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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.
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.
As one would expect to see monkeys and elephants like Thailand, I did not manage to see a single one. All I managed to see is an injured deer, and maybe a rooster and its family. Nevertheless, I wasn’t expecting a lot from the natural view in Khao Yai.
Although I do love a good hike in the wild, the air was fresh, the weather was cooling, but the view wasn’t fantastic. The Ban Tha Chang spring area was quiet and filled with fallen leaves from the trees. Hardly, anyone was inside the spring area.
As for the National Park, I would have thought I would be able to see a gorgeous sea of green, but I see a sea of brown. I do like the walk to the Heaw Suwat Waterfall, as I do get to hike a little. Every step I take to the waterfall, I hope that the view was worth it. Guess what? No. It wasn’t worth the view. It was the smallest waterfall that I had seen so far. It was a nice photo spot, but it wasn’t worth the effort to go all the way there. Nevertheless, I was happy to burn some fats that day.
I also observed that my mum is no longer young, or has the same amount of strength as me. It wasn’t easy for her to go hiking. She would need a short break once in a while. Age is catching up, and both of us are no longer young. Life has a funny way of reminding you such things. However, I am thankful that she could still walk and climb up the stairs.
Is it worth it to go to Ban Tha Chang spring, Khao Yai National Park or the waterfall? No, it’s not worth it at all, unless you are a nature lover. I spent almost half a day at these 2 places, and I don’t feel like I had seen or done much. Regardless, if you wish to visit these places, I would recommend that you wear a pair of good shoes.
That’s all for now.
Ban Tha Chang Spring
Khao Yai National Park
If you asked anyone who visited Khao Yai, they would recommend you to go to the sunflower field. The sunflower fields are one of the highlights in Khao Yai. I agreed with the statements to. It is definitely in my list of must-go if you are in Khao Yai during the season.
The sunflower field that the driver brought us to was relatively big. There was a small area whereby the locals were selling local products and sunflower seeds too. The sunflower seeds were very fresh. I would totally recommend you to try the sunflower seeds here.
Anyway, so my mum and I decided to venture to a quiet corner of the sunflower field. It was tough venturing through the area. It’s not easy to find a proper route, and you have to walk through patches of tall grasses and soil. On top of that, all I can see are bees and more bees. These are not something that I enjoyed, but I plucked up my courage and braved through it just so to take a few good photos. It was totally worth it!
Sunflowers do have some cheerful effect on me. I like staying in the field and admired sunflowers. Although the bees could be quite distracting, I tried to remain as still as possible to not attract their attention.
Is it worth going to the sunflower field? Absolutely! When you see an area of sunflower, somehow you would naturally feel happier. Moreover, this is a great photo stop. The sunflower field that I visited was Manee Sorn Sunflower Field. There’s one in Jim Thompson Farm as well.