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.
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.
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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