Pakchong is the northern gateway to Khao Yai National Park, Thailand’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. From wilderness trails through lush jungle foliage to elephant encounters and eco-friendly farms, Pakchong is a tropical playground.
Things to do in Pak Chong
Cycle along the Khao Yai Wine Trail and discover the exotic food and wine of Thailand. Ride along quiet country roads through rolling hills and sunflower fields with a mountainous backdrop. Stop for a winery tour and tastings at the award-winning Granmonte Estate and try grape cookies at the relaxed family-run Supatra Vineyard.
Discover the organic farms and fresh produce markets surrounding Pakchong. Taste juicy corn on the cob and sweet sunflower cookies at Suwarn Farm before stopping by Prapatsorn Grape Farm to sample tamarind juice. Experience the bustling atmosphere at Pak Chong Night Bazaar or the Khao Yai Floating Market where you can see narrow boats floating down the river.
Are you a fan of Oriental art? Visit Khao Yai Art Museum and explore the exquisite personal collection of Mr Pongchai Chindasook. See contemporary portraits of the late king and wander through the sculpture garden taking in the many bronze statues, exotic plants and tranquil lotus pond.
Go jungle trekking through Khao Yai National Park and encounter wild elephants, leopards, gibbons, tigers and macaques. To see the park’s most impressive waterfalls, follow the eight-kilometer trail from Kong Kaew Falls to Haew Suwat Falls or climb 650 steps to Thep Phithak Punnaram, a giant white Buddha and temple perched on the mountainside.
Getting around Pak Chong
Pakchong is a two-hour drive from Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. Trains and buses arrive at Pakchong Railway Station in three hours from Bangkok. Once in Pakchong, rental cars and motorcycles are available, although guided cycling, walking and bus tours are the best ways to explore.