Thailand is extremely popular as a holiday destination for tourists from across the globe. Previously known as Siam, this ancient country is renowned for its spectacular beaches, exciting nightlife, adventure activities, and fantastic street food. Thailand is also home to quite a few World Heritage Sites and is a shopper’s paradise, but there is a lot more the country has to offer that goes beyond these quintessential touristy activities. There are quite a few hidden gems that include authentic villages offering delectable cuisine, stunning views, magnificent temples and interesting museums. Make use of the cheapest Thailand packages from Delhi to discover this exotic country.
- Chiang Rai – An off the beaten track on the tourist circuit, lies this charming small town with its spectacular Buddhist shrine known as the White Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Besides this marvellous structure, the town is also known for its Saturday Night Market. Alongside stalls selling food items, you can find handicrafts on display and also catch a live cultural show or two. Chiang Rai exudes a small town aura that is missing in most other Thai cities, which are thronged by a majority of tourists. It also has some good trekking spots close by while the Mae Kok River is perfect for a leisurely trip.
- Lampang – This is one place that is often bypassed by many in their rush to get to Chiang Mai. The city is worth a stopover with its bustling nightlife and horse-drawn carriages alongside the Buddhist temples. It is also home to the Thailand Elephant Conservation Centre where you can go for an elephant ride and watch the gentle giants bathe. The natural landscape of Lampang should be seen to be believed. This is where you will find the Chae Son National Park with its hot springs and the waterfalls. You can go swimming at the base of the waterfall or enjoy a dip in the hot springs. Phum Lakhon Museum, Wat Chedi Sao, Baan Sao Nak, Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum, and the Clock Tower are some other attractions in Lampang.
- Sukhothai – This erstwhile capital of Thailand is now home to ruins that date back to the 13th and 14th Mainstream tourists make a beeline for Ayyuthaya, but Sukhothai is even more magnificent. The remnants of this once thriving city are now seen in Sukhothai Historical Park and are sure to transport you back to life in time to what was considered the ‘Golden Age’ of Thai civilization. Si Satchanalai is a medieval city that is located to the north of Sukhothai and is believed to have been built in an attempt to extend the capital. Do take a guide along with you should you lose your way and find yourself stranded. There are also some museums that chronicle the history of the region.
- Nan – Geographically speaking, this province sits in the uppermost northwest corner of the country. With an abundance of trekking opportunities, with a multitude of waterfalls, caves, and trails, this region is home to many indigenous tribal communities. Phu Kha National Park is in this province, and it is the place where you can find the beautiful Thai Sakura (Cherry Blossom) trees in bloom during the months of January and February. Home to the unique Sao Din Earth Pillars, which are a group of ancient geological formations, this national park is a must-visit for those travelling to the country. The view of Nan from the top of the Wat Phra That temple is breathtaking. The Tham Pha Tup Forest Park with its jagged cliffs and hidden caves makes for a photographer’s dream come true and lies just 10 km from the quaint little town of Nan.