Side-trip destinations in Thailand
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently recommended 12 top destinations tourists should put on their must-see lists when they visit the Kingdom, reported Travel Daily. The TAT’s latest marketing campaign, ‘Discover Thainess’ focuses on the array of cultural treasures in the Kingdom, which according to Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the TAT, are scattered widely across the country. “Among so many attractions and points of interests Thailand has to offer, the 12 fascinating provinces of Lampang, Phetchabun, Nan, Buriram, Loei, Samut Songkhram, Ratchaburi, Trat, Chanthaburi, Trang, Chumphon and Nakhon Si Thammarat will surely give travellers something extra to remember from the trip to the Land of Smiles,” said Arunyik. “International travellers may not know that these secondary tourist destinations offer distinctive traditions and cultural attractions, sites of historical importance and abundant natural resources,” he added. For those interested in exploring Trang, Chumphon and Nakhon Si Thammarat; the Southern islands of Phuket and Koh Samui serve as the perfect base. Home to range of attractions, excellent connectivity and well-developed hospitality sectors, the TAT’s Southern recommended gems are all within easy driving distance of these popular hotspots. Situated on the pristine coastline of the Andaman Sea, Trang is located 312 km from Phuket. It's unspoilt natural scenery, including some primary rainforest, are well known among Thai travellers. There is also a collection of intriguing Buddhist temples hidden in caves around the area, as well as a number of pools formed by the waterfalls in the rainforest where visitors can go to refresh themselves after a forest hike. Chumphon is another the little-explored area, and a gateway to the archipelago of islands spread across the Gulf of Thailand that includes Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Offering 200km of unspoilt natural coastline, Chumphon’s fine white sand beaches remain relatively untouched by mass tourism, which makes the province is an excellent destination for visitors that want to get away from the hustle and bustle of busier destinations. Swimming, canoeing, night squid fishing and cave exploring a just a few of the activities visitors can try out in the area. Using Thailand's most popular islands as a starting point for adventures in Thailand's lesser known regions is becoming an increasingly popular option, especially for independently minded international visitors on longer stays in the Kingdom, who often decide to start and end their trip at one of the fabulous private villas either Phuket or Koh Samui.
by MAX VEE