Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand is no doubt one of the most beautiful places the country has to offer. Covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, majestic limestone mountains and breathtaking lakes, Khao Sok is more than a national park. With an area of 739 square km, there are a plethora of things to discover. The beautiful Cheow Lan Lake with its floating raft houses is something we had heard about for years and finally decided to visit a few months ago.
Stunning view of Cheow Lan Lake from up the road leading to the pier.
The province of Trang located directly south of Krabi is best known for its beautiful islands. The town of Trang, however, does not attract as many visitors, which is a shame, because this town is really underrated. With old Sino-Portuguese shophouses, street art, some excellent dim sum restaurants and coffee shops, Trang Town reminds me a bit of Phuket Town — both with a mix of cultural influences from Thailand and China. But what Trang Town is most famous for is its unique green tuk-tuks you won’t see elsewhere in Thailand. We stayed one night at a budget hotel situated next to the train station and the lovely weekend market before continuing southeast to Phatthalung.
Phuket’s Banana Beach is a small, hidden beach nestled between coconut trees and turquoise water in the northern part of the island. It’s definitely one of the most gorgeous beaches in Phuket, and thanks to its quiet location, few people know about it — or don’t bother coming here. Below are some pictures I took in March, which is still considered the high season, though the end of it.
Despite being one of the most popular destinations in Thailand, Krabi is a perfect destination for families without the go-go bar scene you’ll see in Phuket and Pattaya. The many gorgeous islands and beaches are the main attraction, but there are plenty of things to do as a family, and below I’m giving you seven reasons to go.
1. Gorgeous Beaches
Sripakpra Andacura Boutique Resort in Phatthalung is a lovely two-part resort, standing on stilts over water connected by a series of raised wooden walkways with rooms and villas overlooking Songkhla Lake — the largest natural lake in Thailand. Besides being a 5-star boutique resort perfect for a romantic getaway, the popular onsite restaurant overlooking the traditional fishing nets in the lake, and the nearby Thale Noi with millions of Lotus flowers attracts visitors from all over the country — but you won’t see many foreign tourists here. Below is our stay in pictures.
Phuket is famous as a crowded beach destination, but the island not only boasts less crowded beaches but also beaches so secluded they don’t even have official names. In this post, I will show you two small beaches that, I believe, have to be the most secret or at least the most unknown in Phuket. Both beaches are located within 500 hundred meters on Phuket’s southern coast (see map further down) in an area that has managed to retain most of its original character. While the first beach is close to empty, the second has a little activity.
Unnamed Beach #1
Located on the east side of Erawan National Park in Kanchanaburi, the Erawan Waterfall is the most famous multi-level waterfall in Thailand and a place my wife and I have long wanted to visit. With this in mind, my expectations were high as we hit the falls last month. But although it was not bad, my expectations were not quite fulfilled.
We went here on a weekend which turned out to be a mistake as it was overcrowded with locals picnicking and swimming. And sometimes places simply look better in pictures than in real life; Erawan Waterfall is a place that has been beautifully captured by skillful photographers from all over the world. But it sure is a natural wonder, and if this were just a random place somewhere without the crowd, I would be more inclined to rejoice.
Also, I do believe that coming here early on a weekday after the rainy season around November and December would make a huge difference. Below is our visit in pictures.
Inspired by the biblical Mount Sinai in Egypt, Z9 (Zinine) Resort in Kanchanaburi similarly want to present the peaceful shelter with the philosophy: Recharge your life energy, renew your spirit. And that is what this place is all about — getting away from it all for a weekend and just enjoy the calm surroundings.
Z9 Resort is a floating resort located in a remote area at Srinakarin Lake’s southern end 20 km north of Erawan National Park, and we decided to stay here with the aim of visiting the beautiful Erawan Waterfall the next morning. We went here with our friends from Bangkok, not only because it’s a tradition to meet once a year, but also to celebrate that two of them are getting married in May.
Completed its unique design building in 2017, awarded for its hospitality in 2018, and known for being eco-friendly, Z9 Resort is really something else!
Below are some of the pictures I took during our stay in early March.