A memorable day can be spent exploring Ayuthaya, which was once
Thailand's mightiest capital. In its heyday it was far bigger and
more magnificent than London or Paris. Razed by the Burmese in
1767, its archaeological ruins are sad but beautiful.
Travel to Ayuthaya by coach, returning by river aboard the
Oriental Queen. Or for a unique Thailand travel experience, journey
to the ancient capital on the Chao Phraya-the "River of Kings"-on
an elegant, refurbished rice barge such as the Manohra
Song and the Mekhala.
Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai
Only two hours west of Bangkok is Kanchanaburi and the infamous
World War II bridge over the River Kwai. Travel by train across the
bridge. A must-see for history buffs visiting Thailand, experience
the War Museum and Cemetery, nearby waterfalls and caves, and a
small Khmer temple. Option to stay overnight on a rafthouse more
commonly referred to as a "Float-tel" or a tented camp near
Thailand is a snorkeler's paradise, featuring over 400 species
of fish and 250 species of hard coral. Two hours south of Bangkok,
elegant Hua Hin beach resort, favored by Thai royalty, has great
beaches and dining, with two major national parks nearby.
Khao Yai National Park
Wild elephants within a two-hour drive from Bangkok? Yes, in
Thailand's oldest national park. Full of exotic birds and beasts,
Khao Yai has miles and miles of trails to explore. Hike through
dense rainforest beneath rare orchids. See towering waterfalls. Go
on night safaris and enjoy interpretive walks with a an expert
birding guide. Take a tour of a vineyard and sample delightful wine
and Thai cuisine.
Siam's "Golden Age" is revealed in the 13th century ruins of
this glorious ancient capital. Beautifully carved Buddha statues,
crumbling pillars, lotus ponds, temples and pagodas are strewn over
this area and make for wondrous explorations. A UNESCO World
Heritage historical park.
Untouristed and undeveloped, Northeastern Thailand offers
traditional village life, magnificent Khmer ruins, fine silks and
handicrafts, national parks, and Mekong River scenery. Isan
is the jumping off point for travels onto the Khmer Trail. For
those wishing to experience authentic Thailand travel, Isan is the
country's least developed region and traditional culture still
Access Laos from this eastern port of entry.