As much as we all love Bangkok, there will undoubtedly be times when magnificent skyline and bustling traffic just don’t sound all that appealing. For those looking to savor every minute of your much-needed break, we present you a list of our favorite destinations that are perfect for a quick getaway! These 6 destinations are all driving-distance from Bangkok and will guarantee a stress-free weekend you’ve been waiting for.
Koh Larn, Pattaya
A mere 7 km away from Pattaya beach, this hidden gem boasts a much clearer water and a white sandy beach compared to its counterpart. Highlights include various water sports available for rent including sailing, jet-skiing, and snorkeling to name a few. Travelers can opt for a day trip, or an overnight stay at various accommodations available on the island.
Head over to kohlarn.com for more information on everything from your choices on accommodations to transportations and start planning your dream getaway!
Samae San Island, Chonburi
Known for its scenery and natural resources, Samae San is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the East Sea. Under the Thai Navy’s supervision, most of the island’s natural attractions are well-preserved. There are various ways to get to the island from Bangkok, the easiest being taking a ferry that departs from Chonburi. Available activities include scuba diving, kayaking, and biking. Definitely a dream destination for those looking for a romantic getaway.
Contact Pattaya Tourism Department for more information at Tel.038-427-667, 038-428-750, 038-423-990 from 9am – 4.30pm.
Koh Kham, Trat
A small private island east of Koh Mhark, most of Koh Kham’s natural resources remain untouched. Coral reefs, volcano ashes, and wild marine life complete the horizon of this beautiful destination. Main attractions include an underwater park, a natural aquarium of sort, and a white sandy beach that extends over 300 meter into the sea. Only 20 minutes boat ride from shore, Koh Kham is a perfect getaway for those looking for a quiet weekend away from the busy capital.
Contact: TAT Pattaya 038-427-667, 038-428-750, 038-423-990. Hours: 6am – 6pm
Head over to Kanchanaburi for a Thai cultural getaway. This province has it all from Buddhist attractions like the Khmer Temple to natural attractions like Erawan Waterfall and Lam Khlong Ngu Cave. Do not miss the historical landmark, “Railway of Death”, a train railway built by the Japanese during WWII that extends all the way from Kanchanaburi to Myanmar.
Travelers with no personal vehicle can also get to Kanchanaburi via public transportation including bus, train, or by air. Head over to Tourism Thailand for more information on accommodations, activities, and transportation.
A world heritage site, Ayutthaya takes you back to an era before civilization. The city is home to several historical sites with magnificent architecture. A free shuttle bus service is provided for those interested in visiting Buddhist temples in the area. Other main attractions include Ayutthaya floating market and elephant camps. Several local restaurants also offer grilled fresh giant river prawns, a dish you should not miss when visiting Ayutthaya.
For more information, check out Tourism Thailand’s guide on Ayutthaya.
Khaoyai, Nakhon Ratchasima
Less than two hours away from Bangkok, Khaoyai offers a perfect escape for those in need of fresh air and scenic mountain views. Popular places within Khaoyai include Primo Piazza, a picturesque Italian town for your Instagrams, Khaoyai National Park, and Life Park, an amusement park for those who are feeling adventurous. Don’t forget to stopover at Chokchai farm for some high-quality steaks on your way to this scenic getaway!
Address: Hin Tung, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok 26000