Probably every tourist in the world has heard of Phuket island which is the biggest and most popular island in Thailand. But very few people know that there are more than 1200 islands in Thailand and many of them deserve to be visited too. So if you have visited Phuket or you just want to travel to some islands in Thailand that are not on the maps of most of the tourist agencies we suggest you visit these islands:
Located near the city of Krabi in Southwestern Thailand, this island is famous for the wildlife it hides in its waters and on the land too. Mu Ko Lanta national Park is a must see for all visitors of Koh Lanta and offers great adventures for divers and snorkelers. You can easily spot a shark or one of the many species of fish and turtles that live here.
Maybe it is because of its proximity with Phuket (it is only 20 km away from Phuket) but this island does not get the attention from the travelers as it should. The clear water here is amazing and not to mention the two big white sandy beaches.
This island is very small and it is a perfect getaway from all the crowds and noise that is found in the surrounding islands and the coast. There are three beaches on the islands and all of them have crystal clear water that looks like a perfect spot for snorkeling. It is close to Malaysia so you can plan a trip to Malaysia from there too.
This island has something to offer for every type of tourist. On the one side of the island you can shop in crowded markets and feel the nighlife by visiting numerous nightclubs while on the other side of the island you can enjoy the tropical paradise and quiet sunset.
Although the name of this island means – Chicken Island – it has nothing to do with the actual domestic animals. There are rocks that look like chickens there and that’s how it got its name. The beautiful beaches are surrounded with thick jungle which makes this place super exotic.
Remember that you can’t feel Thailand if you don’t travel to at least one island while you are there!
Located in the far north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is the perfect spot to start exploring the wild side of Thailand. It was once a capital city of the Mangrai kingdom and it has a long and turbulent history. Thanks to the Mae Kok River the area around the city is very rich with flora and fauna.
It seems that every interesting thing that this city has to offer to its visitors is located out of the center and around the city. Since it is a little bit difficult to find the places that are worth visiting in Chiang Rai, we’ve made a small guide that will help you explore this amazing city.
– Wat Phra Kaeo – Visiting this Buddhist temple is a must if you are planning to travel to Chiang Rai. It is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha because it was once the place where this beautiful statue was located (nowadays it is in Bangkok). There is a museum inside the complex and the peaceful atmosphere will make you feel relaxed and happy.
– Chiang Saen – This term refers to the old city walls that were once defending this city from Burmese attacks. It was mostly ruined during the 19th century but there are some ruins that are quite attractive for people who like history and archeology.
– Wat Mung Muang – This temple will surely surprise you with the beauty of its murals. The statues of Buddha in different positions are also very interesting and if you are lucky maybe some monk will explain what does gestures and positions mean.
– Sop Ruak – This place is considered to be the center of the famous “Golden Triangle”. The golden triangle is a border area between Burma, Laos and Thailand and you can take a look at it from Sop Ruak. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most famous areas for opium production in the world. These activities are mostly done by the local tribes.
– Lahu Village – And when we talk about local tribes, visiting Lahu village that is located near Chiang Rai is an ideal way to find out more about the way these tribes live. The villagers are very friendly and with simple conversations you will a lot about their culture.
Chiang Rai will surely become even more popular among tourists because latest trends show that people are tired of mass tourist places and they are looking for something more exciting and less explored like Chiang Rai.