πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡­πŸ’Ž 33 Hidden Gems in Thailand Best to Visit This Summer

With its dazzling beaches, lush jungles, and vibrant cities, Thailand is a traveler’s dream. Yet beyond the well-trodden paths lie hidden summer gems waiting to be discovered.

These secluded spots blend serenity, natural beauty, and cultural richness, providing a perfect escape for those seeking a more tranquil and authentic experience.

From the tranquility of lesser-known islands to the cultural havens in the mountains, this article unveils Thailand’s best-kept secrets for the perfect summer getaway.

#PlaceRegionNearest International Airport
1Koh LipeSatunHat Yai, Langkawi (Malaysia)
2Khao Sok National ParkSurat ThaniSurat Thani
3Sukhothai Historical ParkSukhothaiSukhothai
4Koh MookTrangTrang
5Phetchabun MountainsPhetchabunBangkok
6Railay BeachKrabiKrabi
7Koh Phi Phi LehKrabiKrabi, Phuket
8Koh KoodTratTrat
9Ban Rak Thai VillageMae Hong SonChiang Mai
10Koh LantaKrabiKrabi, Phuket
11Similan IslandsPhang NgaPhuket
12ChumphonChumphonChumphon
13Khun Nan Rice TerracesNanNan
14Koh PhayamRanongRanong
15Doi InthanonChiang MaiChiang Mai
16Hin Lad WaterfallSurat ThaniSamui
17Koh MakTratTrat
18SangkhlaburiKanchanaburiBangkok
19Koh TaoSurat ThaniChumphon, Surat Thani
20Khao Yai National ParkNakhon RatchasimaBangkok
21Pran Buri National Forest ParkPrachuap Khiri KhanHua Hin
22Koh SametRayongRayong
23Koh WaiTratTrat
24Erawan FallsKanchanaburiBangkok
25Koh LibongTrangTrat
26Kathu WaterfallPhuketPhuket
27Phutthabat SutthawatLampangChiang Mai
28Phraya Nakhon CavePrachuap Khiri KhanHua Hin
29Doi Pui Mong Hill Tribe VillageChiang MaiChiang Mai
30Phanom RungBuri RamBuri Ram
31Damnoen Saduak Floating MarketRatchaburiBangkok
32Wat Phra That Choeng ChumSakon NakhonSakon Nakhon
33Mae KampongChiang MaiChiang Mai

1. Koh Lipe, Satun

Koh Lipe, a secluded paradise in the Andaman Sea
Koh Lipe, a secluded paradise in the Andaman Sea.

Koh Lipe, Satun emerges as a pristine island paradise nestled in the heart of the Andaman Sea, known for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and serene beaches.

This lesser-known jewel is the perfect retreat for those yearning for a tranquil beach getaway away from the bustling tourist spots.

Summers here enhance its charm, with the sun casting a golden glow over its soft, sandy shores and creating ideal conditions for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts eager to explore the underwater world.

A map showing the location of Koh Lipe, Satun, with a purple teardrop marker indicating the island in the Andaman Sea, near the border of Thailand and Malaysia. The map also displays nearby regions and bodies of water, including the Gulf of Thailand, Malay Peninsula, and parts of Indonesia.
Koh Lipe Satun Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Koh Lipe is reachable via a ferry ride from Pak Bara Pier in Satun province, which takes about 1.5 hours. For international travelers, the closest airports are in Hat Yai and Langkawi, Malaysia.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: The Castaway Resort Koh Lipe offers beachfront bungalows that blend rustic charm with comfort and provide stunning sea views. Alternatively, Idyllic Concept Resort presents modern amenities in a tranquil setting, perfect for a rejuvenating stay.

2. Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani

The ancient rainforests of Khao Sok
The ancient rainforests of Khao Sok

Khao Sok National Park unveils an ancient rainforest teeming with exotic wildlife, captivating waterfalls, and the majestic Cheow Lan Lake.

Its lush landscape and diverse ecosystems make it an adventurer’s haven, especially in summer when the park’s flora is in full bloom.

The park’s serene atmosphere is punctuated by the melodious sounds of nature, providing a perfect backdrop for trekking, canoeing, and wildlife spotting, making it an unmissable stop for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike.

Map highlighting Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani, Thailand, with an inset photo of the park featuring limestone karsts and a longtail boat on a blue lake.
Khao Sok National Park Surat Thani Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Khao Sok is accessible by road and approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Surat Thani Airport. Public buses and private transfers are available from Surat Thani, Phuket, and Krabi.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: For an immersive experience in nature, the Khao Sok Jungle Huts Resort presents rustic yet comfortable huts nestled in the heart of the jungle, or Khao Sok River & Jungle Resort, where guests can relax in accommodations that blend seamlessly with the environment.

3. Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai

Sukhothai Historical Park, the First Capital of Siam
Sukhothai Historical Park, the First Capital of Siam.

Sukhothai Historical Park is a timeless beauty that transports visitors back to the 13th and 14th centuries. It showcases the awe-inspiring ruins of Thailand’s first capital.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is dotted with majestic temples, Buddha statues, and ancient ponds set against verdant landscapes.

