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8 more of the most unique travel destinations in Thailand – Part 3

This marks the final part of our ‘unique travel destinations in Thailand’ list (part 1 | part 2). Hope you enjoyed all three parts and please do shout out if you got some more cool places on your mind of if you’ve actually been to any of our suggested places. Here we go with part 3!

Buriram, Northeast Thailand

As someone who spent lots of time in Isaan (Northeastern Thailand) I will always have a soft spot for destinations up there where not many tourists end up. Buriram does earn its place on this travel list though not only because its in my ‘home’ province but also because it does have some cool places to check out. Buriram is home to some pretty cool ancient Khmer ruins with the most famous one being Phanom Rung. It is said to be one of the best preserved Khmer temple complexes in all of Southeast Asia. Besides that Buriram is also home to a rather famous football club, Buriram United which hosts its home games in the so called ‘Thunder Castle’ stadium.

Another highlight in Buriram is the Chang International Circuit. Probably the most famous race track around which hosts its fair share of races, both car and bike. So overall Buriram offers something for basically every taste. Talking about taste, they also have, of course, delicious Isaan food!

Samut Songkhram, Central Thailand

Being based in Bangkok you sometimes don’t have that much time to travel and that’s when you end up doing trips that won’t take that long. That’s how Samut Songkhram made it onto this list. It’s just an hour or so away from BKK but hosts a few pretty cool sights. Most famously the Maeklong Railway Market. It’s a typical Thai market, just bigger. It even spills onto the train tracks. You’ve probably seen footage of it. When trains arrive the vendors pull back their store shades and the train passes centimetres in front of onlookers’ faces.

Another sight that you would want to see is, of course, Amphawa Floating market. Hire a long-tail boat and take in all the sights and smells that this experience will provide you with.

Ratchaburi, Central Thailand

Since we’re already around BKK, let’s stay here for a bit. Ratchaburi is also rather close and also is home to a nice floating market. Damnoen Saduak. It’s not as famous as Amphawa but that might even be a good thing as less tourists might find their way here. There’s more to Ratchaburi though. It has become more famous recently among the Thai travel community for city peeps who want to learn and enjoy more about the so called ‘slow life’, meaning learning more about farming, handicrafts, traditional houses, etc.

If you want to have a ‘real Thai experience’ close to Bangkok, Ratchaburi is a great place to go.

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Trat, East Thailand

Ok, enough staying in Bangkok. Let’s hit the road. Trat is the most eastern province in Thailand and is pretty famous for being home to Koh Chang which is in basically every travel guide as one of the best islands to visit. And they’re not wrong. Koh Chang is great – just not that quiet anymore. The cool thing now about Trat is that there are 52 islands over all so your chance to find a quiet one is actually rather high. You just gotta spend some time researching or talking to locals and chances are high you’ll find a cool get away for a few days. Moreover Trat is next to Cambodia which could make a border market trip and interesting destination for your (counterfeit?) shopping needs.

Chanthaburi, East Thailand

Let’s stay a bit in the East of Thailand. There’s another province that could wow you with some cool natural sights. Chanthaburi is called ‘waterfall heaven’ as there are so many of them to be seen once you enter the rainforest. Pools, rivers, waterfalls. You don’t even need to chase them, you’ll simply find them by just being there. The most famous national park there, Namtok Phlio, is great to get on some hikes or just chill and check out the stunning temples and even be impressed by a catholic cathedral (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception). Chanthaburi was one of the first trips I ever made after moving to Thailand and it impressed right away.

Trang, South Thailand

Trang is somewhat unbelievable. It has awesome offshore island, super beaches and is quiet – and yet it hasn’t made it further than ‘insider tip’ as of yet. I don’t want to write too much here ’cause it’s actually nice that there aren’t that many people around (compared to the one entry below) ;-) It’s really cool though in Trang and if you want to see cool white-sand beaches, quiet caves, adventures, awesome dive sites, national parks, and so son, Trang is your place to be.

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Chumphon, South Thailand

Chumphon is famous for being the gateway to the famous islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao but actually Chumphon is also home to some really nice sights besides that. There is, for example, Koh Lang Ka Jew. Pretty small, pretty quiet, simply beautiful. Also Chumphon city isn’t something you should ignore. The Royal Palace is rather nice, so is the night market and the seafood you can find basically everywhere. Chumphon has much more to offer than just the harbour and ferry terminals.

Nakhon Si Thammarat, South Thailand

Since we’re alreay down here. The province south of Chumphon is Nakhon Si Thammarat. The other gateway to all those islands. If you end up going to Samui or Phangan and you come back via boat to Nakhon Si Thammarat you might see a pretty cool coastline. If you got some more time to spare Had Khanom National Marine park is a travel recommendation that most people won’t regret – check if it’s open though as it might be closed during rainy season. Nakhon Si Thammarat city is also a nice town with a few cute temples. It’s not big, but charming. Again, similar to Chumphon above, there’s more to it than just the ferry terminal or, in this case, the (very small and deserted looking) airport. And by the way, it’s said that you can see lots of the pink dolphines swimming off the coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat. So if you’re lucky, you might even get a nice photo op with some of those cool (and sometimes cheeky) swimmers.

