//Top 5 destinations to visit in Thailand (part 2).

Top 5 destinations to visit in Thailand (part 2).

After we have shared on our previous article on top 5 destinations to visit in Thailand. Today we are going to share with you another top 5 places you shouldn’t miss in Thailand. Here is our another top 5 list.

1) Koh Tao

While ranking among the more touristy islands, Koh Tao still offers one of the most relaxed and dazzling settings in the country. While many travelers make their way to the bigger neighboring islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Koh Tao attracts numerous divers and visitors looking for a more tranquil ambiance. You can hardly find a more beautiful scenery than the spotless white shores and magnificent, turquoise waters around the island. If that weren’t enough, the color palette of the island’s sunsets can’t be described in words. Due to the easy accessibility of diving sites and the marvelous, diverse underwater world, Koh Tao is one of the best places to plunge yourself into the warm waters for snorkeling or to acquire your diving license. Hikers can explore the coastal jungles and marvel at the beauty of Koh Tao. End your evening here by enjoying the catch of the day alongside a fruity cocktail.

2) Koh Jum

Koh Jum is one of the last secluded islands in the country and is conveniently situated between Krabi and Ko Lanta Yai. The laid-back atmosphere of this place, which is home to no more than 3000 people, will make it hard for anyone to leave its shores. Surrounded by the dazzling blue waters of the ocean, the island’s shores are mostly rocky but a handful of beaches offer spots for sunbathing and a splash. Koh Jum only houses a handful of bars and restaurants and the ambiance generally tends to be more low-key. For those looking to get off the touristy, beaten track, this place provides a welcome respite and immediately enchants any visitors that touchdown on its shores with its tranquil atmosphere and friendly population. The starlight nights and nothing but the sound of the waves will fulfill all nature lovers.

3) Phanom Rung

Phanom Rung is probably the most impressive and significant of the Khmer temples that can be found in Thailand. It was restored to its original splendor over the course of 17 years and has recently been under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Site organization. Made from sandstone and laterite, it was constructed in the Angkor style from the 10th to the 13th century as a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Built on top of a spent volcano during the reign of King Suriyavarman II, it stands as a dazzling symbol of the peak of Angkor architecture. Due to its precise solar alignment, the sun bathes all 15 sanctuary doorways around four times a year. During the April alignment, the complex sets the scene for the impressive Phanom Rung Festival, including traditional Brahmin ceremonies and scenic light shows.

4) Koh Mak

While welcoming an increasing number of tourists, Koh Mak has managed to retain its cultural values and Buddhist essence. It remains one of the last authentic spots in the country. Home to 10,000 palm trees, a tree fishing village and charming temples, Koh Mak is located about 40 kilometers from the mainland, resulting in a secluded atmosphere. Apart from a few resorts and restaurants, the place is largely untouched, making it one of the best-kept secrets of the country. A nearby Marine Park offers visitors the opportunity to explore its surrounding sea life and additionally there are watersport activities on offer such as windsurfing or padding. If you have had enough of relaxing on the beach, go on a hike through the tropical jungle or jump on a bike and explore the island. Koh Mak is one of Thailand’s most relaxed spots.

5) Phetchaburi

Phetchaburi can easily be accessed from Bangkok and is considered one of the oldest settlements in the country. Dating back as far as the eighth century, the city is one of the cultural highlights of any trip to Thailand, but it rarely sees large crowds passing by. The city is home to numerous historic buildings from the 12th century, from magnificent temples to Khao Wang, the Royal Palace. Phetchaburi thrives on agriculture which is reflected in its extensive traditional markets, selling local goods and spices. Few tourists make it to the sleepy city, allowing it to provide an authentic insight into Thai culture and lifestyle. For nature enthusiasts, the province provides lush, tropical jungle areas and magical cave shrines. Unlike other areas, Phetchaburi survived the downfall of the great Asian empire remaining largely untouched. This is why it is often referred to as the ‘Living Ayutthaya’, enabling visitors to inspect century-old preserved relics.

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