With a number of increasing travellers be it solo travel or family trip or group travel people have visited the country of Thailand and have explored most places. With Thailand providing free Visa on Arrival (VoA) for many visitors from many countries and people who want to explore both the concrete jungle and natural forests and lush landscapes have visited this place to enjoy, party or in search of the inner soul with the culture of Thailand that has accepted Buddhism as its religion.
If you have heard of people visiting Thailand and check-in for a various destination such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi, Phi-Phi islands etc they are not the only places to visit and explore Thailand as it has a lot to offer to its tourists. We recommend you to visit the below-mentioned places where you can explore the true blue culture of Thailand and be a part of their tradition while you stay there.
1) Chiang Rai
one of the northernmost city of Thailand and one of the main commercial hub for Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai is one of the places where you can make a pit-stop before exploring some of deep forests and jungles situated in Northern Thailand. Bordering Laos and Myanmar, this place is quiet during the day hence people might stay here for a day or two after they visit all the busiest places in Thailand and can take rest here, however life springs into action during night time where you notice many restaurants, bars and pubs opening and welcoming the tourists to another side of Chiang Rai. It takes a day travel here if you are visiting via Train and direct flights are connecting from Bangkok to Chiang Rai via DMK or BKK.
2) Chiang Mai
People often confuse between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, however, we can say that these two are different cities situated in Northern Thailand and are about 120miles apart. Chiang Rai is more north of Thailand than that of Chiang Mai, however, we can notice that Chiang Mai also acts as a base to the people who want to visit some of the non-touristy places of Northern Thailand and is one of the cultural important tourist places of Thailand. You can notice several old and newly constructed buildings here which are important places and a walk across the streets here will make you notice how Chiang Mai is slowly developing welcoming tourists.
One of the booming towns, Pai is now not just known to Backpackers or hippies. Situated on the trail between Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, Pai has beautiful landscapes and amazing weather. Driving to Pai features as many as 760 curves and hairpin bends which makes it interesting if you have 2 wheeler, however, if you feel Nauseated easily we do recommend to take necessary precaution as the drive has many scenic places and hills situated around Pai. There are waterfalls, hot springs and elephant camps situated just outside Pai and Pai river is a hub for Tubing and white-water adventures.
4) Chiang Saen
Chiang Saen dubbed as Oldest City in Thailand which dates back of over 7th Century. Known then as Wiang Hiran Nakhon this city is situated north of Chiang Rai where you can notice ruins of old city walls and statues. One of the capital city of Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Saen became a ghost town after the title of the capital city shifted to Chiang Rai. Here you can visit tourist destination such as Chiang Saen National Museum temples such as Wat Pa Sak, Wat Phra Chao Lan or Wat Phra That Pha Ngao etc. Situated on the banks of Mekong River which flows from Laos, this place is quaint little city and not much of tourists visit this and you can enjoy the day at peace here.
Once a most impressive city during the Ayuthaya Kingdom or known in history books as Siam, Ayuthaya sits on an Island surrounding three rivers that connect to Gulf of Siam. Ayuthaya is situated on the banks of Chayo Praya River valley and is situated around 50mils from Bangkok. You can visit a number of temples, 3 palaces and various other tourist places here where you would notice how the city was then and how it garnered the name of being one of most Impressive city on earth.