Thailand’s tranquil destinations rise in popularity amidst tourism shift

Sichon emerges as a serene haven, with award-winning developments Like Urasaya Beachfront Residences enhancing its appeal

Congestion is nonexistent in Thailand’s newest serene destination, Sichon. Krisda/Shutterstock

In 2023, Thailand emerged as a global hotspot for travellers, boasting three of the world’s most frequented tourist destinations. This distinction cements its status as a premier destination on the global travel map. Yet, this surge in tourism is not without its challenges.

In Phuket, a looming traffic crisis, termed “carmageddon”, is anticipated in 2024. This is due to road traffic volumes exceeding the expansion capabilities of the island’s transport network. Other popular destinations like Pattaya and Hua Hin are also bracing for significant road congestion in 2024. Moreover, the constant hum of jet skis and banana boats is increasingly at odds with tourists’ growing desire for tranquillity.

Bill Barnett, Managing Director of C9 Hotelworks, said: “The high season 2023/2024 is likely to see a traffic gridlock scenario that will have a profound impact on tourists and residents alike. The absolute failure to bring transportation infrastructure projects from paper to reality over the past decade will have long-term repercussions.”

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In line with this, Condé Nast Traveler has highlighted the rise of “silent travel”. This new trend, featuring isolated nature resorts, tranquil retreats, and peaceful walking tours, is set to define the travel landscape this year.

Tranquil destinations such as Sichon have been gaining prominence in Thailand, catering to tourists’ growing preference for peaceful and serene environments. This is highlighted by the notable rise in visitors seeking destinations that offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of more crowded tourist spots.

In the serene backdrop of Sichon, Urasaya Beachfront Residences, a project developed by Urasaya Property Co., Ltd., has made its mark, having received accolades at the 18th PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards 2023. The project was honoured with the Best Residential Development (Greater Samui) and Best Residential Architectural Design (Greater Samui) awards, subtly underlining its significance in enhancing the region’s charm.

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Sichon, celebrated by Lonely Planet as one of Thailand’s top 10 beaches, is increasingly recognised as a tranquil destination. Urasaya Beachfront Residences complements this serene setting with its exclusive collection of luxurious pool villas. These villas, designed by Oracle Architects, blend modern comfort with elements of Southern Thai design, situated on prime coastal land with extensive beach frontage.

Supporting the trend, infrastructure developments in Nakhon Si Thammarat, such as the new international airport terminal capable of handling four million passengers annually, offer easier access to these tranquil locales. This positions Sichon and similar destinations as attractive alternatives to more crowded areas.

As the country continues to attract diverse international visitors, developments like the award-winning Urasaya are poised to provide an unmatched blend of tranquillity, luxury, and cultural authenticity, meeting the evolving desires of global travellers and second home seekers.

Gynen Kyra Toriano, Digital Content Manager at PropertyGuru, wrote this article. For more information, email: [email protected].