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Thailand, Nan – The Center of the Most Forgotten About Part of the Country – VIDEO
Most visitors to North Thailand visit only Chiang Mai and its surroundings. A bunch of daredevils go to Chiang Rai or Mae Hong Son, sometimes someone stops at Phayao. Few people, however, take a trip to the province of Nan at the border with Laos, yet there are countless places to find.
The city of Nan itself is about 300 kilometers east of Chiang Mai to get there either by bus or by air from Bangkok and Chiang Mai. In Asian proportions, it is rather a small village, there is something between 20 and 30 thousand people.
The entire province of Nan offers a lot of natural beauty. I can recommend mainly Doi Phu Kha National Park with lots of unforgettable views, rare plants and animals, waterfalls and caves. Here you can also go on several adventurous jungle treks.
Nan city will be our base for our field trips to the area. But it also has something to offer, and since there are almost no foreign tourists, you still have the chance to experience authentic Thailand here.
Start your trip in the city at Wat Phumin temple right in its heart. There you can also see unique wall paintings. Directly in front of the temple there is an evening market every weekend, where you can buy souvenirs and especially taste a lot of local delicacies.
Take a look at the golden statue of the blessing Buddha at Wat Phra That Khao Noi Temple on a hill overlooking the city. It opens up a long view not only of the city, but also of the surrounding countryside and the mountains that rise from the valley of the Nan River just outside the city.
If you are interested in the history and the different ethnic groups in this area, stop at the local museum. The history of this area is very varied, the city once used to be one of the most important centers of the Lanna Kingdom, which lay in the north of Thailand and today's country of Laos. At the same time you can see local costumes, jewelery and art.
Speaking of art, you may also be interested in an important center of contemporary art in the entire region of northern Thailand. On the bank of the river you will find Nan Riverside Art Gallery, where interesting exhibitions and meetings take place.
But as I mention earlier, Nan will serve as the gateway to a beautiful region that has so far not hit the influx of foreign tourists. You still have a bit of authentic Asia here. Thanks to visitors from other parts of Thailand, however, you do not have to worry about finding accommodation or getting lost. Tourist infrastructure works just as well as in other regions.
Let's end the latest series of articles and videos from near-uncharted by tourists parts of northern Thailand to end up in a region that surprised me most of all. In the vicinity of Loei and Phetchabun, you will find beautiful table mountains, beautiful jungles, waterfalls and amazingly nice and hospitable people.
Approximately 400 kilometers north of Bangkok, you will find the once powerful and fabulous but long-deserted city of Sukhothai. In the 13th and 14th centuries it served as the center of the first major empire on the territory of today's Thailand and Laos. Even though it has been abandoned for more than 200 years, it still breathes old glory and is definitely something to admire. Let's take a look at it together.
Approximately 450 kilometers north of Bangkok you will find several unique table mountains, most of which protect national parks. One of the most interesting is Phu Hin Rong Kla, predominantly in the Phitsanulok province. Here you will find the unique rock formations of Lan Hin Taek, to which we are now going together.
The Phu Hin Rong National Park is home to countless beautiful places. Among other things, the unique stone formations Lan Hin Taek and Lan Hin Pum. Many Thais come here for the unforgettable sunsets and exits of Phu Tubberk.
Most of us, when we say Thailand, think of the famous Thai islands of Phuket and Samui. But have you ever heard of Koh Chang in eastern Thailand? Koh Chang is one of the largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand, located near the border with Cambodia. Not only is it full of white sandy beaches, but it also offers unique natural attractions. The shape of the island's promontory resembles an elephant's trunk, and it was the elephant's head that inspired its naming, even though the elephants did not originally live in the area.
When I was arriving at the center of Krabi province I didn’t expect much. Guidebooks don’t mention it at all and it is rather an obligatory stop for many travelers while transporting to local islands or to nearby Ao Nang resort.
The capital of Thailand belongs to largest cities in southeast Asia as there live 8 million people. Cheap flight transportation makes it a natural place from where to start travels to the region including countries like Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, or Malaysia. In my opinion, too bad than many travelers spend there a day or two and move on.
