Sam Phan Bok, The Grand Canyon of Thailand
One of the most fascinating rock formations in Thailand, Sam Phan Bok is a must visit during the rainy season. Showcasing natural splendour, these volcanic rock formations is a place where you can roam around and witness something beautiful in every nook and corner of the Mae Kong River. It literally translates to 3000 holes and offers the visitors a landscape that appears like large mountains in the middle of a river.
Location: Ban Pong Pao, Lao Ngam Sub-district, Pho Sai District, Ubon Ratchathani Province
Highlight: It is also called the Grand Canyon of Thailand due to the presence of so many basins of different shapes in the small islet making it a very photogenic place to see here.
Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew
An initiative by a group of monks, Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew is one of the most unusual places to visit in Thailand. The temple is a beautiful symbol of an environment-friendly initiative as it started with the monks encouraging the visitors to bring along their beer bottles which eventually turned out to make the beautiful exteriors of this temple. The unique temple presents a wonderful creation of art and waste.
Location: Si, Khun Han District, Si Sa Ket 33150, Thailand
Timings: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Highlight: The temple complex is made up of more than 1.5 million bottles which differ in shapes and sizes and used in different places to decorate the temple complex. Even the bottle caps are being used to make mosaics and designs in the temple.
Red Lotus Sea
Gear up to see millions of lotuses in one place when you visit the Red Lotus Sea in Thailand. Counted among the unusual places in Thailand where one can see the brilliant spectacle of nature, Red Lotus Sea is where you can enjoy a relaxed morning with your loved ones and explore a hidden gem of Thailand. The quiet lake is a nice getaway for a picnic among the lotus blooms.
Location: Unnamed Rd, Tambon Chiang Wae, Chiang Haeo, Kumphawapi District, Udon Thani 41110, Thailand
Timings: 6 am to 12 pm
Highlight: The place hosts a Red Lotus Sea festival and offers one of the most unique things to do in Thailand during the Valentine weekend in Thailand when one can witness the peak blooms.
Adorned by beautiful stones, Koh Hingham is a beautiful uninhabited island associated with many stories. There is a legend that the island was cursed by the Thai deity, Tarutao that anyone who takes the pebbles from the island will be cursed forever.
One can see thousands of pebbles scattered on this island and always have to stop the urge to pick and carry them home as they are too beautiful. You can look forward to having fun in the miniature chedis built on the island or you can just write cute messages on the rocks and leave it there to be seen by tourists in future.
Location: Koh Hingham, Thailand
Price: 800-1000 THB (1800-2260 INR)
Highlight: The island is replete with stones and people keep sending it by post or mail if they ever take away the stones along with them from the island
Mo Hin Khao
Witness some of the most beautiful stone sculptures at Mo Hin Khao in Thailand. It has some interesting rock formations which boast of interesting shapes like mushrooms, boats, elephants, turtles and Chedis. The place is definitely a treat for the eyes and a must-visit for those who are interested in camping in the realm of nature.
Location: Ban Wang Kham Khan, Moo 9, Tha Hin Ngoam Sub District, Muang District, Chaiyaphum Province
Timings: 08:00 am - 5:00 pm
Highlight: The place is called the Stonehenge of Thailand as it is said that there are five extraordinary rocks from which a white light would appear during Buddhist Sabbath nights (full moon, 8th day of waxing moon, 8th and 15th day of waxing moon)
Located in the middle of a tropical forest, Sra Morakot is one of the most unusual places to visit in Thailand to treat your eyes. It is known for its crystal clear waters where you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of nature when the day is full of sunlight.
One can see the bubbling water when you are there as a result of minerals being settled down in the pool. The place is a surreal escape when you are tired of the daily worries of life.
Location: It is located about 60 kilometres (36 miles) outside of Krabi Town
Timings: 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: 20 Baht / 44 INR
Highlight: This pool is created with the runoff natural spring water that comes down to form a pond of crystal clear blue waters.
Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phra Chom Klao Rachanusorn
One of the famous temples in Lampang, Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn is a must visit to see the breathtaking vistas. The place has been relatively unexplored and recently emerged on the tourist map of Lampang despite being a Buddhist pilgrimage site for 2000 years.
It is known for its floating temples on the mountains built as a result of the hard-hitting efforts of the monks who carried the pagodas to the top with the help of 50 workers.
