Tourists are increasingly asking to see them “non-standard Thailand”, tour operators say. Such requests are explained simply. Thailand is a return direction. And sooner or later, tourists set themselves the goal of seeing as much as possible here. We have compiled a list of the best locations that tourists describe with the phrase “you never dreamed of.”
OVER 80% OF TOURISTS WHO HAVE BEEN IN THAILAND AT LEAST ONCE RETURN THERE AGAIN
Bewitchingly beautiful Thailand for most tourists becomes a favorite destination from the first trip, says Lyubov Chuchmayeva, marketing director of tour operator PAKS. This confirms the statistics: about 80% of tourists who have visited the kingdom return there again.
In Thailand, without exaggeration, you can find everything. Its tourist opportunities go far beyond Pattaya, Phuket and Bangkok. Tourists understand this and therefore want to discover more and more facets of Thailand, explains Ms. Chuchmaeva.
Following the desires of tourists, ATOR Bulletin has prepared a top list of unexplored locations of the kingdom, visiting which will allow you to feel the life of the friendliest Asian country to the fullest.
Those who wish to visit any of the 77 provinces (including Bangkok) of Thailand, including those listed below, can safely turn to tour operators for help.
“At the request of guests, any individual author's route,” TEZ TOUR clarified.
NORTH OF THAILAND. PLEASURE FOR AESTETS
North of Thailand, part of the legendary Golden Triangle (Thailand, Laos and Burma), is generous with attractions and here you can get acquainted with the customs and traditions of the kingdom.
< p>Northern Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Pai are some of the oldest cities in Thailand. There are impenetrable jungles and mountain waterfalls, wild rivers, hot springs and tea plantations, crocodile and snake farms, ancient caves and centuries-old temples with giant Buddha statues.
In Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of Thailand, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, 700 km from Bangkok, there are almost three hundred ancient temples. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, founded in 1386, is one of the most revered temples in Thailand. Not only tourists and pilgrims come here, but also Thai politicians, movie stars and pop stars. The temple is located on a mountain, offering a breathtaking view of the whole of Chiang Mai and its surroundings.
Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo: piqsels.com
Many original tribes live in the vicinity of Chiang Mai. If you look into the village to the unusual people of Karen, you can see women with long necks stretched out with special metal rings.
Near Chiang Mai there is a national park DoiInthanon National Park. There is one of the highest mountain waterfalls in Thailand, Mae Surin (280 meters), two pagodas in honor of the king and queen and the highest mountain in Thailand with a height of 2,565 meters. You can climb there, there are interesting trekking routes.
Chiang Mai is combined with Chiang Rai, the city and capital of the province of the same name. Chiang Rai has many temples and museums. Northern Thailand's brochures often feature the iconic, futuristic Wat Rong Khun White Temple.
White Temple, Chiang Rai province. Photo: piqsels.com
Those who value historical and religious value should visit the royal temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) or the 14th century Wat Phra Singh temple.
North of Thailand is also a province Solocated along the border with Myanmar. The province has a long and amazing history and an impeccable image created by untouched nature.
Thung Yai Naresuan Nature Reserve, located in the provinces of Kanchanaburi, Uthai Thani and Tak, has preserved many endangered species of fauna and flora. Leopards, tigers, bears, buffaloes, wild Asian dogs, gaurs, Asian elephants, black-backed tapirs are found in bamboo and deciduous forests. Monkeys jump on the branches of trees.
And a distinctive feature of Lan Sing National Park, which became the fifteenth national park of Thailand in 1978, are rocky mountains covered with forests. Mount Khao Luang divides the park into two parts. The highest peak reaches 1,065 meters above sea level.
NORTH EAST THAILAND. FOR EMOTIONS
175 kilometers northeast of Bangkok is Thailand's first National Park, Khao Yai, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is an atmosphere of absolute harmony anywhere in this park full of wildlife.
