The beauty of Thailand is indisputable, but it’s not all about the white sandy beaches and clear waters. This country also offers many picturesque villages scattered to discover. A visit to one of the villages gives you a better experience of the daily life of the locals than you will find in crowded attractions. Also, you will get a taste of the local cuisines that make Thailand famous. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful villages and towns in Thailand to explore on your Thailand tour.

1. Wang Nam Khiao

Sometimes called the Switzerland of Thailand, Wang Nam Khiao is a beautiful mountain town in Nakhon Ratchasima. The natural beauty of this village will charm you immediately! Lush greenery and lush vineyards are available near waterfalls, flower fields, and quirky farms, and there are magnificent views to almost every corner. This one of the most attractive villages and towns in Thailand is also known to have some of the freshest air in the country.

Village of farm and vineyard: a lush and charming vineyard

It is an oasis of greenery nestled along the mountains. Take the time to stroll through the different orchards as well as the neat rows of grapes. Do not miss the opportunity to taste some of the best wines!

Suan Lung Krai: a chemical-free farm

Suan Lung Krai was Wang Nam Khiao’s first chemical-free farm. Many leading restaurants, food factories, and hotels use their hygienic, fresh and efficient organic products.

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Pha Keb Tawan Cliff: a beautiful point of view

In Thap Lan National Park, Pha Keb Tawan Cliff is a paradise for landscape lovers. Travel through the countryside and breathe in the crisp mountain air.

Flora Park: a celebration of colorful plant life

If you visit Wang Nam Khiao between December and February, you won’t want to miss the magical flowering of this park! Vibrant petals arranged in complex floral ornaments are abundant.

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Misty flowers at Flora Park, Wang Nam Khiao

2. Sangkhlaburi

Sangkhlaburi is a small town and one of the best villages and towns in Thailand to wander. It is located about 5 hours northwest of Bangkok in the province of Kanchanaburi, Thailand, on the Burmese border. There are sites to discover such as the beautiful temples, the famous wooden bridge and also the submerged temple:

Visit the Wooden bridge

Thailand’s longest wooden bridge looks like a game of picking sticks, with planks and branches hammered by dull nails. Crossing the bridge to observe the customers who circulate daily on the bridge is an interesting activity not to be missed!

Rent motorbikes and take cruises

Renting a bike offers opportunities for places to visit in and around Sangkhlaburi. The only place in town that rents motorcycles are P. Guest House for 200 baht ($ 6.14) per 24 hours.

Visit the Sunken temple

During the wet months, the temple is half-submerged in the lake and it is strangely spectacular to float around the ruins on a boat and observe the bizarre temple.

Explore Takianthong Falls

The Takianthong waterfalls are about 18 kilometers from the town of Sangkhlaburi and are a nice ride on a motorcycle. The small shelving waterfalls offer transparent and refreshing pools.

3. Pai Village

A viewing point in Pai Village

A viewing point in Pai Village

Surrounded by lush nature, this village accessible from the city of Chiang Mai is a must-visit. This destination is perfect for family vacations in Thailand and one of the most majestic villages and towns in Thailand. Near the Burmese border, this village allows you to see the way of life of the different tribes there.

There are sites to explore in Pai: waterfalls, canyons, and hot springs and the huge weekly market (which takes place every Wednesday) where people from different ethnic groups come to sell colorful handicrafts and unusual things.

Explore Pai Crayon

The Pai Canyon covers a large area that offers brilliant views and fun hikes. If you feel very active, you can go down all the time and spend hours climbing and getting lost in nature.

A favorite pastime is enjoying the sunset with a beer in your hand, watching the sky transform into an amazing palette of colors.

Walk the Pai pedestrian street

Every night, Pai’s main street is full of food vendors and market stalls selling everything from your ultimate hippie clothes and jewelry to postcards. The selection of culinary delights is quite varied; sushi, Indian cuisine, grilled meats, fresh fruit smoothies and all fried. You will certainly not be hungry!

Visit majestic waterfalls

In Pai, there are several impressive waterfalls to visit including the Pambok waterfall, located just minutes by scooter from Pai. Also, another waterfall to explore in Pai is the Mo Paeng waterfall. The scenery is beautiful and it’s a fun place to spend a few hours.

Melt in the hot springs of Tha Pai

When you find yourself looking for a relaxing bath, head to the hot springs of Tha Pai. Just 7 km from the city, a stream of cold water flows over boiling rocks to create a soothing, heated pool surrounded by lush countryside.

4. Phetchaburi

A city with a long royal heritage, Phetchaburi has many impressive buildings as well as fascinating caves.

Tham Khao Luang cave

No trip to Phetchaburi is complete without a visit to its famous cave, Tham Khao Luang. After dodging the monkeys hiding near the entrance, you will descend into this beautiful limestone cave to be greeted by a feast of statues and Buddha images.

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park

Thailand is full of beautiful historic parks and temples, and Phetchaburi is home to a few. Made by the King of Thailand Rama IV, Phra Nakhon Khiri is a series of natural spaces, paved roads, and Khmer style temples

Cha-Am Beach

One of the most popular beaches in the region, Cha-Am Beach is an inviting 5 km long beach with soft sand and a swimmable sea. This beach offers a quaint and comfortable place to relax and enjoy the sun and inexpensive street food and reasonably priced fresh seafood available nearby.