Location: Wichet Nakhon, Chae Hom District, Lampang 52120, Thailand
Timings: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Price: 200 THB / 450 INR
Highlight: It offers some of the most mind-blowing views of the surroundings from the top as you can see the gentle mountain slopes of the Thung Thung Valley and the beautiful stupas on it.
Built in the Second World War, Death Railway narrates one of the most horrific stories of Thailand’s history. With many labourers dying because of various reasons, Death Railways is among the most interesting but unique tourist places in Thailand also resonating with its history.
The Siam Burma Valley is called the Death Valley since its associated with the death of more than 12,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and tens of thousands of forced labourers during its construction.
Location: Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbyuzayat, Burma
Highlight: Along with the railway line, tourists can look forward to seeing the memorials and museums that are built in Kanchanaburi to know more about of Death Railway.
Blue Maze Canyon - Sra Nam Pud, Krabi
If you are a water baby, one of the must-visit unusual places in Thailand is the Blue Maze Canyon in Krabi. Encompassed by dense green foliage, this is a spot where you should brace yourself to be enthralled as you will get to see a lagoon boasting of sparkling blue color. It makes a panoramic landscape and offers a pleasant respite when you are visiting Krabi.
Location: Khlong Thom Nuea, Khlong Thom, Krabi 81120 Thailand
Timings: January to April, November to December; From 10 am to 3 pm
Price: 930 THB / 2100 INR per vehicle
Highlight: On the surface of it, the pool appears to be glowing in the sunlight making it appear like a mystical landscape.
Doi Mon Jong
Location: Doi Mon Jong, Omkoi Wildlife Sanctuary, Musoe Forest Protection Unit, 131 Moo 2 Tambol Yangpiang, Amphur Omkoi, Chiangmai
Timings: 8.00 am - 5.00 pm
Highlight: It is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Thailand which is a delight to witness when the rhododendrons bloom in the winter sunlight on the mountains.
Sao Din Na Noi
Wander amidst the most offbeat places in Thailand which showcase the beautiful vestiges of history at Sao Din Na Noi. It is replete with some of the most unique and amazing rock formations and offers plenty of birdwatching opportunities.
The landscape of Sao Din Na Noi is believed to be 10000 to 30000 years old and could have been at the bottom of the sea before it was a place of habitation for the dwellers in Paleolithic period.
Location: Sao Din Na Noi, Amphoe Na Noi, Chang Wat Nan, Thailand
Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
Price: 100 THB / 230 INR
Highlight: Some of the interesting exhibits like stone axes and bangles which were found here can be found on display at the Nan National Museum.
Tham Phra Waterfall
Enjoy one of the most unique things in Thailand when you visit the Tham Phra Waterfall in Thailand. Surrounded by green forests, Tham Phra Waterfall is an enjoyable getaway where you can witness a large waterfall with many big stones.
It is believed that the biggest natural slide is located at Tham Phra Waterfall. It can be reached by a serene boat ride and offers a pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Location: Sok Kam, Seka District, Bueng Kan 38220, Thailand
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
Highlight: It is one of the most preferred spots in Thailand to enjoy the serenity of nature. Some of the activities which one can enjoy here include swimming, playing in the water or just having a refreshing time in the surroundings.
Wat Mae Kaet Noi
If you are searching for the most unusual places in Thailand, Wat Mae Kaet Noi should definitely be on your list. Also called the Temple of Hell, this place showcases numerous sculptures and paintings which symbolise numerous concepts associated with Buddhism and a vivid description of Naraka as discussed by Buddha.
Apart from depicting what constitutes Hell, the temple also describes Nirvana showcasing those who have attained enlightenment.
Location: Highway 1001, Tambon Pa Phai, Amphoe San Sai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50210, Thailand
Price: 10 THB / 22 INR
Highlight: This place is a must visit if you want to have a dose of adventure with some unusual experience of Hell on earth.
Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun, also called the White Temple is one of the most offbeat places in Thailand. The temple is known for its interesting architecture which stands for the unique imagination of the architect Chalermchai Kositpipat and the teachings of Buddha and Buddhist symbolism on various aspects of life, heaven, hell, karma etc. The temple is known to house many relics of Buddha, has a meditation hall and an art gallery which is open to the visitors.
