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What To See And Do In Central Thailand

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Often bypassed by tourists rushing to the mountains in the north or the beaches in the south, central Thailand is the country’s cultural heartland. Fed by the Chao Phraya River, the fertile plain north of Bangkok births much of the nation’s rice crop while towns such as Ayuthaya and Sukhothai were formerly capitals of once-mighty Thai kingdoms. Steeped in colorful history, the majestic ruins at both towns reward exploration by bike or by foot. Other highlights include the beach town of Hua Hin.
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55 Moo 5 Tambol Wangkrajae,, Amphur Saiyoke, Kanchanaburi, อำเภอ ไทรโยค กาญจนบุรี 71150, Thailand
On a sunny day, it was difficult to imagine the death and destruction caused by bombers that destroyed the railway between Myanmar and Thailand on the River Kwai. Restored to carry mostly tourists to and fro' on short rides along the historic...
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99/9 หมู่ที่ 1 Tambon Bang Muang Mai, Amphoe Mueang Samut Prakan, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10270, Thailand
Staircase inside of the second floor of the Erawan Museum in Bangkok, Thailand. The Erawan Museum is located in Samut Prakan Province (on the outskirts of Bangkok) and was built by Lek Viriyaphant, an eccentric Thai millionaire who was also...
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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
While you're in Thailand, be sure to escape the colorful chaos of Bangkok and head toward the historic capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The best option to get there would be by train and they run frequently from Bangkok's...
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Amphawa, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand
On the weekend, escape the bustle of central Bangkok for the Amphawa Floating Market, a bohemian trading post nestled along the Mae Khlong River canal network. Meander along the waterway and browse local crafts, retro kitsch, and delicious...
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1 Moo 9 Baankhok Chang Patana, Nong Plup, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
A full-day journey for food and wine lovers includes an elephant ride through Hua Hin Hills Vineyard followed by a culinary experience in The Sala for wine tastings with the vineyard’s sommelier and exquisite dishes prepared by The Peninsula...
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Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
On a writing assignment to Hua Hin, Thailand, we discovered this wooden walkway built by the Parks Department that allows visitors to do a one-km circuit through the mangrove forest in the area. Located only 30 kilometres south of Hua Hin, at the...
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Nakhon Luang, Nakhon Luang District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13260, Thailand
Tall grasses line a dulled concrete path leading to Prasat Nakorn Luang, an old summer retreat for the royal family. It’s not very popular with the tourists, explains the head monk. It seems most visitors stick to main temples in town when they...
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Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand
Famous for its seven-tiered waterfall, Erawan National Park is one of the most picturesque spots in Central Thailand. Be warned, however, it is no secret spot and it teems with visitors at weekends. Come during the week to se it at its best and...