Is Thailand on your travel bucket list? We aren't surprised if it is, it's one of the more popular places to visit in the world with some 25 million tourists travelling there just last year, according to the country's tourism statistics. That said, 25 million people on top of a population of just over 69 million (according to World Population Review) sure makes things sound a bit tight ... You love a good adventure, but you hate a crowd.
Despite the masses, Thailand is an amazing country and therefore really isn't a destination you should skip. Fortunately, we know a couple of cool places that you can visit that will take you off the beaten track, even in super popular areas! Here are four ways you can enjoy Phang Nga Bay while escaping the other tourists.
1. Visit undeveloped beaches
If you're going to Thailand you have to spend at least a day or two by the beach, so says every visitor. And good news - you can get the beach without the bustle when you embark on a journey to some of the more undeveloped locations around the Phang Nga Bay. For example, Banana Beach is a location that ticks all the boxes of what you're looking for in a tropical getaway. Clear blue water, white sand and shady palm trees - check, check and check!
It's located just an hour by car outside of Phuket (on the opposite side of Phang Nga Bay), so it's close enough for a day trip but far enough to scare off less-adventurous tourists. There is a restaurant in the area so you won't be completely alone, but it's certainly going to feel like a desert island beach in comparison to others.
2. Explore Wat Srisoonthorn
Wats (aka, temples) are on the must-do list of many tourists visiting Thailand, so they tend to be rather crowded. But not Wat Srisoonthorn! This place is located on the main road to Phuket International Airport (and only three minutes from Phuket Thani Village), but is set back a ways so you can't see it immediately. Once you get a little closer, you'll see the giant golden Buddha of Sri Sunthon and wonder how you could have missed it.
The temple is surrounded by intricate carvings and statues, so it makes for a really interesting place to visit and learn more about Buddhism. It's a Thailand holiday deal you can't miss out on!
3. Hike Radar Hill
Most everyone loves a good hike to get a birds-eye view of the lay of the land. But hikes can get old when you have to fight for trail space with others. Fortunately, Radar Hill Viewpoint promises all the views without the throngs of people. The viewpoint is actually a military base which freaks tourists out, thinking they aren't allowed to visit, but you don't have to go on the base to get the view.
At the top of the hike you'll get a stunning view of Patong Beach, Chalong Bay and Phang Nga all in one shot.
If you get there early in the morning you can expect to have more personable interactions with the locals and be out before the rush even starts.
4. Go to Old Phuket Town Central Market in the morning
It would be a shame to skip some of the historic towns, especially Old Phuket, just because the crowds can get a little dense. Aside from the central market, this spot has tonnes to do between the shops, cafes, museums and temples. It's a great place to visit if you want to learn more about Thailand's culture! So don't skip it, instead, outsmart the other tourists.
The market is located on the south side of Phuket and opens at 4 a.m., and if you get there early in the morning (maybe not 4 a.m. early, but close to it) you can expect to have more personable interactions with the locals and be out before the rush even starts.
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- Posted in Thailand