Lonely Planet Writer

Looking for somewhere different in Thailand? Two traditional communities are getting a tourist boost

We all know that Thailand is an amazing and stunningly beautiful place to visit and most of us head for areas like Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. But what if there was somewhere new for us to take in while we’re there?

Phuket, Thailand, is number four in Kayak's top trending beach destinations. Image: Simone Borgia/Lonely Planet
Phuket, Thailand, is number four in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Simone Borgia/Lonely Planet

The good news on that front is that two small-sized communities in the neighbourhood of Pattaya are now being promoted by the country as one-day tourist spots, and they are near to the world-famous and beautiful beach resort.

Wat Arun at sunset in Bangkok, Thailand. Image: Jirawas Teekayu
Wat Arun at sunset in Bangkok, Thailand. Image: Jirawas Teekayu

The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration agency has launched campaigns to promote Chak Ngaeo and Takhian Tia as new attractions for visitors. It  says they’re especially suitable for day trippers.

Two traditional communities are being promoted as tourist destinations near Pattaya; Thailand.
Two traditional communities are being promoted as tourist destinations near Pattaya; Thailand.
Image by Peter Barrien

They both offer a flavour of the traditional way of life of local Thai villagers, which will be of interest to visitors seeking an authentic experience. They also offer indigenous goods for sale, and hold a a pedestrian street market on Saturdays that will be great for souvenirs.

Snorkelling near a tropical island in Thailand.
Snorkelling near a tropical island in Thailand. Image by Reinhard Dirscherl/Getty Images

The agency is confident that the new campaigns will mark Chak Ngaeo and Takhian Tia as must-see attractions for visitors in future and will really put them both on the map, as well as offer a unique insight into traditional Thai communities.

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