Let me break the title first. Her is Thailand – definitely worth a visit!
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Most visitors who fly to Thailand don’t go beyond the highlighted or popular places or destinations, but I believe theres more to Thailand! And I was right!
Beyond the bustling tourist destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya, Thailand has so much more when you look into it. Thailand does have spots and excursions to experience rare aura, feelings, ambience or even peculiar excursions. Even if you have the strangest interest or niche, Thailand will always quench your likes like it always does!
Let’s dive into an enchanting adventure as we embark on a mystical journey through Thailand and discover some of the most off-beaten activities to experience.
Sam Phan Bok
Sam Phan Bok, often known as the Grand Canyon of Thailand, is found in the lovely, unassuming province of Ubon Ratchathani, close to Laos. In contrast to the Grand Canyon near Chiang Mai, Sam Phan Bok is a naturally occurring landform composed of unusual land formations and a river with little pools of water. The area is known as Sam Phan Bok, meaning “three thousand holes,” since the land has 3000 holes resembling ice cream scoops.
Photographers love visiting this spot at night to capture the splendour of the milky way since it is so serene and beautiful. To witness the myriad holes and imprints that can be seen when the river’s water levels are low, most people suggest travelling during the dry season (December to June).
Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew
Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew is particularly distinctive since it is constructed entirely of beer bottles, unlike most temples in Thailand, meticulously decorated with gold, jewels, and precious stones. This temple was built in 1984 by a group of monks dissatisfied with the area’s litter and pollution.
To build this well-known temple complex, they urged the villagers to bring their recycled beer bottles to promote recycling. The monks built this magnificent monastery from around 1.5 million beer bottles, using brown bottles of Chang beer and green bottles of Heineken. If you ever visit, you can’t help but be impressed by the monks’ artistry and commitment to creating this exceptional temple complex.
The Red Lotus Sea
A visit to Udon Thani is essential if you’ve ever wanted to view a sea of pink and crimson lotus blossoms! Every January, hundreds of water lilies cover Lake Nong Han in Udon Thani, covering the entire area up to the full extent the eyes can see. The beginning of December through the end of February are the greatest times to witness this natural phenomenon. When the lotus flowers are fully bloomed, 6:00 am to noon is ideal for witnessing them in their best views!
I enjoy travelling to unusual locations, especially those with mysterious local folklore. You can rent a long-tail boat to get to Koh Hingham, an uninhabited island mainly made of black stones off the coast of Koh Lipe. While this specific beach is unremarkable, it is said to be guarded by the Thai god known as the God of Tarutao, who is said to curse anybody who tries to take a stone from the island.
As said, you can get to this deserted island by hiring a long-tail boat from Koh Lipe. If you sign up for one of the local island-hopping cruises, this stop could be on the itinerary.
The distinctive emerald green ponds here are called after the Hindu mythological three-headed white elephant. According to tradition, the upper tier of the falls looks like the head of an elephant. The route to the seven tiers begins from the parking lot as flat and largely paved until you reach the first cascade.
Each stop offers a spot for you to swim in little water pools. I highly urge seeing all of the waterfall’s tiers because they each have exciting features.
Situated 112 kilometres from Chiang Mai lies a town named Lampang. Though touring the town itself could be a delightful experience, the major attraction that draws visitors is the Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn temple complex – Bell Temples (wow, what a lengthy name!).
This complex of temples is situated atop a rugged hill and presents a stunning view. The dazzling white stupa-like structures are situated high up on the rocks and are a recognised site of Buddhist pilgrimage, as it is believed that a footprint of Buddha was discovered here.
The limestone karst mountains featured in the movie Avatar are quite unforgettable to those who have watched it. These mountains can also be witnessed in real life, not too far from Surathani Province, as you sail along the Ratchaprapha Dam.
Known as the “Little Guilin” after the enchanting mountains in China that inspired the Avatar mountains, a visit to this place for the day is possible, or you can choose to spend some time in the tranquil floating houseboats on the dam.
Pha Singh Liao
Pha Chor is a remarkable land formation and popular tourist destination in Chiang Mai, Thailand, just next to Mae Wong National Park. These rock formations result from the natural phenomenon of wind, rain, and erosion. Before erosion created these tall hills and cliffs, geologists thought this region was formerly part of the Ping River. Since then, they have built a series of stairs that you can use to climb and explore.
These are just a few you can witness beyond Thailand’s bustling cities and sights! So what more? Pack your stuff and prepare to embark on Thailand‘s bizarre yet interesting places!