TL;DR – Definitely more than just Bangkok and Phuket.
Mention Thailand and often all we think about is Bangkok and the beach destinations of Phuket and Koh Samui. But there’s actually so much more to our neighbour up north than just tomyum goong and Platinum Fashion Mall – think Japanese style ryokans, Santorini-lookalike and Mongolian ger camps!
1) Mae Hong Son
Located in an oolong tea plantation, Lee Wine Ruk Thai Resort in the Muang district of Mae Hong Son consists of oriental-style private villas on a hill top overlooking the beautiful Ruk Thai Lake.
3 Moo 6, Mok Champae, Muang Mae Hong Son, Mae Hong Son 58000 Thailand
2) Chiang Mai
Want to feel like you’ve escaped to Europe? It’s not hard to do so at San Pareni – Boutique Hotel Chiangmai.
45/8 M.1 T.Maehia A.Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50100
3) Khao Kho
At the Blue Sky Resort in Khao Kho, it’s all about the English countryside experience with the architecture and way of life plus, bonus – it’s very cool up here on the mountains.
96 Moo 5, T. Campson, A.Khao Kho, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun 67280, Thailand
4) Khao Yai
Just 2 hours from Bangkok, Khao Yai is an increasingly popular getaway from the hustle and hustle of the capital. I particularly like Thames Valley that feels like a tranquil town situated by the river banks.
Redefining luxury on the Gulf of Thailand, Villa Maroc Resort at Pranburi gives you a slice of Morocco with its beach front living (every room has an amazing view of the ocean!) and indulgent furnishings.
165/3 Moo 3 Paknampran, Pranburi, Prachuap Khirikhan 77220, Thailand
6) Suan Phung
At 800m above sea level, it feels like a perpetual winter in Italy at La Toscana Resort at Suan Phung.
5/1 Moo.3 Suan Phung 70180, Thailand
Everything cerulean and white, I can’t believe the Al Medina Beach House is NOT in Santorini!
99 Kung Vimarn Beach, Sanamchai, Na Yai Am,, Chanthaburi, 22170, Thailand
8) Khao Yai
It’s a cowboy town literally at Panther Creek Resort!
123 Moo 15 Tanarat Baan Klongsue, Khao Yai, Thailand
9) Nakhon Ratchasima
Star Hill Resort Bali brings Bali to Thailand with its teak furniture and lush greenery.
999 Moo.6 T.Nongkratum A.Muang Nakhonratchasiam, Nakhonratchasima, Thailand 30000
10) Sangkhla Buri
It’s all about the quaint Japanese ryokan experience here at Haiku Guesthouse in Sangkhla Buri (Kanchanaburi).
106 Moo 1 T.Nonglu, A. Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi Kanchanaburi, Thailand
11) Khao Kho
The Mongolia-style rooms at The Natural Yurt Resort, I cannot.
79 Moo 6, T. Khao Kho, A. Khao Kho, Phetchabun, Khao Kho, Thailand 67270
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