Visiting Palio Khao Yai

February 10, 2013

It is Monday morning and I find myself sitting on the toilet, too early in the morning. Yesterday was a disastrous day since I have been lying in bed almost all day, in a warm room, feeling like crap. The flu is almost over now, but my intestines still hold on the last part of it; this is the time to get that out also. My fiancée is waking up on the other side of the door, and I can hear almost everything she is doing. Why do they make doors so thin in Thailand? Luckily she has seen me ill before so without any feel of shame I give it a good go.

The room at Moosi Yard Hometel

The room at Moosi Yard Hometel

Yesterday we arrived in Khao Yai because we have our pictures taken there today to act as decoration on our wedding reception (these will be the pre-wedding pictures). The location will be the “Palio Khao Yai” which is a place that is hard to describe. It is located close to Khao Yai national park and the whole purpose of the place is still a bit unclear to me. There is no entrance charged (20 baht to park your car, but maybe you can even park in front of the place saving you that money) so why not take a look? The whole place consist of a fake Italian village with small shopping streets, a little square, a hotel, some coffee places and some restaurants.

Small shopping streets at Palio Khao Yai

Small shopping streets at Palio Khao Yai

Is this really Italy?

Is this really Italy?

The shops do not sell specials things, it is the same kind of stuff you can buy everywhere (some clothes, some heads, some junk). The restaurants are also not really special; they can best be put under the header “too expensive”. The coffee places are not much better, because the coffee is just like the whole place: not the real thing. The entrance is free, but it has not much to offer.

What can you do at Palio Khao Yai?

What can you do at Palio Khao Yai?

What can you do at Palio Khao Yai?

What can you do at Palio Khao Yai?

The Palio Inn, which probably overcharges a lot for a simple room.

The Palio Inn, which probably overcharges a lot for a simple room.

And still the place is packed during the weekends! Hundreds of Thais visit the place every Saturday and Sunday, and large tour busses stop at the entrance of the Palio Khao Yai. And what will those people do in the small, fake Italian town? Take pictures of course!

They take picture of the small, fake buildings, and of each other standing in front of the small, fake buildings. They buy a portion of “Italian” ice-cream and take pictures of each other with the small, fake Italian ice-cream. And everywhere you look you see people with photo cameras.

So all together it is a great place to visit if you like making pictures or like having your picture taken. Bring your biggest camera lenses and I guarantee you that you will not stand out. Since there is no entrance being charged you have not much to lose, and it makes a better deal than the Khao Yai national park which charges 400 baht entrance for foreigners (Thai nationals just pay 40 baht). Last piece of advice would be to avoid the weekends because its ten times busier then than in during working days.

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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