Day Trips

From Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute Thailand, Asia


Where to go near Rak Tamachat?


We realize that most people who come to visit our farm are tourists, or long-term travelers, or people looking for a more worthwhile trip than just a couple weeks on a beach.

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1. Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park covers more than 2,000 square kilometers of forest and grassland in central Thailand.

More than 50 km of hiking and biking trails wind through the long-standing nature preserve, and its many waterfalls include 150m-tall Haew Narok and 20m-tall Haew Suwat, immortalized in the Danny Boyle film ‘The Beach.’

The park also shelters diverse wildlife such as bears, gibbons, elephants, and hornbills.

Picture of Phi Mai

2. Phi Mai 


Home to a Wat older than Angkor, but also made by the Khmer.

It’s pretty amazing if you’ve never been across the border to Cambodia and visited Angkor and the surrounding temples.

For us nature lovers tho, the real site is Thailand’s largest Banyan tree!  15,000 square feet of shade 😀  Only 40 or so km from Korat too!


3. Chaiyaphum


Thailand’s ‘Stone Henge’, or Mor Hin Khao, is located 20km away from Tat Ton National Park, and has amazing sunset views and places to camp. 

This site has some info on what to expect.

Picture of Nakhon Ratchasima

4. Korat City 

Nakhonratchasima (Thai: นครราชสีมาpronounced [náʔkʰɔːn râːt.tɕʰa.sǐː.maː]) or (Khmer: នគររាជសីមា) is one of the four major cities of Isan, Thailand, known as the “big four of Isan”. The city is commonly known as Korat  (โคราช), a shortened form of its name. It is the governmental seat of the Nakhon Ratchasima Province and Nakhon Ratchasima District. Nakhon Ratchasima is the heart of the Nakhon Ratchasima metropolitan area.

Picture of Korat Zoo

5. Korat Zoo 

Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo, or Korat Zoo, is one of the most wonderful places for visiting in the Nakhon Ratchasima province, situated in the northeastern region of Thailand. Korat Zoo is the fourth out of five zoos under the administration of the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Rama IX.

Nakhon Ratchasima covers 218 acres. The zoo has been established since 23 May B.E. 2532 located on the plain laterite area where some areas have been adjusted to be the wave areas like Savanna grassland providing excellence of animals presented in their natural environment for the purpose of conservation, education, and recreation.  

Photo of Dan Kwian village

6. Don Kwian Pottery Village

Situated on the Highway No.24 or 14 kilometers from the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, Dan Kwian Pottery Villa is noted for its unique pottery products which are widely used for interior and outdoor decoration.

The uniqueness of Dan Kwian clay is its durability, pliability and rusty color, especially when it is combined with attractive designs.

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7. Pak Chong Cowboy Town


Saraburi province’s Muak Lek district surprises visitors with its own version of country and western culture. The “Cowboy festivals” come to town in January, and everyone has a whoop and holler!

Dairy farming has been associated with the rolling hills of Saraburi since the 50s when pioneering farmers experimented with imported cattle. Today it is an important industry that supplies most of the popular milk products that are sold in supermarkets across the country. Farms are concentrated mainly northeast of Saraburi town in Muak Lek district all the way to the Pak Chong intersection on Highway 2 heading towards Nakhon Ratchasima province. With the mountains of the famous Khao Yai National Park in the distance, dairy meadows nestle between hills on both sides of the highway.

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8. Muak Lek Waterfalls


Flowing to the north of Muak Lek in a far-flung corner of the Khao Yai region, Chet Sao Noi Waterfall usually gets overlooked by travelers. It’s not Thailand’s tallest, widest, or most popular waterfall, but with a haunting backstory and scenery that’s right out of a fantasy novel, there’s something mesmerizing about Chet Sao Noi.

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9. Subpradoo Reservoir


During the weekends, local Thai people love to go relax with their families and friends, eat in the bamboo huts bordering the water and enjoy a refreshing swim at Subpradoo Reservoir.

In Thailand, we enjoy spending the whole day eating, drinking and relaxing. A meal can take the entire day, as long as you’re in good company. Nothing like the relaxing Thai lifestyle!

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10. Khao Chan Ngam Cave Archaeological Site


The temple is known for its rock paintings found in 1938. They are located near a cave. The temple offers free parking and free admission. They made a concrete road around 2011 and it is easier to reach the paintings.

The pictures show men, women, and children with bows, arrows, and dogs. It reflects the day to day life, like hunting and dancing, painted in a red coarse paint. It is believed to have been done by an agrarian community living in that area 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.

If you have other places of interest to suggest, you are always welcome to contact us!