Top 10 Little-Known Attractions in Thailand
Are you looking for some little-known attractions in Thailand that are quiet and less commercial? Here, we have detailed the top 10 little-known attractions in Thailand, giving you a fresh and quiet experience.
1. Sirindhorn Wararam Phu Prao Temple (Wat Phu Prao)
Have you seen a temple that shines? In Chong Mek near the Laotian border, located 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Ubon Ratchathani, you will see the only temple in the world that glows at night — Sirindhorn Wararam Phu Prao Temple.
When night falls, it is like a pearl on top of the mountain. It looks even more beautiful against the backdrop of stars.
The temple was built on a hill without any lighting. To solve this problem, a monk had an idea. Patterns were drawn on the walls of the temple and on the ground and painted with fluorescent materials.
Therefore, the golden light inside the temple, the fluorescence outside the temple, and the light from the stars in the sky make the temple appear brilliant.
2. Erawan Museum
Erawan Museum is in Bangkok. Thanks to many famous attractions in Bangkok, the museum is not included in most visitors’ lists and, therefore, it remains relatively quiet.
The museum has a giant three-headed elephant statue. The three-headed elephant, named Erawan, is the God of Elephants in Thai folk tales. It is so powerful that no evil spirit can rival it.
The museum houses antiquities and priceless collections of ancient religious objects. It allows you to learn about the Thai culture. Because of its gorgeous sculptures and decorations and its pink appearance, it is also a great place to take photos.
3. Sam Phan Bok
Sam Phan Bok is a little-known attraction in Ubon Ratchathani. It is a magical landscape that lies in the lower reaches of the Mekong River. The channel there has a potholed terrain where sandstone has eroded over thousands of years to form 3,000 holes of varying sizes.
During the dry season from December to May, when the river recedes, all kinds of odd-looking holes appear. The most attractive one is the Mickey Mouse-shaped hole.
The water in each hole is clear, like a mirror, reflecting the beautiful scene under the sunlight and blue sky, so you cannot help but keep pressing the shutter on your camera.
4. Phraya Nakhon Cave
Phraya Nakhon Cave is located on an island in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. It is said that the cave was formed years ago when rocks were eroded by the sea.
Inside the cave, there is a small palace that was built in the period of the Thai king, Rama V. The scene is magnificent when the sun shines on the palace through the top of the cave.
5. Phu Thap Boek
Phu Thap Boek is the highest peak in Phetchabun province. With an altitude of 1,768 meters (5,801 feet) above sea level, it features cool weather, seas of clouds, and a beautiful sunrise view.
Looking out from the top of the mountain, you will find you are surrounded by seas of clouds. The sun's light shines through the thick clouds in the distance. The whole scene makes you feel as if you are in a dreamlike fairyland. At night, you can camp out and watch the stars and the moon.
6. Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is about 40 minutes’ drive from Chiang Mai. It is the oldest and most important botanical garden in Thailand. This lovely garden features a treetop walkway and greenhouses divided into different sections with alpine plants, orchids, cacti, roses, a rain forest, and a large indoor waterfall.
It is a nice place to travel with kids. Wandering around the grounds surrounded by shoulder-high colorful flowers is a delight. It is also a good place to take beautiful photos.
7. Khao Luang Cave
Khao Luang Cave is located in Phetchaburi. It is a stalactite cave that’s filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes.
The cave also houses a large reclining Buddha and numerous Buddha statues in varying sizes.
From time to time, light from the roof shines on the bodies of the Buddha statues, making them look more sacred and magnificent.
8. Koh Sichang
Koh Sichang is a small island off the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Bangkok. It is a very quiet fishing village and more than 90% of the people there are visitors from Thailand.
It is relaxing to walk along the quiet beaches, listen to the sound of the waves, wander through the streets and lanes, and have a cup of coffee on this island, which is only 17.3 square kilometers (6.7 square miles) in size.
There is a palace on the island, which was built as a royal summer resort. It is now a popular place for photography.
9. Phimai Historical Park
Some people describe Phimai Historical Park as the precursor to Angkor Wat. Phimai is a small town in Nakhon Ratchasima in Northern Thailand. It used to belong to Cambodia.
Construction of this exquisite stone building complex began in 968 and was finished in 1001. Most of the buildings in the park were built in the Cambodian style. The biggest characteristic of the stone buildings is that the building materials are made of sandstone. These red, yellow, and cyan sandstones give the architecture a natural color and a simple, elegant look.
Each stone inside seems to tell a story of a weather-beaten history. When you walk through the ruins and touch the mottled marks on the pillars, you will feel like you've traveled back in time.
10. Muangboran (Ancient City)
Located in Samut Prakan, Muangboran is the largest open-air museum in the world. You will see miniature landmarks and architecture from all the regions in Thailand in this 200-acre area.
It was designed and funded by the same person that designed the Sanctuary of Truth — Lek Viriyaphant. Based on his love of Thai history and art, he designed the area in the shape of Thailand and recreated historical or characteristic buildings from all over the country.
During certain festivals, you will see some special performances, such as cockfighting, Muay Thai, and folk singing and dancing.
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