A voyage of discovery awaits in amazing Thailand
Vast parts of Thailand remain ‘off the beaten path’ in Thailand, with travelers often opting for its more infamous destinations. But there’s so much more; not to mention a whole other side – quite literally – waiting to be discovered. But there’s no need to be an adventurous traveler; Thailand’s lesser-known spots are more accessible than ever before.
For those starting to dip their toe in more unfamiliar waters; a great place to start is the enormous province of Phang Nga, just an hour north of Phuket Airport. Here Khao Lak offers a resort-based stop that feels a world away from Phuket, with a local drag bar and LGBT+ community to boot. It’s also the launching pad for the spellbinding Similan Islands and a LGBT+ run and trans*-positive tour company there does weekly trips. Drive even further into Surat Thani and you’ll find the Khao Sok National Park, home to the breathtaking Elephant Hills.
Thailand’s Southernmost destinations are opening up after being in the dark – Trang is an unspoilt paradise with 70 miles of pristine costs; where barefoot beach-hutting is the order of the holiday. Don’t expect beachclubs down here, it’s really about getting away from it all. Koh Lipe is also rising in notoriety; as well as its neighbouring islands, geographically closer to Malaysia than they are Thailand. Koh Libong for example, is a snorkelling and diver’s paradise.
On the East Coast, Nakhon Si Thammarat is a time-capsule of a place that adventurous foodies and culture vultures alike will love; a real glimpse into Muslim-Thailand and the influences that has on Thai culture. It’s also the heartland of Thailand’s latest foray into community-based and eco-tourism.
Further North, Kanchanaburi, Chantaburi and Khampeang Phet is historically fascinating; and Khao Yai holds nature’s secrets. The final frontier is the North Eastern province of Isan; whose spicy and unique food has become internationally renowned of late.