April 2022 Travel

Discover more in Thailand

Aside from the tourist hotspots such as Bangkok and Phuket, there are plenty of other cities across Thailand which are perfect places to visit and explore. Let me introduce to Thailand’s secondary cities so that you can truly see the unspoilt and natural beauty of this country.

Chiang Rai

This small city has a relaxed atmosphere, good-value accommodation and great local food! Set in a mountainous region with rivers and jungles, this really is a stunning area and is fast becoming a popular escape for tourists. The cool season is the perfect time to visit Chiang Rai with the opportunity for stunning mountain views. Those looking for culture can visit Mae Fah Luang Art & Cultural Park which hosts an amazing collection of Lanna artefacts as well as Buddhist temples and other structures. A trip to the Hilltribe Museum & Education Centre is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about Thailand’s various tribes.


While the capital has developed into a relatively modern town, much of Phayao remains unchanged with unspoiled natural beauty and substantial mountains. Phayao town features ornate gardens and parks, perfect for picnicking, and there are bars, restaurants and nightclubs to enjoy. Aside from the large lake, temples and parks, there is little to do here so it’s the perfect place for relaxation and exploring the local countryside and neighbouring provinces.

Thailand's Secondary Cities


This is the third biggest province in Thailand and its magnificent landscape and charming beauty mean it has become very popular with tourists. Attractions include waterfalls, caves, pristine national parks, forests and several large reservoirs. Together, these attractions offer an amazing experience for all visitors with fishing, canoeing, mountain biking, star gazing, golfing, jungle trekking and bird watching all available.


Most of Sukhothai’s attractions relate to its historical background such as Phra Mae Ya Shrine. For naturalists, the Khao Naria peak, 1,160 metres above sea level, gives breathtaking views of Sukhothai city and the nearby Pitsanulok. At night, the beautiful lights from the city can be seen from the cliff. There are also lots of festivals with traditional performances and parades. Loi Krathong and Candle Festival is held in Sukhothai Historical Park and features floating krathons, traditional performances and stunning parades.


There are lots of attractions across Chumphon including Soldier Youth World War II Monument and Mu Koh Chumphon National Park where visitors can walk along mangrove forest nature trails. There are plenty of exciting activities available including white-water rafting in Amphoe Phato or snorkelling and diving in Koh Ngam with its beautiful underwater world and varied marine life. With more than 200km of coastline featuring numerous unspoiled beaches, Chumphon is also a great destination for those looking to relax, with swimming, yachting, diving and snorkelling all available.

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