Pak Chong is in Southern Isaan.
Pak Chong (Thai: ปากช่อง) is the westernmost district (amphoe) of Nakhon Ratchasima Province, northeastern Thailand. It is the nearest town serving Khao Yai National Park. It is less than 200 kilometres from Bangkok, making it a very popular base for Thai weekend trippers.
Long-distance trains from Bangkok to Nong Khai and Ubon Ratchathani stop at Pak Chong railway station, as do local trains connecting Saraburi with Nakhon Ratchasima.
Mittraphap Road is the main road that leads off route 2 and ultimately back onto it. Most of the accommodation and restaurants are on this road or the sois leading off it.
There are few sights in the town itself, which is mainly a food and sleep place serving as a base for Khao Yai National Park.
- Ban Mae Chai Nam. A unique restaurant, very popular with Bangkok Thais. The Central Thai food is excellent and reasonably priced, and the location next to the river is very scenic. The most remarkable aspect is the vast quantity of antiques, objects d'art and kitsch items on display, ranging from old dolls and children's toys to glass and pottery ware to bar paraphernalia, old petrol pumps and in an adjoining building, a range of old motor vehicles. It is a fascinating place. It is hard to find down a narrow soi: Nam 1 Muban Ko Kaeo, off the main road through town. Their website is in Thai only.
- Bobbys Apartment and Jungle Tours, 291/6 Moo 18 Mittapab Rd, Pak Chong, ☎ +66 44 328177, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pronounced "Bo bees". An outpost for European tourists and the occasional North American. Run by a Brit and a German and their Thai ladies.
- Greenleaf Guesthouse & Tour, 52 Moo 6 Thanarat Rd (km7.5), Pak Chong (Just outside Pak Chong), ☎ +66 86 2523238, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily park tours. Clean, basic double rooms with fan. The people are lovely and the tours are great. They offer a half-day (300 baht) and a full-day (1,300 baht) tours (1,500 baht if you take both). During the half-day tour, which starts at 15:00, you will go swimming in a beautiful natural spring, visit a cave under a Buddhist temple and watch 2 million bats flying out at sunset. The day tour takes you into the national park, where you will go looking for wildlife both in the pick-up truck and on foot during an easy 3 hr walk on hidden jungle tracks. The guides speak English well and are very skilled at spotting even the smallest animals of which they will take nice pictures for you with your own camera through their telescope. Lunch, water, and fresh fruits as well as stops at the waterfall and at a lookout are also included in the price. You do not have to stay at their guesthouse to join the tour. 300 baht.
- The Mansion. An apartment block with hotel rooms on the ground floor. Pleasantly appointed, although rather spartan rooms that go for 1,000 baht a night — which would be expensive for many places, but is the going rate in Pak Chong.
- Payboon Apartments (In Pak Chong. Ask for directions to Charlize Bar. Payboon Apartments is on the right hand side of the road before you get there. The sign is ONLY in Thai. Turn right off the main road just after two nice big open air restaurants and opposite a hill side temple on the left (it is high up so you may miss this)), ☎ +66 81 875563, +66 44 316 692. The rooms are spic and span with good shower and were 350 baht for a room with a fan and 650 baht for a room with air conditioning. The family that run it are very nice and helpful. Breakfast in the garden is 50 baht per person and is coffee, tea or chocolate, bread, egg, and sausage and fruit. Or you can have rice soup. Call and they will pick you up. Ask to talk to "Katoo" as he can speak some English.
- Rimptarn Inn. A quirky hotel located on the main street in Pak Chong. The rooms are musty but have plenty of character and the bannisters are constructed of recycled teak. 1,000 baht per night.