Thailand: Discover the Off-the-Beaten-Path Wonders.

As a Thai citizen, I am proud to welcome visitors from all over the world to our incredible country. Whether you are in search of adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, Thailand offers something for everyone. From the bustling city of Bangkok to the peaceful islands in the Andaman Sea, your journey in Thailand is sure to be a memorable one. So, come to Thailand and experience the warm hospitality and the beauty of this amazing country. We’ll be waiting for you.

🐢The southern region of Thailand can be divided into two climatically distinct areas: the southeast, facing the Gulf of Thailand, and the southwest, facing the Andaman Sea. Each area experiences a different monsoon throughout the year, providing visitors with excellent weather conditions regardless of the time of year.
Southern Thailand is home to many islands, with Phuket, Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Phi Phi, and Ko Tao being the most well-known. Recently, Ko Lipe and Ko Lanta have also become popular destinations. However, there are dozens of lesser-known islands that offer unique and rewarding experiences. It’s essential to conduct some research when selecting an island or two to visit.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest and most visited island, with over a third of all tourists to Thailand visiting at least once during their trips. In the aftermath of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, parts of the island suffered significant damage, but now the most popular beach areas are fully restored, and the crowds have returned.
Budget travelers often avoid Phuket because of its high prices and touristy nature, choosing instead to visit backpacker-friendly islands along the western coasts of Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang, and Satun provinces. To see all the Thai islands we currently cover, refer to our dedicated Thailand islands page.
However, don’t overlook the mainland in your quest for tropical beach paradises. Krabi province’s coastline, including the Ao Nang and Railay areas, boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Thailand. The area’s stunning beaches and towering karsts make it a popular rock-climbing destination.
Heading north from Phuket along the west coast, you’ll come across Khao Lak, which was almost entirely destroyed by the tsunami but has since been rebuilt and regained its popularity among tourists. Further north, you can explore Khao Sok National Park and hike through ancient rainforests.
If the season is unsuitable for visiting the west coast, visitors tend to spend their time lounging on the hammocks of the east coast islands, including Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, and Ko Tao. These islands are well-developed and are connected via regular ferry services to each other and the mainland. Ko Samui, the largest of these islands, has an international airport, numerous shopping centers, hundreds of resorts, and three international hospitals. Both Ko Pha Ngan, famous for its Full Moon Parties, and Ko Tao, renowned for its diving, attract many visitors. Irrespective of how long you plan to stay, don’t overlook the Thai weather page before visiting

🙈 Northern Thailand is undoubtedly its most alluring feature. Nestled among the picturesque forests and mountains lie Thailand’s most iconic waterfalls, caves, jungle trails and whitewater rapids, offering endless opportunities for outdoor adventures such as hiking, kayaking, rafting and caving.
However, it’s not just the natural beauty that attracts tourists to this region. The diverse communities residing in the secluded hillside villages also add to the appeal. With Northern Thailand’s proximity to Myanmar and Laos, the region boasts a unique multicultural feel, exemplified by the Burmese, Chinese and Shan influences found in Doi Mae Salong and Mae Hong Son.
Moreover, the southern region of Northern Thailand, where Thai culture was born, attracts those fascinated by history. Sites such as Sukhothai Historical Park and Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park take visitors back in time to ancient Thailand.
And when you’re not busy trekking or exploring temples, the bustling party scene in Pai is bound to keep you entertained.

🙈 Isan!  head to the charming town of Phimai, known for its traditional wooden houses, local markets, and ancient sites such as the Phimai Historical Park, featuring awe-inspiring Khmer temples.
Next, explore the peaceful countryside and idyllic villages of Nakhon Phanom near the Mekong River, where you can experience local life, sample delicious traditional food, and witness the unique and colorful Lao dance known as Sri Sangwan.
Continue your journey to the serene province of Loei, famous for its picturesque mountains, stunning waterfalls, and the Phu Kradueng National Park, known for its challenging yet rewarding hiking trails.
Finally, don’t miss a visit to Udon Thani, a bustling city known for its lively night market, ancient archaeological sites such as Ban Chiang, and the serene Nong Prajak Park.
As you tour through North East Thailand, you will discover a country that is rich in cultural heritage and natural wonders, far from the beaten path. At Green Gecko, our luxury Thai villa provides the perfect base from which to explore this captivating region, while experiencing the warm hospitality and comfort that embodies Thai culture. Come and discover the heart of Thailand in the authentic and untouched Northeast.

Escape the crowds of tourists and venture off the bustling streets of Thailand to explore its hidden gems. Embark on an unforgettable journey along the road less travelled and experience a different side of this beautiful country.
Discover the tranquil beauty of Northern Thailand’s mountain ranges, hike to remote hill tribes and observe their unique culture and traditions. Go on an amazing culinary tour, wandering the rural streets and discovering local delicacies. Take a boat ride down the promising waters of the Mekong River and visit the legendary Golden Triangle.
Explore the stunning Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand, a place of serene beauty and tranquil relaxation. Snorkel among the coral reefs, swim in crystal clear waters and indulge in mouthwatering seafood delicacies.
Experience a truly unique adventure by taking a jungle trek in the Khao Yai National Park and come face-to-face with exotic wildlife like gibbons, wild elephants and bears.
Thailand offers a wealth of opportunities for creating unforgettable memories on the road less travelled. Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in the authentic charm and aura of this beguiling country.
So, pack your bags and set off for an adventure of a lifetime that awaits you in Thailand.


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