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.

Beach in Koh Tao © Pixabay

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.

Khao Luang cave, Phetchaburi, Thailand © NUTTANART KHAMLAKSANA / Shutterstock

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