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Summer in Thailand, You’ll Love It

A stunning view of a Chiang Rai in Thailand, showcasing the beauty of summer in the country.

Whenever discussions about summer travel come up, destinations like Italy, Greece, and Bali often steal the spotlight. But if you are looking for what I consider a hidden gem that offers you the undiluted beauty of nature, a rich culture, and a truckload of unforgettable experiences, Thailand should be at the top of your list. While this Southeast Asian location is known for its bustling cities and stunning beaches, there’s so much more to explore beyond the usual tourist trails.

Top Hidden Spots in Thailand

Thailand is a country that effortlessly combines the ancient with the modern, the serene with the thrilling. Here are some lesser-known spots that will make your summer trip truly extraordinary:

  • Chiang Rai

Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Rai is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Chiang Mai. However, if you are seeking some tranquility and cultural richness this summer, then this city could be your haven. The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) is a breathtaking sight, with its white facade sparkling in the sun. For a dose of local culture, visit the Black House (Baan Dam Museum), a collection of traditional Thai buildings filled with art and artefacts.

  • Koh Lipe

While Phuket and Koh Samui are popular beach destinations, Koh Lipe could be regarded as the “Maldives of Thailand.” This small island in the Andaman Sea features crystal-clear waters, coral reefs, and powdery white beaches. It is the perfect spot for snorkelling, diving, or simply lounging by the sea without the crowds.

  • Pai

Pai, found somewhere in the mountains of northern Thailand, is another laid-back town that offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. With its scenic landscapes, hot springs, and waterfalls, Pai is your dream place if you are a nature lover. The town itself is full of charming cafes, local markets, and a relaxed vibe that makes it easy to unwind and enjoy the slower pace of life.

Must-Have Experiences in Thailand

While checking out all the beautiful spots is great, there are also some unique experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. Here are some must-do activities to add to your trip itinerary:

  • Check out the Floating Markets
A beautiful image of Floating Market in Thailand

Thailand’s floating markets are a feast for the senses. Visit the Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa floating markets near Bangkok to experience all the bright colours and sweet aromas of the delicious street food served from boats. It is the perfect, authentic way to immerse yourself in Thai culture.

  • Take a Thai Cooking Class

One of the best ways to connect with a culture is through its cuisine. Sign up for a cooking class and learn how to make classic Thai dishes like Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup), and Green Curry. Many classes include a visit to a local market to pick out fresh ingredients, which would add an extra layer of authenticity to the experience.

  • Visit an Elephant Sanctuary

Thailand is famous for its elephants. However, if you are looking for a wholesome experience, choose an ethical sanctuary where these majestic animals are treated well. Places like Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai offer the chance to learn about elephant conservation, feed and bathe the elephants, and observe them in their natural habitat.

Practical Tips for Your Trip

To make the most of your Thai adventure, keep these practical tips in mind:

  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Thailand is from November to early April, when the weather is cool and dry. However, for a quieter experience and fewer tourists, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons (May–June and September–October).
  • Getting Around: Thailand has a well-developed transportation network, including buses, trains, and domestic flights. For shorter distances, tuk-tuks and songthaews (shared taxis) are fun and affordable options.

Cultural Etiquette: Thai people are known for their friendliness and hospitality. Remember to dress modestly when visiting temples, remove your shoes before entering someone’s home, and always show respect to the Thai Royal Family. Ultimately, be sure to respect and abide by the people’s cultural values.  Stay up to date on the newest in the world of Fashion, Arts, Beauty and Lifestyle; Follow FAB on Instagram.

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