The 8 Most Beautiful and Underrated Cities in Thailand

Thailand hosts breath-taking scenes and rich culture in every sense of the word, which is why South Africans absolutely love visiting this truly magical island destination. Here are our top 8 holiday destinations in the country:


8.Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai city is an overlooked gem north of Bangok that is chockfull of eye-catching ancient temples such as Wat Rong Khun. Be sure to also stop by at the Golden Triangle located north of the city to try out rock climbing. Rent a bicycle which is a great way to explore the inner city and get a feel for the vibrant street fairs on weekends.



Heading to the mountainous west of Thailand, be sure to pass through Kanchanaburi which is a stunning river city that will not disappoint. It hosts the rich history of Death Railway en-route to Burma which is where the Japanese invaded and killed thousands of people during World War II. Also remember to make small stops at Erawan and Srinakarind National parks for dazzling views of waterfalls and deep caves.



Located on the western side of south coast, Krabl beach town is a visit that is well worth your time. This is because of its crystal clear deep blue waters, sandy beaches, and breath-taking seaside cliffs, hence hosting many fun activities like rock climbing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling and boating alike. On its periphery are waterfalls and beautifully designed temples, a boat ride will take you to Railay Beach for a magnificent sunset view.



North of Thailand is its former capital Sukhothai a heartwarming and beautiful small city. To experience it at its best be sure to get a Thailand holiday package and to visit Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai Historical Parks each containing epic ruins. The magnificent beauty of Buddha figures being illuminated by the rising sun is a sure way to start your day here.


4.Nong Kai

Nong Kai is a charming city situated along the Mekong River banks that will give you a preview of life in the culturally rich Isaan province north of Thailand. The friendliness of the locals accompanied with the cascading river views will leave you calmed.  Dont forget to visit Phu Phra Bat Historical Park Wak Khaek and Wat Pho Chai to soak in more mystical sceneries.



Capital of Phetchaburi Province is Phetchaburi an ancient city southwest of Bangkok which is a must visit for lovers of ancient architecture. This is because of its ancient art at its best seen with its numerous temples, not forgetting the Royal Palace.


2.Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a beach town that’s often visited by Bangkokians themselves to escape from the busy city life. Its attraction is centered on its moon parties and scenic views of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and lots of fun activities like elephant rides and scuba diving.



The windy village of Pai on the outskirts of Chiang Mai city presents you with a hippie lifestyle and a feel of jungle atmosphere that surrounds the town. Pai is complete with canyons, thick vegetation, hot springs and yoga at its best.


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