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List 06 April

7 Alternative-Thailand unmissables

Thought Thailand was full of package holidays and beach loungers? You couldn't be more wrong: here are 7 unmissables for your next trip

1. The Mekong

Chill out on the banks of South-East Asia's mightiest river at Sangkhom, and boat along it from Chiang Khan.

2. Sukhothai

Rent a bike and explore the graceful ruins of Thailand's 13th Century capital, now a historical park.

3. Khmer ruins

The Khmers of Angkor built several extraordinary temple complexes in Thailand, notably Phimai, Phanom Rung and Muang Tam.

4. Amphawa

Stay riverside in Thailand's fertile plains, where life still revolves around floating markets and cottage industries.

5. Pak Nam Pran

This quiet sandy beach has unusual accommodation - a favourite with weekending Bangkokians.

6. Khuraburi

A community tourism programmes offers the rare chance to experience life in a village on the Andaman coast.

7. Ko Tarutao National Marine Park

Fifty-one stunningly beautiful islands, graced by blindingly white beaches and vibrant reef life.