Did you know that Khao Yai has its own chocolate factory? Located just a bit north of the Khao Yai National Park main entrance, The Chocolate Factory (352, Moo 2, Thanarat Rd), is both a restaurant—serving Italian and Thai fare—and a chocolate shop and café, offering a large selection of homemade chocolates, desserts, and many other gift items to take away.
Open since 2013—with a branch in Pattaya, as of last year, and a recently opened one in Hua Hin—the shop also features a glass-walled production room where visitors are welcome to observe the chocolatiers at work all day. By using high-quality ingredients imported from Belgium, France, and Switzerland, the chocolate factory produces all kinds of the delicious creations, ranging from bonbons and pralines—with over 40 different flavours—to cookies, chocolate covered nuts, and even skincare products, such as lotion and body scrub made from cocoa butter. Many of the recipes were created by internationally renowned French pastry chef Eric Perez—ranked 2nd in the World Pastry Cup—who’s also supported the factory in the role of consultant and chocolate trainer.
The Khao Yai shop also organizes weekend workshops, where true chocolate lovers can gain a hands-on experience—learning about the history of chocolate, tasting the different chocolate percentages, and of course, making their own chocolates. Depending on the activities of the class—some even offer piping and decoration practices—the price varies between B380 and B450. Held in Thai, with an English video presentation, the classes usually take around 40 minutes, and can accommodate a maximum of 70 people. Register by calling 092 443 888 (or look up ‘The Chocolate Factory Thailand’ on Facebook) and you may be soon impressing your friends with your creative chocolate skills.