Summer light casts a magical hue over these ruins, highlighting their intricate details and the serene beauty that envelops them, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and photographers.

A Google map highlighting Sukhothai Historical Park in Sukhothai, Thailand, with a pin over the location and inset images of the park at sunset. Surrounding countries such as Myanmar, Laos, and parts of Cambodia are also visible on the map.
Sukhothai Historical Park Sukhothai Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Sukhothai is accessible via a short flight from Bangkok to Sukhothai Airport, followed by a brief drive to the historical park. Alternatively, bus services from major Thai cities offer a scenic route to this enchanting destination.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: The Legendha Sukhothai Resort offers traditional Thai-style accommodation with modern comforts and beautiful gardens. Alternatively, the Sukhothai Heritage Resort combines contemporary amenities with elements of traditional Thai architecture.

4. Koh Mook, Trang

The serene silhouette of Koh Mook
The serene silhouette of Koh Mook.

Koh Mook is an enchanting island haven famed for its Emerald Cave and secluded beaches, making it a treasure trove for explorers and beach lovers.

With its clear turquoise waters and lush surroundings, this tranquil island offers a serene escape, ideal for those seeking to disconnect and immerse themselves in nature’s beauty.

The charm of Koh Mook is its simplicity and the warm hospitality of its local community, inviting visitors into a world of peaceful relaxation and adventure.

An aerial view of Koh Mook Island in Trang, Thailand, with a focus pin on the map and the surrounding regions labelled, including nearby islands and mainland areas such as Phuket, Malaysia, and the Gulf of Thailand.
Koh Mook Trang Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Koh Mook is accessible by boat from the mainland pier in Trang, and there are direct flights to Trang Airport from Bangkok.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Mook Lamai Resort and Spa provides a boutique experience with beautifully designed rooms and exceptional service. For a more intimate setting, consider Rinna Resort, which offers a comfortable stay with easy access to the beach and local dining options.

5. Phetchabun Mountains, Phetchabun

The misty peaks of Phetchabun, a haven for nature lovers
The misty peaks of Phetchabun, a haven for nature lovers.

Phetchabun Mountains, Phetchabun, emerge as a majestic landscape, offering breathtaking vistas, a cooler climate, and a refreshing retreat from the summer heat.

These mountains are a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers, with their lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and rich biodiversity.

The area is steeped in history and culture, with various hill tribe communities and ancient temples dotting the landscape, providing a blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

A map showing the location of the Phetchabun Mountains in Thailand with a pinned marker, plus an inset image of a lush green waterfall in the mountains.
Phetchabun Mountains Phetchabun Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: The Phetchabun Mountains are best reached by car from Bangkok, taking approximately 5-6 hours. This scenic drive offers a chance to witness Thailand’s changing landscapes.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: The Imperial Phukaew Hill Resort is popular, offering Swiss-style chalets set amidst the mountainous landscape. Alternatively, Worachat Boutique Hotel has comfortable accommodations with easy access to local attractions and hiking trails.

6. Railay Beach, Krabi

Railay Beach, where dramatic cliffs meet pristine shores
Railay Beach, where dramatic cliffs meet pristine shores.

Railay Beach is a picturesque peninsula known for its towering limestone cliffs, stunning sunsets, and pristine beaches, accessible only by boat, which adds to its secluded charm.

This idyllic destination is a climber’s paradise and a haven for those seeking the tranquility of white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.

The area’s natural beauty is complemented by a laid-back atmosphere, making it the perfect summer getaway for adventurers and relaxation seekers.

An image featuring a photo of Railay Beach with a traditional longtail boat on white sand and towering limestone cliffs in the background, placed next to a map of Thailand highlighting Krabi's location with a marker.
Railay Beach Krabi Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Railay Beach is reachable by a short boat ride from Ao Nang or Krabi Town. The nearest airport is Krabi International Airport.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Railay Bay Resort & Spa offers beachfront accommodations with stunning views of the Andaman Sea and easy access to Railay. For a more secluded experience, consider the Rayavadee Resort, nestled amidst tropical gardens and limestone cliffs.

7. Koh Phi Phi Leh, Krabi

The untouched beauty of Koh Phi Phi Leh
The untouched beauty of Koh Phi Phi Leh.

Koh Phi Phi Leh captivates visitors with its sheer limestone cliffs rising from turquoise waters, secluded bays, and vibrant marine life.

This uninhabited island, part of the Phi Phi archipelago, gained fame for its stunning Maya Bay, a picturesque cove enveloped by towering cliffs.

Ideal for day-trippers seeking pristine natural beauty, the island offers unparalleled snorkeling and diving opportunities to explore its hidden lagoons and caves, providing a serene escape into nature’s embrace.

