Thailand is a popular travel destination, but there are many hotspots in this beautiful country that have been overrun with tourists and lack some of their original remote peacefulness as a result. Are there any spots left in Thailand that are still untouched by mass tourism?
Luckily, there are a few spots where you can venture off the beaten track and enjoy a relatively unknown part of Thailand. Here are some of the most unspoiled spots in Thailand where you can avoid the crowds:
Go Exploring in the Northeast
The Northeast region of Thailand is sometimes referred to as the Isaan and it is a very poor region, consisting of mostly simple small towns and rice paddies. There are few major attractions here and very few people speak English, but this area is beautiful and charming and will give you a glimpse into life in rural Thailand. This is the “real” Thailand and you will be able to enjoy it at the local Thai price.
Relax in Taling Ngam
This small fishing village is on the popular tourist island of Koh Samui, but it hasn’t experienced the tourism development that has occurred on other parts of the islands. There are a few resorts and a handful of restaurants dotted along the beach, but for the most part it is very quiet and peaceful. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy some truly gorgeous sunsets.
Venture Into Khao Sok National Park
Take a drive two hours north of Phuket and you will discover this national park, which has one of the most ancient lowland rainforests on this planet – 160 million years in the making. It is home to many of the rarest plants and creatures in Thailand, including barking deer, sunbears and clouded leopards – as well as 300 species of birds. Check out the national park on a guided hike and stay in one of the eco-lodges around its edges. The best time to visit is during the dry season from December to April.
Lounge Around on Ko Kut
From the popular island of Ko Chang on the Gulf Coast you can take a boat to Ko Kut, which receives much fewer visitors. There are only around 20 small resorts that are dotted around the coastline and most of the island is undeveloped. Wherever you stay, you are sure to find your own patch of private beach where you can soak in the sunshine undisturbed. Also, this island offers a lot of great opportunities for snorkelling, hiking and scuba diving.
These are just a few of the places in Thailand where you can avoid the crowds and enjoy the peace and quiet of an unspoiled piece of paradise. Make sure you see them quick, before the rest of the world finds out about them!
Have you found your own secluded part of Thailand where you can escape the crowds? Let us know about your experiences there!