After returning from a month in Thailand, Asia Travel Expert Louise, writes on how to get off the tourist trail in Thailand with ten of our favorite properties. From tented camps found deep in the jungle to remote islands, you’ll find yourself switching off at all of them…
1. Wanakarn – Thaimuang Beach
Drive through an authentic Thai village to discover a hidden resort that is truly off-the-beaten-track. With only 14 rooms, it’s intimate and unknown on the tourist trail.
2. Chakrabongse Villas – Bangkok
This is a boutique property built in 1908 and was once home to a member of the Thai Royal Family. Located in the old town of Bangkok, it’s within walking distance to many of the city’s incredible temples and attractions.
3. Four Seasons Tented Camp – Chiang Rai
Bordering Myanmar and Laos, you’ll find 15 luxury tents set on a hill in the countryside of Chiang Rai. Accessible only by river boat you’re set amidst exotic bamboo jungles where a spectacular safari-style experience awaits.
4. Kamalaya – Koh Samui
Hidden away on the island of Koh Samui, this a retreat where pampering, relaxation and well-being are the sole focus.
5. Pa Sak Tong – Chiang Rai
Discover complete privacy at Pa Sak Tong where a small group of four villas which can be rented individually or as a group. It’s located in the countryside near Chiang Rai, with beautiful views and wildlife surrounding it.
6. Dhara Dhevi – Chiang Mai
This is a huge hotel located outside of the city of Chiang Mai which is based on the old kingdom of Lanna. It has incredible style with colonial rooms or private houses that look like a small city in themselves. Just the spa rooms alone took three years to build because of the intricate hand carved wood details.
7. Soneva Kiri – Koh Kood
Soneva Kiri is found on the 4th largest island in Thailand however it is also one of the least visited. Take the property’s own plane charter and then a short boat ride to reach this eco-conscious resort. This is the ultimate escape to be found in Thailand with just 4,000 people living here and only one small fishing village.
8. Elephant Hills – Khao Sok National Park
Elephant Hills provides the best of both worlds for nature lovers, camp for one night in their jungle camp and the next night in their river camp. The river camp is hidden away between the limestone cast islands which are comparable to the ones in famous Halong Bay but are much more secluded.
9. Six Senses Yao Noi – Koh Yao Noi
Take a journey on a longtail boat or speed boat to reach this barefoot luxury resort on the picturesque island of Koh Yao Noi.
10. The Naka Island –between Koh Yao Noi and Phuket
The Naka Island is found on the biggest island in a set of three and is known as the “body of the dragon”. You must bang the huge symbol upon disembarking the boat on arrival. Once to let the dragon know you have arrived and once for a wish.