An image featuring a picturesque view of Koh Phi Phi Leh, Krabi, with clear turquoise waters and surrounding cliffs, overlaid on a map highlighting the region's location in the Andaman Sea near Thailand and Malaysia. The map shows neighboring areas such as Phuket, the Gulf of Thailand, and the northern part of the Malay Peninsula.
Koh Phi Phi Leh Krabi Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Access to Koh Phi Phi Leh is by boat from Phi Phi Don, the nearest inhabited island, with regular tours departing from Krabi and Phuket. The closest airports are in Krabi and Phuket.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Overnight stays in Koh Phi Phi Leh are prohibited. However, the Zeavola Resort in the nearby Phi Phi Don offers a range of accommodations, while Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort provides bungalows in a lush tropical setting.

8. Koh Kood, Trat

Koh Kood, an Island retreat amidst tranquil waters
Koh Kood, an Island retreat amidst tranquil waters.

Koh Kood is a hidden gem that remains one of Thailand’s most unspoiled islands, known for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and lush tropical rainforests.

Summer brings out the best in Koh Kood, with sunny days perfect for exploring its waterfalls, serene beaches, and vibrant coral reefs.

The island’s laid-back atmosphere and natural beauty make it an ideal destination for those looking to unwind and reconnect with nature in a tranquil setting.

Map showing the location of Koh Kood, Trat, in the Gulf of Thailand near the southeastern coast, with a small inset photo displaying a wooden walkway leading to an overwater hut against a backdrop of blue sea and sky.
Koh Kood Trat Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Koh Kood is reachable by ferry or speedboat from mainland piers in Trat province. The nearest airport in Trat offers flights from Bangkok.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Soneva Kiri offers an exclusive and luxurious experience with private villas, a pool, and stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand. For a more eco-friendly option, Tinkerbell Privacy Resort presents charming beachfront bungalows set amidst beautiful gardens.

9. Ban Rak Thai Village

Ban Rak Thai, a taste of Yunnan in the heart of Mae Hong Son
Ban Rak Thai, a taste of Yunnan in the heart of Mae Hong Son.

Ban Rak Thai Village, nestled in the mountains near the Thai-Myanmar border, is a quaint and tranquil village known for its picturesque tea plantations, traditional Chinese-style houses, and serene lake.

This cultural oasis, founded by Kuomintang refugees, offers a unique blend of Thai and Chinese heritage. It provides tea tasting, local cuisine, and stunning landscapes.

The cool climate and peaceful environment make it a perfect retreat for those seeking a serene and culturally rich experience away from Thailand’s well-trodden tourist paths.

A screenshot of Google Maps featuring the geographic location of Ban Rak Thai Village with an inset photo of the village showcasing traditional houses amidst greenery, illuminated at twilight. The map highlights parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and China with city names and borders clearly marked. A purple diamond-shaped marker indicates the village's location near the border of Myanmar and Thailand.
Ban Rak Thai Village Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Ban Rak Thai Village is most accessible by road from Mae Hong Son, a journey that offers breathtaking views of the northern Thai countryside.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: In the heart of Ban Rak Thai, Mi Wo Kezhan offers a cozy and authentic lodging experience. For a tranquil retreat amidst the beauty of nature, WC Coffee&ΰΉ„ΰΈ£ΰΉˆΰΈ«ΰΈ§ΰΈ²ΰΈ™ΰΈ‹ΰΈΆΰΉ‰ΰΈ‡‘s modernized bungalows provide a serene escape with a comfortable stay within a picturesque coffee plantation.

10. Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta, a blend of lush forests and serene beaches
Koh Lanta, a blend of lush forests and serene beaches.

Koh Lanta is renowned for its laid-back vibe, long sandy beaches, and vibrant coral reefs. This island paradise blends lush jungles, traditional villages, and beachfront resorts, making it ideal for those seeking adventure and relaxation.

The diverse underwater ecosystems and historical sites, including ancient sea gypsy communities, offer a unique insight into the island’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.

An image combining a tropical beach scene with a Google map overlay of Southeast Asia, highlighting the location of Koh Lanta near southern Thailand with a label, adjoining other regional map labels such as Phuket, the Gulf of Thailand, and Malaysia.
Koh Lanta Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Koh Lanta is accessible via ferry from Krabi, Phuket, and Phi Phi Islands. The nearest airports are in Krabi and Phuket, where you can take a shuttle or taxi to the ferry piers.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Pimalai Resort & Spa offers luxury amidst nature, breathtaking sea views, and first-class amenities. For a more laid-back atmosphere, Lanta Casuarina Beach Resort offers beachfront accommodations perfect for enjoying the island.

11. Similan Islands

The wonders of the Similan Islands, Phang Nga
The wonders of the Similan Islands, Phang Nga.

The Similan Islands are an archipelago of nine islands hailed as one of the world’s top diving destinations. Their crystal-clear waters, diverse marine life, and spectacular coral formations create an underwater wonderland for divers and snorkelers.

The island’s pristine beaches and untouched natural beauty above water make them inviting for beachgoers and nature enthusiasts. The Similan Islands are a protected national park, ensuring the preservation of their unique ecosystems.

