Thailand Destinations You Don’t know About

When most people think of ‘must-see’ Thailand destinations more often than not Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Samui top the list. While all of these areas are fabulous they are just the tip of the iceberg — there’s a lot more to discover in Thailand! In fact, the country has 77 provinces, which are broken into five regions: North, Northeast, East, Central, and South. Best of all, each province contains unique cultural, historical and natural attractions.

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Tucked away in the rural North you’ll find the first capital of the Thai kingdom, Sukhothai. Within moments of arriving you will come to learn why this breathtaking province was dubbed the “dawn of happiness.” There is something ethereal about this part of the country. Though this UNESCO World Heritage Site is less busy than other attractions it boasts some of the most beautifully preserved ruins in the country. For the best experience explore in the morning and take in relics from the golden age of Thai civilisation and perhaps even see monks at prayer.

Also in the North you’ll find Lampang where you can walk among giants at the Elephant Conservation Centre, Phetchabun where mist shrouded mountains are covered in flowers, and Nan, considered one of the most romantic and charming provinces in the country.

The North-East provinces of Thailand also promise to enchant. Venture to Udon Thani, an area best known for its archaeological wonders. Among the ancient treasures is the site of Ban Chiang where the world’s first Bronze Age civilization is believed to have flourished more than 5000 years ago.

In the Central Plains you’ll find fascinating provinces with their own distinctive traditions. Perhaps one of the strangest and most extraordinary is held in the Lopburi Province. The Monkey Buffet Festival is an annual event held in November to honour local monkeys. During the festival over 2,000 of our furry friends gather to enjoy a delectable vegetarian Chinese-style banquet at the city’s Prang Sam Yod and Phra Kan Shrine.

Thailand’s eastern-most island, Koh Kood, is part of Trat Province and is said by many to be the perfect Thai island. If you’re looking to relax and escape the noise and crowds of the city this is the place for you. With no public airport, this island is accessible only by boat and offers soft powdery beaches and stunning natural surroundings.

In the South, the Province of Trang offers over 46 islands with astounding beaches, traditional fishing villages, and magical places such as the Emerald Cave. Spend your days exploring the jungles, mountains, waterfalls, and beaches and your evenings taking in the coastal views and tempting your taste buds to some of the county’s finest fare.

There is always somewhere new to discover no matter how many times you visit Amazing Thailand. Discover our unique Thainess at na.tourismthailand.org.