6 must visit hidden treasures of Thailand

6 must visit hidden treasures of Thailand

Thailand has been a bucket list destination for travellers across the world. It’s not at all surprising, and its popularity is quite understandable because of the bustling Bangkok city, rich history of Chiang Mai, walking street of Phuket and parties of Koh Samui. But, if you are an offbeat destination lovers like us; then how about discovering the lesser known Thai destinations; which many tourists are yet to discover. Here are the six hidden treasures of Thailand which can inspire your next getaway.


Six Hidden treasures of Thailand


If you want the feel of Krabi but aren’t keen on the crowds flocking there with each other and every day, consider visiting Trang instead. It parallels and perhaps even exceeds Krabi in many ways – the limestone cliffs and emerald waters here are more magnificent than any other. Many tourists pass Trang, en route to another destination. So, you’ll pretty much have Trang to yourself.

Trang - hidden treasures of Thailand
Trang, Hidden Treasure of Thailand (Source: CNN)

Consider checking Trang town too, where you can discover an authentic and unique blend of Thai, Chinese and Muslim culture. It’s reflected in everything from their architecture to the food. Be sure to sample the diverse cuisine on offer, described as a bastion of curry, kopi and cake.


Ayutthaya is Recommended as one of the best ancient ruins on offer in Thailand.  It has a fascinating and rich history that many travellers aren’t even aware of. Once the place also boasted the title of the biggest and most populated city in the world, but the Burmese invasion in the 18th century left it burnt to the ground.  And the result is? A dilapidated yet still magnificent complex of temples and ruins.  The intricate details of temples and sculptures beckon you to explore further. Hints of white and gold architecture can be found throughout. With hardly any tourists here, Ayutthaya remains undisturbed and quiet as ever.

Ayutthaya: must visit hidden treasures of Thailand
Ayutthaya, Hidden Treasure of Thailand (Source: Top Tourist)

Koh Lanta

It seems like a dream to have your own personal deserted island, but a visit to Koh Lanta will give you just that feel. Beautiful beaches and waters are absolutely unfrequented means you’ll be left to your own devices in one of the most beautiful settings in the entirety of Thailand.

Koh Lanta: must visit hidden treasures of Thailand
Koh Lanta, Hidden Treasure of Thailand (Source: Kilroy travels)

Head inland to the Koh Lanta town and you’ll be greeted by welcoming smiling locals. Here too, you’ll find a mix of cultures, in a similar vein to Trang. There are also some beautiful and extravagant resorts on the island for accommodation, and many of these lie only a stone’s throw from the deserted beaches.


Lampang lies quite close to the wildly popular Chiang Mai and is much quieter and rewarding. The city is famed for its majestic temples and was once part of the Lanna Kingdom. Now, only the temples remain standing tall and beautiful throughout.

Lampang: must visit hidden treasures of Thailand
Lampang, Hidden Treasure of Thailand (Source: Shutterstock)

Visit the Temple of Lampang’s Great Buddha Relic to discover some beautiful ancient Buddha artefacts.  Also, explore Chalermprakiat Temple atop Pu Yak Mountain. It is one of the most incredible sights in the entire world, even if many say the journey there is terrifying.

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Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai, a sleepy city in Northern Thailand is often overlooked in favour of the aforementioned Chiang Mai. But, truth is, Chiang Rai offers even more than its counterpart. Take the example of famed White Temple, a majestic and beautiful architectural marvel which is hard to find anywhere elsewhere in the country.

Chiang Rai: must visit hidden treasures of Thailand
Chiang Rai, Hidden Treasure of Thailand (Source: citiestips.com)

Foodie Lovers, make sure to visit the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar. The food court here serves the most delectable dishes, from traditional Thai to a unique spin on Western cuisine. Also, do snap a picture of the famed Clock Tower, where light shows take place every evening.

Koh Khai

Koh Khai can be recognised by its stone arch jutting into the water. Many travellers already have their dream pictures with it but still many tourists skip this tiny, deserted island while travelling to Thailand. There is only a beach and a small forest, but it is the perfect place to unwind away from the civilisation.

Koh Khai: must visit hidden treasures of Thailand
Koh Khai, Hidden Treasure of Thailand (Source: GettingStamped.com)

Although; many locals do flock to the island, so try to be there at the right time to have a feel of whole place belonging to you. There are no options for the night stay at KohKai, and a day trip is enough too. One can even take private speedboat tours that allow to stop off and get mesmerized by the luscious scenery.


These six hidden treasures of Thailand are the perfect mix of tradition, culture and natural beauty. We are sure they will leave you stunned and speechless.

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6 must visit hidden treasures of Thailand

20 thoughts on “6 must visit hidden treasures of Thailand”

  • Whenever I plan of a trip to Thailand, I feel totally lost. Because there are so many small and beautiful places to visit that it’s really difficult to make a choice. Going forward, I am going to refer to this post for guidance. You have very well included all that no one will want to miss.

  • This is a nice list of places outside Bangkok. I’ve been to Ayutthaya and glad to see that the place kept it’s charm. It’s been too long since I’ve been to Thailand, your post make me think maybe it’s time to go back.

  • Truly, Thailand is really beautiful. I haven’t been to any of these stunning places that you have shared on your blog post and will surely bear them in mind and would love to traipse my feet on each of these destinations If I get the chance. I love all your photos as well, it just shows that Thailand is indeed stunning. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  • You sure have uncovered these amazing spots. Save for Chiang Rai, I didn’t know any of the other places you mentioned. I have never been to Thailand. Geographically it shares many similarities with my country, but I am now convinced that it is still worth a visit. That beach cove at Koh Lanta is very beautiful, I can just imagine myself swimming in the azure water.

  • Thailand is such a lovely country with an inehaustible treasure trove of exotic places. You have indeed unearthed some priceless gems. Some of them are places that we have not heard of. This makes them all the more alluring. They look so charming and pristine. Hope to visit some of them when we are in those parts next.

  • Thanks for the tip of Trang instead of Krabi. Yes, I visited Koh Lanta a few years ago at Christmas time. I love getting away from the commercialization of Christmas in the west and just being on a beach at that time!

  • I have been to Thailand several times but I’ve never heard of these destinations before. I was amazed at all treasures, they are so beautiful. If I have a chance, I really want to come back to Thailand. Thanks for your suggestions.

  • Thailand it’s one of those countries where even if you have travelled extensively you would leave half-heartedly. Chiang Rai and AYUTTHAYA are among the few places I don’t want to miss while visiting the country again. I love the way how you have carefully curated the post. Such a wonderful read.

  • I have been always fascinated by Ayuthayya and regret missing it from my last few trips. However, now you have given me another treasure that I wish I had known of earlier. Chiang Rai looks just gorgeous. I shall be doing some more research on it to figure it all out.

  • Most Indians go to the same ol places in Thailand. It is refreshing to see an Indian talking about some offbeat experiences in Thailand. Trang stand out for its picturesque landscapes. Ayutthaya is another favourite. I love historical sites like this one. Most Indians go to the same ol places in Thailand. It is refreshing to see an Indian talking about some offbeat experiences in Thailand. Trang stand out for its picturesque landscapes. Ayutthaya is another favourite. I love historical sites like this one.

  • What an awesome article! I really enjoyed reading these tips as I am heading to Thailand next year and want to head off-the-beaten-path. I’m super excited to visit Chiang Rai…and some of the other places you’ve listed in your article.

  • Chiang Rai looks like a must visit place. I was not familiar with it all I know about some of the common places to visit in Thailand. You have mentioned some of the best hidden places in Thailand that not many people are aware of. I would love to visit Thailand again and explore these places.