A Google map highlighting the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea near Thailand with a small inset photo on the top left corner showing a scenic view of the clear turquoise water and rocky landscape of the Similan Islands.
Similan Islands Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: The Similan Islands can be reached by speedboat or liveaboard tours from Khao Lak or Phuket. The nearest airport is in Phuket, where transfers to the departure piers can be arranged.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Similan Islands stays are prohibited. However, The Sarojin in Khao Lak offers a luxurious and intimate setting, while the Moracea by Khao Lak Resort provides a comfortable and scenic beachfront stay.

12. Chumphon

Big Buddha in Sawi, Chumphon
Big Buddha in Sawi, Chumphon

Chumphon is a gateway to the enchanting islands of the Gulf of Thailand.

This tranquil province is celebrated for its natural beauty, from the untouched beaches of Thung Wua Laen to the diverse marine life of its offshore waters, making it a paradise for snorkelers, divers, and those seeking peaceful beachside relaxation.

Beyond its coastal allure, Chumphon’s inland areas boast verdant forests and waterfalls, inviting adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts to explore its scenic trails and rich biodiversity.

Map showing the location of Chumphon in Thailand, with surrounding areas and bodies of water like the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. A small inset image in the top left corner displays a golden Buddha statue atop a green hill.
Chumphon Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Chumphon is well-connected by road, rail, and air, making it accessible from Bangkok and other major cities. Chumphon Airport offers flights to and from Bangkok.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: In Chumphon, the A-Te Chumphon Hotel provides a luxurious stay with beachfront access and premium amenities, while the Talay Sai @ Thung Wua Laen offers traditional stays with stunning sea views.

13. Khun Nan Rice Terraces, Nan

The rice terraces of Nan
The rice terraces of Nan

Gracefully etched into the mountains of Nan Province, Khun Nan Rice Terraces unveils a living landscape that epitomizes the symbiosis between nature and human ingenuity.

The area’s tranquility, coupled with the rhythmic patterns of the terraces, provides a serene backdrop for visitors seeking to escape the urban flurry and delve into a more contemplative, grounded experience.

A journey here is not just a feast for the eyes but an invitation to traverse the stepped fields, engage with the enduring agricultural traditions, and absorb the profound peace that pervades this rural idyll.

Map showing the location of Khun Nan Rice Terraces in Nan, Thailand, with an inset photo of lush green rice terraces on a hillside.
Khun Nan Rice Terraces Nan Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: The journey to Khun Nan Rice Terraces is an adventure through the verdant landscapes of Nan Province, roughly a 2-hour drive from Nan city. The route unveils the beauty of northern Thailand’s countryside.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: HOMU Villa Pua provides a cozy and elegant setting for an intimate glimpse into the region. Alternatively, Vieng Sava offers a tranquil retreat with its contemporary design and traditional elements.

14. Koh Phayam, Ranong

The quiet and secluded shores of Koh Phayam
The quiet and secluded shores of Koh Phayam.

Koh Phayam, Ranong, is a peaceful haven known for its cashew plantations, laid-back vibe, and pristine natural beauty, making it a perfect summer getaway.

This small island offers uncrowded beaches, clear blue waters, and lush mangrove forests, appealing to those looking to unwind and enjoy nature’s simplicity.

The island’s relaxed atmosphere is complemented by eco-friendly practices and a commitment to maintaining its natural charm, making Koh Phayam an ideal destination for eco-conscious travelers seeking a serene summer retreat.

An image split into two sections: on the top, a serene beach scene with palm trees at Koh Phayam, Ranong; on the bottom, a map showing the location of Koh Phayam in Thailand near the Andaman Sea, with a purple place marker indicating the island's position. The map includes surrounding geographical names such as Bangkok, Gulf of Thailand, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Koh Phayam Ranong Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Koh Phayam is reachable by speedboat or ferry from Ranong’s pier. The closest airport is in Ranong, with flights connecting from Bangkok.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: The Shadow House & Bar offers a cozy, budget-friendly stay close to the beach and local amenities. For a more secluded experience, Bamboo Bungalows provides simple yet charming accommodations on the beachfront.

15. Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon, Thailand's roof amidst the clouds
Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s roof amidst the clouds.

Doi Inthanon is a majestic mountain, and its surrounding park is renowned for its stunning waterfalls, hiking trails, diverse flora and fauna, and rare bird species.

The park’s highlights include the King and Queen Pagodas, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, and the Hmong and Karen hill tribe villages, which offer insights into the local cultures.

The cool climate and rich biodiversity make Doi Inthanon an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and those looking to escape the heat and explore the outdoors.

Map showing the geographical location of Doi Inthanon in Northern Thailand, adjacent to Myanmar, with an inset image of a temple in the Doi Inthanon region.
Doi Inthanon Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Doi Inthanon National Park is approximately two hours from Chiang Mai. It’s easily accessible by car, motorbike, or organized tours.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: The nearby areas offer a range of options, such as the Touch Star Resort, located near the park’s entrance, or the Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort, a short drive from the park, offers luxury accommodations with stunning mountain views.

16. Hin Lad Waterfall

The tranquil cascades of Hin Lad waterfall
The tranquil cascades of Hin Lad waterfall.

