7 Best Travel Destinations in Thailand, Don’t Just Go to Phuket

7 Best Travel Destinations in Thailand, Don’t Just Go to Phuket

Want to vacation abroad but lazy to take care of visa hassles? One of the visa-free countries in Asia that you can visit is Thailand.

If you had the opportunity to vacation in Thailand, where would you like to go? You can guarantee that your initial answer will be Bangkok, if not Phuket.

In addition to these two cities, a tourist destination that can be included in your list is Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand. Much different from Phuket, the city in northern Thailand will present more of the beauty of the mountains.

Curious? Just take a peek, at the seven best tourist destinations in Chiang Mai that will make your vacation even more exciting and interesting.

  1. Phra Doi Suthep

Phra Doi Suthep is the most popular destination in Chiang Mai. The location is right at the top of the hill. You will find cultural and religious destinations at the same time here. From the city center, you can use a red tuktuk car specifically for tourists.

One trip with a tuktuk is around Rp. 70 thousand for the return trip. The entrance fee to Phra Doi Suthep for international tourists is quite cheap, only 30 baths or Rp. 14 thousand. Because it is at the top of the hill, get ready to climb the stairs which amount to about 1,000 steps.

Oh yes, it’s better to go there wearing clothes that are not so revealing so that the officers are allowed to enter. After all, Phra Doi Suthep is a place of worship, so you should still respect it by dressing modestly.

  1. Doi Inthanon National Park

Just a few kilometers from Phra Doi Suthep, you should also visit Doi Inthanon National Park. This is the highest peak in Thailand. The flower garden was built by the kingdom. You will find various species of flowers here.

Feels like being in a fairy tale land, anyway. Not to mention the natural destinations around such as waterfalls. Access is about two hours from the city center. You don’t have to worry about starving, inside Phra Doi Suthep there is a restaurant that is often a customer of the royal family.

  1. Elephant Nature Park

Visiting Thailand will not be complete if you don’t play directly with the elephants. Located in the mountains with very cool air, Chiang Mai is the best place to meet Thai elephants directly from their birth habitat.

Zoos in Thailand usually have special shows for elephants. However, if you want to feel the sensation of being a charmer for a day, then the best choice is Elephant Nature Park.

You can take the three-hour or all-day package, depending on how much free time you have. You will be invited to bathe the elephants and feed them to play together.

Fun is not it? The cost itself ranges from 500-700 baht or around Rp. 200-300 thousand. Worth it, how come with the excitement and experience gained.

  1. Grand Canyon Hang Dong

Grand Canyon Hang Dong is a hangout place for young Chiang Mai. The location is in the middle of a high cliff and there is a lake that is very cool and very Instagramable.

It’s free to enter here. You can enjoy several food stalls in the vicinity.

  1. Doi Pui Hmong Tribal Village

Want to witness the culture of the people living in the mountains of Thailand firsthand? Come to Doi Pui. This village has local wisdom which is very difficult to find in Bangkok. The entry fee is quite cheap, no more than 100 baths or IDR 45 thousand.

You will be greeted with various dances and people wearing traditional clothes. In this place, there are several natural destinations such as waterfalls.

In addition, you can enjoy the sensation of having lunch directly at the residents’ homes. Khao soi, Chiang Mai’s specialty is served very deliciously at Doi Pui.

  1. Art in Paradise

Located in the center of the city, precisely on Changklan Road, Art in Paradise is a popular tourist attraction for photo lovers. In this 3D museum, there are more than 130 different spots that will satisfy your narcissistic hobby.

The entrance fee is around 350 bath or Rp. 150 thousand. But, if you come on the weekend, then be prepared to queue, yes, because the enthusiasm of local tourists is also high here.

  1. Chiang Mai Night Market

The location is along Chang Clan Road. It is different from the concept of the night market on Khaosan Road in Bangkok. Chang Klan Road is less noisy and is filled with a few local artists selling their art and works.

The sellers here are also very friendly, especially if they know you are a Muslim traveler. They will explain in advance whether the food they sell you can consume or not. In addition, they will show you some halal food recommendations.

Chang Klan Road brings a variety of street artists, indie musicians, delicious food, and souvenirs that are cheaper than in Bangkok. If you want to see a Muay Thai show, there is a stadium at the end of Chang Klan Road. The entry ticket is around 200 bath or Rp. 89 thousand. Seeing a typical Thai boxing show will be an unforgettable experience.

It’s time for you to explore the beauty of Thailand. While visa-free and access is still very easy from Indonesia. Happy holidays!