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Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Bangkok’s most iconic site is a massive palace complex that served as the royal residence until 1925. Of its many buildings, the one with the most architectural interest is Chakri Mahaprasat. It was designed in 1882 by British...

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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand

A 2.5-hour drive from Bangkok through the Thai countryside brings you to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, capital of the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand) from 1350 until 1767—the year that much of the city was razed by the Burmese army. The...

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Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

The coastal town of Pattaya makes for a fun day trip from Bangkok. It's known for its modern temple complex, Wat Yansangwararam, whose Buddhist structures were built not only in Thai style, but also in Chinese, Japanese and Indian styles. Within...

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This major river flows through the heart of Bangkok to empty into the Gulf of Thailand. Bangkok is big and always buzzing, so a languid boat ride along the river is a tranquil alternative to exploring the streets. As you...

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Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, Tambon Ban Len, Amphoe Bang Pa-in, Chang Wat Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13160, Thailand

Built in 1632, this summer palace north of Bangkok fell into disrepair in the 18th century. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that King Rama IV (you might know him from The King and I fame) decided to restore the complex and to add a...

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80/1 ริมคลองบางกอกน้อย แขวงอรุณอมรินทร์ เขตบางกอกน้อย Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700, Thailand

Before Bangkok became the modern metropolis it is today, the Chao Phraya River was its main avenue of transportation, and boats for commoners and royals alike plied the waters. Today, the royal barges are rarely used except for major...

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Rattanakosin Island, Wat Ratchabophit, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

In 1782, King Rama I established his capital on Rattanakosin, an island bordered by canals and the Chao Phraya River. Some of Bangkok’s most important temples were built here. Wat Pho has more than 1,000 images of Buddha,...

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Thanon O Bo To Chachoengsao 2012, Kon Kaeo, Amphoe Mueang Chachoengsao, Chang Wat Chachoengsao 24000, Thailand

An hour’s drive through the countryside brings you to Chachoengsao, a 16th-century riverside town known for its temples, Chinese shrines and floating food market. It's worth the trip just to see the massive, garishly painted statue...

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206/2 หมู่ที่ 5 Na Kluea 12 Alley, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

The coastal city of Pattaya is home to the Sanctuary of Truth, a Khmer-influenced temple constructed in the 1980s. Incredibly, this temple made entirely of wood was built without the use of a single nail. Throughout the temple are amazingly...

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5/1 Ratchawithi Rd, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand

The world’s largest golden-teak mansion, built in neoclassical and traditional Thai style, is a former royal villa that's part of Dusit Palace, a compound of imperial residences. The structure was commissioned by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V),...