Hin Lad Waterfall, situated on the tropical island of Koh Samui, is a serene natural attraction enveloped by lush jungle. This enchanting waterfall offers a refreshing escape and an ideal spot for nature lovers and those seeking tranquility.

The trek to the waterfall is an adventure. It winds through a dense forest path that opens up to the cascading waters and inviting natural pools.

It’s a perfect destination for a day of exploration, offering opportunities for swimming, picnicking, and immersing oneself in the island’s natural beauty.

A map highlighting Hin Lad Waterfall's location with a thumbnail image of the waterfall placed in the Gulf of Thailand near Koh Samui.
Hin Lad Waterfall Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Hin Lad Waterfall is accessible by a short drive from Nathon, the main town of Koh Samui. The island is well-connected with flights to Samui Airport from major cities.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: The Passage Samui Villas & Resort offers a serene beachfront experience for those wishing to stay close to the waterfall. Alternatively, SZ Samui Glamping presents comfortable accommodations nestled in nature and easy access to the island’s attractions.

17. Koh Mak, Trat

Koh Mak, e peaceful retreat
Koh Mak, e peaceful retreat

Koh Mak is a tranquil island paradise known for its pristine beaches, clear waters, and laid-back atmosphere.

This small, family-owned island has maintained a balance between development and preserving its natural and cultural heritage, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a quiet retreat.

The island’s low-key vibe is complemented by snorkeling, cycling, and exploring its rubber plantations and coconut groves, offering a glimpse into its sustainable way of life.

A map showing the location of Koh Mak in Trat, Thailand, with an inset photograph of a tropical beachside landscape at the top left corner of the image. The map highlights the Gulf of Thailand and outlines the borders of neighboring countries. The logo "Created by Mappr.co" and "Map data Β©2024 Google" are visible at the bottom.
Koh Mak Trat Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Koh Mak is reachable by speedboat or ferry from the mainland piers in Trat. The nearest airport in Trat offers flights from Bangkok.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Koh Mak Resort offers beachfront bungalows that blend seamlessly with the island’s natural beauty, providing a peaceful and authentic stay. Mira Montra Resort Koh Mak is another excellent choice, offering modern amenities and stunning sea views.

18. Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi

The elephants of Sangkhlaburi
The elephants of Sangkhlaburi

Sangkhlaburi is known for its iconic wooden Mon Bridge, serene Vajiralongkorn Lake, and the sunken temple visible during the dry season.

The area’s multicultural community, comprising Thai, Mon, Karen, and Burmese peoples, adds to its unique charm, offering visitors a chance to experience various cultures, traditions, and cuisines.

The lush surroundings and cooler climate in summer provide a refreshing escape from the heat, ideal for exploration and cultural immersion.

An overlaid image of elephants crossing a river in a forest setting on the top left corner of a map highlighting the Sangkhlaburi region in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, with surrounding areas and countries labeled in English and Thai script.
Sangkhlaburi Kanchanaburi Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Sangkhlaburi is accessible by road from Kanchanaburi town, with the journey taking approximately 4-5 hours through scenic countryside and mountainous terrain.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Hormuenlee Resort offers simple, comfortable accommodations near the center. For a more secluded experience, Evergreen Hill Resort provides cozy accommodations within the lush vegetation.

19. Koh Tao, Surat Thani

The coral riches of Koh Tao
The coral riches of Koh Tao

Koh Tao offers an intimate setting for both novice and experienced divers and non-divers seeking a laid-back beach holiday.

The island’s hilly landscape provides stunning viewpoints, and its beaches offer serene spots for relaxation and snorkeling.

The friendly atmosphere and array of beachside dining and nightlife options make Koh Tao a favorite among travelers looking for a great experience and relaxation.

A split-view image with a map of Thailand highlighting Koh Tao, Surat Thani on the right, and a tropical scene with clear blue water, a traditional boat, and palm trees on the left.
Koh Tao Surat Thani Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Koh Tao is accessible by ferry from Chumphon or Surat Thani, with the nearest airports in these cities offering connections from Bangkok and other major destinations.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: The Haad Tien Beach Resort offers luxurious villas on a secluded beach, perfect for a tranquil retreat, while The Tarna Align Resort provides comfortable accommodations near the island’s main beach and diving centers.

20. Khao Yai National Park

Haew Narok Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park
Haew Narok Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park.

Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a haven of lush forests, majestic waterfalls, and diverse wildlife, making it an ideal summer escape for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

The park’s cooler climate and abundant natural beauty contrast the summer heat with hiking, wildlife spotting, and photography opportunities.

The park is home to various species, including elephants, gibbons, and exotic birds, offering visitors a chance to connect with nature and experience Thailand’s rich biodiversity.

A map displaying Khao Yai National Park in Thailand with an inset photo of a scenic view within the park, showing purple foliage along a cliffside. The map also shows nearby cities and countries such as Bangkok and Cambodia.
Khao Yai National Park Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Located just a few hours’ drive from Bangkok, Khao Yai National Park is easily accessible by car, bus, or organized tours, making it a convenient destination for a natural retreat from the city.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Kirimaya Golf Resort Spa offers luxury accommodations with stunning views of the park. For a more nature-integrated experience, Lala Mukha Tented Resort Khao Yai provides unique and eco-friendly tented accommodations.

