Khao Yai in Central Thailand is a true treasure trove of stunning natural beauty. It’s a popular tourist destination for its various man-made attractions and themed parks. But what really captured my heart was the quaint tranquility of its nature parks, amid all the commercial cafes and borrowed European architecture.
Our first stop? A tropical vineyard owned by a local family — GranMonte Wine Cottage.
I was absolutely fascinated by the fact that they could grow a whole variety of wine grapes right here in Southeast Asia, given our rather humid and tropical climate.
Granted, the weather in Khao Yai is somewhat cooler and drier than the rest of Thailand, but to see rows and rows of these succulent bunches of Syrah grapes growing on these vines, was just such a delight!
We hopped on a little tram where we were given a quick tour of the vineyard and we even had some time to just enjoy walking among the harvest and see for ourselves how different grapes were grown.