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    Khon Kaen, Korat and Khao yai with the kids

    My kids have been on school holidays and have done bugger all besides play with there ipad, so we decided to go on a road trip from vientiane to khao yai national park stopping of to look at anything interesting along the way,

    The first day we were at the bridge early and departed nongkhai at about 7.30

    saw a nice convertible roller , where do they get the money ?




    The plan was to head for Korat and spend a night there stopping of at phimai historical park


    If temples are your thing then phimai is worth a look and was built in the 12th century some years before angkor wat they tell me .



    Somewhere before reaching phimai one of Thailands finest relieved me of a couple of hundred baht, which is par for the course usually



    Compared to Laos the roads in thailand are a joy to drive on, but thees a few mad somchais getting about and i had to keep my wits about me especially with 2 kids running riot in the back of the car




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    It has to belong to a monk surely?

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    Smeg's come over looking for Ant

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    Heres a few pics of phimai, i am a bit over temples these days but it was worth a short detour to see it

    Its old innitt
















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    Next we headed of to nakhon ratchisima, i had only passed through here once before and dont know my way around so quickly got lost trying to find a hotel to park up fo the night


    checked in to the dusit princess hotel which ran me 1900 baht and another 600 baht for an extra bed for my oldest boy, The little bloke can sleep in the bed with us

    Next to the hotel was a small night market which was selling the usual assorted plastic crap and rubber chickens etc, They did have cold Leo though



    The hotel had a good little bar with a couple of lookers to sell you the Good oil, not a very good photo but you get the idea.





    Its quite a big place Korat and i never really got my bearings or managed to find a good pub but im sure they are around, didnt see many farangs about either


    They do have a mall though which made the missus happy and downtown has a sort of moat around it







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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Heres a few pics of phimai, i am a bit over temples these days but it was worth a short detour to see it

    Its old innitt



    You mean the Git on the PIC

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    Im not that old i.ll have you know.

    The next day we set out for Khao yai which is probably only about an hour away but took 2 with her indoors navigating

    If youve got kids i can highly recommend khao yai as theres heaps of things to see and do , Plenty of good tucker to be had as well

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    We hadnt booked anywhere to stay in khao yai either so just turned up and found a place called the Greenery resort which was an amazing place with waterslides and activities for the kids , and a decent little bar for me






    Hadnt seen a pinny for years


    The staff were easy on the eye as well


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    I reckoned i was getting a pretty good deal on the room and figured they must of given me a huge discount for being such a good looking YOUNG Git , But when i threw the curtains open to reveal a construction site next door going full tilt, That theory was blown out of the water


    Still not a bad view eh



    Those boys were beavering away 24/7 ( Theres always a catch )


    Khao yai seems to be popular with the hiso thais from bangkok who like to keep a Condo and a mia noi or 2 up here for the weekends


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    This is the mock italian village called Palio


    Strange little place but seemed to get the punters in




    And another development on the way to wang nam kheao, Called Tuscany










    Ziplining for the adventurous






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    Found this great little restaurant called the smoke house, and as i was now on full throttle baht spending mode i couldnt resist having a steak for lunch, Awesome probably the best steak ive had for a while




    Steak with a pepper sauce for me and smoked duck tit for the wife , kids got chips and sausages and shared a cake








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    Great photos cheers Next time your in korat with the kids there is a zoo and swiming pool there and a fosilised tree museum with dinasor bones all things kids like

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    Nice pics,
    do you remember how much you payed for the room in the Greenery resort in Kao Yai?
    I am thinking about going to there with my 8 year old and the big boss of course.
    And from all the water parks you visited in Kao Yai, Which one did you prefer for your kids?

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    Ken i paid a bit over 3500 baht a night but i just showed up, probably cheaper on agoda or something and also nows low season, this place has a lot of seminar rooms and packs in the punters on the weekends , also you needed to pay for using the slides and shit, but not the pools, the best little water park for kids we went to was actually in the Korat zoo we did that on the way back, there was another resort directly behind the greenery that didnt look to bad, heres a pic of that , dont know what there prices are though

    Mandarin resort

    Also the weather wasnt all that flash on the days we were there so didnt really use the pool a lot, im sure there would be other resorts with pools and stuff for kids , we mostly just drove around and checked out the park and some farms, You definately need your own wheels for the national park as its a big place and didnt seem very organised for transport if you were a backpacker just come for a look , saw lots of them trying to hitch rides to get back into town ,
    Saw the sign for the fossilised tree museum but didnt think the kids would enjoy it, take a look next time though

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    where do they get the money ?
    Foreign aid.

    The Midget gives me stern looks when I tell her the posh cars from Laos all need a good keying.

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    Great pic's BLD

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    Nice one BLD! Did you make it into Pak Chong at all?

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    In the park there are about 3 waterfalls but we only went to the one that you can drive to ( Raining )




    There are elephants in the park but we didnt see them just massive elephant turds , this one was by the roadside












    I think it cost me 400 baht for the park entrance fee, the wifes Lao but got the thai price so we saved a couple of bucks there

    These monkeys were totally unafraid , must be used to getting fed by tourists big fockers they were i wasnt getting anywhere near em especially the one clutching the baby


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    Gidday slappers, went in to pak chong a couple of times nice enough little place . One place the kids really enjoyed though was the ckokchai farm post a few of that later

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Foreign aid. The Midget gives me stern looks when I tell her the posh cars from Laos all need a good keying.
    I suspect your right Marmers, Love a bit of corruption the Lao boys

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    I stayed just around the corner from Bonanza resort last time I was up there, Slap might be able to tell you exactly where that is...

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    Memories. I stayed at The Greenery around 5 years ago and the building work was in progress back then.

    The Mandarin behind is larger but we didn't stay there as very few guests and the rooms were well dated and had a musty smell.

    Also stayed at the Bonanza Resort which was overpriced as are most of the accommodation units in Khao Yai . If revisiting i'd probably plump for Pak Chong as a base and tour from there, especially if Slap is in town.

    Great pics again BLD
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    Another great BLD thread. You're a man after my own heart mate, like to get out and about as much as you possibly can.

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    Another nifty little excursion for the kids is a trip to the chokchai farm located on the Mittaphab highway, you can get a tour of the farm starting with a video of how it all got going, Bloody well organized and interesting for kids and adults


    next you get guided around by the cowgirls , Give a jellyfish the horn a couple of those birds









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    After a tour around the farm they take you to a small zoo where your kids can feed the animals














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