Montana Farm is a lovely and slightly quirky attraction in the Wang Nam Khiao district of Thailand’s largest province of Nakhon Ratchasima. Surrounded by gorgeous scenery and amidst glorious mountains, Montana Farm lets you take a break from your hectic travelling schedule and busy day-to-day life and simply enjoy being in the tranquil countryside. There are plenty of fun activities to enjoy too, as well as onsite accommodation and dining options.
Here’s a little of what you can expect from a visit to the delightful Montana Farm:
Beautiful gardens and farmland
Take a stroll through Montana Farm’s pleasant gardens and soak up the soothing vibe as you enjoy great views and some of the freshest air in Thailand. Impeccably arranged flower beds are scattered throughout the well-manicured gardens, and attractive water features contribute to the calm ambience. Listen to the tinkling of water and birds gaily singing as you catch wafts of enticing scents from the colourful flowers. Ornamental trees and bushes add to the visual delights.
Rolling green farmland is used to grow various crops, with organic processes being used to produce fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables. Learn more about organic growing, peek into the greenhouses, and see the hydroponic section of the farm. Hydroponic farming is where plants are grown in nutritionally-enhanced water as opposed to in soil.
Decorative eye-catching features
Numerous brightly-coloured statues and other pretty ornaments are spread throughout the grounds of Montana Farm. A large and angry-looking red bull is very prominent, and it’s a great spot for posing for pictures! Cartoon-esque sheep with big beaming grins, cute little rabbits, ornamental bird baths, crazy-paving, windmills, and lampposts topped with lantern-style lights are just a few things that you’ll come across. Even the wooden signposts, which direct you to various parts of the farm, are cute!
An enclosure of fluffy sheep
Sheep farms are something of a novelty in Thailand, often found in the cooler parts of the country, where people can go and see sheep up close. The sheep at Montana Farm are more of a tourist attraction than used for farming, and visitors can buy bags of food to hand-feed to the friendly woolly creatures. The sheep are kept in a large fenced-in grassy area, and their shelter has been done out so as to resemble a Swiss-style chalet.
The unusual Alpaca Land
You would usually expect to find alpacas on the steep slopes of the South American Andes rather than in a tropical country like Thailand, but Montana Farm has a small group of alpacas that seem to be living quite happily in the warmer temperatures.
Unlike at many animal attractions in Thailand, the creatures at Montana Farm appear to be well-looked after and kept in good conditions. The alpacas are kept in a separate area of the farm, their spacious grassy home surrounded by high fences. Within the area there is a large mound, presumably to go some way towards recreating the hilly terrain where alpacas are found in the wild, and if the heat gets too much for the animals they can retreat to a special air-conditioned room. They are free to roam around as they please, and a member of staff accompanies visitors to ensure that they don’t cause any distress to the animals.
You must wear plastic covers over your shoes and disinfect your hands before entering Alpaca Land; this is to try and prevent the introduction of diseases to the alpaca community. You can also buy bags of carrot strips to hand-feed to the alpacas – apparently they love them!
There is an extra charge of 100 THB (approximately 2.80 USD) per person to enter Alpaca Land.
Onsite restaurant and farm shop
If your day’s activities have left you feeling a bit peckish, head to Montana Farm’s restaurant. With indoor and outdoor seating, relax and enjoy a tasty meal made using fresh and organic ingredients. As well as popular Thai dishes, like vegetables with rice, the restaurant also serves up imported steak, accompanied by fresh local veggies. There is also a coffee shop if you’re not feeling too hungry yet. The iced mochas are particularly refreshing!
You can pick up a selection of local and novelty souvenirs and t-shirts at the farm shop. Sheep cuddly toy anyone?! The shop also sells an assortment of fresh produce and jars filled with items such as garlic and fruity jams. You can even pick up a few bottles of locally produced wine to enjoy later.
Restful accommodation with gorgeous views
Montana Farm has a small selection of charming chalets available for hire. Although we didn’t stay here, we did enjoy looking at the lovely buildings. Inspired by the architecture of the Swiss Alps, but named after places close to the UK’s capital of London, each lovely bungalow has its own individual style and character. Set towards the edges of the farm, each has an outdoor seating area from where you can enjoy splendid views of the nearby mountains. There is also a paved camping area, again named after a UK city – Birmingham! Whether you stay here or just visit for the day, do go and have a look at the cute buildings – they’re really quite a novel sight in Thailand!
More details about staying at Montana Farm are available on their website.
Other great activities at Montana Farm
If you’re looking for a little more excitement from your day, why not have a go at archery or shooting? (Additional charges apply.) Alternatively, rent a quad-bike and see how fast you can speed along the bumpy and dusty track. Explore the grounds by horseback, and watch as the kids have fun with a short pony ride.
Look out for the Bridge of Love – a small ornamental bridge on a raised platform where you can attach a symbolic lock. Meant to show your long-lasting love, it’s popular with couples, families, and groups of close friends. Many people write their names on the locks, and whilst many of the locks are in pairs, you’ll also see those in large inter-locked clusters. Locks are available to buy on-site, or you can use your own.
The basic entry fee for Montana Farm is 50 THB (approximately 1.40 USD) per person. Be aware, however, that most activities around the farm attract additional charges. You can have a great time without paying anything else, but if you plan on feeding some of the creatures, having a meal, and enjoying a couple of the activities, a realistic budget would be around 500 THB (approximately 14 USD). Plan to spend at least a couple of hours at Montana Farm.
A lovely place to enjoy the countryside and combine relaxation and fun, plan your trip to Montana Farm and create happy memories in Wang Nam Khiao.
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