Written by Shannon Osztonits

Okay let’s be real, we all know that our natural wonders and “most beautiful places in the world” get their fame because they’re unique, striking or one of a kind. But have you ever traveled to another country and thought, “Wow, this totally reminds me of…” (say a place you’ve visited or the country you’re from)?

Well, we sure have, on many occasions. And it just so turns out that within Thailand, there are actually an incredible selection of places that have made us think twice about where in the world we actually are.

So here’s our list of places that truly take our breath away, all for their own special reasons.

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1. Provence, France vs I Love Flower Farm, Chiang Mai

Ah, Provence, one of the dreamiest regions in France, I’d say, and known for its gorgeous and unending purple fields of Lavender flowers.

Now, step into your very own fairytale and escape to a dreamy world full of purple and white flowers found in the hillside of Mae Rim, in Northern Thailand.

Photo Via Iloveflower_farm

I Love Flower Farm 

Price: From 70 Baht / approx. USD $2.30 (Entrance, Drink and Snack); 500 Baht / approx. USD $15.98 (Tea Set in Flower Field)
Address: 33 Mueang Kaeo, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 82 897 2679, +66 88 266 7885
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm (To Reopen in November)


2. Matamata, New Zealand vs Hobbit House @ Alpaca Hill, Ratchaburi


Ever heard of Matamata? This little town in New Zealand that sits below the Kaimai Range mountains is actually where the Hobbiton movie set was created for The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films!

Photo Via Isabellafreiitass

And of course, where “anything is possible” in Thailand, why not stop over at Alpaca Hill – yes, they do have alpacas – and explore The Hobbit House! (There’s even a Harry Potter Hut, so this one has some major movie feels going on too, know what I’m saying 😉).

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Hobbit House @ Alpaca Hill

Price: From 290 Baht / approx. USD $9.27
Address: 357 Moo 8, Phapok-Tako Land Rd, Suanphung Ratchaburi 70180, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 80 821 2108, +66 81 145 9565
Opening hours: Mon-Thur from 9.30am to 5pm, Fri-Sun from 9am to 6pm


3. Ban Gioc (a.k.a. Detian Falls), Vietnam & China vs Thi Lo Su Waterfall, Tak

Considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, Detian Falls is famous because it actually sits in both Vietnam and China (it’s actually the international border!) – crazy right?!

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But no need for cross-countrying here, Thi Lo Su (Thailand’s greatest and most stunning waterfall), certainly lives up to its other South East Asian counterpart.

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Thi Lo Su Waterfall

Price: 200 Baht per person / approx. USD $6.39
Address: Mae Chan, Umphang District, Tak, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: By car from Umphang District, follow the Umphang – Mae Sot route and take a left turn at Km 161 (Ban Mae Klong Mai) to De Lo Pass or the “Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary” checkpoint for 30 km. Visitors should use a pick-up truck or a four-wheel drive car which has high performance. During the rainy season ((June- November), it is impossible for a car to access the sanctuary. you must walk or hire a raft to get to the fall.
Contact: +66 55 514 3411-3 (TAT Office in Tak Province)
Opening hours: Daily from 8:30am to 6pm


4. Yunnan, China vs Baan Rak Thai, Mae Hong Son

Beautiful ancient and traditional houses still stand today, littering Yunnan’s province in China, especially if you visit Shuhe Old Town.

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Did you know that there’s a small Chinese tea village in Northern Thailand (originally founded by Kuomintang soldiers from Yunnan Province), known for its breathtaking views and tea cultivation?

Baan Rak Thai

Address: Mok Cham Pae, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: It is just over an hour’s drive from Mae Hong Son town.

5. Santorini, Greece vs Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Life on the Greek hilly island of Santorini is relaxed and filled with gorgeous architecture, seaside cafes and culturally loved activities such as fishing villages and art spaces.

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Somebody pinch me, are you sure we’re in Hua Hin? From Greek Taverna to Santorini replica villas, and even a theme-park made to mirror the streets of the Greek island, you’ll find yourself slipping into a Grecian dream.

