I don’t think we need to talk anymore about how brilliant Thailand is as a tourist destination because enough has been said already! However, one thing that is often ignored is how Thailand walks away from the mainstream and there are many places that are a bit different to the norm. Popularly referred to as the Land of Smiles, it is known primarily for its glittering temples, stunning beaches and islands, and lush jungles of flora and fauna. When you go to Thailand, try something new and include a few of these best hidden gems in Thailand in your itinerary:
Sam Phan Bok
It is situated in the charming and quaint province of Ubon Ratchathani located in proximity to Laos. Sam Phan Bok, also known as the Grand Canyon of Thailand is a natural land formation made up of unique land formations, and a river with little pools of water. Sam Phan Bok means three thousand holes because of the 3000 icecream-scoop-like holes on the ground. We love the peaceful and tranquil nature of this place making it an excellent avenue for photographers to come to this place at night and capture the beauty of the milky way.
Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew
While we don;t have a favourite in this list, this one definitely catches our attention because of its unique formation. This is one of the few temples in the world that are made of something apart from gold, precious stones and jewels. Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew is quite unique as it is made up of thousands and thousands of beer bottles. It was made by a group of monks who were fed up of the litter and rubbish near their area in 1984 and it resulted in this quirky temple in Thailand today.
The Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani
If a sea of pink and red lotus flowers is what excites you the most, plan a trip to Udon Thani which is covered with water lilies every January. The most recommended time to visit this natural occurrence is during the beginning of December all the way to the end of February and the best time to see the lotus blossoms is from 6:00 am until noon when they are in full bloom. This is one of the most popular Valentine’s Day spots for couples in Thailand and The Red Lotus Sea Festival held in mid-January every year is a great attraction too.
Those who like taking the path less travelled by in the words of Robert Frost while on vacations, this is a must visit
Erawan National Park is located in Kanchanaburi Province and is visited by locals and tourists alike because of its scenic beauty and plenty of activities to engage in. An interesting feature here is the Erawan waterfalls that are made of seven tiers and layers. Another element we love here are
Mo Hin Khao at Phu Laen Kha National Park
Popularly known as the Thai Stone Henge, this is the destination to visit if you want to explore something that is out of this world and unusual. It is situated in Chaiyaphum which is known for housing many national parks that are worth exploring. This is a lowkey destination which is not frequented by many but the locals here aren’t as jaded with tourism as most places in Thailand. While most national parks in Thailand have differential pricing for locals and foreigners, this one does not.
Chainat Bird Park
This is a stellar attraction for those who love to watch birds and it is located in Central Thailand where kids and adults alike can enjoy spending time. You could spot a giant eagle chilling in the middle of a small lake if you are lucky enough. There is also a small water park with slides coming out of a brightly coloured robot, an egg museum, and heaps of whimsical statues, and there are plenty of unusual features to enjoy.
Wat Rong Khun
Popularly known as The White Temple, this one of Chiang Rai’s most stunning man-made sites and it looks like it has been transported to Thailand straight from the pages of a fairytale. It looks like it is either cake frosting, a princess’s castle or whipped snow and has to be one of the most special places in Thailand.
Mae Klong Railway Market
Also known as Siang Tai or life-risking market, and in English as the Market on the Tracks, the Mae Klong Railway Market is an experience that has to be felt. Although it looks and feels like an ordinary Thai market, the tracks that run right through the stalls still see trains several times a day.
Haad Pak Meng
The entire southern province of Trang is relatively undiscovered compared to other places, and for even those who do visit this place head straight for the gorgeous islands. Although the islands here are stars, you should take out some time to visit the mainland beach of Haad Pak Meng which is located at a short distance from the heart of town and offers splendid views.
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