Beaches aren’t all Thailand has to offer: plan your exciting monsoon season itinerary today
While many of you may be aware that between the months of July and September Thailand experiences its wettest weather, you may not realise that the country still has plenty to offer during this ‘low season’ period. From magical flower-filled glades to iconic rivers and misty mountain peaks, there are a number of intriguing places to visit which you may never ordinarily think to go during the sunny peak season.
Tak: Thi Lo Su Waterfall
Located in the picturesque north-western province of Tak, you will find Thi Lo Su Waterfall. This dramatic cascade of water is supposedly the highest and the largest in the country and makes an impressive natural spectacle, not to be missed if you are visiting the province.
Chaiyaphum: Siam Tulips Flower Field
The north-eastern province of Chaiyaphum is a remote area of breath-taking natural beauty which is perhaps best known for its national parks, where the colourful Siam Tulips bloom between the months of June and August. Come here for plenty of peace and seclusion, and maybe even a tiger sighting if you are lucky.
Phetchabun: Phu Tabberk
Phetchabun is home to the dramatic Phu Tabberk, the highest mountain in the province, which towers 5,800ft above sea level. The mountain’s scenic slopes are home to the local Hmong people, who cultivate large fields of cabbages. To experience the mountain’s sweeping views at their best why not rent some camping equipment and spend the night on the summit, so you can experience both sunrise and sunset?
Surat Thani: Ratchaprapha Dam
In Surat Thani province you will find Khao Sok National Park, which incorporates Ratchaphrapha Dam, a vast shale-clay edifice that contains the waters of Chiaw Lan Lake. This vast man-made lake and the dam are an unforgettable place to visit as the scenery here is spectacular and the surrounding forest is home to an array of flora and fauna, including the mighty Rafflesia flower which can span almost a metre across. Chiaw Lan Lake is located 70km away from Surat Thani’s provincial capital.
Prachinburi: Kaeng Hin Phoeng
Kaeng Hin Phoeng is a dramatic series of river rapids in Khao Yai National Park, part of Thailand’s scenic Prachinburi province. The rapids offer unforgettable white water rafting, particularly between the months of June-October, so if you are an adrenaline junkie and not afraid to get wet this is a real must for your itinerary.
Nakhon Ratchasima: Wang Nam Khiao
Wang Nam Khiao is a stunning district in the south of Nakhon Ratchasima province. There is plenty to see and experience in this picturesque destination, from visiting Suchada Gardens with its lush fields of flowers and vineyards, to exploring Lam Phra Phloeng Reservoir and Khao Yai National Park.
Kanchanaburi: River Kwai
If you are interested in experiencing a slice of living history, then spend a couple of nights in Kanchanaburi, home to the infamous river, the bridge and the Death Railway, which you can travel on a 3rd class train from Bangkok Thonburi. Trains always stop at the River Kwai Bridge, where you will find an abundance of souvenir stalls, restaurants and cafés. Be sure to travel on and visit the museum at Hellfire Pass and walk along the old stretch of cleared track from here to Compressor Cutting.
Phetchabun: Phu Hin Rong Kla
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park is spread across Phetchabun, Loei and Phitsanulok provinces and is home to lush mountain forests, dramatic peaks and an abundance of flora and fauna, including tigers, leopards, foxes and wild boar.
Ratchaburi: Khao Krajom
Khao Krajom is a picturesque mountain peak which juts 1000m above sea level and is a perfect place to savour dramatic views and peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of civilisation. Basic camping sites and facilities can be found here if you want to hang around for a day or two. The drive to the summit during the rainy season takes approximately 40-50 minutes.
Uttaradit: Phu Soi Dao
Phu Soi Dao National Park, which crosses the Thai-Laotian border, is at its best during the rainy season, as the monsoons transform this beauty spot into a blaze of colour. The park includes a breath-taking mountain peak, with camping available at the summit. Porters can be hired at the foot of the mountain to help you carry your things to the top, 1633m above sea level.
Plan your Thailand Vacation, Holiday or Getaway
Now you know just how many fascinating places there are to visit in Thailand during the rainy season, there is no excuse not to go! Book those plane tickets, pack your suitcases and prepare for a series of unforgettable monsoon season adventures.
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