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5 places to take the family off the beaten track in Thailand
Singapore’s seasoned travellers are often on the hunt for that long weekend getaway to escape the confines of our small island. But it’s not that easy finding a great destination off the beaten track that will tick all the boxes for the whole family.
So with that in mind, the team at Budget Direct Insurance has put together some Thai trips that you may not have ventured to yet. Check out these 5 destinations where most of the other tourists are Thais in-the-know. Hop on a budget flight to Bangkok and from there most of our destinations are easy to get to by bus.1. Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang
This the second largest island in Thailand and draws many tourists seeking something off the beaten track. Here you’ll find the beautiful White Sands beach but venture out to Kai Bae beach for something quieter and more laidback – you can also find white sands here. You can take a short flight from Bangkok down to Ko Chang or if you have the time then take the scenic route on a six-hour bus ride.
2. Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi
This place is known as the “heaven of the east” in Thailand. You can lose yourself in the lush greenery here and enjoy the cooler climes. A great place to take the family sightseeing round all the historical sites in the province, including Burma Railway, POWs War Cemetery and the Hell Fire Pass. Then, there’s the natural splendors like Erawan and Sai Yok waterfalls. There are many budget raft hotels along the river where you can sleep close to nature and shut off social media for a few nights. Take a 2hour 30mins bus ride from Bangkok and you’re there.
3. Khoa Ko, Phetchabun
Most people think of Chiang Mai when it comes to driving in the hills, and breathing fresh cool air while watching clouds slowing hanging on the mountains below. But did you know you can also do this at Khoa Ko which is a 4hr 30 mins drive from Bangkok? It’s a perfect camping spot where you can kick back and enjoy sitting around the bonfire with your kids.
4. Bang Saen Beach, Chonburi
Mid-way between Bangkok and Pattaya City, Bang Saen Beach is an ideal destination for your family holiday. Especially for the little ones, this beach offers an insight into the life of local fishermen, as well as plenty of fresh seafood direct from the fishing boats. While grown-ups can enjoy buying food and souvenirs at Nongmol Market, the young ones can have fun playing with monkeys at Sam Muk Mountain. Takes 1hr 20 mins by bus from Bangkok.
The old capital of Thailand has many beautiful sights beyond just its temples. Adults can feel nostalgic walking through Million Toy Museum, which showcases a wide range of antique and modern toys, as well as little ones who can learn about toys that came before the iPad and computer. Visit Ayothaya Floating Market to find rare, traditional Thai foods and desserts that have unique tastes and can be hard to find in Bangkok. Takes about 1 hour and 30 mins by bus from Bangkok.