Visiting the mountains of Khao Kho
Khao Kho (Mountain of the Ceylon Oak) is world famous in Thailand to visit in the months November and December because of the natural phenomena of valleys filled by clouds that make the valley look like a "sea of clouds" , talay mok in Thai. Besides that it is just a very beautiful area with mountains, waterfalls and many nice resorts & restaurants. A great place for a long weekend holiday. Also for mountain-bikes and hiking it is a great area.
The area was originally famous for being a communist stronghold and the war that has been fought there. As reminder of this you can visit "Khao Kho Memorial" and "Khao Kho Weapons museum". Seeing both now I had very mixed feelings about this "war against communism" in Thailand. Were this not just Thai people with a different political / ideologically view? And was the fear of communism not only created by the good old USA out of their fear of the domino-theory?
I was on the motorbike and for motorbike riders it is heaven on earth. Great twisty roads and stunning views! I will be back soon. I did choose to stay at the Burapa Hotel in Phetchabun. A bit old but reasonable hotel for only 500 Thai baht and in Phetchabun city are some nice restaurants and pubs. See Khao_Kho_District and Khao-kho-national-park and Khaokho