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; drive North of enormous Phang Nga into Surat Thani and you’ll find the Khao Sok National Park, home to the breathtaking Elephant Hills. Surat Thani also fronts the Gulf of Thailand, a different coast (and Monsoon season) to beachfront escapes facing the Andaman Sea, where if you squint you’ll see Koh Samui. Further Northwest, you’ll find Ranong with its untouched, beautiful beaches and beach life – what locals consider too far from Bangkok, and also out of reach of usual Southern sun worshippers.
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.