All in Thailand
Ah, Thailand. With ivory-white beaches and macaque-spotted jungles, awesome Buddhist shrines and perhaps the happiest locals on the globe, you offer plenty to love. But you're not all homogenous. From north to south you change entirely, which is precisely what I discovered as I traveled away from the glowing beaches of the Andaman, past buzzing Bangkok and up to the gateway to the north: Chiang Mai. It was just the start of an odyssey into the hills, up to where little Pai town beckons the more adventurous backpackers among us…
Episodes of adventure from the tropical Andaman island of Koh Phi Phi. Or, how to see the remoter side of this fabled party island, discover its hidden charm, and more off-the-beaten-track places.
From endangered dolphins weaving between rickety wooden river towns to Mughal temples and islands dressed in primeval rainforests, this list of Asia's top 12 hidden gems is fuel for that fire we call Wanderlust.