Palio Khao Yai in Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Did you ever think for one moment that you'd find a little piece of Italy in Thailand? Well, there just happens to be an Italian themed village and shopping centre set right in the heart of the wine growing region of Nakhon Ratchasima. This picturesque Tuscan-styled village also happens to be near the Khao Yai National Park which is approximately 220 kilometres northeast of Bangkok.
If you do decide to go this route you'd be basically killing three birds with one stone so to speak. You'd be able to see a great part of the Issan territory of Thailand. You'd also be able to visit the Khao Yai National Park and you'd be able to do a bit of sightseeing at the Tuscan village too. How great would that be?
Apart from this three way and traditional Thailand experiences, you'd also be treated to a variety of amazing opportunities where you can go shopping at a diverse mix of independent gift shops. You can also overindulge your taste buds on any number of gourmet food and snacks all the while checking out some serious live entertainment.
The province surrounding Nakhon Ratchasima is steeped in historical significance including some rare Khmer archaeological sites dating back to the 12th-century. While you are here, you can visit the Prasat Hin Phimai National Historical park, one of Thailand's most important Khmer sanctuaries set in the heart of the ancient city of Phimal. Many parts of this historical park are magnificently restored and also believed to be older than Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
You also don't want to miss an opportunity here to visit the Khao Yai National Park which comprises of an enormous mountain range, a tropical evergreen forest and a wide grassland complete with an abundant variety of wildlife.
The people responsible for developing this area known as Palio Khao Yai have certainly turned this modern playground into something truly amazing. And all this just 20 kilometres from the entrance of the Khao Yai National Park. Also, because of its higher elevation, the cooler temperatures here are a lot better than you'll find further to the south. So much so that you'll often experience cool breezes as in the mid-20's blowing along the cobbled street and piazzas of Palio.
The terracotta style buildings you see here are sure to give you an impression straight out a medieval Mediterranean setting. Simply because everywhere you go in this quaint village you'll come across hundreds of potted flowers, hanging baskets and baroque-style balustrades, banisters and railings. Don't worry if taking in all the sights takes your breath away because you'll find plenty of benches on which to sit and savour the moment.
What's so amazing about this place is that it has an incredible ambiance you wouldn't want to miss. Palio Khao Yai has it all and a lot more for the whole family to enjoy. There are masquerading Venetian ladies strolling around the marketplace.
There are musicians. There are clowns and there are sketch artists performing all sorts of tricks. There is just such a carnival atmosphere in the main piazza surrounded by a central fountain. The place is filled with bars and coffee shops as well as gift and clothing boutiques.
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