Khao Yai has been calling for quite sometime, especially with all those lovely photos shared on social media during the “winter months” so during my recent trip to Bangkok for Songkran – the Water Festival, I decided to spare a few extra days and make a run to Khao Yai.
One of the attraction on our must visit list is Chokchai Farm, one of the largest, if not the largest dairy farm in Thailand and one that does offer a farm tour for locals and visitors alike.
We were there on a weekday, thus they only have two farm tours – 10:00 am and 2:30 pm. We took the morning tour but due to the Songkran traffic, we got there a little late as we mistakenly went to the Chokchai Museum entrance instead and missed out the first video presentation. The presentation was about the history of the farm as well as some explanations at the Super Gene station on how the farm artificially inseminate their cows to create their exclusive breed of Holstein-Friesian (on video ya).
We joined in at the second station, which was an explanation (and show) on the differences between the traditional hand milking vs advanced machine milking. It was the first time for me to come so close to a milking a cow and I would say it was fun and educational.
From the milking station, we were shown to the ice-cream factory where we can see from behind the glass how ice-creams and yogurts were made and all in the group were given a sample of their yummy dessert. FYI, products from Chokchai Farm is now branded as Umm! Milk as they have sold off their Chokchai Milk brand back in 1994 as they restructure their operations.
Next up from the production facilities was the tram ride which took us around the farm to see some of the 3,000 heads of cattle held in different areas, the patches where they grow the different types of grass, the hay storage and etc.
The tram makes its round and took us to the interactive area where we are “let loose” to take selfies or enjoy some horse rides and games while we await the live cowboy show.
The selfie areas as well as the flower fields were probably the best we came across in Khao Yai. The fields were well kept, good varieties and expansive even though it was “off-season”.
The live cowboy show was entertaining and fun especially here in South East Asia. You probably don’t see much of these unless you’re at some movie studios.
From the interactive zones, we went on to a small sheep feeding area where you can buy some grass and go into the feeding area and you will have a mob of sheep following you everywhere you go … haha .. probably following the grass and not you.
After the feeding fun, we decided to go for the Chokchai Museum (it is another entity by itself – a new ticket is needed), but this multi-storey museum has quite a bit to look into the life of legendary Thai cowboy, Khun Chokchai Bulakul who founded the Chokchai Farm back in 1957.
Different floors of the museum showed-off different things – from his automobile collections to how the area was like (including his little shelter), his guns and camera collections to his antique fans and entertainment consoles. The museum also has a good collection of military memorabilia as well as a collection of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals, all in white.
We ended our visit of Chokchai Farm and Museum with a fine lunch at Chokchai Steakhouse were we ordered some wonderful Australian Waygu Beef, Kurobuta Pork Chops and some Thai delights. If you’re not into a heavy lunch, you can try our their burger shack too.
Overall, I would say the visit to Chokchai Farm and Museum was an interesting one, unlike many other attractions in South East Asia, this is fun yet educational. I think if you have kids, they will really enjoy it and for adults like me, it was fun and interesting too.