Travelers wandering where they should go next may just have their answer. Thailand has long been a bucket list dream for many travelers, and the country stays busy with tourists year after year.
The bustling city of Bangkok is worth a trip in itself, where you never know where the night will take you.
Or if being outdoors in Beach Mode is more your vibe, many go to the world-famous beaches, whether it’s Phuket, Krabi or secret off-the-beaten-path getaways.
The secret is coming out now for this up-and-coming destination along the coast. It is expected to become a travel hotspot by the end of the year.
Sichon is a small coastal village in southern Thailand and will soon be ready to embrace tourists with open arms.
Here are 6 reasons why Sichon is the next travel hotspot in Asia:
A Top 10 Beach In The Country
We have all Googled what to do, where to go, and what to see on our next trip. Or maybe the trip hasn’t been booked yet.
In other words, we have probably found ourselves on Lonely Planet. The mega-popular travel site has been a mainstay for travelers for a long time, and many value their opinion.
They ranked Sichon Beach as a top 10 beach in all of Thailand with its tranquil atmosphere and stunning backdrop of the Khao Luang mountain range.
And who wouldn’t want to swim with pink dolphins? As nice as it is, this place is off the radar to a lot of travelers.
However, that is about to change. Soon, it will be much easier to reach.
New International Terminal At Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport has been serving Asia since the 90s but has only offered domestic flights within Thailand’s borders.
When the airport is set to open by year’s end, it will be so much easier to connect. As it stands now, you have to connect in Bangkok and take a lesser-known airline to get here or very lengthy ground transportation.
There is no official word on which airlines will be coming to the new terminal.
Every traveler has a niche. Some are magnetized by the never-ending skyscrapers of a place like Dubai, while others are completely blown away by unspoiled nature.
Sichon fits the bill for the latter and will be one of the main draws for travelers willing to give this region a fair shake.
“Far from the tourist crowds, this is life in southern Thailand as it was 30 years ago – naturally beautiful, culturally authentic and perfectly peaceful.”
-Ravi Chandran, Senior Advisor to Urasaya, a residential and hospitality development concept
Home to gorgeous mountains, beaches, and trails that lead to waterfalls, travelers will instantly fall in love with what nature has to offer here.
In fact, the breathtaking Khao Luang mountains are home to hundreds of types of orchids and hundreds of species of wildlife.
A Place To Avoid Crowds
If you told a friend you were going to Thailand, and they might respond with, “Nice! Where are you headed?”. When you reply with “Sichon”, you might get a confused look.
But if you replied, “Bangkok”, you would get a seal of approval. That’s because everybody knows it. Sichon, on the other hand, is lesser known and a great place to escape the crowds.
If Thailand is on your travel wishlist, this is the perfect place to have it to yourself before it becomes mainstream.
Experience A New Side Of Thailand’s Culture
Just as this region’s nature is unspoiled, so is the culture. Travelers who come here can get a true taste, both figuratively and literally, of southern Thailand’s way of life.
Whether it’s perusing the beachfront markets full of local vendors or taking a walk through the unique coconut groves, visitors will not be disappointed.
It’s a far cry from Thailand’s larger cities, and that is what Sichon is banking on travelers wanting to experience.
A City Over 1,200 Years Old
Nakhon Si Thammarat is the capital of the province and is rich in heritage and culture. It’s a must-add to your Sichon itinerary.
Basically anywhere in Thailand, travelers can find awesome Buddhist temples to visit. But the temple here is special.
Wat Phra Mahathat is the country’s oldest temple dating back to the 13th century, and will leave you in awe with its architecture and history.
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