Why You Need to Go Off the Beaten Path When Going to Thailand

When you run a quick Google search for top places to visit in Thailand, you will be returned with results recommending you to go to Phuket, Pattaya or Koh Samui. These are popular hotspots in the kingdom that host millions of tourists all year round and are famous for their nightlife. However, a trip to Thailand does not necessarily mean all things beach and party. In fact, if you want to explore the real taste of the beautiful country, dare to go off the beaten path and explore areas that no one has ever dare to explore, and you will not regret your decision one bit.  

The real Thailand is all about pristine sandy beaches, crystal clear sea water and undeveloped raw nature, something you will rarely find at the urbanized touristy islands. If you want to catch a glimpse of the real and raw nature, you should go off the track and explore these places for a truly enthralling travel experience.

Koh Lipe

Remember those dreamy scenes from fairy tales where they have an entire island to themselves? Koh Lipe is one place on this planet where you can live that experience in real life without having to buy the island. The island has a snow white soft sand washed by clear blue waters and lacks any urban activity, roads or traffic. Boats and feet are the only methods of commuting in Koh Lipe. Although most visitors to the island are divers looking for clear waters, Koh Lipe, is equally amazing for nature lovers who crave for an exotic white beach holiday away from the crowd.

Chiang Mai

Away from all the islands in the far north in the lush green mountains,  you will find this beautiful town nestled amidst valleys and rice paddies. Chiang Mai is very different from a typical Thai destination. No beaches and bikinis, no bars and night clubs and no sweltering heat and humidity. Chiang Mai offers an excellent retreat from the tropical heat and humidity with pleasantly cool weather. Although there is almost no modern attraction in town, you can still book tours in Chiang Mai to explore the beautiful villages, forests, and waterfalls that are located in the vicinity.


If Chiang Mai is already on your list, and if you are a backpacker in search of that hippie vibe, drive down three hours further from Chiang Mai to this beautiful little town of Pai. The town is essentially a little village that sits on the bank of the River Pai. Pai offers beautiful Canyons, refreshing hot springs and beautiful waterfalls for you to explore.

Khao Lak

Khao Lak is a true heaven for Scuba diving lovers and is one of the best diving sites. It has one of the most divine aquatic cultures and is home to some of the best marine national parks. As a diver, you will thank yourself for choosing this beautiful golden sandy island that has little tourist activity, which helps to keep the island as natural as possible. 

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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