Tired of the usual quick getaway to Bangkok or Phuket? If you’ve got a penchant for going off the beaten track, you might want to check out these slightly more unconventional places in Thailand, accessible almost exclusively by Air Asia.
A province for the intrepid cultural explorer, Buriram is the perfect place for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Take a step back into the past when you enter the countryside – its ties to Cambodia are most prominent in the scatterings of ruins from the Khmer Rouge.
With only a large town in the provincial capital, Buriram’s pride and joy is Phanom Rung Historical Park – a sanctuary sitting atop the summit of a now extinct volcano, 70 storeys above paddy fields. Having gone through 17 years of restoration, the Phanom Rung temple is the largest and best-restored Khmer monument in the whole of Thailand – rivaling its world-renowned cousin Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Home to northeast Thailand’s largest university, the city of Khon Kaen is the lesser hyped, underrated cousin of busy Bangkok.
A healthy mix of skyscrapers and malls make up the city skyline, while beautiful temples just off the lake ensure that Khon Kaen’s heritage isn’t lost completely to urbanization. Apart from being an up-and-coming commercial hub, Khon Kaen is undoubtedly an eye-opening stop on the list for the young, educated, and on the move.
You’d think that being located just at the border of Malaysia and southern Thailand would make Hat Yai a more popular travel destination for Malaysian tourists.
But for now, the city of Hat Yai remains primarily a transportation hub for southern Thailand, not to mention the largest metropolitan area in the south. And curiously enough, Hat Yai has gathered quite the reputation for being a shopping stop for both locals and foreigners – boasting a number of department stores, shopping malls, and markets throughout the city.
If that doesn’t sound appealing enough, you can make a touristy visit to the Klong Hae Floating Market just 7km away from the city centre – packed with street vendors selling food and wares, and of course, a very dynamic floating market.
Udon Thani is one of the four major cities of the Isan region in Thailand. While the city today may not offer many conventional tourist attractions, it does play host to a stunning natural sight – 50km away, Nong Han Lake is home to an incredible sea of pink lotus flowers that blooms from October to March. Dubbed Talay Buadaeng (the Red Lotus Sea) by the locals, it truly is a spectacle worth visiting.
The best time of the year to visit is late November through December, between 6am and 11am, for when the flowers are most vibrant and cover every inch of the lake. The lake aside, Udon Thani also has a fascinating history as a support center for the Royal Thai Air Force during the Vietnam War – after which it has retained glimpses of the past in the form of the coffee shops and hotels.
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