When people think about Thailand, they often think of never-ending parties, a crazy nightlife, and miles upon miles of sandy beaches. While Thailand is all of that and more, the country is much more diverse than that and has something for everyone, whether they like nature, want to immerse themselves in the rich local culture or see some of the most beautiful natural sites the world has to offer. In this article, we’re going to give you three original attractions you should consider for your next visit to the country.

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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Thailand is famous for its many elephants and they are viewed as a sacred animal in the country. No visit to Thailand would be complete without visiting the elephant nature park Thailand. The site is an ecotourism project that involves some of the local tribes and was created as a sanctuary to protect elephants in the area. They have locations in Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya, so wherever you are in the country, you have no excuse not to stop by.

Sam Phan Bok

If you ever dreamed of visiting the Grand Canyon, then Sam Phan Bok is a great alternative. Often dubbed as “Thailand’s Grand Canyon”, Sam Phan Bok translates to “land of 3000 holes” in English due to the thousands of small holes you’ll find on the ground.

But unlike Chiang Mai’s version of the Grand Canyon, this one was actually naturally formed and has tons of unique land formations, including a river with small pools of water. It’s also filled with depressions, basins and holes along the stretch of the river.

Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew

We’ve heard of temples made of gold, precious jewels and stone, but beer bottles? Yes, Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew is a temple that was made entirely from beer bottles and is one of the most unique sights in the whole of Thailand. But the temple wasn’t meant to be built as a shrine to beer; actually, a group of monks decided to reuse the bottles to build the temple after being fed up with the rubbish in the area.

They also started a programme that encouraged locals to come bring their old bottles so they could be recycled into this temple. It was built using a combination of green Heineken bottles and brown Chiang beer bottles to create a beautiful contrast. The site took a whopping 1.5 million bottles in total to build, and is an ode to the resilience and resourcefulness of the local monks in the area.

Thailand is a country full of wonders and one waiting to be discovered for those ready to venture out of the beaten path. These few attractions should give you some great ideas for unusual things to do and see next time you are in the country, so don’t be afraid to be creative and give one or all of these a try if you want to experience something special.