Thailand is a highly popular travel destination for people from all around the world because of its rich culture, cuisine and glamorous beaches. However, although really popular, there are so many travel destinations and attractions that do not get the awareness they deserve. When you are not interested in the main attractions and you love exploring, consider the following for some true hidden gems.
Thailand’s northernmost city of a larger scale, Chiang Rai, is very good for those looking for great hiking trails. The area’s terrain is moderately hilly to flat while also offering a part that includes cliffs and limestone cliffs. Chiang Rai is great if you are looking for hiking and a connection with nature. While it is not at the level of Chaiya (a top meditation retreat), the experience is still wonderful.
If the countryside is what you are interested in and you are looking for such adventure, Kanchanaburi is a really good destination that is renowned for the river it has over Kwaithat river, a connection to Burma Death Railway. There were thousands of workers and war prisoners that died in the area as Japan was occupying the region during WWII. The town has a historic importance and you can also visit some stunning locations like Srinakarind and Erawan National Parks.
The city is close Mekong River banks and offers a really peaceful retreat. The charm is completely natural and various interest points can be considered for a visit, like Wat Pho Chai and Wak Khaek. You will be able to see many temples and the Phu Phra Bat rock formations. If you want to experience everything at a better level, there are some festivals held here. That is when you should visit. The popular festivals are Rocket Festival, Thai New year and Maekong Fireballs.
This is the first Thailand independent state, dating back to the thirteenth century. It was a seat of power and now is a quiet destination the country has to offer. If you are interested in a lovely weekend detour to get away from busy locations, this is an option. Many boutique resorts will welcome you and an UNESCO World Heritage site with close to 200 ruins will make the detour worth it. People that normally visit are interested in Thai history and culture. The experience is definitely time travel-like.
There is a very high possibility you never heard about Surin. As Bangkok is the main center of Thai culture, Surin is the main center of Thai agricultural living and countryside. Most of the locals are not currently speaking English but you will still be welcomed in a really warm way. There is a November Elephant Roundup event organized here that is unique and much more that can be done.
Locals consider Hua Hin a perfect weekend destination so if you want to see how the locals travel, this beach is one to take into account. It is a past fishing village miles away from Bangkok with crystal waters and pristine beaches.