Khao Kho Mountain Wind Farm:
Related Location (another place you should check out: Wat Phra Thart Pha Sorn Kaew Bhuddist Temple:
Angun and I decided to take an unplanned trip to the Khao Kho Mountain wind farm, knowing only a few friends were there and recommended it. It is located directly north of Khon Kaen, in Northern Thailand and about the same latitude as Udon Thani, so it’s creeping up on Laos. When you arrive you will be greeted with an incredible and surreal view of a local market and GIANT windmills around you. I recommend saving shopping for last as you won’t want to carry around a lot. Keep your selfie hands free and get ready for incredible photos. The main part of the farm requires a small 10 baht ($.031) entrance fee and this allows you to get out of the market area and to the edge of the hill where you will find generous numerous of beautiful flowers and plants.
There are at least two coffee shops within the farm that serve acceptable coffee. However; don’t worry. In the slight chill of the mountain air and with the picturesque atmosphere, it tastes great. I would recommend eating either before or after you go because as of this writing, most of the good food options seem to be in the towns below the hill where this is located. As far as shopping, we found plenty of Strawberry products such as syrups, juices, and jams. They likely have fresh strawberries seasonally but not during our visit. They have a wide variety of fresh produce and one item that was unexpected for us was Avocados. We bought two kilos for 60 baht/kilo (about $2) per kilo and they were fantastic. You can buy wooden windmills and a variety of inexpensive wind toys. If you look carefully, you can find some good quality trinkets worthy of your home trip or that make good gifts for local friends.
I want you to know that climbing these steps IS NOT necessary to see the large Buddha on top of the hill. We did not realize this and took the stairs thinking it was the only option. However; you can easily continue past the steps parking area and continue straight up the hill to the temple where you will find refreshments, parking and easy access to the shrine. However; I do recommend taking the stairs at least once. For me it was the hardest part of the experience but it lead to meeting several monks, making friends and a spiritual experience and sense of accomplishment. It makes the view of the eastern side of the Ubonrat Lake that much more beautiful, especially around sunset.