Anyone who has been to Thailand will know it’s one the most vibrant, beautiful and relaxing places on earth. It’s also one of the most touristy. And if you go in peak season, many of the spots such as Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Bangkok but in recent years and more have started to venture northwards checking out destination like Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
However, Northern Thailand isn’t just about these two major cities, in fact there are hundreds of hidden spots throughout this mountainous region that hardly seen by most tourist. If you want to get authentic Thailand experience, the best way is to break off the beaten path and visit any of these three destinations.
Hidden away in the mountains of Mae Hon Song province about four hours from Chiang Mai lies a small alpine lake and hill tribe village often called the “Switzerland of Thailand”.
Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat
Most foreigners have never heard of Lampang province, and most people from Lampang have never heard of Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat This beautiful temple complex hidden away in the steep limestone cliffs of Northern Lampang province is possibly one of Thailand’s best kept secrets.
Buriram, Northeast Thailand
If you like ruins then this is the place for you. Ancient Khmer ruins are commonplace, the most impressive being Phanom Rung, which is one of the best preserved Khmer temple complexes in Southeast Asia. Apart from this, it’s the rural Thai life that’s the drawcard, with hot, hot Isan food on the menu.