Thailand’s Top 5 Stunning Rural Attractions
If you mention Thailand to anyone, it is more than likely that they will think of Bangkok. With its vibrant streets and frenetic nightlife, visiting the capital is definitely an amazing experience, but it is just one of many places throughout the country which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. And what better place to make these memories than in the countryside, amongst breathtaking displays of nature and away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
The Kingdom of Thailand is home to some of the most stunning natural vistas to be found anywhere in Asia. The 50th largest country in the world in terms of land size, Thailand is host to a diverse array of land types: from the mountainous highlands of the north, to the fertile basin of the central heartland and the dense tropical forests of the west. Often referred to as “The Rice Basket of the World”, exploring Thailand is a truly unique experience which will leave you speechless at every turn.
Ob Luang National Park
One of the greatest examples of the country’s natural beauty is Ob Luang National Park. Situated in the northwest of the country in Chiang Mai Province, Ob Luang is one of more than a hundred national parks which cover the country. The highlight of the 210 square kilometre park is the spectacular mountain canyon which cuts its way through the heart of the park. Carved out of the hard rock for millenia by the powerful Mae Chaem River, the steep limestone cliffs are truly a sight to behold.
The best way to enjoy this view is by standing atop the iconic canyon bridge. Reached by clambering up quaint plank stairs which hug the lush tree-topped hills of the park, this bridge offers a breathtaking view of the river below where intrepid kayakers battle the currents. It also watches over the extensive tropical forests which cover the park and are home to bears, monkeys and deer alike.
After crossing the bridge, you will be greeted by an intriguing sign entitled ‘The Land of Prehistoric Human’, a gentle reminder of the area’s prehistoric history. Jewelry and tools found in this area have been carbon dated to tens of thousands of years ago, with some classic examples of ancient cave art still to be found amongst the park’s many caves and hills today.