Establishment: Farm Chokchai Khao Yai
Location: Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Editor’s note: Ee Sze’s family enjoy vacationing in Thailand. Beyond Bangkok and the usual beach resorts, the family had ventured on road trips into various provinces around the nation’s capital. Here Ee Sze shares with us her review of a little gem, the Farm Chokchai Khao Yai, located in Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima district – camping in the “wild’ here certainly looks comfy!
My family first visited Farm ChokChai on a day trip one hot summer day in June 2014.
We didn’t plan thoroughly for that first visit. Only when we were there, did we realize there were so much to cover in that area! We loved it and the kids enjoyed themselves so much, we had to return again. And we did, in December the same year!
Farm Chokchai is a working cattle farm and they produce the brand Umm!.. Milk.
The resort is self contained and very well managed. We discovered during the first trip that there is a boutique camp onsite – that went straight onto my bucket list. Besides a farm tour, Farm Chokchai also offer a petting zoo, farm shows and other farm activities.
We went on the farm tour during both our visits. Although mostly presented in Thai, the farm tour was thoroughly enjoyable. It started with a video presentation of the history of the farm and its founder, Mr Chok Chai. Before entering the farm, visitors must first be sanitized.
They showed us the machinery that managed the mechanical milking process of the cattle. Visitors are welcomed to try and milk the cows too. Then we boarded a modified farm tractor, which took us around to visit the rest of the farm.
There was Thai commentary along the way, explaining about the farm, and various vegetation and animals as we went by.
Along the tour, there was a station where visitors can stop to play games…
…ride on horses or horse cart rides, and even ATV rides.
These are chargeable extras – but provide good fun too.
The farm tours are conducted at scheduled timing, so check the schedule online. Visitors are not allowed to roam around the farm unescorted. Each tour takes about two hours.
Farm Chokchai puts up two farm shows, both are interesting and entertaining.
There was a cowboy show…
…and also a pet show featuring cats, birds and dogs.
Chokchai Farm has a very well-managed, clean petting zoo, in the area next to the pet show. My kids enjoyed feeding the bunnies and bottle-feeding baby calves.
We had our hearts set on a farmstay at the boutique farm during the December visit. After the farm tour we headed over to the boutique camp site for our overnight stay.
The campsite was well-equipped, even has its own first aid tent. The surroundings were peaceful and quiet. There’s no planned activity at the camp site, only fish feeding and cycling. There’s no TV too, though there is wifi at camp. It’s really set up for family bonding and relaxing, while enjoying nature.
The interior of the tent was clean. We were provided bathrobes, toiletries, drinking water and Umm!.. Milk too.
The one setback of planning for this trip was the booking for this camp. Maybe it’s due to the language barrier, but I received no replies from Farm Chokchai at all when I tried to book direct. In the end I secured our booking through www.atsiam.com
Nonetheless our stay at the Chokchai Boutique camp was an excellent experience. Great bonding time for the family, and all for about SGD100 per night, breakfast inclusvie.
From what I understand, Chokchai can provide a campfire experience too, but only to a large group, of 30 pax and above, and with advanced booking.
A word about their toilets! It was impressively clean – better than many places in Singapore! At the camp it is shared bathing facilities.
Not to be missed: the steak from the Chokchai Steakhouse.
We had dinner there during our stay in December and it was very good.
Also, you must try their ice cream, made from farm-fresh milk. Creamy, delicious goodness.
We missed the ice cream making workshop though, which needed to be booked in advance too.
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