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Top 10 Hidden Tourist Attractions in Thailand - 10 Lesser-Known Thai Tourist Highlights

As one of Asia's most popular holiday hotspots Thailand's attractions are as diverse as its landscapes. Here are ten of the country's hidden highlights every traveller should visit at least once.


Khao Yai National Park

As the country's third-biggest national park, the Khao Yai National Park remains one of Thailand's hidden natural wonders. Home to black bears and hoards of Asian elephants this sanctuary laden with campsites, hiking paths and observation towers is a must-visit highlight for all nature lovers.


Prasat Hin Phimai

While the beauty of Angkor Wat is globally renowned, few travellers are aware of the Khmer ruins occupying Thai landscapes. Head to Prasat Hin Phimai where some of the nation's oldest temples are found and rediscover the beauty of Buddhist temples that once belonged to the Khmer empire. Dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries the intricate carvings declare the temples' sacred heritage.


Erawan Falls

Located near Kanchanaburi, Erawan Falls is one of the best reasons to visit the Erawan National Park. Named after the mythical white, three-headed elephant figure found in Hinduism, the seven-tiered cascade is a breathtaking natural wonder like no other.


Sukhothai Historical Park

Containing the historic and awe-inspiring relics from the former capital of Thailand of the same name, the Sukhothai Historical Park is walled parkland which is home to a whopping 26 shrines and two hundred ruins. Home to the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum the park is the best place to learn about the 13th century capital of the country.


Similan Islands

Diving fanatics should not miss the chance to dive beneath the blue off the coast of the Similan Islands. Located in Phang Nga Province, the southern Thailand beach haven is revered for its stunning coral reefs and submerged rock formations. Top dive sites off the coast of the islands include Elephant Head Rock and East of Eden. Visitors based at a hotel in walking street Pattaya the likes of Travelodge Pattaya or any other can book a diving tour of the islands via their accommodation provider.


Ko Lipe

This minuscule island which can be explored fully on foot in less than an hour is home to some of the best beaches in Thailand. Tranquil and pristine the 4 beaches and the abundance of marine life occupying the waters off the shores of the island make it a snorkelling paradise for all.


Phanom Rung

As one of Thailand's lesser-known Hindu shrines, it is difficult to believe that Phanom Rung sits on what was once an active volcano. Situated near Nang Rong village, the temple was built as far back as the 10th century and is devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva.


Mu Ko Chang National Park

As the main attraction for those who venture down to Trat Province, one of Thailand's hidden beauties, the Mu Ko Chang National Park is the perfect getaway option for naturalists. White Sand Beach and countless waterfalls occupy this leafy tropical paradise full of dense jungles and towering peaks while kayaking and fishing are the most popular activities at the locale.


Ko Nang Yuan

A day trip haven for those in the know, the tiny island of Ko Nang Yuan is a spectacular diving and snorkelling hub where one can unwind and relax in a serene beachside setting.



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