Ko Lanta island is an ideal place for peaceful rest, or to enjoy cool tropical atmosphere of southern Thailand. Half-empty beaches, bungalows, and small pensions scattered across coconut groves will enchant you. The same applies to sleepy bars, restaurants, and there are also great possibilities where to dive, or you can visit a vast national park in the mountainous middle of the island. It will take you mere three hours to get there from the Krabi airport.
Krabi province in south Thailand has been more and more popular. Ao Nang resort and Ko Phi Phi are its greatest attractions. They offer splendid sceneries around limestone cliffs, many great bars, restaurants, and nearby are beaches like Railay, Ko Poda, and Ko Hong which are among the most beautiful in all Thailand.
The night is setting upon the land, streets are going alive – with food. When I arrived at there, I was not hungry. But now I would eat just everything. Hundreds of variations of noodles and rice, various sea creatures, great grilled meat, lots of fruits and veggies. The Chinese Town in Bangkok chewed me and swallowed me.
Countless shrines, dozens narrow streets with beautiful old houses, luxurious hotels, museums, omnipresent food aromas, and the best coffee in Thailand. You will fall in love with Chiang Mai instantly. There are kind people, international atmosphere, and it is really clean in there.
The climate in the mountains in the north of Thailand is very different to the south of the country. Mountains usually rise as high as 1500 meters. Temperatures can easily drop below 10 degrees Celsius in winter. That's why strawberries are grown here, for instance. The mountain climate is great for high-quality arabica coffee as well. About 50 kilometers from Chiang Mai town, there is a coffee plantation I went to visit. It was there where I finally realized how much work is behind one simple cup of coffee.
I had never been particularly interested in Thailand. Yet me and my friend decided to give it a chance so we travelled to the land of smiles. When we got out of the airport to Skyline ground subway, Thais gave us adviced where to get a ticket, for how and they always smiled at us.
Ang Khang is an astonishingly beautiful area in the mountains slightly over three hours of ride from Chiang Mai. Thousands upon thousands of visitors from Thailand travel here. We didn't meet any foreign tourists during the whole day. Villages where ethnic minorities live, a botanic garden, tea plantation, and amazing vistas are all worth the long journey.
When you say Chiang Mai people mostly think of Chinese lanterns, hundreds of them flying towards the full moon. I spend the better part of winter in this north Thai town. When I planned my journey there I didn’t hope for making it to see the festival. Eventually I made it. And it was the best experience of my life.
Even in case of Thailand, the Chinese influence is felt very present. But the town of Mae Salong was founded by the Chinese in the mountains in the north of the country in the 1960s. From the beginning, he was mainly opiate, but today, you have an ideal opportunity to look at tea plantations and taste great food from Yunnan Province in South China.
In the very north of Thailand, there is the town of Thaton laying on the River Kok. The river flows here from Burma. It flows at the edge of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Pakr. Then, between the mountains it runs to Chiang Rai, and then to the borderline with Laos where it flows into the Mekong. If you are one for some adventure, take a small boat from Chiang Rai to Thaton. The journey is great. It is an adventure which can continue in Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park.
80 kilometers north of Bangkok there is Ayutthaya, former capital of the Siam empire, today's Thailand. Many historic temples and palaces make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. We take a peak at it today.
The north of Thailand consists, for the most part, of beautiful mountains that rise to over 2 000 meters above sea level. Here you will find waterfalls, karst caves, ethnic villages and secluded Buddhist temples. Let's now go together to the Chiang Dao National Park and at the same time to the 3rd highest mountain of Thailand.
An ancient city in northern Thailand, the history of which dates back to 1296, was famous for its more than three hundred Buddhist temples. Wat Chedi Luang in the very center of the city is one of the most famous, oldest and most visited, so let's take a look at it together.
When talking about Thailand many think of beaches with snow white sand and never ending party in Bangkok. Only handful visit the north of the country and if they usually don't go anywhere beyond the towns of Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai. The entire north of the country has beautiful mountain ranges, wild nature, beautiful native villages, and best conditions for making a trip by bike. So let visit the northernmost national park in Thailand today - Doi Pha Hom Pok.