Most avid travellers have been to Bangkok and other touristy destinations in Thailand such as Phuket, Pattaya and whatnot. But have you heard of Koh Kood Island or even Nong Khai? Well, perhaps some of you have – but we bet that most of you are completely clueless.
From Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi to Sukhothai, here is our guide to 8 Underrated Destinations in Thailand you never knew about; these places are amazing gateways to exciting discoveries!
#1 CHIANG RAI
If the capital of Bangkok’s hustle and bustle is too much for you to handle, then head to Chiang Rai, a relaxed city located in the Mueang Chiang Rai District. There are many religious sites such as revered Buddhist temple Wat Phra Kaew and 500-year-old Wat Klang Wiang.
Situated in western Thailand is Kanchanaburi, a scenic resort town nestled in lush greenery. It is the perfect pitstop for travellers for wish to explore the surrounding cultural, historical and natural attractions. From visiting the magnificent jungles to white water rafting, there is so much to do and see at Kanchanaburi; an ideal weekend escapade to catch up with loved ones!
#3 KOH KOOD ISLAND
Koh Kood is Thailand’s forth largest island and truly a paradise. Characterised by glistening clear turquoise waters and snow-white sand, Koh Kood is unsurprisingly a hot spot amongst couples. In fact, many wedding ceremonies have been held here! Keep yourselves occupied with a selection of adrenaline-pumping water sports such as kayaking and snorkelling.
#4 NONG KHAI
Northeastern Thai city Nong Khai actually lies on the southern bank of Mekong River, where it is only a mere 20 kilometres away from Vientiane, the capital of Laos. It is the gateway to witness the stunning Naga Fireballs phenomenon in October during full moon. You must visit Sala Kaew Ku, a park featuring Buddhism and Hinduism inspired statues of sheer sizes.
Located in northern Thailand’s Mae Hong Son Province, Pai is a tiny Thai town that is exceptionally popular amongst community of backpackers. The picturesque Kong Lan is a sighting not to be missed, where it is akin to the Grand Canyon of Thailand. Other iconic landmarks include World War II Memorial Bridge and Wat Phra That Mae Yen temple.
Spanning across 6,225 km², Phetchaburi is a province situated in central Thailand and is most famous for the country’s largest national park called Kaeng Krachan. The region is also where you can find khanom mo kaeng, an exotic and sweet Thai dessert made primarily from eggs.
Sukhothai was Thailand’s very first national capital and it literally means rising of happiness when translated. The province is approximately 400 kilometres away from Bangkok and is home to partially restored palaces that were erected during the 13th and 14th century periods.
City life ain’t your cup of tea? Then perhaps you should visit Surin instead. This underrated destination is what one would consider off the beaten path – do however be warned that most natives are unable to speak English. From the annual Elephant Roundup to ancient sites, immerse yourselves in the rural area and absorb all that the province has to offer.
About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor mee.