Thailand has its fair share of seemingly odd and out of place attractions, but none are as charming as this Tuscany-inspired one found nestled in the mountainous terrain of Khao Yai. Here, we take you on a journey to Primo Piazza, one of the most enchanting attractions in town.
Primo Piazza is an attraction found in Khao Yai, a city located about three hours from Bangkok. The attraction is oozing with Italian charm, and visitors will feel as though the Tyrrhenian Sea is but a stone’s throw away in this Tuscany-inspired landmark. Picturesque novelties are found throughout the small village, making it the perfect destination for those hoping to get a few photographs or two.
This quaint attraction looks like something straight out of a fairy-tale, and visitors could spend an entire morning meandering its scenic grounds. Arguably the landmark’s most memorable feature are the things that actually reside amongst the Italian-inspired architecture: the alpacas, donkeys, and sheep.
The animals are kept in a pen for feeding before being let out onto the ample, emerald green field. The feel-good encounter with these animals is sadly a rare one in Thailand, which is home to many of animal tourism attractions that normally exploit wild animals. This is not the case at Primo Piazza, where the livestock is allowed to frolic through the fields and enjoy their freedom as visitors line the white picket fences in hopes of feeding them.
After feeding the animals, visitors must meander the small yet beautiful grounds of Primo Piazza. There are a handful of eateries nestled amongst the unique architecture, like the Primo Café. This quaint eatery serves up aromatic coffee with beans sourced from the north of Thailand and even roasts hailing from France. Lattes, cappuccinos, espressos: whatever your coffee craving is, Primo Café is sure to deliver. In addition to refreshing cups of Joe, this café is also serving up a number of delicious and homemade pastries, cakes, pies, and bread for visitors to indulge in.
In addition to the café, there is also an ice cream shop, a vendor selling fried goodies like fish and chips, French fries and more as well as a shop with freshly baked goods, like chocolate chip cookies. Sadly and ironically enough, there is no Italian food venue onsite, which we suppose the attraction made up for with its sweet finds, instead.
Though not the top thing to see in Khao Yai, visitors to the area should try to schedule a morning or afternoon enjoying Primo Piazza. The landmark has acquired a fervent following among locals and photo-taking tourist alike, and it is a great spot to visit for those looking for something entirely different than what Thailand normally has to offer in terms of attractions. Entrance into Primo Piazza is only ฿200 (approximately $US6) for foreigners and ฿100 (approximately $US3) for Thais and children, and this price includes the cost of the feed. Visitors will also get a 10 percent discount on food with their ticket.
How to get to Primo Piazza
There are no metered taxis in Khao Yai, so we had our hotel call us a taxi to take us to Primo Piazza. There are song taews (trucks with two benches) that run back and forth down the main road in the city, however, we were told that they did not run to this particular location. Taxis will normally give you a set price and are not as cheap as they are in Bangkok. For the 20-minute drive, we paid ฿300 (approximately $US9).
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: www.primopiazza.com, +66 081 922 9000, firstname.lastname@example.org