Thailand offers everything the long haul holiday-maker could ever wish for and remains one of the most popular destinations in the world. From the beaches of Koh Samui, to the bustling streets of Bangkok, Thailand offers so much more than just a destination for backpackers and gap year students.
A more exotic vacation spot would be hard to find. With its soft sandy beaches, vibrant cities, and five star luxury resorts aplenty, Thailand is the ultimate exotic holiday destination. Southern Thailand stretches from Bangkok down to the Malaysia border and offers a wide variety of attractions and resorts along with plenty of opportunities to explore hidden gems away from the beaten track. If you are considering taking a trip to Land of Smiles, here are some of hidden gems of Southern Thailand that you won’t want to miss.
The Vibrant City Of Pattaya
Bangkok may be the most famous of all Thai cities, but it certainly isn’t the only one you should visit. he city of Pattaya is a multicultural melee of excellent places to stay and eat and a great way to experience the culture of city life in Thailand. Away from the main center, Pattaya is home to a popular, family friendly resort coast. Perfect for anyone looking to enjoy fun and frolics by the sea, the resort of Pattaya offers the best selection of accommodation and entertainment anywhere in the country. There are tons of parks, temples, and beaches to visit in and around the city, so try a Pattaya car hire and take a drive outside the hustle and bustle of downtown to explore the rich and wonderful landscape that Southern Thailand has to offer.
The Temple At Wat Phra Yai Temple
Built in the 1940’s, it’s hard to miss the giant Buddha poking his head out from between the trees. Wat Phra Yai Temple is a truly special place to visit. From the striking golden dragons running along the handrails on the staircase, to the seven-headed mythical snakes emerging from the dragon’s mouths, Wat Phra Yai Temple is a stunning example of Buddhist architecture. Easy to reach from Pattaya city, this is a must-see temple and one of the finest and most awe-inspiring in Thailand.
The Cave At Phraya Nakhon Cave
The beauty of Thailand extends beyond what you see on the surface, as the country is full of underground caves and caverns, all equally as magical as the next. The cave at Phraya Nakhon houses a temple that very few visitors are determined enough to reach. Perseverance pays off as the green and red temple is breathtaking and definitely worth the journey. Sometimes treacherous, but always other-worldly, the sites beneath the ground in the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, where the cave can be found, are equally as breathtaking as those above. The journey is about a four hour drive from downtown Pattaya.
The Island Of Koh Lanta
If you’re dreaming of peace and quiet, away from the tourist hotspots, Koh Lanta offers you natural beauty and total seclusion in spades. Many travellers still haven’t discovered the island’s laidback vibe and breathtaking beauty, making it the perfect destination for anyone looking to dive or enjoy remote, empty beaches. Take a dreamy drive through the lush green interior of the island and pay a visit the east coast where you’ll find the historic Old Town with its teak houses still built on stilts overlooking the sea. This small island is truly traditional Thailand at its very best.
Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai is Thailand’s oldest reserve and offers the largest intact monsoon forests remaining in mainland Asia. The park itself was named as a Unesco World Heritage Site which is why it’s the perfect place to visit during your stay in Southern Thailand. The park is as vast as it is beautiful and if you book a tour you can even send time meeting and feeding the female elephants that live there. Khao Yai is about a 3 hour drive north from Pattaya which takes you away from the peninsula and further onto the mainland. Hiring a car in Pattaya makes the journey comfortable and easy and well worth a full day excursion.