Last weekend, I did a two-day road trip to Pak Chong district in Nakhon Ratchasima province. This whole area is often referred to as Khao Yai due to the proximity of the large national park of the same name. The purpose of the trip was to take part in the annual Harvest Festival at PB Valley Khao Yai Winery. If you can avoid the traffic, it is about two hours or so from Bangkok. I was planning to explore Pak Chong as well, but as it turned out, I just stayed the whole weekend at the winery. It was great fun and I had a relaxing weekend. It made a nice change of pace for me. The following photos were tweeted live during the weekend.
Date of trip: 3-4 February 2018
This morning I’m driving up to PB Valley Khao Yai Winery in Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima. Looks like it will be a three hour drive. I’m told it might be chilly. Map of places to visit:
This must be the weirdest Starbucks building in Thailand. It’s also their 200th store. It’s in Ayutthaya province on the main highway to the Northeast. Even has a drive-thru. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jgjDwU8yj422
Tung Buachom Floating Market on Highway 1 in Ayutthaya province used to be a nice place to stop for a break when heading Northeast. But it’s sadly neglected these days with many shops closed down. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/EgKji8KdF1L2
This afternoon I’m at PB Valley Khao Yai Winery for their annual grape festival. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/bpTGKoZTdkN2
Fun and games at the Grape Harvest Festival at PB Valley Khao Yai Winery. First activity is grape picking relay race.
Grape stumping game at the Grape Harvest Festival at PB Valley Khao Yai Winery. Winning team is the team with the most juice.
Some drone photos of PB Valley Khao Yai Winery in Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima province.
I wasn’t planning on staying the night at PB Valley Khao Yai Winery, but they had a last minute cancellation and they kindly invited me to spend the night in the “tent”. Though as you can see, on the inside it’s a normal air-conditioned room with all the usual luxuries.
DAY TWO: Good morning from PB Valley Khao Yai Winery in Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima. This is the view of the vineyard from my bed. It’s a chilly 17°C but lovely fresh air. I was thinking I might just have a lazy morning if you don’t mind.
Breakfast with a view at PB Valley Khao Yai Winery in Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima.
Drone photos of the wigwam where I stayed last night at PB Valley Khao Yai Winery in Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima.
This morning I’m doing the Wine & Vineyard Tour at PB Valley Khao Yai Winery. Adults 320B and children 250B. There are five tours per day. At the weekend the tours are very popular, so come early to book.
First stop on the PB Valley winery tour is the table grapes vineyard.
PB Valley was the second winery established in Thailand and the first in the Khao Yai area. There are now four here and about seven in the whole of Thailand. Their first Harvest was in 1989.
Last stop on the PB Valley winery tour is the wine tasting. They offer one white & two reds. The ingredients & wine making process is 100% done on site. I’m not an expert & so cannot comment on the taste, but after a couple of glasses of 14.5% alcohol, I think no-one is.
Eating lunch at PB Valley Khao Yai Winery. German Pork Knuckle, Massaman beef, salmon with seabass, and Yellow curry with chicken.
The PB Flower Park in PB Valley winery is a short walk from the restaurant. The season runs from November until the end of February. Entry is free.
The drone photos of PB Flower Park in PB Valley winery are probably more impressive than from the ground. I like the patterns of the pathways.
That’s a wrap on my two day trip to Pak Chong district in Nakhon Ratchasima. I didn’t originally plan to spend the whole weekend at PB Valley, but it was both enjoyable & relaxing. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the photos and will come and visit.