Thailand is known for its sublime beauty and its beaches are the greatest attraction. Thailand is home to 1,430 islands each having its unique feature which it is known for. Owing to its dramatic landscape and crystal clear water it attracts 22.7 million international tourists each year. If you are visiting Thailand for relaxation purposes, you can visit places that are offbeat and attract less tourists yet having the same glamorous experience that Thailand gives.
One of the less populated places to visit in Thailand is Kanchanaburi which is a town in West Thailand which is known for its death railway which was built during world war II. There is a Kanchanaburi crematory in which thousands of prisoners have been buried who died building this bridge. This town is covered with dense forest and wildlife. The Erawan falls is a sight to see when you are visiting this town.
Pai situated in the northeast side of Thailand tucked away from the bustling cities you will find lush green forest and people with dreadlocks relating to the hippie culture. This is where you’ll see the happy side of Thailand. Another backpacking paradise and a must visit place if you’re looking for a relaxing trip as you chill along the river side bars and pub and blend in with the vibe
- Chiang Mai
It is one of those places which is well developed and has decent accommodation rates with delicious street food and a friendly environment. If you are on a budget friendly trip this is your top pick to save some money and enjoy the beauty of the mountain surrounded by white clouds and blue sky.
- Koh Lipe
This is one of the most laid back places you can find in Thailand. This Island has white sand and emerald green water making it one of the most prettiest places for scuba diving experience. It is also one of the few places that is not entirely influenced by tourism. You will witness the dugong and sperm whale pictures of Koh lipe.
To the north of Thailand, lies the first ancient capital of Thailand – Sukhothai which contains many UNESCO world heritage structures. The historical structures are located in the wild between paddy fields, ponds and villages surrounded by thick forest cover, giving you the feel of calmness as you breathe in fresh air. Best way to explore this place is by renting a cycle as you stop by some aesthetic scenery and get yourself clicked.
- Bo Sang Umbrella village
The village is famous for its traditional paper parasols which are more sturdy compared to the Canopies you usually find in the beaches. You can go around the village and see for yourself how these parasols are made from the scratch and turned into a beautiful end product. The Umbrella festival is celebrated during the month of January and if you are in Bo Sang in January don’t miss this opportunity.
Nan is a small town in the valley of Nan river which houses seven national parks and several waterfalls. This town is not commercialised and that’s for the best.
- Koh Kret
The island is known as Pottery Island and earned this name from the outstanding earthenware the villagers make. You can take a hike along the trails and if you are lucky you will see how these earthenwares are made which is satisfying to observe.
During the weekdays the local market is open and if you are up for some peaceful shopping you can visit these markets.