The Khong Chiam region is still largely unaffected by tourism and, for those willing to explore it, offers spectacular scenery and the promise of peaceful days spent well away from the noise and chaos of the urban environment. With its waterfalls, cliffs and rock paintings, Pha Taem is the kind of place you simply never tire of exploring.
To set the scene for you, imagine 2,188 km² covered by 80% forest and populated with more than 800 animal species roaming completely free. Add streams, waterfalls and a mountain range amongst 2,000 plant species. Classify it all as a UNESCO world heritage site and you have the Khao Yai national park.
The capital of the first Kingdom of Siam, a visit to the city is an unmissable experience for lovers of culture, ruins and history. If you are there during November, don't miss the Loy Krathong Festival. Also visit the superb sites of Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet, outposts of the ancient capital.
Are you searching for fine, sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a stunning seabed for your stay in Thailand? If so, follow me for a preview of Ko Phayam, Ko Kradan and Ko Lipe, three idyllic islands in the Andaman Sea.
For visitors to Thailand looking for nature and opportunities for hiking, Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park constitutes an essential, off-the-beaten-track destination. Things to do in the park: walking, wildlife watching, cave exploring and visiting local fishing villages.