Thailand is a country known for many things, including its food, culture, and well-preserved natural beauty. There are many reasons why this country attracts hundreds of thousands of travellers every year. One is that Thailand has some of the most unique combinations of mountains, rivers, seas, and beaches that you could find anywhere in the world. With that said, here are five of the most beautiful natural wonders of Thailand that you shouldn’t miss:
1. Thi Lo Su Waterfall
The Thi Lo Su Waterfall is the tallest and largest waterfall in Thailand with the peak of the cascade reaching up to 300 meters from the lowest point. The river that flows down from the fall flows and joins the Mae Klong River, making it one of the largest water supplies in the area. UNESCO has recognised the river as one of the natural heritage sites, so you know that this is a great place that you should visit.
2. Cheow Lan Lake
Cheow Lan Lake is located in the Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani in the south of Thailand. It’s one of the oldest rainforests in the world and houses a vast array of biodiversity that can almost rival the great Amazon rainforest while being only a fraction of the size. The lake spans over 185 square kilometres and is the main source of water for the animals in the area. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot tigers, hornbills, Asian pythons, and elephants while taking a stroll around the reserves.
3. Koh Bon
Koh Bon is a tiny island that’s located in the Similan Islands National Park in the far west of the Andaman Ocean. You can visit this island by taking a boat from Koh Similan. Once you arrive, the first thing you will notice is how quiet and serene the island is. There are no permanent residents on the island, so you will get to see the natural beauties in the surrounding the area perfectly preserved as they have been for millions of years. If you’re lucky, you may get to swim with the majestic manta rays and whale sharks while you’re here.
4. Phu Chi Fa
The north of Thailand is a mountainous region and Phu Chi Fa is one of the tallest peaks in Thailand, reaching up to 1,500 meters above sea level. If you come here during the winter, you will get to see the wonderful “sea of fog” from the top of the mountain. During the winter, the layer of fog will cover the lower ground but not the areas with a higher elevation. This is the perfect backdrop for one of the most amazing sunrises you will ever see in your life!
5. Emerald Lake
Koh Phi Phi is home to one of the most amazing sites in the world -- Maya Bay. This is the location where Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The Beach was shot. The media coverage combined with the undeniable beauty of the area is why it has been massively popular ever since. The clear emerald-green water in the bay and the limestone pillars provides a fantastic look that will get your imagination going. There are cave structures in the area that are connected to the sea, so if you’re interested to see what’s inside, consider taking a kayak tour.