Hidden Gems: Four Unusual Destinations In Thailand


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

Thailand is one of the most popular and well-loved destinations in the world for many different types of traveler. And there's a good reason for that: it's an incredible country. Thailand has so much to offer but many people might never see it all, even if they went back, year after year, for the rest of their lives. 

From Bangkok to Phuket, whatever kind of travel destination you're after, Thailand seems to have something for everyone. But what about those who've experienced most of the more common sights that the country has to offer? Or those who prefer to find themselves a little bit different, or off the beaten path? 

Well, don't worry, because Thailand has enough hidden gems to satisfy even the most well-seasoned traveler. Here are just a few of Thailand’s hidden gems!

Walking Street Pattaya

By nakhon100 (Walking Street, Pattaya) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The city of Pattaya is mostly known for its beaches, many of which are wonderful and picturesque, but a little bit busy and crowded at times. The Pattaya Walking Street is a whole different ball game. This area is unlike anywhere else you've ever seen in your life. 

If you're after an unforgettable nightlife experience, then you owe it to yourself to experience Walking Street. With bars, clubs, and restaurants, there's nothing that won't satisfy even the most experience night owls!

Wat Pariwat

At first glance, Wat Pariwat might seem like any one of the thousands of Buddhist temples dotted throughout the country. But the back corner of this large, but rather unassuming temple features a rather unusual surprise. If you look carefully you'll see that one of the statues looks a little... familiar. 

That's because in 1998 one of the Garuda statues was replaced by a statue of David Beckham! The statue is fairly small, and it's not quite accurate to the look Becks currently has, but you can see his jersey very clearly. If you're a fan of the weird and the wonderful, then you should definitely take the time to check out Wat Pariwat.

The Forensic Museum

By Bobby from London, L'Angleterre (Si Quoy, Forensic Science Museum,) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you're looking for an attraction with a slightly more morbid feel to it, then The Forensic Museum might just be the thing for you. Located at the Siriraj Hospital, this museum might not be to the taste of many travelers, but for those interested in medicine, anatomy, or those who just like being a little bit grossed out, it can be an extremely fascinating and engrossing experience to wander through the exhibits.

The Phallic Shrine

This one might not be for the faint of heart. Goddess Tubtim Shrine there are thousands of oversized wooden phalluses of various shapes and sizes...erm, standing...proudly. Certainly not for everyone, but it makes for a slightly more unusual taste of Thailand’s spiritual history and culture

The beauty of Thailand is that it doesn't even fully cover the sheer volume of weird and wonderful sights that it has to offer. No matter where you go or what you see, this country has something unique and fascinating to offer.

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