21. Pran Buri National Forest Park

Pran Buri's mangroves, a crucible of coastal ecosystems
Pran Buri’s mangroves, a crucible of coastal ecosystems.

Pran Buri National Forest Park is a peaceful coastal oasis known for its well-preserved mangrove forests, scenic river estuaries, and diverse birdlife.

The park offers a quiet retreat for those interested in eco-tourism and nature walks, with boardwalks weaving through the mangroves, providing close encounters with the park’s natural habitats.

The area’s tranquility and natural beauty make it an excellent destination for bird watching, photography, and experiencing Thailand’s coastal ecosystems.

A map showing the location of Pran Buri National Forest Park in Thailand, marked by a purple tree icon in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, south of Bangkok and near the Gulf of Thailand. The map includes neighboring country Cambodia and nearby geographic labels such as Bangkok, Pattaya City, and the Andaman Sea. There is also a small inset image in the upper left corner showcasing a wooden walkway through a lush forest within the park.
Pran Buri National Forest Park Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Pran Buri National Forest Park is easily accessible by road from Hua Hin, with the journey taking less than an hour. This makes it an ideal day trip or a serene getaway for visitors.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Sunrise Beach Cafe and Guesthouse offers family-friendly and peaceful accommodations close to the park. For a beachfront experience, Wyndham Hua Hin Pranburi Resort & Villas provides luxury and sustainability amidst lush gardens and water features.

22. Koh Samet, Rayong

The natural wonders of Koh Samet
The natural wonders of Koh Samet.

Koh Samet, Rayong, is a charming island that offers a delightful escape with its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs.

Koh Samet’s national park status has helped preserve its natural beauty, and its diverse beaches, from serene and secluded to lively and bustling, cater to all preferences.

The island’s compact size makes exploring easy. It perfectly blends natural beauty, Thai culture, and beachside fun.

Map highlighting Koh Samet in the Rayong province of Thailand, with surrounding geographical regions and bodies of water such as the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea. A small image in the upper left corner shows a scenic view of Koh Samet with lush greenery and a clear sky.
Koh Samet Rayong Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Koh Samet can be reached by a short ferry from Ban Phe Pier in Rayong. The nearest airport in Rayong offers flights from major Thai cities. The island’s proximity to the mainland makes it a convenient beach destination.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Sai Kaew Beach Resort offers stylish accommodations on the island’s most popular beach, while Ao Prao Resort provides elegant lodgings on a tranquil west coast beach, ideal for a quieter retreat.

23. Koh Wai, Trat

The hidden shores of Koh Wai
The hidden shores of Koh Wai

Koh Wai, Trat is a secluded gem in the Koh Chang archipelago offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle, with no roads and minimal development, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing in a hammock with a good book.

The island’s laid-back atmosphere and stunning coral reefs offshore provide a tranquil setting to unwind and connect with nature, making it a must-visit for those seeking simplicity and serenity.

A map showing a portion of Southeast Asia, focusing on Thailand, with a purple marker indicating a location near the eastern coast, and an inset image of a tropical beach with the label "Koh Wai, Trat."
Koh Wai Trat Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Koh Wai’s secluded location, accessible by boat from Koh Chang or the mainland piers in Trat, is part of its charm. Trat Airport is the closest air link.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: To visit the serene Koh Wai, stay at Koh Chang, where frequent boats set sail towards this tranquil island. At Koh Chang, Parama Koh Chang offers an exquisite escape with its luxurious rooms and panoramic sea views, while Salakphet Resort provides cozy accommodations right by the water.

24. Erawan Falls, Kanchanaburi

Liquid jewels, the tiered pools of Erawan
Liquid jewels, the tiered pools of Erawan.

Erawan Falls, named after the three-headed elephant of Hindu mythology, reflects the elegance and power of this natural attraction.

The crystal-clear pools at each level invite visitors to swim and enjoy the refreshing water, surrounded by lush forests teeming with wildlife.

The park’s well-marked trails and wooden bridges make it accessible for visitors to explore and discover the diverse flora and fauna, providing a perfect day trip for families, nature lovers, and adventure seekers.

Map of Thailand highlighting the location of Erawan Falls in Kanchanaburi Province, with an inset photograph of the turquoise waterfalls surrounded by greenery.
Erawan Falls Kanchanaburi Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Erawan Falls is approximately a 3-hour drive from Bangkok, making it an accessible escape into nature. Public buses and organized tours from Kanchanaburi town.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: For an immersive experience near Erawan Falls, consider the unique setting of Erachon Raft Resort, which provides charming rafts on the river, or the Phu Naphat Resort, for a tranquil retreat with its comfortable rooms set against a backdrop of lush greenery.

25. Koh Libong, Trang

Koh Libong, a beautiful uninhabited island in Trang
Koh Libong, a beautiful uninhabited island in Trang.

Koh Libong is a haven for nature enthusiasts, particularly for its status as a habitat for the elusive dugong. This marine mammal grazes on the seagrass beds surrounding the island.

