Khao Yai is famous for many attractions. Her best known attractions include the National Park where wild elephants strike unsuspecting visiting vehicles so as to protect their young, and also the Exotic Zoo where you get to feed the different animals.
Unfortunately we did not visit both of these attractions, but rather, we paid a visit to Dairy Home where I tried different kinds of fresh locally produced milk. My favorite one was the grass fed, we actually headed back a second time to get a few more bottles.
Khao Yai is also famous for her steakhouses. I have never had a good steak in Thailand before, so I was looking forward to what Khao Yai had to offer. First up, I tried the steak at Chokchai Farm’s steak house. I ordered the 300g t-bone medium rare, but however it was still rare when it arrived on the hot plate.
I sent it back and requested for it to come back medium rare, but it came back as medium well.
The other steak house I tried was called Ribs Mannn. They had a slightly different menu so I ordered a wagyu and requested it to be medium rare, but it was also served slightly overdone and lacked the texture I was looking out for. One thing I must commend was their pan-fried scallops. Those were heavenly and came in 3 different sauces. I had no idea what the sauces were but the scallops were definitely much better than the steak.
I guess I still have not found a decent steak in Thailand yet.
We spent our nights at different hotels and resorts. Prices were slightly steep for Thailand’s standard, but still pretty much affordable.
The first night was spent at Escape Khao Yai where the rooms were crammed and small. For the price per night, you would expect a slightly bigger room.
We had the option of ordering ala carte or to go with a BBQ. Observing that the evening temperature in Khao Yai was only about 27 degree celsius, we tried the BBQ and it wasn’t that much filling. The fish fillet wrapped in banana leaf was very good and probably the easiest to BBQ as well. There was a buffet counter but all I saw was a salad bar and some kind of rice and pasta.
We spent the second night at Kirimaya Gold Resort. The rooms were much bigger and we had the balcony that was overlooking the pool. The pool itself was surrounded by several man-made swamps as part of the landscape, however these swamps breed mosquitoes that wouldn’t stop trying to enter our room.
Weather was cool and nice, it would have been the perfect setting to just laze and chill on the balcony if it weren’t for the mosquitoes.