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5 of the most unique travel destinations in Thailand – Part 1

Holidays & Happiness. We haven’t talked about this for quite some time here on my-thai.org. So time to focus on the bright side of life (dudududududududu) again. At least for once.


With the outlook readjusted, let’s dive into this list of 15 of the most unique places you can see in Thailand. 

Koh Phayam – That island nobody tells you about.

As of the time of writing Koh Phayma is one of the few islands that haven’t made it into every single backpacker guide. Maybe because it’s not that fancy and the way there isn’t all that cosy but once you get the chance to spend time there you will probably yell out ‘thank you my-thai.org’ for bringing me here. And you know what? You’re welcome.

Koh Phayam is located approximately an hour off the coast of Ranong and is rather laid back compared to other beach getaways.

Now the thing is Koh Phayam probably isn’t as instagram worthy as other ‘woah look at this piece of art’ islands, it still provides you with some nice beach spots and, more importantly, some quiet time. Ao Yao is a nice beach area where you can actually surf or fish without having to fight for a spot on the beach with other tourists.

Moreover Phayam, according to Thai forums, is rather well known for family style hospitality, affordable and high quality food and a more artsy vibe. If chill and artsy sounds more intriguing than parteyyyyy then Koh Phayam might be for you.

Chiang Kham – The Chiang most people forget about.

Everbody goes to Chiang Mai at least once and most then continue to get their ig photo fix in Chiang Rai but Chiang Kham is a place that gets ignored rather often. Good for us!

Up there in Chiang Kham, in the very north (the north remembers!) you can see lots of scenic views without having to fight too many tourist crowds. It’s pretty much right next to the mountainous border of Laos where you can enter Phu Sang National Park and enjoy the rare flora and fauna as well as some impressive caves and waterfalls.

Besides that you can also get lots of cultural information by visiting local temples, museums or shops which proves to be a rather interesting add to ones holiday trip.

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Koh Jum – The island Tom Hanks would have stayed on

Koh Jum is pretty interesting for several reasons. First it’s pretty quiet and well known for its rubber tree plantations and nigh-deserted bays and secondly the mostly muslim population there doesn’t rush things in terms of development which means you won’t find lots of entertainment there – but if you’re looking for a quiet place to tan, relax and swim, here you go. Make sure to bring Wilson so you don’t feel alone.

Koh Jum isn’t all that far away from civilization though as you can reach it via longtail boat from Krabi. If quiet time is what you’re looking for, this is it.

Koh Kood – You’re so fancy

You already knowwwwwww, you’re in the fast lane to Kooooooooh Kood. Yes, my rhymes are phat.

Koh Kood is located on the eastern side of the Thai Gulf and many people who’ve been there say it’s probably the most beautiful island of all of Thailand.

In itself Koh Kood is rather big but most of it is forest – the western coast however looks like taken out of ‘the beach’ (even nicer than the real ‘the beach’ beach – ’cause it’s not that crowded).

Koh Kood’s beaches are not that close to each other so that the further down you go, the less people you will find. Perfect for beach hoppers.

Chaiyaphum – Stonehenge is here

Chaiyaphum is weird. It’s not that famous but once you’re there you wonder why as it simply got a little bit of everything. It starts off iwth Mor Hin Khao – Stonehenge – a natural sandstone formation that makes you feel like you’re in the x-files. Then there’s the field of krachiao (Thai tulips) that blooms during wet season. Then you got Pran Khuru, the ruins of a 13th century Khmer temple but wait, that’s not all, you also got Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum with lots of fossils, caves and dinosaur footprints around 2 hours away.

All of this in one location. I feel like in a TV direct advertorial: If you buy this trip now you also get this…cookie cutter for free :P Seriously though, great location. Check it out some time!


Sascha Funk

Founder / Editor at My-Thai.org
Sascha is the publisher of my-thai.org and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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  • Fooh Phutha

    In my opion, this topic is so outstanding for people who adore travelling. Thailand is a perfect place for the people who have been finding a unique place for relaxing. I also like a quote which is “time to focus on the bright side of life”. It showed that it is a time to give some things good to yourself. These unique places which are Koh Phayam, Chiang Kham, Koh Jum, Koh Kood, and Chaiyaphum are quiet places and appropriate for taking a rest there. Moreover, this article is very useful for me because I know only Koh Kood and Chai Yaphum. However, I just know that Chai Yaphum has Stonehenge. This article gives us a new view of places in Thailand that most people barely know.

  • I hope you get the chance to visit some of those places and then tell us more about how you liked them :)

  • Jade Maciag

    Very interesting places! From the places suggested I can see that you are very much into islands and the beauties of the beaches and the seas. I have never been to some of those places before and have even never heard of some even though I have been living in Thailand all my life.
    The one place I have been is “Chayaphum”. In my opinion this place is not a fancy place but a very simple place to go if you want to relax. The flower field was nice to visit!
    I enjoyed this article but I only have one little suggestion, could you please suggest more “forest-type” places? I really like mountains, forests and fountains :)
    Still a very nice post, thank you!

  • Thanks for your comment. Forest and fountains shall be highlighted in upcoming posts then ;-)

  • Sivakamon Jalanchavanapate

    When I read the part2 of this journal, I’m thinking with myself! I need to find part1 to read. Then here I am, I’ve already read it!! I am not disappointed at all! Many places are too good to be true. Sometimes I have a dream that I want to take a gap year staying at those places! :)

  • Those places are all within reach, easily reachable within holidays. No need for a gap year ;-)

  • Ornvipa Assavanig

    I have to admit that as I am Thai but i still never know or hear the places in this article before and it make me wonder. All the place are like forgotten place but all are very interesting and beautiful. However, I want to introduce both Thai and foreign tourist to travel some new destination not only the famous one such as, Pattaya, Chiangmai or bangkok because there are more places to discover.

  • Opal Tresukosol

    Very interesting! I really love to travel to places like this, those places are so beautiful, unique and also quiet which is great to go to relax. I have never been to those places before but it sounds nice. If I have a chance I would love to go to Chiyaphume, I never knew that Thailand has a place like this, so thank you for sharing such a wonderful places :).