The Stunningly Beautiful Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

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.

Trang Town: A Charming, Underrated Thai Town with Unique Tuk-Tuks

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.

The Gorgeous Banana Beach in Phuket – Hidden but Not Secret

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.

Staying at the Lovely Sripakpra Boutique Resort in Phatthalung, Southern Thailand

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.

This Has to Be Phuket’s Two Most Secret Beaches

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

The Famous Erawan Waterfall in Kanchanaburi

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.