Location: Off Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road), 15 kilometres South West of Chiang Rai town
Timings: 8 am to 6 pm
Price: 50 THB / 110 INR per person
Highlight: The whole temple is built in white colour which symbolises the purity of the Buddha.
Thi Lo Su Waterfall
It's one of the most gorgeous limestone waterfalls in Thailand which is known to enthral you with its rumbling sounds and a picturesque vista. Thi Lo Su is one of the biggest waterfalls in Thailand in terms of the cumulative amount of space containing water. It is located amidst the pristine landscape of Umphang Wildlife sanctuary and offers a pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of life.
Location: Amphoe Umphang Tak Province, western Thailand
Timings: 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Highlight: It is believed that the spread of Thi Lo Su Waterfall is equal to an area of five football fields.
Explore some rejuvenating trekking trails and watch the variety of wildlife when you visit Mokoju Peak in Thailand. One can be accompanied by a park ranger to visit the summit of the peak when doing one of the most electrifying and unique things in Thailand here and then witness the mind-blowing views which nature has to offer.
The place is an unmissable attraction for birdwatchers who can look forward to seeing a number of birds here like rufous-necked hornbill, Burmese yuhina, coral-billed scimitar babbler, grey peacock-pheasant, mountain hawk-eagle.
Location: Mokoju Mountain, Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand
Highlight: Located in the national park, Mokoju Peak is one of the most unique places in Thailand for the offbeat visitor to enjoy activities like birdwatching, swimming, rafting, canoeing, kayaking etc.
Mae Klong Railway Market
For the shopaholics, visiting the Mae Klong Railway Market is one of the most unique things to do in Thailand. Located on a train line, this is a market in the middle of which a train runs directly through. This traditional Thai market is known to pose a unique spectacle for every visitor and sells a variety of items ranging from vegetables, food and fruits.
Location: Kasem Sukhum Alley, Mae Klong, Samut Songkhram, 75000
Timings: 6:00 am to 5:00 pm
Highlight: Among the locals, the market is known as Talat Rom Hoop which translates to ‘’Market Umbrella Close’’ as every time the train has to cross the market, the vendors lower their umbrellas pull back their wares just within few minutes.
Lam Khlong Ngu National Park
Surrounded by the serenity of hills and valleys, Lam Khlong Ngu National Park is one of the most unusual places in Thailand known for its exquisite caves. These caves are a must visit if you crave a dose of adventure on your Thailand trip as it can only be enjoyed by those who fulfil a minimum requirement of physical fitness.
Some of the popular attractions which should not be missed when visiting here are Nang Kruan Waterfall, Kliti Waterfall and Monolithic Cave.
Location: Chale, Thong Pha Phum District, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand
Timings: 08.00 am to 16.00 pm
Price: Foreigner: Adult 200 THB / 450 INR, Child 10 THB / 22 INR Thai: Adult 40 THB / 90 INR, Child 20 THB / 45 INR
Highlight: The major attraction of Lam Khlong Ngu National Park are its caves which are an enticing scene for the tourists along the valley and cliffs.
Doi Chang Cliffs
Visit the Chiang Dao to enjoy one of the most beautiful nights of stargazing when you are there in Thailand. Literally meaning ‘at the level of the stars’, Doi Chang Cliffs is a renowned place to capture the most impressive views of the Milky Way.
It is also a delight for trekking lovers who wish to have a strenuous climb in order to see the most gorgeous views of the stars to be rewarded after a tough climb.
Location: Doi Chang Cliffs, Muang District, Phrae Province, Thailand
Highlight: If you are a trekking lover, Doi Chang Cliffs is one of the must-visit places to witness the 360-degree views of the surroundings after a rugged climb through a scenic landscape.
The beach is called the Golden Scale Dragon Spine as the stretch that glimmers during the sunlight take the shape of a spine of a dragon in the colour of gold. It appears like a swimming sea dragon and one of the most unique places to see in Thailand on your vacation. The curve stretches for about 3 kilometres and showcases the mysterious and enthralling beauty of nature with its creation during the day.
Location: Khao Khaung, Moo 1 , Tambon Ton Yong Po, Muang, District Sa-Tun.
Highlight: One of the famous legends associated with the beach says that anyone who takes a walk on this dragon spine will obtain pure energy from the sea that will help to enhance your inner self.