Thailand is without a doubt one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. Millions of backpackers, families, couples, and travelers of all kinds flock to enjoy the stunning beauty, friendly culture, and low prices of this Southeast Asian country every year.
The popularity is no surprise, as there is an incredible variety of things to see and do that could keep anybody busy for years. Unfortunately, this popularity can also mean that many visitors are disappointed by the overcrowding and over-development of some parts of Thailand, particularly during high season.
The good news is, there are still a lot of places that have stayed off the mainstream tourist radar and remain largely unscathed by the tourist industry.
So here is a rundown of some of the top spots that are off the beaten track, so you can enjoy your next trip to Thailand without the crowds.
When you think of Khmer temples, the first place that comes to mind is probably Angkor Wat and the surrounding complexes in Cambodia. What most people don’t know is that there is a much less well known, but still stunning complex of ruins in Thailand.
The Buriram province in the northeast of the country is scattered with many ancient Khmer ruins, the most impressive of which can be found at Phanom Rung Historical Park
The site is located within a relatively short distance of Bangkok, so it’s convenient to visit and provides a convenient alternative to Angkor Wat if you’re tight on time. (more…)