Weekend Getaways from Bangkok: Unwind and Explore Thailand

Weekend Getaways from Bangkok: Unwind and Explore Thailand

By VERSO Communications Team / July 02, 2024 / Leisure

Rich cultural experiences combined with a busy metropolitan life are all on offer when living in Bangkok. But occasionally the hectic schedule and never-ending activities make locals yearn for a quiet retreat. Thailand, fortunately, has a wealth of quaint locations that are ideal for a weekend getaway. The following weekend escapes are some of the greatest ways to relax and see Thailand for parents and families at VERSO International School.


For those interested in history and the outdoors, Kanchanaburi is ideally situated around two hours west of Bangkok. Remarkable World War II sites in the town include the Death Railway and the Bridge over the River Kwai. For more understanding of the area's military past, visitors can see the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and the JEATH War Museum.

Above and beyond its historical importance, Kanchanaburi has breathtaking natural features. You really must see the seven-tiered Erawan Falls in the Erawan National Park. There are pleasant swimming spots at every level, all in emerald green. Furthermore, lovely locations for a picnic or a leisurely day in the outdoors can be found at the waterfalls at Sai Yok Noi and Sai Yok Yai.


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Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a popular beach resort town with large expanses of sandy beaches and family-friendly activities, around three hours' drive from Bangkok. The town has both contemporary and traditional attractions along with a regal past as a popular getaway for Thai nobility.

The primary attraction is Hua Hin Beach, perfect for swimming, water sports, and sunbathing. Ideal for nighttime strolls, the neighboring Cicada Market and Hua Hin Night Market provide a range of regional goods, cuisine, and entertainment. See the Hua Hin Railway Station, one of Thailand's oldest and most stunning, for a unique experience.


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Just one hour and fifteen minutes' drive from Bangkok, Ayutthaya provides a fascinating look into Thailand's rich past. Once the seat of the Kingdom of Siam, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is adorned with historic monuments, palaces, and temples. Among the many striking ruins in the historical park are Wat Mahathat, which is well-known for its Buddha head wrapped in tree roots, and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, which has three enormous chedis.

To tour the vast historical park, visitors can hire bicycles or take a tuk-tuk. Deeper knowledge of the history and antiquities is provided by the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum. Beautiful views of the temple ruins against the evening sky are provided by a tranquil sunset river boat around the island.


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Khao Yai

About three hours northeast of Bangkok is Khao Yai National Park, a naturalist's and adventurer's dream. UNESCO World Heritage Site Khao Yai, Thailand's first national park, is home to a variety of species, verdant forests, and breathtaking scenery. Elephants, gibbons, and a wide range of bird species call the park home, which is why observing wildlife is so popular there.

The stunning Haew Suwat and Haew Narok waterfalls are accessible by trek, or guided trips offer an opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural environment. There are a number of camping spots in the park. Visit the neighboring PB Valley Khao Yai Winery for a different experience; you can enjoy a wine tasting and vineyard tour.


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About an hour and a half from Bangkok, Amphawa is a little riverbank village well-known for its floating markets and traditional wooden homes, if you're looking for a more relaxed getaway. Weekends are when the town's biggest draw, the Amphawa Floating Market, offers boat excursions, regional cuisine, and shopping.

A trip to the King Rama II Memorial Park provides understanding of Thai traditional architecture and culture. Catch a glimpse of the captivating fireflies along the Mae Klong River by boat in the evening. The serene setting and picturesque river views of Amphawa make it the perfect location for a leisurely weekend escape.


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Koh Samet

For anyone looking for a beach vacation away from the crowd, Koh Samet, a little island a few hours outside Bangkok, is ideal. Koh Samet is reachable by short boat trip from Ban Phe and has white sand beaches, glistening seas, and a thriving nightlife. Because the island is a component of the Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park, its natural beauty is conserved.

Popular Sai Kaew Beach has a variety of water sports and seaside restaurants. Visit the beaches at Ao Phrao or Ao Wai for a more sedate experience. Koh Samet is the perfect place to unwind and experience adventure because of its laid-back vibe and breathtaking natural surroundings.


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About two hours' southeast of Bangkok, Pattaya is a thriving beach resort well-known for its vibrant nightlife, kid-friendly activities, and stunning beaches. Water sports abound in Jomtien Beach and Pattaya Beach, including parasailing and jet skiing. There are many other cultural and entertainment options in the city as well.

One must see is the Sanctuary of Truth, a huge wooden structure with Buddhist and Hindu designs deftly carved on it. All ages of tourists can enjoy distinctive experiences at the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden and the Pattaya Floating Market. Families will find thrill and fun at the Pattaya Dolphinarium and Cartoon Network Amazone water park.


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Koh Larn

A short boat trip from Pattaya, Koh Larn, sometimes called Coral Island, provides a fast tropical getaway with its vivid coral reefs and blue seas. The beaches of the island are ideal for sunbathing, snorkeling, and swimming, including Tawaen Beach and Samae Beach. The laid-back vibe and breathtaking scenery of Koh Larn make it the perfect place for a mini island vacation.


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Just south of Hua Hin, Pranburi is a tranquil seaside resort well-known for its stunning beaches and surrounding natural features. Mangrove woods and boardwalks provide a tranquil setting for bird observation and nature hikes at Pranburi Forest Park. The peaceful beaches in the town, like Pak Nam Pran Beach, are ideal for unwinding days by the sea. A relaxing weekend getaway could be ideal in Pranburi because of its serene environment and breathtaking scenery.


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Ideas for Arranging Your Weekend Escape

  • Check travel times: Depending on your destination, travel times from Bangkok can vary. Arrange your time off to avoid busy periods and guarantee a seamless travel.
  • Accommodation: Book your accommodation in advance, especially during weekends and holidays, to secure the best options.
  • Pack accordingly: Depending on where you are going, pack necessities and suitable clothes. Pack comfortable shoes and bug repellant for wildlife escapes; don't forget sunscreen and swimsuit for beach vacations.
  • Discover regional cuisine: Every place has specialties and cuisines from the area. Use the chance to sample different dishes and take in the variety of cuisine.
  • Respect local culture: When seeing historical sites and temples, especially, be aware of the customs and traditions of the area. Keep to any given instructions and dress modestly.

Savor Your Weekend Away

There are plenty of choices within proximity to Bangkok that provide a wide variety of activities whether your interests are historical insights, scenic beauty, or just a place to unwind.