Kaeng Krachan National Park

Located on the border with Myanmar, Kaeng Krachan National Park is Thailand’s largest natural park and a paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The park is famous for its diverse fauna, especially birds and butterflies. There are more than 400 species of birds including rare species such as giant butterflies and eagles. There are also many mammals, such as leopards, stray dogs, bears, and elephants. It is an interesting destination for many activities, including hiking, bird watching, and boating.

5. Chiang Khan

Chiang Khan is a picturesque region in the province of Loei, in the north of Thailand. Sitting along the mighty Mekong River, just across from Laos, the small town is peaceful with few international tourists. This is among the most stunning villages and towns in Thailand.

A sea of cloud at a hill viewpoint in Chiang Khan

A sea of cloud at a hill viewpoint in Chiang Khan

Contemplate the sunsets on the Mekong River

It is a nice spectacle that can be observed from the waterfront arranged before going to dine in the restaurants at Route Chiang Khong.

Walk on the banks

By strolling on the banks rather late in the afternoon or the evening when the sun is the least harsh, you can see the Mekong and a bit of Laos on the opposite bank.

Go shopping on Chiang Khong Road

You will find lots of small objects, fashion accessories, clothes at very low prices.

Participate in the offerings to the monks

The monks take place every morning in the Chai Khong Road, the street of guesthouses and homestays. It is particularly impressive on Sunday morning or during Buddhist festivals when the faithful are very numerous.

6. Lampang

Another gem of northern Thailand, Lampang is a great place to learn more about the ancient kingdom of Lanna and immerse yourself in the northern lifestyle. Horses and carts always carry people through the picturesque streets and there are many old temples and other historic buildings of different architectural styles to visit. The Wang River basin is next to the city, and beautiful mountains and national parks can be found just on the outskirts.

This city is known to have been an important place in the teak trade in the 20th century, a period when Burmese foremen recruited by British companies for their expertise in the field of wood, built magnificent temples that still do today. the charm of Lampang.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra Lampang Luang is located in Koh Kha about twenty kilometers south of the city. It is the day of Buddha and the temple is filled with the faithful who have come to pray. At the heart of the site, the Wihan Luang, a wooden building dating from 1476. It would be the oldest wooden construction in the country. That day the throbbing Buddhist songs punctuated my wanderings in this unique place.

Ban Sao Nak, a traditional Thai teak house

In the city, visitors will have a real crush on this traditional house on stilts mixing Burmese and Lanna styles. Built-in 1895, it belonged to a local family and was used for receptions. Today it is a museum with many Burmese and Thai antiques.

Wat Pratu Pong

The main temple of Wat Pratu Pong is typically Lanna architecture. With its sculpted structure, it is really, of all the Lampang temples, the one that touched me the most.

Wat Pong Sanuk

This temple, mixing Lanna and Burmese Shan styles, was built in 1886 and recently renovated. Some will say that it has lost its charm since its renovation, but it received a Unesco award for the meticulous work carried out for 4 years on the occasion of it.

A unique experience: ride in Lampang carriages

The first horse-drawn carriage was introduced to Lampang in 1916 by Chao Boonyawat Wongwanit who asked an Indian driver to bring him from Bangkok. This first carriage was named Queen Victoria. There are means of getting around to show tourists around the city and walk them from temple to temple.

7. Khanom

Khanom is located along the Gulf of Thailand in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. The seaside area attracts few foreign tourists but is a popular vacation spot for Thais. There are several pretty beaches and bays, most of which offer breathtaking views of the ocean and neighboring islands. You can explore the peaceful fishing village and dine on freshly caught seafood. The nearby caves and waterfalls adding to the visual appeal make it one of the best villages and towns in Thailand.

Do not miss a chance to take a boat tour and explore these special floating houses in Khanom

Do not miss a chance to take a boat tour and explore these special floating houses in Khanom

Pink dolphins

Khanom is associated with pink dolphins. Going out to sea to discover them is the essential excursion of any stay here. It is advisable to go there in the morning, the best time being between 7:30 am and 9 am. This is the time of day when the chances of seeing them are optimal.

Grotte Khao Wang Thong

It is one of the three must-sees in Khanom with pink dolphins and fun fish spas in the river. Its visit is imperative with a guide. They will wait for you at the entrance. After climbing the 300 steps leading to the small opening in the wall of the mountain, you arrive at a small sanctuary then you sink into a vast chain of rooms with incredible stalagmites and stalactites which sometimes draw shapes similar to a goddess Chinese, a chedi, a dinosaur … To explore the cave, visitors must climb or bend in places.

Natural fish spas

Fifteen kilometers west of Khanom is a small stretch of river, famous for its fish that eats dead skin. Several establishments have opened there in a few years and allow visitors to sit on their benches installed on the stream with their feet immersed in the river while the fish are doing their work. This is the principle of the fish spa as we often see in Thailand in shops with aquariums except that there the fish are free.

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Bich Ngoc

As a true Vietnamese enthusiast of music, books and coffee, Bich Ngoc loves researching into those typical cultural characteristics of Vietnam as well as exploring further destinations in the country of thousand years of civilization.

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