Thailand is one of the most frequently visited countries in the world. Every year, nearly 25 million people throng to Thailand in search of exotic cuisine, idyllic beaches , and unique culture. This influx of visitors also means that it can be difficult to find somewhere authentic to visit that hasn’t been taken over by tourism. Luckily, there are still lesser known, quitter locations for those who want to see the real Thailand. Here are the details on three less - touristy destinations you can visit while in Thailand.
Prachuap Khiri Khan
This gorgeous seaside town is the capital of the province of the same name. Thousands of tourists make their way to the province each year, but most of them go to Hua Hin, a popular beach resort. The sleepy, laid - back town of Prachuap is located just an hour down the road and is filled with the magic that is Thailand.
If you are looking for an authentic experience where you can immerse yourself in local culture, Prachuap has it in spades. It retains a sense of the real charm of Thailand with bustling night markets full of amazing Thai food. The weekend market is one of the best in Thailand, offering visitors the chance to dine on cheap, delicious seafood right beside the water. Another glorious beach, Ao Manao( meaning Lime Bay) is located nearby, just a 10-minute bike ride from town. Hotels are much cheaper in this region, and there is so much to do and see, without the tourist crowds.
Loei is located in the Isaan region of Thailand, which is the least-visited region of the country - all the more reason to go. Loei is a beautiful, serene place, located on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. A real nature lovers’ paradise, Loei is surrounded by many beautiful mountains.
In the daytime, you can visit one of the mountains or national parks in the vicinity. When you’ve had enough exercise, head back to town and soak up the relaxed atmosphere with a cold beer on the banks of the Mekong. Loei is the perfect place to chill out for a few days and escape, relax and recharge for the next leg of your journey.
Also situated in the Isaan province, the city of Buriram has been hailed as the next major tourist spot in Thailand. For the moment it has retained its sense of charm, but with more and more hotels popping up around the city, you should aim to get there before the crowd if you want an authentic Thai experience. Buriram is a history buff’s paradise, with an abundance of majestic Khmer ruins, similar to those found at the Angkor Was complex in Cambodia. The place is also an animal lovers’ heaven, with a bird park that has more than 100 different species. Soccer fans love this city, as it’s the home of one of Thailand’s most well-known teams, Buriram United. Well, you can plan your trip when a match is scheduled, and pair your experience with the unique atmosphere. Buriram is located just 5 hours away from Bangkok.These are three exceptional destinations in Thailand that are off the beaten path. Whether you are visiting the Land of Smiles in search of a true Thai experience, or you just want to escape the busier cities, include Prachuap, Lori and Buriram in your travel Plans.