Here we go with part 2 of our ‘most unique travel destinations in Thailand’ coverage. Make sure to also check part 1 with further cool destinations in Thailand!
Koh Panak – Shh, secrets!
Koh Panak is not really famous, one could say it’s a ‘secret’ that, be ready to get wow’ed, also has its own secrets. It is home to some cool hidden caves and lakes with some really nice limestone landscape to top it off. In order to access some of the beaches you have to climb or kayak there which increases the feeling of being on an adventure even more!
It’s a bit sad that one can’t stay on the island but when taking a boat or a private tour it’s still possible to spend some quality time there.
Phanom Rung – Khmer ruins
Everybody knows Angkor Wat, not many know Phanom Rung. Admittedly Phanom Rung isn’t as big as Angkor but it does have its own Khmer charm.
Once you’re there you can explore Buddhist and Hindu architecture as Phanom Rung was converted from Hindu to Shiva to Buddhist temple. Reminds of something (*cough* Ankgor Wat *cough*), doesn’t it?
Locals say that on 13th April each year you can see something magical as the sun shines through all 15 portals of the main temple which makes the whole experience rather mystical.
Loei – Hipster heaven
I’m making lots of fun of hipsters these days but Loei actually is a ‘cool’ hipster town + it tries to be rather eco friendly. Loei is located in the Northeast and you might have seen pictures of its Phi Ta Khon festival where people spot crazy masks. That’s about it on a yearly basis so if you end up in Loei you might not see much more – which is exactly why you should go there. Just relax, breathe in the fresh air and find to yourself.
Laos isn’t far away and thanks to being a bit higher up the mountain views (the real ones, not the Google one) are rather cool (literally). If you’re around you should also visit Phu Kradung and enjoy the view of the mighty Mekong river.
Koh Yao Noi – Luxury getaway
It’s kind of weird that Koh Yao Noi isn’t thaaaat famous as it’s rather close to Phuket. 30 minutes by boat to be precise. Situated within stunning Phang Nga Bay (google it and be amazed) it’s perfect for a romantic getaway.
The idyllic atmosphere has its price though. Most resorts are rather upscale which leads to a more or less non-existent party scene. So you get what you pay for – quite quality time. Para Para Paradise.
Lampang – the North to remember
Lots of my Thai friends told me not to include Lampang in this list ’cause it’s ‘boring’. It’s probably most famous for being on the way to Chiang Mai but it does have its own charm and sights! It is pretty laid back, relaxed and boasts quite a few really nice riverside bars and restaurants. It was also the only time I saw horse carriages in Thailand.
Moreover Lampang hosts the Thailand Elephant Conservation Centre where you can see happy Elephants in their natural environment without being treated badly.
Phetchabun – more Northern beauty
They say don’t go chasing waterfalls – in Petchabun however, that is very much ok. Lots of rivers, mountains, waterfalls. Lots of nature to see + two big national parks. You can even see wild elephants in one of them (Khao Kho), just like golden cats, mouse deer and more. Nam Nao, the other national park, is said to house tigers, leopards and black bears. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
Nan – North Thailand
Nan is pretty far away from lots of other destinations. Nevertheless it could definitely be worth traveling there, especially when you’re into trekking. Trekking plus visits to the hill tribes are popular activities in Nan as well as looking over endless rice paddies and fruit forests. Hashtag slowlife, hashtag chill.
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