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Santorini Park

Price: From 150 Baht / approx. USD $4.79
Address: Petchakasem Road, Amphoe Cha-Am, Phetchaburi, Thailand 76120 Amphoe Cha-Am, Phetchaburi, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 930 8967, +66 82 229 4464
Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 6.30pm, Sat-Sun from 9am to 6.30pm (Temporarily Closed until 2021)


6. Bodh Gaya, India vs Bodhgaya Wat Chongkham, Lampang

Seeking spirituality in India? This is where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment beneath the sacred Bodhi Tree, the birthplace of Buddhism you could say. Some of Buddha’s relics are inside the Chedi.

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Now check out Thailand’s replica Bodhgaya Wat Chongkham, and although not the original birthplace of Buddha, it’s still considered as one of the holy sites.

Photo Via Tambonbanna

Bodhgaya Wat Chongkham

Address: Phahonyothin Rd, Ban Huat, Ngao District, Lampang 52110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 63 772 4712
Opening: Open daily from 9am to 6pm (Temporarily Closed)


7. Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan vs Wat Chulabhorn Wanaram, Nakhon Nayok

Ah, incredible Japan, you never cease to amaze us. In this scene, imagine rows of sky-high bamboo shoots growing proud and tall at Kyoto’s very own natural Bamboo Forest.

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But wait, seen this scene before in Nakhon Nayok? There’s no denying the opportunity to visit Thailand’s very own rendition – plus, it makes for epic photos!

Photo Via Khunkas

Wat Chulabhorn Wanaram

Address: Ban Phrik, Ban Na District, Nakhon Nayok 26110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: From Bangkok, there are two ways to get to Nakhon Nayok; either by car (1.5hrs) or train (2.5hrs).
Contact: +66 80 011 3791


8. Li River, Guilin, China vs Ratchaprapa Dam, Surat Thani

According to National Geographic, the Li River, or Li Jiang, in Guilin, Southern China is considered as one of the world’s top water wonders for its surreal, clear emerald green water and its magnificent backdrop of stalagmite-looking mountains.

The atmosphere at Ratchaprapa Dam is very much the same and was dubbed by locals as Thailand’s Guilin, with gorgeous mountains protruding from the waters around you and a scene of green.

Ratchaprapa Dam

Price: 200 Baht / approx. USD $6.39 (Adults), 100 Baht / approx. USD $3.19 (Adults)
Address: Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani 84230, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: From Phuket, there is a bus service (one bus per hour; the last leaving Phuket around 2pm). From there it’s a 4 hours drive to Khao Lak, and a further 2 hours from here (including a 20 min stop in Takua Pa that you may use to visit the local market). We recommend making it a 2-3 days trip to Khao Sok.
Contact: +66 77 242 560
Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 5pm


9. Seychelles vs Koh Lipe, Satun

The Seychelles (located in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar) has been on my bucket list since I was a child due to its ridiculously pristine, crystal-clear waters and, of course, its abundance of marine life and oceanic activities.

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Now say hello to Koh Lipe, the tiny Thai isle with its own set of  jaw-droppingly gorgeous waters, and ocean filled with all sorts of sea creatures (not to mention the entire island itself).

Photo Via Pictures.from_

P.s. Both are perfect destinations for proposals, just in case you were wondering 😍.

Koh Lipe 

Address: Satun, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: If you’re travelling from Hat Yai, you will need to book a minivan to bring you to Pak Bara Pier where the ferry will bring you to Koh Lipe.

10. Mount Fuji, Japan vs Phu Pa Poh, Loei

If you’ve ever visited the snow-capped mountains of Mount Fuji, well I’m just utterly jealous. The active volcano (just FYI) is the country’s largest mountain (with its iconic flat top) and many take on holy pilgrimages here.

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Head to the hillsides of gorgeous Loei, although not snow capped, you’re completely surrounded by a sea of low-hanging clouds at the top of the Phu Pa Poh mountain + the views are everything.

