Thailand is one of the most exotic countries in the world. At the thought of Thailand, the only pictures that conjure up are those of its stunning beaches, yummy cuisine, vibrant nightlife and warm locals. Pictures are never enough to describe the beautiful and incomparable landscapes of this picturesque tiny piece of paradise. When you think of exotic places you probably think of a faraway land, perhaps an island far away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy cities. While this is a completely normal thought to have when one mentions the word “exotic” there are some places in Thailand that you can travel to right now that are considered exotic.
Here are our picks of 7 most exotic places in Thailand.
1. Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga is one of the most glorious bays in Thailand, and perhaps the whole of South-East Asia. It is known for its dramatic landscape, made of limestone islands that give the place a unique look. Now a national park, this delightful expanse of turquoise water is a magnificent example of a karst landscape, extending across an area of 400km2. From the outside, Phang Nga Bay certainly lights up the wanderlust flame in discerned travelers, yet it is beyond the limestone walls and areas of mangrove forests that bring the tropically best out of its dotted landscape. James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in this bay. By far the best means of enjoying the spectacular scenery, with only brief encounters with the tourist crowds at James Bond and Koh Panyee, is to take one of the boat trips from the northern end of Phuket.
2. Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is one of the most visited tourist attractions and a beautiful historic site in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. No trip to Bangkok is complete without a guided tour of the most iconic landmarks, the magnificent Grand Palace. Built at the end of the 18th century, the palace is a beautiful set of buildings that has been serving as the residents for the Thai Royal Family. Originally the seat and residence of the royal family, the Grand Palace today functions as a center for ceremonies and museums. It is the finest examples of Royal architecture through the millennia. The Grand Palace is to locals what the Eiffel Tower are to the French or the Pyramids are to Egyptians. It is the structure that Thais proudly consider best represents the city and nation. There’s no other locale that exemplifies classical Thai architecture quite like this place.
3. Similan Islands
The Similan Islands of the West coast of Thailand is one of the most famous archipelagos in the Andaman Sea, especially because of the wonders hosted in the clear blue water all around it. The Similan Islands National Marine Park is made up of nine granite boulder islands that lie in a north to south line about 100 km North West of Phuket. With snow-white beaches and a tropical jungle above the water and spectacular dive sites in often crystal clear water below, it’s not surprising that the Similan Islands rank among the top ten diving areas in the world!
4. Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is one of Thailand’s best-kept secrets. Limestone rock formations, wild animals like gibbons, elephants and the surrounding jungle are just a few things that give you a unique experience of Thailand. It is the oldest living rainforest in the world the climate has not really been affected by the ice ages has the equatorial position of the forest has not changed. There are some great things to do in this area and you can spend anywhere from 2 to 7 days here. Moreover, the Khao Sok National Park has been hailed as one of the eight most beautiful national parks in 2019 around the world by France’s Vogue magazine.
5. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak floating market is the most popular floating market located 90 km and 2 hours by car from Bangkok. Even though there are many floating markets in and around Thailand, but Damnoen Saduak is the most popular and touristic market in Thailand: great for photo opportunities, food, and for giving you an insight into a bygone way of life. Best time to visit will be in the early mornings to avoid the heat and crowd. It’s a colourful one filled with vendors cooking up and frying Thai dishes or selling produce as they paddle their boats on the river. You can buy cheap trinkets, have your meal served to you from a boat via a fishing pole and even have your picture taken with a boa constrictor.
6. Chiang Rai White Temple
The White Temple is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand and one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions. Wat Rong Khun, perhaps better known to foreigners as the White Temple, is an unconventional, contemporary Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai. This bizarre-looking white temple is owned by Chiang Rai-born visual artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed it. Chalermchai Kositpipat is one of Thailand’s most well-known visual artists. Primarily a painter, his works have been exhibited worldwide and is known to use Buddhist imagery in his art. What makes Wat Rong Khun different from any other temple in Thailand is the design of the ubosot (ordination hall). It has been built entirely in white with beautiful reflections from mirrored white glass assorted into the building. Visit Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple and you’ll realize what heaven is like.
7. Ko Phi Phi
If you’re headed to the Thai islands, chances are that Koh Phi Phi (famously known as Phi Phi Island) is on your itinerary. In fact it may be the main reason you put Thailand on your bucket list in the first place. Shot to fame by the blockbuster movie “The Beach”, Koh Phi Phi is still one of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations. The beauty of the island is unparalleled, even in a region of the world renowned for its stunning destinations. Limestone cliffs, turquoise waters, white sand beaches, beautiful coves and bays and miles of trackless forest make Phi Phi a perfect tropical island. Additionally Koh Phi Phi also offers great diving opportunities. It is a good base to explore the best diving sites of the Andaman Sea.
These are just 7 of the most exotic places in Thailand to visit right away, the list of places could extend further. It’s pretty shocking just how many exotic places you can visit in the land of smiles, to be honest.
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