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  • Machima Anantanasan

    These places amaze me! Personally, I really love traveling to the place where not many people go to visit because almost everything there is remained primitive. What I really like about this post is that Issan is being seen as the destination for more people than the past old days, in the past, Northeastern Thailand is the place where poor people lives and not many Thai politicians cared about what was going on, but today people can see the original tradition and beautiful places to visit there, hopefully, this discovery will help the economics in Issan.

  • I used to live and work in Isan as a volunteer and can only agree that trips there are certainly worth it :-)

  • Kewpla Kanchanaban

    All of these place is so beautiful. I normally go to travel to the famous place and the same place all the time. I want to try to go to the place that I never have been there and where not many people go because it may be more peaceful and more memorable. I like this post because there not many people are usually go to these places and most of people like to go to others country rather than go to travel in Thailand. This post made me want to go to East Thailand that I never think to go there at all. Moreover, I think this post may make other people want to go too ,so this may help Tourism Authority of Thailand.

  • If you end up going to some of those places, make sure to let us know how you liked it! :)

  • Ginni Kiatfuengfoo

    Those places are very interesting :-) I have been to some of them but still have more places here to explore! But anyway, most of them are kine of “second choice” for tourists to visit (well, I my opinion) because the tourists usually come to bangkok to see city life and foods and go to Phuket or Pattaya to spend time on the beach and may be never thing about the Isaan part. I like that you find these interesting places to show more and have more choices for us to travel, for example some places we can take only one or half a day to visit like Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa floating market which will show the real Thai traditional way of transportation for tourists to see! And I hope more people who come to visit this post will go and visit every places here, especially in Isaan part to see more interesting places here in Thailand :-)

  • Thanks for the comment! I agree that it’s a shame that tourists don’t see more of the beauty that is Thailand besides just Bangkok or Pattaya (ewww!). As I lived in Isaan for a while I’m always happy when I see people taking my advice and going there and experience that friendliness and uniqueness of the people :)

  • Eve Supmee

    It’s nice that you recommend all these beautiful place. To be honest, there are many places that I haven’t been to or even plan to visit. For example, Burirum I have never consider this place to be one place on my trip. I always overlook Burirum and went straight to Khonkean. Next time, I will come visit Burirum to see new beautiful and spectacular place like Khmer ancient temple “Phanom Rung”.

  • Let me know if you liked it! :)

  • Chung Veeravutthiphol

    Amazing traditional places in Thailand! I’m the one who really want to travel in new places. Since my dad and mum was born in “Esan” which is the Northeast of Thailand, However I have never visited these beautiful places before. Personally, another signature of Thailand is “Food”, each province has its own signature. For example, Esan province, the food is spicy and extreme flavor. Moreover, sticky rice was considered to be another signature in Esan because we eat it as usual. Finally, these are incredible places to visited and I’m pretty sure I will go there sometime.

  • Ben Benyapa

    This article have a lot of beautiful and interesting places to visit. Normally i love to go to the places that also has sea. Cause i like to take a photo to keep in the memory and all of those places that you recommend make me want to go there. Those place will useful for the foreigners and some of Thai people who love to travel. Especially me and my friends, those places will be our choices to visit. I think most of my friends will love those places!

  • Pokpong Vetchakanjana

    I also want to visit all of this place,even I’m Thai but some how I never go to visit all of this place but anyway It’s motivate me to find some location that I may have time to visit such as Chantaburi which so beautiful but I don’t know it before.According to that,this post make me to plan for my next vacation for sure and I think some of my friend who read this article will go to this place too.

  • Opal Tresukosol

    Those places are amazing. I really like traveling especially places that are not over crowded or popular but beautiful in the way there are. I have never been to some of those places before, so thank you for sharing. Next time if I have a change I would like to visit Nakorn Si Thammarat it looks very interesting and also beautiful.

  • Panpan Auraya

    As a Thai citizen, I know that Thailand have many amazing places but I am not go everywhere yet. Thank you for creating this blog and guiding me where to travel in my holidays with my family. In your blogs the place that I never travel before are Buriram, Samutsongkram and Chumphon. From the picture I can imagine that they will be a good relaxing place after we are tired from work and study. I wish one day I could go travel all the place you suggest. Thank you for good information about travel destinations in Thailand. It is very great :)

  • Since I lived in Esan (Isan, Isaan?) for a while, I know all the food and do miss it some time. Still remember the Khao Neaw Moo Ping from the market :D