Chasing Winter Magic: Koktail’s Top Picks for Winter Season Serenity

Experience serene destinations for tranquil winter getaways

Winter, a season cherished by many, holds a unique feeling for those eagerly anticipating its arrival. Koktail has curated a list of destinations for you to explore this winter. We believe there's no better time in Thailand than the winter season to experience these places and soak in the positive vibes.

Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai

Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest peak, is part of the Thanon Thong Chai Range in the north. Located in Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai province, it's dubbed the "Roof of Thailand." The summit features the Naphamethinidon chedi, honouring the Thai King and Queen. The surrounding national park is a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering trails to waterfalls, viewpoints, and diverse flora and fauna. Birdwatchers flock to the park for its variety of species.

Doi Angkhang, Chiang Mai

Doi Angkhang, nestled in the Chiang Mai Province of northern Thailand, is a mountain retreat offering a refreshing escape from the lowland heat. With an elevation of approximately 1,928 metres, it boasts a cooler climate and stunning landscapes. The Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang, established to promote sustainable farming practices, is a notable feature, encompassing research areas, a demonstration farm, and a royal villa. Surrounding the mountain are hill tribe communities, providing an opportunity to experience in local cultures. Nature enthusiasts can explore various trails, taking in scenic viewpoints and flower gardens.

Pai, Mae Hong Son

Pai is a small town in the Mae Hong Son province of northern Thailand. Known for its laid-back atmosphere, stunning landscapes, and diverse cultural experiences, Pai has become a popular destination for travellers seeking a tranquil retreat. The town is surrounded by mountains, hot springs, waterfalls, and lush greenery. Pai's street market, is where local artisans and vendors showcase their crafts and culinary delights. Visitors often explore the Pai Canyon, a series of narrow ridges, as well as the historical World War II Memorial Bridge. The Pai River also offers opportunities for bamboo rafting.

Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima

Khao Yai National Park, nestled in the Nakhon Ratchasima Province of Thailand, was established in 1962, this expansive park is the third-largest in Thailand and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting diverse ecosystems, from dense forests to grasslands, Khao Yai is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The park's features include majestic waterfalls Haew Narok and Haew Suwat, hiking trails through lush landscapes, and panoramic viewpoints. Beyond its ecological significance, Khao Yai's accessibility from Bangkok makes it a popular destination.

Doi Samer Dao, Nan

Nan Province, renowned for its ancient way of life, hosts Doi Samer Dao, a popular camping spot in Si Nan National Park. Located in Na Noi District, the province boasts a mountain peak with a panoramic ridge ideal for stargazing, sunset views, and observing morning mists. Si Nan National Park, with its fertile forests and diverse wildlife, serves as a vital water source for the Nan River. The park features attractions Sao Din, Pak Nai Kaeng Luang Tiger Stable, Doi Pha Chu viewpoint, Doi Samer Dao Viewpoint, and Pha Hua Sing, offering a good experience for visitors driving along Highway 1083 or taking a bus from Bangkok-Nan route.

Khao Chang Phueak, Kanchanaburi

Khao Chang Phueak, the highest peak in Thong Pha Phum National Park, Kanchanaburi, is a hiking destination in Thailand. It offers a challenging 8-km trail leading to a 360-degree panorama. The iconic "San Khom Mead" (Knife-edge) presents a stunning mountain ridge experience. Recognised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as a top dream destination, only 60 visitors per day are allowed, requiring pre-booking seven days in advance. The journey takes about 6 hours, with an overnight stay at the peak facilitated by park-provided guides and porters.

Phu Chi Fah, Chiang Rai

Phu Chi Fah, nestled in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, is a mountain destination celebrated for its enchanting sunrise views. Aptly named "Mountain Pointing to the Sky," " this location invites visitors in search of beautiful scenery. As dawn breaks, the summit provides a spectacular vantage point, unveiling vibrant hues that paint the sky over mist-covered valleys and neighbouring peaks. Travellers can explore hiking trails, including nearby Doi Pha Mon. Beyond its natural allure, Phu Chi Fah offers glimpses of local hill tribe culture, adding cultural richness to the tranquil mountain setting. With cool temperatures, and a chance to witness valleys blanketed in mist, Phu Chi Fah has become a popular retreat for those in search of serenity amidst northern Thailand's scenery.

Chiang Khan, Loei

Chiang Khan, nestled along the banks of the Mekong River in the Loei province of northeastern Thailand, exudes a nostalgic charm that captivates visitors. The town's riverside promenade, adorned with traditional wooden houses, immerses travellers in a bygone era. The Walking Street, a market showcasing local crafts and street food, comes alive in the evenings. Phu Thok, a nearby hill, beckons with panoramic views and serene sunsets. Chiang Khan's cultural heritage is evident in well-preserved temples Wat Si Khun Mueang, offering glimpses into the local way of life. Chiang Khan is a haven for those seeking the essence of rural Thai charm.

Ban Khiriwong, Nakhon Si Thammarat

In the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ban Khiriwong unfolds as a peaceful retreat surrounded by hills, forests, and streams. This village exudes tranquillity, showcasing cultural authenticity and warm hospitality. Nature enthusiasts are drawn to eco-tourism opportunities, exploring jungle trails and discovering nearby waterfalls Namtok Ai Khiao. A popular viewpoint reveals mountain and valley panoramas, providing a serene escape. Through homestay accommodations, Ban Khiriwong offers visitors an experience to appreciate the simplicity and beauty of rural Thai living.