Living in sweltering Bangkok always makes us look forward to the cooler season of December and January. I’m normally not fond of cold weather but a break from the humidity is always a delight. Even though it has been feeling cooler than usual lately (with temp starting at 21 degrees in the morning), we took the chance to visit a way cooler place and just to get away from the city. In all honesty, this family always finds reasons to get away. :p
Khao Kho was the perfect choice for us because none of us have been able to visit that part of Thailand yet. Khao Kho is a popular district in Petchabun province, well-known for its “sea mist” view and is about 5-6 hours north of Bangkok by car. We didn’t see the sea of mist while we were there because it was already “winter” time.
We had booked our accommodations around August because we didn’t want to run out of options. We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights in two different hotels, which gave us different yet stunning views.
Our convoy left at 4 in the morning because we wanted to get there around 10 or 11. The drive to Petchabun was very smooth and though we expected a traffic congestion along the way due to the popularity of Khao Kho during the holidays, we didn’t get caught in anything. Always best to leave early! 🙂
This is also one thing I appreciate about Thailand — it doesn’t matter where you’re going or how far, roads will always be beautifully paved. From Petchabun to Khao Kho, that was when the road, terrain, and the scenery changed and you know you’re in for something really amazing. Rolling hills, steep climbs, and winding roads, dense trees, valleys, and blue skies, it was just surprise after surprise on every turn and we rolled our windows down for the most part to feel the cool and fresh air.
For the rest of the story on the journey, click on the photos 🙂 (Still taken with my trusty iPhone SE.)
Caught the sunrise about halfway in our trip.
We got to see some of the sunflower fields in Lopburi area (a province popular for this)
Kailee checking out the koi at a rest area.
Breakfast stopover at Amazon coffee with our main crew. Maimai brought adobo and pansit for us and we just bought boiled rice from 7-11! Yum 🙂
Photo op with the fam at our first stop at a place called “360.” It was like a protrusion of land on a small hill so it had a 360-degree view of lush Khao Kho.
This is our travel crew: front row- myself, Maimai (a close friend), Kailee (my daughter). Back row: Nok (my Thai sister in-law), Jung (Maimai’s husband), JP (Brother bear), and JJ (my boyfriend).
My daughter kept saying it felt like she was flying on this spot 🙂
Next stop was Sri Dit waterfall. This particular house was built when the late King Bhumibol was working on some projects in this area.
View of the falls from above. There is a sign here that says no one is allowed to swim because it is a dangerous waterfall. “All who dared to swim lost their lives.” You bet I didn’t!
Bamboo forest on the way down to the waterfalls.
One of my goals is to always get Kailee seeing new places and experiencing new things other than just living in the city.
Next stop was lunch and even if i had this place on my list, I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful it was. The resort/restaurant is called TANRAK TALAYMORK.
Just look at that view. The food was really good but I was too hungry to take photos 🙂
This gave me the feels of the movie “Land Before Time.”
Who doesn’t love a restaurant with a fab view and flowers everywhere like it’s your wedding day? hahahah
They put a lot of these flower patches in their garden.
Finally checked in our first accommodation which is called Khao Kho Talamork. It was very simple, affordable, and convenient because it could house all of us in one room, but location is everything they say, and this one probably has one of the best spots for the best view! Here are the boys with their well-stocked fridge. 🙂
Kailee was happy she had a nice spot to finally read her new book. Bookworm!
Our view for a day! Just serene and gorgeous.
Hanging out with my love.
Family photo, c’mon now. 🙂
The girls in a photo shoot directed by Jung
Going out to see the sunset from the view point which is just a 3-minute walk from our resort.
My loves. Seriously, I don’t know what i was thinking but I left my sweater in the house and was miserable the entire time outside!
Thank you, Jesus!
Dinner! This is Kai Yang (grilled chicken), and of course loads of Khao Niew (sticky rice) and Som Tum (Thai spicy papaya salad). We bought the food and took it to our cottage.
Comparing temps with Bangkok.
Breakfast al fresco. It was really cold and windy.
And then cuddles, singing, and chilling in the balcony.
I found this embellished beanie in my favorite color in Tesco.
Next stop before checking in at our second resort. We could see these wind turbines from the balcony so we decided to check them out.
Another area with spectacular view.
That’s a quaint coffee shop. imagine sipping a cup of hot coffee while enjoying this cool place.
Giants. No wonder these were built here because the wind is crazy up here!
A pano shot of the view from Pino Latte which was our last sightseeing destination.
A very popular coffee shop. It was difficult getting to this place, it was like going through a lot of mountains, the road was a li’l rough and steep. But again, location is everything 🙂 I’m not a coffee aficionado but i’m a view aficionado 🙂
My worm with another book 🙂
This sandwich was huge! Bigger than my hand 🙂
Waiting for our food and drinks.
And again, blooms and the view 🙂
This is what we got, freshly baked blueberry and chocolate muffins which made me think — thank goodness this place isn’t overrated because it was really really good! And some coffee for JJ and a hot matcha tea for me 🙂 Yummy!
Group photo. I scanned the crowd and found a guy who looked like he was kind enough to do this for strangers 🙂
Jung directed me to this spot for a solo. This would have been a perfect shot minus the crowd :p
Finally our second resort — BURI MUNTAR! This was rather upscale and a gift from our parents 🙂 Thank you ma and pa!
Our villa. Thai style architecture in wood!
The boys chilling. They ran out of beer from the first night so they look pretty sad but we still bought some when we went out for dinner.
This area is lower (elevation wise) than our first accommodation. But this was with a direct view of the sunset.
The clubhouse and reception area
My choice of beer — so feminine hehehe
I’m such a morning person that whenever we go to a new place, I always like taking a walk outside and exploring the place while everyone is still in bed. But this walk didn’t last long because of the cold weather plus strong winds. The winds would howl and bang at our windows!
She’s awake and i needed a warm hug 🙂
JJ — a specie who does not get cold easily. Soooo rare. hahahahha 13 degrees and he was in shorts and a shirt while we were all bundled up! Annoying!
Family shot before going home. that’s a half smile.
The pool and breakfast area. the pool was useless.
With titow JP
So blessed to get to travel with this girl.
Passed by a market to buy avocados and grab a drink before heading back to Bangkok. This was a campsite below the coffee shop. In love with Khao Kho, that’s right! i don’t mind driving back here again! 🙂
Strawberry milkshake from fresh strawberries 🙂