The serene beaches, traditional Muslim fishing villages, and mangrove forests of Koh Libong offer a glimpse into a simpler way of life away from the commercialized tourist spots.

The island’s commitment to eco-tourism and conservation makes it a unique destination for those looking to responsibly experience Thailand’s natural beauty and wildlife.

A map highlighting Koh Libong in Trang, Thailand, over a background image of a hammock between palm trees on a tranquil beach.
Koh Libong Trang Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Koh Libong is accessible by local longtail boats from the Hat Yao Pier in Trang, with the nearest airport in Trang providing convenient flight connections from Bangkok.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: For a serene stay on Koh Libong, Andalay Beach Resort Koh Libong stands out as the premier choice, offering guests beachfront accommodations that harmonize with the island’s pristine natural environment.

26. Kathu Waterfall

Kathu Waterfall, Phuket's hidden gem in the jungle
Kathu Waterfall, Phuket’s hidden gem in the jungle.

Unlike the typical image of a cascading waterfall, Kathu consists of drop pools gently flowing through the forested hillside, offering visitors a series of natural pools to explore and enjoy.

The hike up the waterfall is an adventure, with natural paths and staircases leading to the various levels. It’s a popular spot that provides a cool respite from the tropical heat and a chance to enjoy the tranquility of Phuket’s natural environment.

Map showing the location of Kathu Waterfall with a pinned marker on Phuket island, Thailand, surrounded by a geographic overview of nearby regions and bodies of water, including the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, and parts of Malaysia. A photograph of Kathu Waterfall, depicting a serene water stream surrounded by lush greenery, is placed at the top left corner of the image.
Kathu Waterfall Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Kathu Waterfall is conveniently located in the Kathu District of Phuket, a short drive from Patong and Phuket Town. The site is well-signposted and accessible by car or motorbike, making it an easy addition to any Phuket itinerary.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: For those looking to stay close to Kathu Waterfall, Tinidee Golf Resort Phuket offers easy access to the waterfall. Alternatively, Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay provides luxury accommodations with stunning sea views.

27. Phutthabat Sutthawat, Lampang

The Sacred Grounds of Phutthabat Sutthawat
The Sacred Grounds of Phutthabat Sutthawat.

Phutthabat Sutthawat is famous for housing a Buddha’s footprint, making it an important pilgrimage destination for Buddhists.

Visitors are drawn to Phutthabat Sutthawat for its religious importance, the peaceful atmosphere, and the architectural beauty of its temples and shrines, which reflect Lampang’s rich cultural heritage.

Climbing to the temple provides a reflective journey. Upon reaching the summit, you will be rewarded with serene landscapes and tranquility.

A map showing a location tagged as Phutthabat Sutthawat, Lampang in Thailand, with an inset photo of a temple atop a rocky outcrop surrounded by greenery.
Phutthabat Sutthawat Lampang Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Phutthabat Sutthawat is best reached by road from Lampang City, with the journey offering a glimpse into the rural beauty of northern Thailand.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: Lampang River Lodge Hotel offers a peaceful retreat in traditional Lanna-style accommodations amidst beautiful gardens. Another option is the Wienglakor Hotel, which combines comfort and convenience in the heart of Lampang.

28. Phraya Nakhon Throne

A traditional Thai pavilion within a large cave, illuminated by natural light streaming in from an opening above.
Phraya Nakhon Throne

Phraya Nakhon Cave is a favorite among photographers and nature enthusiasts, offering a unique experience. The journey to the cave involves a scenic boat ride followed by a hike, dramatically revealing the pavilion bathed in sunlight.

The serene and mystical atmosphere within the cave, combined with the historical significance of the pavilion built for King Rama V‘s visit, makes it a must-visit destination.

A map of Thailand highlighting the Phraya Nakhon Throne location, with an inset photo showing a pavilion inside a cave illuminated by natural light from an opening above.
Phraya Nakhon Throne Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: The cave is accessible via a boat ride from Bang Pu Village and a hike through the national park. The nearest major city is Hua Hin.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: For those looking to stay nearby, Dolphin Bay Beach Resort offers comfortable, family-friendly accommodations, while Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa offers luxury suites and villas for a serene getaway.

29. Doi Pui Mong Hill Tribe Village

Cultural immersion in the Hmong Village of Doi Pui
Cultural immersion in the Hmong Village of Doi Pui.

Doi Pui Mong Hill Tribe Village, surrounded by lush gardens and opium poppy fields, provides a cultural experience with its colorful textiles, handicrafts, and flower farms.

Visiting during summer allows for pleasant weather, perfect for exploring the village’s scenic surroundings and learning about the Hmong’s rich cultural heritage.

The area also offers trekking opportunities and stunning viewpoints, making it a worthwhile addition to any Chiang Mai itinerary.

