1. Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani
As unbelievable as it may sound, Cheow Lan Lake is actually man-made and has only existed for around 30 years. Surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful rock formations, this pristine lake is nothing short of amazing.
2. Death Railway Bridge, Kanchanaburi
Unlike most rail tracks, you’re actually allowed to walk along this 300-metre railway bridge. Trains still do run along these tracks, but there are designated safety points where you can stand.
3. Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai
If you want to see elephants in Thailand, this park is a good option. The Elephant Nature Park is home to many injured, abused, and elderly elephants who are able to live out the rest of their lives at this rescue and rehab centre.
4. Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai
The White Temple, while unfinished, is one of the most unique temples in Thailand. Whether it’s the rising hands from the ground or the hanging heads in the trees, the art in Wat Rong Khun will surprise you everywhere you look.
5. Wang Put Tan Tea in Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Rai
Met by two large lions at the entrance of the plantations, here you can witness workers collecting tea leaves in the greenest of fields.
6. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ratchaburi
About 100km from Bangkok, this floating market runs daily from 6.30am to 11am. Along the riverbank floats hundreds of buyers and sellers in boats where you can buy a whole bunch of food and other products.
7. Phi Phi Viewpoint, Koh Phi Phi Island
Up at under 200-metres high, the walk up to the viewpoint will take you about 30 minutes. But it’s worth it as soon as you take a look at the tropical paradise below you.
8. Phanom Rung Historical Park, Isan
Phanom Rung sits atop an extinct volcano and if that isn’t amazing enough, it’s also over 1000 years old. This Khmer-style construction has been likened to the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, as it was mostly built during the Khmer Empire’s reign.
9. Na Muang Waterfall, Koh Samui
Just like in all your wildest dreams, this set of waterfalls fill up freshwater pools you can swim in. You’ll often find locals enjoying a quick dip too!
10. Phraya Nakhon Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan
The beauty of this cave is in the 100-year-old, man-made temple that sits within in it. Be warned: The walk to the cave is rocky and steep, but the sight is well worth the trek.
11. The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The Grand Palace truly is grand, covered in vibrant designs and adorned in gold. The building is over 200 years old, and was used as a royal home until 1925. Today it’s only used for ceremonial purposes and if you plan to visit, you must adhere to strict dress codes.
12. Ayutthaya Historical Park, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
The park’s ground covers the remnants of Ayutthaya, the city that was a former capital before its destruction by the Burmese in 1767. The historical park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the ’90s, and a visit there will show you what remains of the once thriving city.
13. Bo Sang Umbrella Village, Chiang Mai
Don’t be fooled, the village of Bo Sang isn’t limited to just its beautiful umbrellas. The townspeople also produce colourful fans and lanterns, and even create amazing works of wood and silver.
14. Sunflower Fields, Lopburi
To catch the sunflowers in full bloom it’s best to visit Lopburi between November and January. However Lopburi isn’t limited to its sunflowers. The town is also famous for its monkeys that roam throughout the town, and specifically love to huddle around the temples dotted around the province.
Michelle Rennex travelled on Contiki’s Bangkok to Singapore trip. Contiki provided all hotel, airfare, and associated tour costs free of charge. BuzzFeed writers did not guarantee coverage.
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