Kwai River, Kanchanaburi

Kwai River, Kanchanaburi

Photo by Mjanich (Wikimedia Commons)

Getting off the Beaten Track

Photo by sugarwawa (Wikimedia Commons)Islets in Phang Nga Bay Photo by sugarwawa (Wikimedia Commons)

It’s quite difficult to find a beach in Thailand that is considered off the beaten track for visitors travelling in Thailand on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.  Most of the undiscovered areas are on the small islands, so unless you have an amphibious vehicle you’re not going to get very far.  You can however find some areas on the mainland which definitely fit the bill, here are just a few ideas to try for yourself.

North West
The region of Isaan is one of the most unexplored parts of Thailand, but why, when it has a wonderful mix of Thai, Lao, and Cambodian cultures?  Maybe it’s because most visitors head for the southerly Thai beaches or the poplar Golden Triangle area that this area is so overlooked, but that’s a great benefit to visitors in a motorhome rental or campervan hire.  There is not the wide choice of places to stay, so you can pretty much guarantee to be amongst very few foreign tourists in the area.  As with most of Thailand the area is packed with temples such as Wat Phra, a massive Lao temple with a 24-carat gold spire.   

Central Thailand
Most travellers rush past Phetchaburi on their way south or alternatively only visit on a day trip from Bangkok.  Phetchaburi translated into English means diamond city, and is where you can see a very different style to the temples in other parts of the country.  Here you will see teak houses, waterfront temples and a Portuguese influenced mountainside palace complex.

Southern Thailand
If you are in search of an off the beaten track beach resort then head right to the far south of the country to Trang, this is where you will find secluded beaches, tropical islands, and clear water surrounded by limestone cliffs.  Like its neighbours of Phang Nga and Krabi, Tang has fine white sand and lots of offshore islands to explore, but its not just about the beaches, Trang has some very beautiful inland areas too.  The interior has forests, lagoons, caves, hidden waterfalls, and hot springs to explore.  It’s a three-hour drive from Phuket and en-route you pass some very beautiful scenery, there are also plenty of places to stop off along the way.  

Western Thailand
Kanchanaburi is the traditional farming area of western Thailand.  Here the scenery is made up of mile upon mile of cane fields, but there are also Japanese influenced buildings and temple caves.  This is also where you can go river rafting, take elephant rides or simply admire the numerous waterfalls.

A motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday is a great way of experiencing the ‘real’ Thailand.  Spend the night on the shores of a quiet beach in the south, or in the forests of the north by the side of a waterfall, whatever you preference you’ll never feel crowded.

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