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10 Surreal Natural Places You Must Visit in Thailand
There is no doubt about Thailand being a favourite destination when you talk about traveling around Southeast Asia. Most travellers or backpackers who are into natural wonders don’t miss adding Thailand to their bucket lists. But do you want something more than beaches? Don’t worry. Here’s a starter list for those who want to experience what Thailand is known for – nature.
Lalu means ‘pierced’ in Thai and these pillars do pierce the ground and your eyes with odd formations. These rock formations are caused by several erosions which also resulted in the majestic cliffs and gorges of the country. You can find Lalu in the province of Sa Kaeo which is located at the eastern part of Thailand, almost at the border crossing Cambodia.
2. Morajot Cave (Emerald Cave)
The cliff ranging at the west of Koh Mook is the site of Morakot Cave. To admire its beauty is to swim about 70m through the cave.
The destination is a large hall without roof, emerald sea and white sand which achieve the world fame, marvellous natural surroundings, white clean sandy beach, emerald coloured sea where every group of tourists will spend some time admiring after swimming through the cave’s entrance.
3. Kamala Beach
Kamala Beach lies just north of the lights and noise of Patong and is a quieter stretch of sand with a more relaxed feel. This well- enclosed bay and fishing village surrounded by forested hills is one of the most beautiful places in Phuket.
With its quieter pace, over the last few years, Kamala has become a favoured spot for retirees and other longer- term visitors staying in small hotels, villas and apartment rentals around the village. On the headland to the south, are a number of luxury villa developments, with great views of Kamala Bay and beyond along its winding road.
4. Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga is one of the must see locations whilst in Phuket. It is situated in the marine national park, a spectacular landscape of approximately 40+ “Krast Island that jut straight out from the calm green waters. A truly magnificent landscape sees with hidden caves, lagoons and vast mangroves channel to explore.
Loads of wildlife look out for including monkeys, monitor lizards, the rare hornbill, kingfisher birds, the not so pretty “fish out of water” mudskippers and lots more.
5. Similan Island
Similan Island is one of the most famous islands in Andaman sea, locating in the Northwest from PhuKet beach. It is a perfect stop to relax not only its wonderful beauty of around beaches, but also fairy-tale park under the water and its abundant ecosystem.
6. Sam Pan Bok
Sam Pan Bok, is known as the Grand of Thailand and has the biggest rock reed in the Mae Khong River. It is a place to witness life on the Mae Khong River bank. If you are a tourist in Ubon or if you live in Ubon it is a nice place to visit and spend a day exploring and enjoying nature. There are two ways to travel to Sam Pan Boak. The first way is to take a boat cruise for around four kilometres to Sam Pan Boak. The second is to drive, which is suitable for those who have limited time. The first route is more popular among tourists. There is also another stop at Had Salueng where there are many restaurants and the staring place for the trip at Sam Pan Boak. During the dry season, the water reduces low enough for visitors to see Had Salueng, a sandbank on the Moon River.
7. Huay Mae Khanim
Weather conditions are often considered before going to a specific destination but if you want to see the majestic Huay Mae Khanim, it’s better to visit during the rainy season. During the rainy season, the seven-tiered waterfall is full enough to provide visitors its picture-perfect form. Huay Mae Khamin is located in the mountainous Khuan Si Nakharin National Park in the province of Kanchanaburi.
8. Thi Lo Su
Thi Lo Su claims to be the biggest waterfall in Thailand when talking about the amount of space containing falling water. It also claims to be the highest with its three levels measuring 200 meters, 300 meters, and 400 meters respectively. If you want to see Thi Lo Su, you can find it in the UNESCO site Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary in Northern Thailand.
9. Crystal Lagoon
When in Krabi, don’t forget to visit the unbelievably clear, blue-green-colored pool located in the Khao Pra-Bang Kram Wildlife Sanctuary. If you’re fortunate enough to visit during off-peak hours, you can take your time in enjoying your swim around the surreal area. You can continue the walk to see the Bonam Phut spring which feeds the crystal clear pool of Crystal Lagoon.
10. Khao Sok National Park
The lowland jungle of Khao Sok National Park is believed to be 160 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world. It’s best to visit during the dry season, between December and April, to fully appreciate the limestone formations and waterfalls that will greet you as you wander around the national park. Khao Sok is located in Khlong Sok sub-district, Southern Thailand.