Thailand is a beautiful country full of amazing experiences. While most tourists come to Thailand for its incredible temples, there are also many other cool places worth exploring.
One of these cool spots is Mae Hong Son Province. This remote area is perfect for travellers seeking a unique experience!
1. Hua Hin
Hua Hin may not be as popular as the other beach destinations in Thailand, but it's a much more unique destination with its own distinct character. It's a cosmopolitan city, with many international tourists and Thais heading here to escape the busyness of Bangkok.
It's also a place where you can get a bit off the beaten track and check out some offbeat attractions. One such is an artists village.
Another fun and unusual experience is visiting the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, which lets you spend a few hours with these gentle creatures. You can even feed, bathe and play with them.
Railay is a small peninsula between Ao Nang Beach and Krabi that is accessible only by boat. This makes it a truly peaceful place, with no traffic and hardly any cars.
The main attraction is the talcum-soft sand and stunning karst cliffs, but this part of Krabi also boasts rock climbing. Guided tours are available for all levels of climbers.
Another must-see is the Princess Cave on Phra Nang Beach, which features a collection of wooden phallic shrines left by fishermen for protection. It’s a little weird but worth checking out.
Lopburi is the oldest city in Thailand and its ancient ruins are well worth seeing. It was once a capital of the Dvaravati period and later the Khmer and Ayutthaya empires.
The main sights are located within walking distance of each other and most of them can be explored on foot. The Khmer-style Prang Sam Yot temple is one of the most popular attractions, but it's worth visiting King Narai's palace and Somdet Phra Narai National Museum as well.
Lopburi is also famous for its mischievous monkeys, which live and roam freely throughout the city. Tourists can feed them and interact with them, but it's important to be careful as some of these cheeky rascals are very quick at stealing your possessions.
4. Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is the perfect place to visit if you want to experience authentic Thai culture. The country’s northern capital is a laid-back alternative to Bangkok and a great base for exploring the surrounding region.
There are lots of things to do and see in the city, from its historic temples to elephant sanctuaries. You can also venture outside the city to visit the Doi Suthep National Park and enjoy a day of adventure.
The local markets are a great place to try some amazing street food. Stalls grill up Sai Ua Samun Phrai (northern Thai herbal sausage) and nam prik ong (tomato chili dip) to name a few.
The ancient city of Ayutthaya is a highlight for those looking to visit Thailand. You can easily spend two days exploring its historic sights and the many other attractions it has to offer.
Ayutthaya is renowned for its stunning temples, which are dotted around the old town. One of the most striking is Wat Chai Watthanaram, a huge complex on the west bank of the river.
Its imposing central prang is different to others in Ayutthaya, and it has been beautifully preserved thanks to restoration work. Climb up the steep stairs to the top of the prang and enjoy a spectacular view over the grounds.
6. Chiang Rai
If you want to relax and explore Thailand’s beautiful countryside, Chiang Rai is a great place to start. This northern city is perfect for people who enjoy hiking, biking or rafting on the rivers that wind through the mountains and valleys.
For those who enjoy observing traditional Thai crafts, there are a number of fabric and woodwork workshops to visit in the city. You’ll also find plenty of street markets, where you can buy souvenirs and take away a little bit of the culture.
You’ll also want to pay a visit to the White Temple, which is one of the most popular attractions in Chiang Rai. Designed by renowned Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, the structure is truly stunning.
7. Khao Sok
If you’re looking for a truly raw and untouched experience in Thailand, then head to Khao Sok. This national park is a great place to unwind and reconnect with nature.
The park is known for its tropical rainforest, inhabited by rare wildlife including wild elephants, serow, tigers, Malayan sun bears and over 180 bird species. Those keen on trekking can hire a guide and explore the dense forest.
Located right next to the entrance to Khao Sok National Park, this hostel is a perfect base for exploring the jungle. With a range of tours available within minutes of your arrival, it’s a great option for those wanting to get the most out of their stay in Thailand.