Thailand's Best Kept Secrets

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When it comes to Thailand, most people think they have seen it all! Whether it be exploring the famous Phi Phi or James Bond Islands, kicking back and enjoying a cocktail or two whilst the sunsets over Phuket, or shopping until your hearts content in the country’s capital Bangkok.

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Stunning architecture of Thailand

There is no doubt that Thailand is a favourite for many travellers, being one of the most visited destinations in South East Asia. But what if we shared with you some lesser known sites? Totally off the tourist radar, we share with you five unique and off the beaten track experiences for your next trip to Thailand!   

 

1.  Koh Mak Island

Home to 10,000 palm trees, beautiful pristine beaches, incredible nature and virtually no tourists, Koh Mak is definitely one of Thailand’s best kept secrets. Being the third biggest island in the eastern gulf of Thailand, Koh Mak is privately owned by a small group of families who want to ensure the island follows the ideals of ecotourism. Koh Mak offers plenty of activities which support nature such as hiking and cycling trails, diving and snorkelling activities, as well as laid back cafes overlooking the islands pristine beaches. Sounds like paradise right? 

Koh Mak, Thai Islands, Beach, Paradise, Palm Trees, Crooked Compass
Stunning beaches of Koh Mak

2. Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew (A temple made up of beer!)

Whilst most travellers come to Thailand and witness the intricately made up temples featuring gold, precious stones and jewels, Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew offers something different … a temple made up of thousands and thousands of beer bottles! In 1984, a group of monks grew tired of the rubbish near their area, so to help promote recycling, they encouraged the locals to bring their recycled beer bottles to create this incredibly unique temple complex. If you are a beer lover, this is your kind of temple to visit!

Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, Beer Temple, Monks, Thailand, Crooked Compass
Beer Bottle Temple - there's nothing quite like it! Photo credit: Wikipedia

3. Pai

Spend enough time in Northern Thailand and you’ll begin to hear about the small town of Pai, situated in the Mae Hong Soon province a couple of hours out of Chiang Mai. Whilst this destination has become more well known over the last few years, it is definitely worth a mention being known for its lush mountain landscapes, beautiful natural hot springs and waterfalls, its famous Pai canyon and delicious street food stalls and cafes. Be swept away in the town’s natural beauty as you partake in hikes around the area or sit back and relax whilst admiring the stunning scenery. Pai is an incredible destination well worth visiting for those adventure seekers and nature lovers. 

The tiny village of Pai, northern Thailand Photo Credit: Thailand Tourism Crooked Compass
The tiny village of Pai, northern Thailand. Photo Credit: Thailand Tourism

4. Erawan waterfalls

Resembling that of Laos famous Kuang Si waterfalls, Erawan waterfalls is essentially similar just without the tourists! Located in the Tenasserim Hills in Kanchanaburi province, Erawan National Park is home to Erawan waterfalls, the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand! With its several tiers of emerald green ponds, Erawan waterfalls was named after the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology, with the top tier of the falls said to resemble the elephant’s head. Visitors often enjoy swimming in the several tiers of the waterfalls or even sitting back and admiring the incredible national park.

Third tier of Erawan Falls, Thailand, Crooked Compass
Third tier of Erawan Falls, Thailand

5. Lotus Lake

Located in Tambon Chiang Haeo lies the stunning wetlands ablaze with pink lotus flowers known as Lotus Lake. This spectacular site is home to millions of lotus flowers which combines the serenity of a lake with the beauty of a tropical flower garden. Most visitors enjoy hoping on a pontoon boat and exploring the 600 square acre lake. The boat ride often starts by drifting amongst lily pads, murky water and lake grasses before reaching the clear water full of millions of bright pink Lotus Flowers. Lotus lake is definitely off the beaten track and considered one of Thailand’s best kept secrets.

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Tambon Chiang Haeo, Lotus Lake

 

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