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Thailand, located in the Indochina area of Asia, is famous for its unique culture and spectacular nature. Traveling to Thailand is a great option to discover the Buddhist-influenced nation’s culture whose civilization has always been the hidden gem for Westerners.
Between its famous travel hubs like Bangkok, Pattaya, in this post, let’s dive deep into other not-so-popular but absolutely breathtaking destinations that any backpackers must try when visiting this beautiful country. We will also attach some safety tips to protect yourself when traveling during the Coronavirus period.
Top three travel spots in Thailand that you should know
Khao Sok National Park
During these chaotic days, it’s best to find a peaceful place to temporarily “escape” from the madness and fully immerse into the pure, fresh nature. Being in the wild, you can have more chances to see the beautiful, “real” beauty of the world while inhaling the fresh air of the forest, which is such a revival. And, in Thailand, there is a place that fits the standard: Khao Sok National Park.
Situated in the middle of the Thailand peninsular, the national park is fortunately blessed with a moderate coastal climate. There is a little rain every day, but not the humid type.
What is distinctive about Khao Sok is that it features both forests and mountains. The jungle stretches across the park with a limestone sloppy mountain range dividing in the middle, making the scene breathtaking from above. When wandering around this national park, you can find more than 5% of nature’s animal species, meaning it is a great place for education, either.
Hua Hin Beach
If you are a lakorn lover, you must have heard about Hua Hin because it was introduced so often in these dramatic television series for its romantic view, which is so suitable for couples. However, if you are traveling alone, Hua Hin still has many hidden beauty awaiting you.
From Bangkok, it takes about 3 hours to travel 200 kilometers to reach Hua Hin. With a short distance from the capital city, Hua Hin is preferred by many families from Bangkok as weekend travel spots. Originally, it was built in the 1920s as a getaway for King Rama VII, so the place is full of attractions for relaxing like beaches, local restaurants, local markets, temples, etc.
There are many wonderful historical places to visit in Hua Hin. For instance, the Wat Huay Mongkol displays a gigantic Luang Phor Thuad statue, which the local people believe in giving good luck. Or, Phetchaburi is another place to visit if you love architecture. The white, bright, huge towers with special design to receive sunlight are amazing to sightsee.
Prasat Hin Phimai
Finally, let me introduce you to Prasat Hin Phimai – the most impressive Khmer relic remained in Thailand. Like the architectural style of Angkor Wat, Prasat Hin Phimai is believed to be a part of the Khmer Empire’s conquest during the 11th and 12th centuries.
The temple is full of Mahayana Buddhist sculptures and patterns, which proves the influence of Mahayana Buddhism in Thailand in the past. However, the Mahayana neology isn’t as dominant across the country as it was, but replaced with Theravada Buddhism. Thus, the arts at Prasat Hin Phimai are unique, rare, and significant because it was the final vestiges of the bypast days.
Another interesting things to add: if you are planning a trip to Vietnam, you can see some ruins of the Khmer Empire in some border town in the Southwest provinces, proving the great expansion of the Khmer Empire, which spreads from the center – Angkor – to the North Phimai – through Vietnam in the South.
In the meantime, the Coronavirus in Thailand is well-controlled by the government. There are about 3,837 cases reported in Thailand, in which 60 cases are incurable. The general recovery rate is more than 98%, so the risk is not too significant. However, there are still more than 100 active cases in the country now, so it’s better to apply safety guidelines in case the infected threat is still there.
- Always wear a mask in public: Wearing a mask is a good habit to adopt, not only for protection from the Coronavirus, but also for avoiding dust and debris from the environment. A mask can prevent tiny debris or microorganisms from entering your body.
- Sanitize your hands: After going outside , please sterilize your hands with hand sanitizers or alcohol-based washing liquid to kill all germs and virus remaining on your hands.
- Avoid going to public gatherings with more than 30 people: The more crowded the place is, the higher chance of getting exposed to the virus. You cannot control others’ sneezing or coughing, right? And by these actions, the Coronavirus, or other bacterias like influenza, can harm your health.
Wrapping it up
In this article, we have discovered many hidden beauty of Thailand. Besides famous travel spots like Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiangmai, the above recommendations are also worth-trying destinations that haven’t received as much recognition as others.
Hence, if you plan to travel to the Indochina area, where the most popular backpacking itinerary is to travel to Vietnam Cambodia and Thailand on the same trip, we suggest taking these spots above into the must-go list. However, wherever you go, please remember to follow the safety guidelines to protect yourself and the public community around you.
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