Join Luxxetta and explore new adventure paths with our secret guide to showpiece Instagram Locations. Thailand is brimming with places to visit but the average Tourist has only explored a fraction of the country, they’re missing out on a treasure trove of places that fly under the radar.
Pha Chor – Chiang Mai
There are so many reasons to visit Chiang Mai, especially if you are a nature lover. Nature can create many unexpected wonderful things and in Pha Por, you get the natural phenomenon of the 30-meter eroded soil pillars around a canopy of lush green forest.
Directions: 1.5 hour drive from Chiang Mai
Bo Kaeo – Pine Tree Garden
I first found out about this garden earlier this year and one of the most surprising things about it is that not many people know about this natural wonder. It truly is one of Thailand’s best kept secrets and, amongst the current secret location for an ideal location for Instagram. The weather here is still damp and cold all year round. The highest temperature is 27.3 Celsius and the average minimum is at 16.8 Degrees Celsius.
Directions: Along the Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son highway, at the 36th kilometer mark on the Hot-Mae Sariang road is the Bo Kaeo Pine Tree Garden.
Wat Chalermprakiat – Lampang
If you are looking for rather unique architecture in an already impressive mountain. Wat Chalermprakiat is definitely a visual sight, this beautiful temple sits high atop a set of mountain pinnacles bringing us closer to the heavens.
Wat Chalermprakiat was built to commemorate King Rama IV of Rattanakosin dynasty’s 200th anniversary.
Directions: An hour drive from Lampang.
Sam Pha Bok – 3000 holes
Sam Phan Bok is a curious natural wonder located in Thailand’s eastern Ubon Ratchathani province, close to the borders with Laos. They call it the “Grand Canyon of Siam”, a continuous current of rock notched with 3,000 holes. The rocks stretch between the river and a grassy embankment for some 10 kilometres and in some area the rocks shift from shades of grey to fiery orange and jet black. December to June is the best time to visit.
Directions: From Ubon Ratchathani town, take Highway 2050 (Trakan Phuet Phon- Pho Sai) and drive along for about 120 km keep your eye on the signs “Sam Phan Bok”.
Ban Rak Thai – Mae Hong Son
Never been to the Mae Hong Son? Never even heard of it? That’s okay – neither did we for the longest time. Hidden 44km from Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand is this Chinese tea village called Ban Rak Thai. Home to around 1,000 people of mostly Chinese descent known for its tea. But trust us, it well worth the effort to get a taste of unique Thailand culture on the Thai-Burma border.
History traced back that the Thai government granted the KMT refugees asylum on the condition that they would help insulate Thailand against a Communist invasion during the 1950s.
Mae Aw has a tea festival in February, for anyone wanting to make the trip,
Directions: This village is situated 44 kilometres from Mae Hong Son via Pha Suea Waterfall near the Thai-Myanmar border.
Emerald Pool – Krabi
Krabi’s natural attractions are not only islands and beaches. Check in Krabi as your base to discover the beautiful locale Emerald pool, where you blinded by the spectrums of the turquoise stream that shifts in different light and time of the day. To experience the most intense emerald colour, visiting at dawn or early in the morning is highly recommended.
Directions: This nature reserve is quite a way out of Krabi Town and fairly easy to reach via Highway Number 4.
Tulip Field – Chiang Rai
Instead of traveling all the way to Europe for Tulips season, head down to Chiang Rai in the northern provinces of Thailand where you will be surrounded by the charm of tulips. This former prison has been converted into a stunning park designed to grow all types of flower such as lilies, Blue Hawaii, tulips, giving us a colourful display of rainbow and a scent of sweetness n the air.
Doi Pha Tang – Chiang Rai
Doi Pha Tang, a beautiful scenic place about 1,638m above sea level is home to a group of locals who are distinctly different. Most of Chinese origin or to be exact; Haw, Hmong and Yao, ethnicities which most of us never heard of. Over here, you sense a timeless feel of idyllic simple life in the locals unique way of lives. What impress most is the unexpected cruise of Yunnan food, another new for us in Thailand.
The diversity in these areas are partly due to the location near the Golden Triangle where four countries come together; Thailand, Laos, Burma and China (Yunnan). Over at viewpoint Doi Pha Tang you can gaze far into Laos and take in views of rocky cliffs, lush green mountains, and the Mekong River cutting it’s border path.
Direction: 160km from Chiang Rai.
The XXTT Team