Khao Yai National Park. Photo: ATOR
Jungles, waterfalls, rivers, bears, elephants, tigers, monkeys, hornbills, the world's largest rafflesia flower, night park safari, trekking, rafting, boutique hotels, trendy cafes – that's what is remembered park for tourists.
WEST OF THAILAND. FOR ADVENTURE
Tourists holidaying in Thailand should certainly appreciate the beauty of Kanchanaburi province in the west of Thailand. Most often, people come here as part of excursions from Pattaya, Hua Hin or Bangkok.
They go to Kanchanaburi for the sake of the national park and the very beautiful seven-cascade waterfall Erawan, surrounded by jungle. You can look at the waterfall, swim in its water and, as a bonus, get a massage from the fish that live here.
Erawan Waterfall. Photo: wallpaperflare.com
CENTRAL PART OF THAILAND. OLD BUDDHIST CHARM
Adventurers and fans of authentic places will be inspired by Ayutthayalocated about 70 km from Bangkok. The city of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was once the capital of the kingdom. Today it is a great place to get in touch with the history of Thailand.
The main sights are located in the old part of the city, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recommends visiting the Buddhist temple complex Wat Phra Si Sanphet with the ruins of the Grand Palace of Wang Luang, the ancient monasteries of Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, striking in their size and rich interior decoration. Tourists are also interested in Buddha statues made by ancient masters.
Ayutthaya, temples. Thailand. Photo: piqsels.com
EASTERN PART OF THAILAND. FOR RELAXATION
In Trat province, in easternparts of Thailand, Koh Chang Park is located. It consists of more than fifty islands. The sea near their coast, especially in the southern part of the park, is transparent, the color of a clear sky.
They go to the Mu Koh Chang National Park for the amazing underwater world, incredible bays and caves.
In addition to the main the islands of the group, Changa itself, the park includes Koh Chang Noi, Koh Klum, Koh Wai, Koh Lao Ya, Koh Mai Shi and Koh Rang. Sloths, wild pigs, macaques, civets, mongooses live on the islands.
Bungalow on the island of Koh Chang, Thailand, sunset. Photo: piqsels.com
SOUTHERN THAILAND. FOR REAL ROMANTICS
The largest province in southern Thailand is Surat Thani. The favorites of tourists here are the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, the national parks of Khao Sok and Angthong. The tourist south of Thailand is also known for the Krabi province (we recommend Railay Beach).
On the island of Koh Phangan, the world-famous open-air Full Moon Party takes place, on the small “turtle” island of Tao they go for diving, in the rocky lagoon of Taling Ngam Beach – for solitude. The most picturesque beaches on Koh Samui are on the east coast. For example, the famous Chaweng or Maenam Beach.
In the Angthong National Park, which consists of more than 40 islands, advertising pictures with palm trees and white sand beaches come to life. In the park you can see rare animals, birds, reptiles, fish listed in the Red Book. TAT recommends visiting the emerald bay of the Talay Nai salt lake and the bay of the island of Vua Talap.
And in Khao Sok Park, dreams come to life. If you ever wanted to see beauty that even your own eyes would not believe, you definitely need to visit Khao Sok. You will sail on a boat on Cheow Lan Lake, admire the fluffy and rocky islands, walk through the many-voiced rainforest and spend the night in floating hotels. Khao Sok is easily accessible from Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak.
Cafe and observation deck on about. Koh Phangan, Thailand. Sunset. Photo: piqsels.com
If you are interested in seeing how traditional holidays are held in Thailand, come to the kingdom in April to celebrate the Thai New Year Songkran.
In general, you can come at least every month. There are holidays.
In November, for example, in Thailand they celebrate the annual holiday Loy Krathong. These days you can see traditional Thai performances in national costumes and, of course, throw the “krathong” (a banana leaf raft decorated with a burning candle) into the pond.
Krathong. Photo: piqsels.com
THAILAND IS ALWAYS READY TO SURPRISE
Thailand has 77 provinces, including Bangkok. And each is able to surprise the tourist. Even seemingly already familiar Phuket and Bangkok can be a real discovery for travelers. Explore Thailand and always smile.