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The Best Thailand Has To Offer Outside Bangkok

A trip to Thailand can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, offering all manner of culinary delights, pampering evenings in the spa, excellent market shopping, and more. Still, a lot of people think that the best of the country is found in its capital city, Bangkok. While there’s no doubt the city has a lot to offer, here, we’re going to look at why you should look a little further outside the city if you want to experience the best the country has to offer.


If you want to get as far from the urban hustle and bustle as you can, then there’s no better way to do it than heading for the mountains. While not quite as quiet as it used to be, Pai is an absolutely gorgeous town that has remained authentic despite its recent booming growth. You’re never more than a short walk away from the sounds of mountain nature, and it’s also really close to Ban Santichon, a traditional Chinese town that can feel like stepping into a whole different country, looking at the architecture, landscaping, and local life.

Ko Samui

The second largest island of the country offers some of the very best in terms of luxurious living, with no shortage of relaxed yet lively towns, golden sands, and gorgeous resort-like living. The city of Chaweng has become a popular spot for nightlife, beach bars, and meeting other travelers, but if you prefer to enjoy your own peace, quiet, and indulgent living, then a luxury resort in Samui might just be right for you. There are plenty of great private retreats where you can truly enjoy feeling like you’re in the lap of luxury.

Chiang Mai

The capital of Northern Thailand, this is a city just as rich in history and culture as any in the country. Immerse yourself in Thai culture by visiting ancient temples like Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang. Explore the vibrant markets, sampling local delicacies at the Night Bazaar or Warorot Market. Engage in thrilling outdoor adventures, from zip-lining through lush rainforests to trekking in the nearby mountains. Experience the tranquility of nature at Doi Suthep-Pui National Park or take a relaxing boat ride along the Mae Ping River.


Often overlooked due to its proximity to the capital, this city is one that should not be ignored by any means. A gorgeous little town nestled within the heart of nature, right next to the river, it offers some of the best and most accessible natural beauty walks you can ask for, whether you’re visiting the Wat Tham Suea Tiger Cave Temple, admiring the gorgeous waterfalls of Erawan National Park, or standing on the River Kwai bridge to admire the setting sun. There is plenty to do in Kanchanaburi that makes it much more than just a stop on the way to Bangkok.

If you want to hit up Bangkok, then by all means, enjoy yourself. However, don’t forget to take the time to look outside the city for some truly unique experiences, as well.

Edel Alon
Edel Alon
Edel-Ryan Alon is a starving musician, failed artist, connoisseur of fine foods, aspiring entrepreneur, husband, father of two, geek by day, cook by night, and an all around great guy.


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