Thailand has earned its place as a top tourist destination, but where should you go if you want to skip the crowds but still soak up the beauty? The country is full of unique towns and beautiful destinations outside of the typical tourist track. Step away from the beaten path and check out this list of 8 underrated spots and hidden gems in Thailand that will blow you away.
8. Chiang Rai
Located 535 miles north of Bangkok at the very northern tip of Thailand, this city is often passed over on travelers’ Thai itinerary. Full of beautiful, ancient temples (make sure you check out Wat Rong Khun), this northern city is a gateway to the surrounding area. Definitely explore the Golden Triangle, try rock climbing just north of the city, rent a bicycle to explore the city on the ground, wander the walking street fairs on Saturdays and Sundays, and visit Kun Korn, a beautiful local waterfall.