5 underrated small towns to visit in Thailand

Thailand’s small towns offer a great insight into the local Thai life.

Also, many of them boast a plethora of attractions that are truly worth exploring.

In this article, we’ll have a look at the five underrated ones among them.

Thailand – rightly called the Land of Smiles – is widely known for its big cities like Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, etc. What’s more, the country is home to lots of islands, jungles, and waterfalls that excite every kind of traveler from all around the world. However, if you want to go off the beaten track and get a taste of the authentic Thai lifestyle, then avoid the usual destinations and head to some of its charming small towns.

Here, we bring you a list of the underrated yet extremely appealing small towns scattered across the Land of Smiles.

Chaweng is known for its crazy nightlife

Chaweng, located in the northeast region of Koh Samui, is a majestic resort town that offers a wide range of activities. The Chaweng Beach is an ideal spot for several water sports such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba-diving, etc. The nightlife here is quite exciting, and it allows you to enjoy life to the fullest. Also, there are many hotels, restaurants, spas, and more.

Lopburi is rich in historical significance

Located at a near distance from Bangkok, Lopburi is one of the oldest towns in Thailand. The entire region is divided into two sections – Old Town (which is famous for the mischievous colony of crab-eating macaque monkeys) and New Town. It’s packed with lots of architectural remains that transport the visitors into the Khmer and Ayutthaya empires. Moreover, it’s also home to several sunflower fields that are a sight to behold.

Phetchaburi is a nature lover’s paradise

Located in central Thailand, Phetchaburi borders Myanmar to the west and the Gulf of Thailand to the east. The town is historically significant, as it’s home to lots of artifacts that date back to the Khmer, Sukhothai, as well as Ayutthaya Kingdoms. Some must-visit attractions here are Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park, Tham Khao Luang Cave, etc.

Lamphun is rich in cultural heritage

Lamphun is located on the banks of the Kuang River, near Chiang Mai. Originally called Haripunchai, this charming town was once the northernmost city of the Mon kingdom during the Dvaravati period. It’s blessed with scenic natural beauty that offers rejuvenation by all means. When you are here, do visit the Koh Luang Waterfall, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, etc.

Chiang Saen is an ancient town packed with temples

Chiang Saen is a centuries-old town in northern Thailand, adjacent to the border between Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. The town once served as an important political center of the Lanna Kingdom. Now, it’s considered a “ghost town” where people flock to learn Thai history. Wat Pa Sak, Wat Phra Chao Lan Thong, Chiang Saen National Museum, etc. are the major highlights here.

Besides these, you can also visit Ao Nang, Hat Karon, etc.

Sayan Paul

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