10 Thailand Lesser Known’s Attractions for Backpackers

Thailand is one of the most visited countries in South East Asia.

This beautiful country hosts millions of visitors, tourists, and backpackers every year. The country’s attraction includes exotic paradise laced with pristine beaches, mind-blowing food, hospitable people, ancient Buddhist temples and hedonistic fun filled nights. So Thailand is one of the ultimate backpacker’s destination.

One beautiful thing about Thailand is that each place has its own unique experience. And there is no limit to the type of adventure Thailand can offer you as a backpacker. If you are looking for new adventures, below you’ll find 10 places in Thailand that backpackers rarely visit.

1- Phuket town

Phuket

Phuket town which is home to a vast number of natural resources like tin.

The small townhouses a flourishing tin mining industry in Thailand. Because of this, the architectural design of the town is a blend of Sino-colonial Mansion and Sino-Portuguese shop-house style.

Phuket town remains undiscovered by backpackers despite the fact that it hosts the cheapest gigs and food. The small number of backpackers that go to Phuket town, do so because of its beaches and all night parties. Not many of them actually take out time to appreciate the town itself.

Head over to Phuket town and discover the exciting blend of old and new, sophisticated yet simple, pulsating and peaceful artsy tea-shops and jazz bars.

2- Nan Province

Nan Province

Nan Province is a remote province in Thailand’s northeastern corner. It is full of mountains and forested areas.

It used to be an autonomous kingdom until it was claimed by Thailand.

However, till date, the province remains distant and secluded from Thailand.

For this fact, backpackers rarely visit the province. Irrespective of its isolation, the province is worth seeing, as it has impressive limestone caves, waterfalls, karats, an ancient salt mine village and several other attractions.

It also houses one of the largest national park in Thailand, known as the Doi Phu Kha National Park.

3- Maeklong Market, Samut Songkram

Maeklong Market, Samut Songkram

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If you have ever been to Thailand, you would know that is a country with a love for markets.

You can find different types of markets in Thailand, including street markets, floating markets, night markets and now railway market.

The Maeklong market is a uniquely small market set upon a railway track outside Maeklong railway station.

It is so unique that, one minute it’s a bustling market and the next a train passes right in the center, but only for a few minutes and then it is a market again. While it might be congested, it’s a unique adventure that you might not be able to find anywhere else in the world.

4- The Forensic Museum Bangkok

The Forensic Museum Bangkok

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Are you looking for something really bizarre, then the forensic museum in Bangkok is for you.

Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river, inside the Siriraj hospital, this museum exhibits an unusual collection of a deformed fetus in glass jars, skulls with bullet wounds, photographs of decapitations and the most conspicuous of them all embalmed body of a 1950’s Chinese cannibal, Si Quey.

On its cabinet is the inscription ‘because he loves to eat human organ not because of starving’.

5- Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon

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Formerly known as Doi Luang (meaning “big mountain”), the Doi Inthanon is the tallest mountain in the whole of Thailand.

Its name Doi Inthanon was given in honor of one of the last kings of Chaing Mai, king Inthawichayanon, who was concerned about the preservation of the forests in the north.

There is a park at the top of the mountain that offers amazing landscapes. And amongst it is the Hmong hill-tribe settlement that serves an accommodation for visitors who wants to witness the organic farming practices.

6- Mae Sot Or “Little Burma”

Mae Sot

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Located on the eastern point of Thailand and a passage to Myanmar (Burma).

Mae sot is home to over 200000 Burmese refugees and immigrants flocking to Thailand to earn a living. Although there are no major tourist attractions, the town is still a beautiful place to visit.

7- Khao Yai National Park And Bat Cave

Khao Yai National Park

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Established in 1962, Khao Yai national park is located in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

The park harbors a host of creatures and prominent amongst them are bats. On the edge of Khao Yai national park are bat caves. The villagers respect these bats and some of the caves are even honored by monks, as they serve as a natural form of biological pest control.

Feeding on a vast supply of insects. Each night, thick black cloud shoots out of the mouth of the cave creating what appears to be a giant living organism across the sky. When visiting you can hike to waterfalls and observation points.

8- Tarutao National Marine Park And The Deep South

Tarutao National Marine Park

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This is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in Thailand. Located in Satun province, the beach occupies 1400 square kilometers of sea. The park’s forests and seas support a vast variety of fauna and also shelters several unique species of animals, birds, and fishes.

9- The White Temple And The Black House, Chiang Rai

White Temple and the Black House

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Wat Rong Khun better known as the white temple is a modern Buddhism architecture.it is owned and managed by Chalermchai Kositpipat and since 1997 when it opened, it is still the major attraction in Chiang Rai. The temple can be likened to a gothic fairy tale. It houses a wide collection of taxidermy and the black house is a strange contrast to the pure white temple.

10- The Trang Islands

Trang Islands

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This is one of the many undiscovered islands in southern Thailand. On this beautiful island are jaunty rocks that spring from sparkly waters and beautiful beaches. If you’re in Thailand or planning to visit, this is the best time to go, as there are not many tourists.

As much as traveling is fun and filled with adventure, remember not to travel without insurance. Backpacking can be dangerous especially in an unfamiliar terrain. So travelling without insurance will leave you open to colossal bills if something goes wrong. When you have insurance, you can quickly get the necessary treatment without any extra cost.