Backpacking in Thailand – 5 Must See Destinations
Thailand is a renowned backpacker destination and has seen travellers coming through the gates for many years. Its appeal is in its fantastic variety as well as its exotic feel which provides a real escape for Westerners. The problem is in trying to decide where to go in the time you have there as there are so many wonderful places on offer. I’ve tried to make this decision easier for you by listing my 5 favourite spots that you can’t miss if you’re heading to Thai shores:
1. Koh PhanganKoh Phangan is the place most people are aware of when they head over due to it being the host of the ‘Full Moon Party’. Hundreds of thousands of backpackers flock there every year to drink Sam Son and paint themselves in fluorescent pen. It truly is a memorable experience – just make sure you don’t enjoy it too much!
2. Chiang MaiChiang Mai is a great place to escape from the island hopping lifestyle and hoards of foreigners and sample some authentic Thai lifestyle. Obviously there are still plenty of travellers to be seen but you’ll also bump into a Buddhist monk and a woman on the street who will cook you some of the best food you’ve ever eaten in 2 minutes. There’s also an array of treks out into the jungle using Chiang Mai as a jump off point where you can see elephants, ride bamboo rafts and much more.
3. Khao Sok National ParkThis stunning national park offers another excellent retreat from the hectic parties and beach goers with a seemingly never ending supply of breathtaking walks leading to deserted lakes underneath cascading waterfalls. If you’re lucky you’ll spot some of the wildlife that lurks in the shadows as well from elephants to leopards.
4.BangkokYou can’t miss Bangkok on a trip to Thailand. This sprawling urban mass is an assault on the senses and will wear you out in no time, but it is a totally unique experience that will leave you stunned. From the tours of golden palaces to the offers from Thai ‘girls’ on every corner it is a world away from home. Get yourself a new suit, chomp on some Pad Thai and then get out before it’s too late!
5.Kho Phi PhiPhi Phi has long been the jewel in Thailand’s crown ever since it featured in The Beach and it certainly lives up to the hype. Whilst it is steadily getting overrun by travellers there is still nothing more refreshing than dipping your toes in the crystal clear waters that are surrounded by huge, green rocks towering over you and providing the frame for this beautiful picture. Make sure this is near the top of your itinerary but be careful, you might end up not seeing anywhere else.
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