A Google map overlay with the title "Doi Pui Mong Hill Tribe Village" in the upper left corner, highlighting the geographic location on the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and China. There is a small inset image of a rustic hill tribe hut surrounded by vegetation in the upper left section of the map.
Doi Pui Mong Hill Tribe Village Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Doi Pui is easily reached by road from Chiang Mai, with the journey offering panoramic views of the northern Thai countryside. Visitors can opt for a guided tour, rent a motorbike, or hire a taxi.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: In the vicinity of Doi Pui Mong, Merchant Villa offers an elegant blend of contemporary comfort and traditional Thai aesthetics. For those looking to stay in the heart of the city, Four O’clock Hotel provides a unique and vibrant lodging experience.

30. Phanom Rung

The Majestic Phanom Rung
The Majestic Phanom Rung, a window to the Khmer Empire.

Phanom Rung, dedicated to Shiva, is an ancient sanctuary known for its intricate carvings, towering spires, and impressive stone architecture. It offers a glimpse into the grandeur of the Angkor period.

The site is particularly famous for its astronomical alignment; during certain times of the year, the sun shines perfectly through all 15 sanctuary doorways, creating a breathtaking spectacle.

Exploring Phanom Rung provides a unique opportunity to delve into the history and architectural marvels of Southeast Asia’s past.

An image of a Google map highlighting the region around Phanom Rung in Thailand, with neighboring countries like Cambodia, Laos, and parts of Vietnam visible. A photograph in the corner shows the historic Phanom Rung temple.
Phanom Rung Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Phanom Rung is best accessed by road from Nang Rong. The nearest airport in Buriram offers flights from Bangkok. The temple complex can be reached by car, taxi, or guided tour.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: In Nang Rong, the Phanomrungpuri Hotel Buriram offers comfortable accommodations with easy access to the historical park. Alternatively, for a more local experience, consider Amari Buriram United accommodations with unique football-themed decor.

31. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, a vibrant mosaic life
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, a vibrant mosaic life.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of Thailand’s most famous and picturesque markets, offering a vibrant and colorful glimpse into traditional Thai life.

The bustling market is best experienced in the early morning when it’s alive with vendors in wooden boats, selling everything from fresh produce to traditional Thai snacks and souvenirs.

The lively atmosphere and the opportunity to take a boat ride through the maze of canals make this market a must-visit for those looking to capture the essence of Thailand’s rich cultural heritage.

A map showing the location of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Thailand, with an inset picture of the market where vendors and customers interact on boats in a canal.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: The market is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Bangkok, making it an accessible day trip. Visitors can opt for a guided tour, including transportation, or take a public bus and a short taxi or boat ride.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: For those seeking accommodation closer to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Damnernpawa Baangkhnthii provides a cozy and inviting setting, while Na Tree Tara Riverside Resort offers a tranquil riverside escape featuring elegantly designed rooms.

32. Wat Phra That Choeng Chum

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, a spiritual beacon in Sakon Nakhon.

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum is a revered temple known for its significant Lanna-style chedi enshrining a Holy Relic of the Buddha.

This temple is a focal point of faith and pilgrimage, especially during important Buddhist festivals when the grounds come alive with devotees and cultural festivities.

The temple’s serene atmosphere, architectural beauty, and historical significance provide a peaceful retreat for meditation, reflection, and exploration of Thailand’s spiritual heritage.

A map highlighting the location of Wat Phra That Choeng Chum in Udon Thani, Thailand, with an inset photo of the illuminated temple at night.
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Wat Phra That Choeng Chum is easily accessible from the center of Sakon Nakhon, with the city connected by bus and flights from Bangkok to Sakon Nakhon Airport.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: For those wishing to stay in Sakon Nakhon, The Phu Sakon Ville Hotel offers comfortable accommodations with modern amenities, while Hop Inn Sakon Nakhon provides budget-friendly, simple, clean rooms and traditional Thai hospitality.

33. Mae Kampong

Mae Kampong, embracing the serenity of mountain life
Mae Kampong, embracing the serenity of mountain life.

With its cool climate, picturesque surroundings, and welcoming community, Mae Kampong is a charming village that offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Visitors can explore the village’s narrow lanes, sample local delicacies, indulge in a traditional Thai massage, and embark on nature walks through the surrounding forests, making it ideal for those seeking relaxation and a deeper connection with nature.

An annotated map highlighting the location of Mae Kampong in northern Thailand with an inset photo showing a twilight view of the Mae Kampong village.
Mae Kampong Map
  • ✈️ How to Get There: Mae Kampong is approximately a one-hour drive from Chiang Mai city, winding through scenic mountain roads.
  • 🏨 Where to Stay: To fully experience the village’s tranquil ambiance, consider the ΰΈͺΰΈ§ΰΈ™ΰΈ‰ΰΈ±ΰΈ™ Igarden, which provides a chance to immerse in the local lifestyle, or, for a closer connection to nature, consider The River Maekampong offering cozy stay with right in the heart of Mae Kampong.

Final Thoughts

Thailand’s hidden summer gems offer a serene and enriching escape from the usual tourist trail, inviting travelers to discover its lesser-known yet equally captivating landscapes and cultures.

These tranquil spots provide a perfect summer retreat, promising relaxation and a deeper appreciation for Thailand’s diverse beauty.

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