Yes, Bangkok is gorgeous and probably the most sought after tourist spot in Thailand. But there is a lot more to Thailand than the cultural and cosmopolitan charms of Bangkok. From pristine beaches to exotic wildlife and fascinating cultural heritage, here’s a glimpse of what awaits you in Thailand other than the “City of Angels”.
f you love history and nature, Chiang Mai is the place to be. Known for its age-old temples, interesting bazaars, and beautiful surroundings of lush forests, lofty mountains and gushing waterfalls, Chiang Mai is a holidaymaker’s delight. It is about 700kms from Bangkok and is easily accessible by trains (from Bangkok).
Koh Phi Phi
One of the most beautiful beach resorts in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi is popular amongst honeymooners and leisure travellers alike. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing at Monkey Beach, or try snorkelling to explore the region’s fascinating marine life. Long Beach is another popular attraction here, known for its serene beauty and gorgeous sunset views.
Sukhothai Old City
This ancient capital of Thailand boasts some of the most magnificent historical structures in the country. Though, most of the monuments and temples are now in ruins, they still stand proud and depict the rich cultural heritage of Thailand. Sukhothai Old City is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some must visit attractions include Wat Mahathat, Wat Sra Si, Wat Phra Pai Luang, and Ramkhamhaeng Museum.
Kanchanaburi is famous for its magnificent landscapes and charming culture. Only two hours from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi boasts many natural wonders that it stuns even the most discerning of travellers. Trek to the nearby lush forests to enjoy the region’s rich wilderness and exotic wildlife. Many beautiful waterfalls, age-old caves, tranquil rivers and trekking trails in the area make for a perfect adventurous holiday.
With many virgin beaches, spectacular bays and enthralling marine life, Phang Nga is a wonderful choice for the ones seeking fun by the sun, sand, and the surf. As many of the bays here are sheltered and brim with amazing coral reefs and other aqua species, scuba diving and snorkelling are two highly popular activities at Phang Nga. Avid explorers would love to visit the Phang Nga Bay National Park and explore its many geological wonders including sunken caverns and startling rock formations.