The best weekend getaways from Bangkok

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Bangkok is great for work, play, and everything in between. However, those residing in a large city sometimes feel the need to get out of town, so to speak, for a breath of fresh air. Here, we have the best weekend getaways from Bangkok that will leave you refreshed and ready for Monday to come.

5 Best Weekend Getaways From Bangkok

1. Koh Samet

Koh Samet, in Rayong Province, offers a weekend getaway for those in Bangkok as it is only a 3-hour drive from the capital city. Furthermore, the island is mostly part of the Khao Laem Ya–Mu Ko Samet National Park. Named after the ‘Samet’ trees, or cajeput trees, the island is full of beauty. With turquoise blue seas and white sands, water sports are clearly a fun way to spend the day. Moreover, the island’s nightlife is full of fire shows and good times.

The island has many beaches, including Monkey Beach where (as the name suggests) you can feed monkeys. One thing to remember, in addition to the more crowded areas, the further south you go, the less developed it gets. Visitors can also take advantage of just about any kind of accommodation they wish for, as the island caters to all kinds of tourists.

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Koh Samet

2. Khao Yai National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khao Yai is one of Thailand’s most beautiful national parks. There’s a ton a things to do here, and a weekend might not be enough time to fully enjoy it. From bike trails to trekking, kayaking to waterfalls, Khao Yai is a fine example of Thailand’s diverse and wonderful natural beauty. A number of animals reside in the park, from tigers to elephants and deer, and it’s a welcome change of scenery from the concrete jungle that is Bangkok.

A Khao Yai visit certainly won’t be complete unless you witness its waterfalls’ ultimate beauty. Thus, Haew Narok is the most popular choice as it is the highest waterfall in the park. Here, elephants can often be seen as they love the area. Additionally, Haew Suwat is another waterfall that film buffs love as it was featured in the movie The Beach.

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Khao Yai National Park

3. Ayutthaya

Once the 2nd capital of Thailand, Phra Nakhon’s Ayutthaya is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Wats here are some of the most iconic in the country. However, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is one of the most popular. Located in the royal palace grounds, its bell-shaped pagodas definitely serve as a striking landmark.

Nonetheless, the small ruins surrounding the pagodas have their own place in history. The crumbled remnants are thought to be those of the old royal housing. The placement of the temples in Ayutthaya was strategic as the city became a hub for global diplomacy and commerce back in the 14th to 18th centuries. Additionally, it was located above the tidal bore of the Gulf of Siam (Thailand was known as Siam previously), to prevent the attacks of warships and other nations. Its history and beauty is definitely a sight to see for those touring the nation’s temples.

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4. Hua Hin

Taking a trip to the seaside resort of Hua Hin is quite popular with locals and expats alike. As the area is located along the Gulf of Thailand, it is the perfect getaway for those working and living in Bangkok. Furthermore, the area is known for its beautiful landscapes as well as interesting activities for everyone to do. Kids will especially like the water parks and ocean activities that can turn a few hours into a whole day.

In Hua Hin, shopping is plentiful, with many new and modern ‘villages’ offering a themed escape from reality. Santorini Park, for example, is definitely a cool place to visit as its surroundings and decor transcend visitors to Greece. Visiting the temples also provides a bit of cultural education and aesthetically pleasing architectural experiences.

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Hua Hin

5. Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is where travellers can escape the bustling Bangkok streets and find an important piece of history. Just 2 hours from Thailand’s capital, this town in the west is known for the Death Railway that was built in WWII. The River Kwai Yai is also another famous natural wonder that is accessible from the railway. Those staying here can definitely find a hotel that offers amazing views of this natural landscape.

This western province is known for accepting weary Bangkok weekenders as it provides a respite from the city life. Moreover, it features rock-bottom accommodation prices and a glorious local life that is absolutely refreshing for those wanting a break from a large city.

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These places surely will give Bangkokians a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Thus, getting out on the weekend and exploring Thailand’s other majestic areas can give visitors a new lease on life, or at least a new outlook. Getting out into nature or by the beach is a great way to replenish your mind, body, and soul, making it ready to go for the next week of work. Moreover, taking a mini vacay is definitely not overrated as the feeling of escaping to a more serene environment is priceless. Click HERE for a local edition.

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