simple skin care regime that works. Other than that, I shorten the number of steps of my skincare routine too. There is no need to add on more products to my face to irritate the skin. Now, I used a hydrating mask as sleeping mask daily. It helps to cool and soothe the skin. My skin is getting better now.
Here are some lessons that may be useful to you if you want to explore skincare or have better skin based on my personal experience:
Find out what type of skin you have
Use products that work for you, don't chase after the hype! If particular skincare works for you, stick to it. If it doesn't, find out what's the ingredient that is causing the issue. Then, avoid the product at all cost.
Everyone's skin is different. What may work for your friend may not work for you! You can take their recommendations but only get those that are beneficial for your skin.
Put on a hydrating mask on the plane!
Drink a lot of water and eat healthily. Your diet would affect the condition of the skin too.
Put on sunscreen!
Currently, I am staying away from makeup for a couple of weeks more. I wish for my skin condition to stabilise before I put on makeup again. Hopefully, with this post, it would educate you to know your skin better and learn to treat it better too. After all, the skin is the biggest organ.
That's all for now!
Honestly, when I was told that we were going to Jim Thompson Farm, my first impression was I was going to see silkworm, the production of silk and their products. I didn’t know Jim Thompson has a farm. For those who are unaware of Jim Thompson, it’s a brand that sells silk product; from handkerchiefs to pillowcases. Jim Thompson has a factory outlet and several shops in Bangkok.
I was pleasantly surprised when I reached there. It was a farm where you could see a sea of various flowers, including sunflowers! There were giant pumpkins for you to take photos with too. It’s not what I had imagined. I felt like I was taken to a modern farm, or I am just on the prettier side of the farm.
The farm was separated to various sections, flower section, heritage and marketplace. The flower section is apparently the most gorgeous one, and the best spot to take plenty of photos! I wasn’t as impressed as the remaining sections.
Anyway, I am not a flower person. The views were pretty no doubt, it’s quite zen to see the flowers move gracefully with the cool breeze. However, after witnessing the sea of sunflowers, all other flowers pale in comparison. Jim Thompson Farm has a small field of sunflower too! The whole group of us decided to trek across a small piece of forest and field to reach the sunflower field. I can’t imagine the length we go just for the sunflowers.
Moreover, we had yet to have our lunch then! Once again, I am not impressed with the tall grass and insects. I felt like I was in some sort of training when I was walking through the forest, but there is no point for me to turn back. I could only move on. Nevertheless, it was all worth it.
Just when you think this was the only adventure that we have on the farm, we have difficulties looking for food. Even though the map suggested that there are eateries available in the map, which it had. However, the variety and the prices of the food inside the farm is limited, and the furniture was not friendly for dining purposes. Moreover, it drizzles halfway through the meal, and all of us have to grab the food and find shelter, which was very much limited. I highly recommend you to have your meals at a proper restaurant before going to the farm.
Would I recommend going to the Jim Thompson Farm? Yes! Flower lovers would love this farm. Family with kids would like the environment too, as the children would have an eye-opening experience here. They could see flowers, tadpoles, tiny frogs and a lot of other things. I did have my share of fun at the Jim Thompson fun, but honestly, only the flower sections were worth it.
This is also one of the hot spots in Khao Yai, which is in my list to go when I was there. Khao Yai Hobbit Place looks similar to New Zealand Hobbiton. You could also dress up in various characters to take photos there too. Do you know that you could also stay in one of this huts in Khao Yai? Isn't it cool?
It was a rainy day when I visited Hobbit Place. However, the merchants were very kind to provide all of us with rainbow umbrellas! The umbrellas did help to add some vibrancy to the cloudy day.
Surprisingly, Hobbit Place is relatively small. There are two types of accommodation available. One of them was the colourful terraces which I presumed were inspired by fairy tales, while the other was the huts inspired by the Hobbiton.
The rain was not going to deter me from having fun. I took the umbrellas and went around taking photos. On top of that, I wanted to dress up to take photos there too. While every female, young and mature, were dressing up as either Elsa or Snow White, I decided not to partake in dressing up as any of the mainstream Disney Princesses. Well... I am not really a fan of princesses in general. I decided to wear this red gown, thinking that it was for “Little Red Riding Hood”, only to have the saleslady to tell me that the dress is a Queen outfit. Of course, I took it! I even had to wear a pair of oversized heels, so the dress was too long. It wasn’t easy to walk around in that heavy dress; imagine holding the dress with 1 hand and holding the umbrella in another. At the same time, you have to wobble in the oversized heels and walk on grass patches. All these for the sake of the ‘gram! It was worth it!
Anyway, the rental of the costume was relatively cheap! You pay for a ticket to the rental shop, and you could change as many outfits as you want for the entire day! You could exercise some creativity, posed accordingly for the photos and with the help of photoshop. I am sure your photos would be mind-blowing!
Would I recommend Khao Yai Hobbit Place? Yes! Of course! I would suggest that you come here with a group of friends, and all of you dress up in the various characters and take a fun shoot! Trust me, it’s totally worth it! Factor in around 2 hours at Hobbit Place if you want to do this.
Here are some tips:
You may want to bring your own costume and take photos.
It’s best that you bring your own heels, as the shop does not have enough pairs to go around, and it may not have your size. On top of that, the heels don’t go well with the outfit.
I was really excited to visit the Palio Village, as I read from several blogs that it’s a great place to take photos and you could feed alpacas there. This is one of my must-go places even before the trip took place. Hence, when I finally reached the Palio Village, I was really excited. I walked around in circles of the villages, taking photos and looking for signages to the farm where I could find the llamas. However, I could not see any stable. I started to do some googling, only to realise that I am in the wrong place. The alpacas are housed in Primo Piazza.
Palio Village and Primo Piazza are 2 European style site which are highly recommended on social media. In photos, both places look highly similar.
However, the difference between them is the farm. Palio Village is a place mainly for photo taking and some shopping, but the farm is in Primo Piazza.
You have to pay for the entrance fee to Primo Piazza too. Each ticket allowed you to get a bunch of grass to feed the sheep, donkey and alpacas.
We had a relatively short tour in Palio Village, and we requested our driver to bring us to the Primo Piazza. Primo Piazza is much more spacious, and it looked like European-Inspired countryside. I didn’t really walk around the place much, as all I could think about is feeding the alpacas. I just zoomed right there!
Now, imagine the stable housing the sheep, donkey and alpacas, and most tourists are there to feed the alpacas and the sheep only. 90% of the tourists who were feeding these animals are children. I am one of the rare adults that were enjoying the feeding session. It was pretty fun, and exciting to see the alpacas chomping stalk and stalk of grass. They weren’t hay. At least, it wasn’t it didn’t look like hay to me. It was hard to take photos because you would get photobombed by grass or children.
Children being children, one of the young boys pulled my hand and demanded me to give him grass. Demanded, because he said “Give me some grass!” to me while pulling my hand which was holding on to the grass. Well, out of goodwill, I did. However, at the same time, I was giving a death stare to the father who is pretending as if nothing happened. Then, I learnt this one valuable lesson, in future when I have a kid, he/she is going to learn and mirror my actions. I need to put on the best self every day.
Would I recommend going to Palio Village and Primo Piazza? Personally, I prefer Primo Piazza to Palio Village. Both are equally good for photo stops, but the added bonus for Primo Piazza got to be the farm. It’s an excellent place to bring your kids there. However, if you are there just to take photos, go to Palio Village. There’s no entrance fee, which is great for the budget traveller.