Four hidden gems in Thailand
We all know that Thailand is a dream destination with perfect beaches, clear seas, limestone peaks and some exciting hustle in the streets of Bangkok. Areas such as Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai are popular among tourists in Thailand but what happens when you step away from the main attractions? Thailand may be a relatively small country but there are still lots of hidden spots and little-travelled areas that are waiting to be explored. Here are some of our favourites.
Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is nestled within the world’s oldest evergreen rainforest with huge limestone peaks jutting out from the lush, green canopy. You will find it on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui so it’s easy to get to for most tourists. Within the national park you’ll find valleys and lakes, hidden caves and plenty of outdoor activities to allow you to explore the area.
You can stay in everything from hotels to floating river huts and tree houses to luxury tents. No matter where you stay, you’ll be sure to hear the call of the exotic birds and monkeys that live close by. Spend your days trekking, climbing and canoeing or take a wildlife walk or elephant trek to get closer to nature.
The islands of Trang
Trang, otherwise known as Mueang Thap Thiang, is in southern Thailand near Krabi. It was the first place in Thailand where rubber was planted and is now the place to go if you’re looking for secluded beaches and a picture perfect hideaway. If you manage to drag yourself away from the beautiful beaches you will find lagoons, waterfalls, secret caves and a beautiful landscape filled with leafy rubber plantations.
Trang is easy to reach from Bangkok. You can take an overnight train, a 60-90 minute flight or a local bus.
Koh Jum is within the incredible Krabi province on the Andaman Sea. This is the island to visit if you want to get off the beaten track and if you’re looking to escape the crowds and relax in Robinson Crusoe style. Swing from a hammock, take walks along the beach, swim in the dazzling sea and refuel with delicious Thai cuisine at the small guesthouses. There isn’t an awful lot more to do on this quiet island but, let’s be honest, what more do you need?
The northern part of the island is mountainous and filled with rubber plantations which make a triple canopy jungle. The southern part is made up of sandy beaches where you’ll find the perfect spot to kick-back and relax.
Ferries are available to Koh Jum from Krabi, Ko Phi Phi and Koh Lanta.
Hua Hin is a popular holiday spot for Thai’s taking a weekend break from Bangkok. It is becoming more popular but there is commitment from the local authorities to avoid overdevelopment. This is the perfect spot for anyone looking for the idyllic beach resort without too many crowds but with all the amenities you could wish for.
There are a lot of activities to take part in around the town such as exploring parks, waterfalls and caves and plenty of water sports to make the most of the perfect sea.
You can take a train or bus to Hua Hin from Bangkok and they both take 3.5-4 hours.