You’re already familiar with the streets of Bangkok and perhaps driven to Hatyai for a weekend of food and shopping. You’ve been to Thailand’s best island destinations and even spent long weekends at those breathtaking beach resorts. And even scale through the mountainous province of Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. What’s next? – Enter the floating villas of Thailand.

The concept of overwater villas is not something new but has been recently put under the spotlight with new properties opening in some of the most exotic regions of Thailand. Think of the floating architecture of Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson in the setting of Ha Long Bay – expect a lot of interaction with nature as you allow your mind to wander in the tranquillity of surrounding waters.

Floating communities are also common sights in Thailand with many floating markets and water villages scattered around the country. In fact, Bangkok was once known as the Venice of the East, with canals that crisscrossed the city serving as key transportation routes. At that time, most residents lived on water.

Perhaps for city dwellers, it’s a respite to return to simpler ways of living, so book yourself a trip to one of these overwater villas in Thailand.