With forested mountains and fields of flowers, Wang Nam Khiao is considered the “Switzerland of Thailand”. There’s nature around every turn, from plunging waterfalls and peaceful creeks to organic farms and eco-friendly vineyards.
Things to do
Arrive in the cold season to witness the fantastic flower displays at Flora Park, which features over 100,000 blooms across five uniquely themed zones. Walk through a 90-meter-long bamboo tunnel covered in Chinese roses and New Guinea Beans before climbing the observation tower for a bird’s-eye view of the colorful landscape.
Hike through the tropical rainforest of Thap Lan National Park and watch the sunset at Pha Kep Ta Wan lookout. See towering bamboo, rare fan palms and native wildlife, including elephants, tigers and hornbills. Marvel at the cascading Huai Yai Waterfall and look out across the verdant valley towards Khao Lamang Mountain.
Discover the organic wine and freshly-grown produce at the Village Farm and Winery. Gain an appreciation for Thailand’s viticulture with a vineyard tour and tastings or learn the art of preparing authentic Thai cuisine with a cooking class. Health enthusiasts can partake in guided meditation or yoga class.
Do you like mushrooms? Visit Mister Mushroom, an organic farm, museum and market. Take an obligatory photo with an adorable shroom statue and enjoy a history class on cultivating mushrooms before exploring the warehouse. There are over 50 varieties of mushrooms, from the classic white button to exotic shiitake and golden chanterelle.
You can fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and drive three hours to Wang Nam Khiao via the 304. Alternatively, take the train from Bangkok to Ban Dong Bang, where taxis access the town. Guided tours and rental cars are the best ways to explore Wang Nam Khiao.