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Phu Pa Poh

Price: 60 Baht / approx. USD $1.92
Address: Puan Phu, Nong Hin District, Loei 42230, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: There are daily flights from Bangkok into Loei’s small airport, as well as multiple bus routes from nearby cities and provinces. You can also travel by car, bus or train to Loei (8 hours drive from Bangkok). Once you’ve reached Loei, drive for another 35 minutes.
Opening hours: Daily 24/7

11. Jiuzhaigou, China vs Emerald Lake, Lampang

Ever seen muti-coloured waters of blues and greens? Jiuzhai Valley National Park in China astounds all with her waters and always Autumn-coloured trees.

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Seeing double? Emerald Lake in Lampang might just blow you away with such stunning shades of emerald, jade and blues, you’ll be reaching for your cameras immediately!

Photo Via Myh

Emerald Lake

Address: Rural Road 6053, Ban Pong, Ngao District, Lampang, 52110 (Coordinates here)
Getting there: It’s located in the Ngao district of Lampang in Tham Pha National Park (3.5 hours east of Chiang Mai). Stay on route 1013 instead of taking Google Maps’ proposed shortcut, and you’ll see signs with images of the Emerald Lake that will direct you the rest of the way. Once you reach the park, it’s accessible via a narrow concrete and partially dirt road.
Contact: +66 83 203 7330, +66 5 422 0364, +66 94 698 5741

12. Sapa, Vietnam vs Pa Pong Piang, Chiang Mai

Sapa puts the cherry on the rice paddy cake. With clouds floating across a hillside of layered shades of green rice fields – it’s a seriously gorgeous scene and one of my favourite places in Vietnam.

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Located just 2.5 hours from Chiang Mai, this secret-in-the-mountains i.e. Pa Pong Piang has gathered quite some talk over recent years, being called ‘the most beautiful rice field’ in all of Thailand.

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Pa Pong Piang

Address: Chang Khoeng Subdistrict, Chiang Mai 50270, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: It’s 2.5 hours drive from Chiang Mai, however there is no public transport, so you’ll have to take a taxi or private car.


13. Grand Canyon, USA vs Pha Chor, Chiang Mai

The Grand Canyon is something you grow up learning is one of our Natural Wonders of the World, and rightfully so – there truly is nothing like it on earth.

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The name, perhaps borrowed from the original in the good ol’ USA, perfectly defines the Thai version of the natural wonder, albeit being in Chiang Mai. Looming orange cliffs flow into still emerald waters, painting a picture of peaceful perfection.

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Pha Chor

Price: 100 Baht / approx. USD $3.19 (Adults), 50 Baht / approx. USD $1.60 (Child); 20 Baht / approx. USD $0.64 (Motorbike parking), 30 Baht / approx. USD $0.96 (Car parking)
Address: Mae Wang National Park, Santi Suk, Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai 50160, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: From Chiang Mai city, take Highway 108 (21km), follow the signs and turn right for Mae Wang District on Highway 12039 (36km). This will take you straight to Pha Chor.
Opening hours: Daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm

14. Sahara Desert vs Hong Beach (a.k.a. Swan Beach), Ubon Ratchathani

Now we all know the Sahara Desert (well at least I hope so! 😉) spans over a number of countries (mostly African), with its endless sand dunes and amazing lighting (always).

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No need to travel to Africa, get out your desert safari fashion wear; Swan Beach is actually a part of the Mekong River, and when the tides drop ultra low, the river banks really rise, creating high sand dunes.

Photo Via Baitongpp

Hong Beach

Price: Free!
Address: Lao Ngam, Pho Sai District, Ubon Ratchathani 34340, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: Follow Highway 2050, passing Trakan Phuet Phon District. From here to Pho Sai District, the distance is about 97 kilometers.
Opening hours: Daily 24/7

So there you have it folks, some of the most beautiful, picturesque and truly astounding places that are definitely worth a visit the next time you visit Thailand and are looking for something intriguing to check out.

Let us know if they take your breath away too (or any secret spots you think we ought to know about!). Leave your comments below <3.

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I live to travel and I travel to live. I’m a traveling Gypsy with a passion for the English word, being inspired daily by the different cultures and colours, scents and scenic overloads, sensory explosions and mind-awakening experiences. The ones that take your breathe away. Walking along the earth, one country at a time, it’s what I live for; a life full of adventure, sharing my thoughts and experiences through literature