Tired of travelling to the same few places in Thailand? Here are some hidden gems for you to discover.
Phu Kradueng National Park
Located in Loei Province, it is one of the best known national parks in Thailand, with a high point of 1,316 m elevation at Khok Moei. It is a demanding but rewarding walk to the top with the amazing scenery for you to admire.
For all the adventure-seekers, this is also a great place to camp over the night and you can even rent things you need such as sleeping bags and pillows.
Located in Chiang Mai, it consists of rock sculptures formed by natural erosion. Pha Chor pillars are thirty metres high around a canopy of forest and cover a large area.
The sculptures are magnificent to look at and they come in many different shapes and sizes. The best time to visit this place is in winter because that;s when it is most beautiful.
Chon Buri is a Thai province set on the country’s eastern Gulf of Thailand coast. The coastline south of the capital is lined with popular beaches.
Among them is Pattaya, a long-standing resort town with a seafront promenade, restaurants, shopping malls and a busy, neon-lit nightlife zone that includes cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs.
Dining on seafood is one of the region’s top activities, although some of you sports enthusiasts will find numerous golf courses and a full spectrum of beach activities to participate in.
Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son is a remote, mountainous province in northern Thailand, bordering Myanmar. It has a very small population and is ethnically diverse. It is a gateway to the region’s hills and is overlooked by Wat Phrathat Doi Kongmu, a Burmese-style monastery with two ornate white chedis (stupas) built in the 19th century.
Its lake is a picturesque feature in the centre of town and makes for a great spot to take an evening stroll, enjoy a picnic or down a sunset drink.
Wat Chalermprakiat Prajongklao Rachanusorn
This place is surrounded by nature and a stunning temple. Its waterfall and hot spring make it a great place to lay back and relax.
Its Buddhist temple is a wonderful place to visit if you are interested in history and architecture. You can also get into a bit of adventure by exploring its cave temple.
Had Hong Ubon Ratchathani
Its desert-like sand dunes sitting next to the Mekong River only appear during the dry season from January to May. The sunset, in particular, is a glorious time to visit. It is also a great place to take a quiet stroll and it can be quite romantic in the evening.
Sam Phan Bok
Sam Phan Bok is an interesting natural wonder located in Thailand’s eastern Ubon Ratchathani province, close to the borders with Laos and Cambodia.
It is best visited during the dry season when the water level of the river is at its lowest. It is often marketed as the Grand Canyon of Thailand where thousands of holes have been worn away on the ground’s surface by the water of the Mekong River.
You can clamber down into some of the large dry holes and have a picture taken where you would look really small!
Pang Ung Mae Hong Son
This place is a beauty. The large reservoir in Pang Ung is popular and attracts more visitors to come every year. Its lake view, pine leaves, beautiful mountain scenes, and hazy fog in the morning are a perfect combination for visitors who love nature.
Surrounded by a verdant pine forest, the lake is beautiful in every season. There are camping areas and guesthouses around the lake as well. In the winter, sometimes the temperature drops to zero and creates a thin film of ice-covered flowers and plants.
Ban Rak Thai
Home to around 1,000 people of mostly Chinese descent, the sleepy village is known for its flavourful tea. The reservoir is a great place to chill.
Also, the squat mud huts, tiny a-frame bungalows and wild, almost psychedelic graffiti, the quiet village is unlike everything you would see in Thailand. Oh and there is free tea-tasting here too!
Doi Mon Jong
Doi Mon Jong is a beautiful landscape filled with mountain ranges. The route to this mountain is scenic with the shade of sunlight along the deep forest.
The loveliness of the scenery is an attraction that makes visitors fall in love with this place. Pretty flowers known as Rhododendrons blossom in the sunlight, creating a wonderful sight. The sunset here is beautiful too.
So remember, the next time you want to go to Thailand, forget about Bangkok and Phuket!