Thailand is renowned for its time-honoured palaces, magnificent temples, and pristine beaches. It features a bunch of red hot tourist spots like Bangkok, Ko Samui, Pattaya and Hua Hin, then it has the lesser-known yet gorgeous destinations that are often ignored by the travellers. In this article, we focus on the latter!
Situated in Mae Hong Son Province, Pai is a tiny but beautiful town! There are café galleries, bars and other attractive venues where you can chill out with your family or friends. This is one of the key reasons why people with an artistic bent of mind regard it as their dream destination. The scenic landscape inspires avid photographers to capture the exquisiteness around them. For accommodation, you can opt for boutique resorts, guest houses or cottages. They promise comfort and privacy. Reaching this town is simple– thanks to regular flight services from Chiang Mai.
The word ‘Sukhothai’ means ‘the dawn of happiness’. If you are a history lover, then do visit Sukhothai. It possesses many historical sites and temple ruins that narrate the stories of the bygone eras. These monuments are located inside the Sukhothai Historical Park and Si Satchanalai Historical Park. The Sukhothai Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The locals here enjoy a rustic way of life. Sukhothai is roughly six hours away from Bangkok by road.
Kanchanaburi is a city that provides both natural and historical sightseeing opportunities to the tourists. It is at a driving distance of just two to three hours from Bangkok. Jeath War Museum, Erawan National Park and Sai Yok Yai are the major draws of Kanchanaburi. The city’s bridge over the river Kwai is linked with the Burma Railway, also termed as the Death Railway. During the Japanese conquest, countless prisoners of war and labourers died here. The best time to explore Kanchanaburi is from November to January.
Nong Khai, situated in the north-eastern part of Thailand, boasts refreshing waterfalls, spectacular greenery, and serene temples. Not many may know, but it is also known as the ‘Naga City’! Nagas are the giant snakes that are believed to inhabit and protect the Mekong River –a trans-boundary river is geographically quite close to Nong Khai. Furthermore, the main gate of this town displays images of two gigantic five headed Nagas. Tourist attractions such as Sala Keaw Khu, The Sadet Market and Phu Phra Bat Historical Park can be visited!