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  • 1 Wat Suwanaram Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    33 Soi Charansonitwong 32

    In the 18C, during the reign of King Taksin, Burmese prisoners of war were executed at Wat Suwanaram. Restored in the 1820s, the temple hosted cremation ceremonies for some members of the royal family and other important dignitaries. A statue of a se..

  • 2 Muang Boran (Ancient City) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    296/1 Sukhumvit Road, Bangpoo

    The "Ancient City" is an open-air museum, rather than a theme park. Here, some of the most famous monuments in Thailand have been recreated (either life-size or a third the size of the original building) in a wooded site which corresponds t..

  • 3 Phra Pathom Chedi Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    It's impossible not to be impressed by the monumental chedi, whose bell-shaped roof is clad with orange-coloured varnished tiles. Phra Pathom Chedi can only be described in superlatives - it's the highest Buddhist monument in the world, the oldest in..

  • 4 Khao Yai National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Khao Yai National Park, the first of its kind in Thailand, has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2005 and a paradise for walking enthusiasts. On the agenda: majestic landscapes, splendid waterfalls (such as Heo Suwat), lush jungle and wildlife ..

  • 5 Nam Tok Railway Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    At the beginning of the Second World War, the Japanese decided to build a railway between Thailand and Burma in order to facilitate the transport of troops and equipment. More than 300 000 people - prisoners of war and Asian citizens alike - were inv..

  • 6 Wat Yai Suwannaram Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Th. Phongsuriya

    The pride and joy of Phetchaburi, Wat Yai Suwannaram, a 17C temple restored two centuries later under the Chakri dynasty, is well worth a detour to admire the sumptuous wall paintings in the ubosot, the chapel used for the ordination of monks, which ..

  • 7 Wat Ko Kaew Sutharam Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Th. Boripha

    The Wat Ko Kaew Sutharam consists of a delightful group of wooden buildings raised on stilts. It is also home to a remarkable series of 18C wall paintings of a rare quality, the theme of which are the visits made by European missions to the kingdom o..

  • 8 Kaeng Krachan National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This, the largest national park in the country, is a paradise for lovers of wild nature. Extending across an area of around 3 000km2, it offers visitors the chance to explore caves and waterfalls (including the impressive Pala U with its 15 tiers of ..

  • 9 Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mu 2, Ban Khao Daeng, Khao Daeng Sub-district, Amphur Kui Buri

    Grey limestone peaks, forests, mangroves, lakes and bays make up the enchanting landscapes of the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, which extends to the south of Hua Hin, along the Gulf of Thailand. Budding ornithologists will marvel at the colonies of..

  • 10 Laem Sala Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    If you choose to go hiking in Khao Sam Roi Yot park, you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding islands and beaches. Along the path you'll be accompanied by small crab-eating macaques hidden in the trees - they are easily recognisab..

  • 11 Tham Praya Nakhon Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Behind a pine forest, a fairly steep path leads to the limestone cave of Tham Praya Nakhon (about 1hr walk - a guide is recommended). This natural cathedral is home to some spectacular petrified cascades. The cave comprises of arches and caverns on s..

  • 12 Ao Kiu Na Kok Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Further south, the coast of Ko Samet is much wilder in appearance. You'll need to take footpaths through the jungle to reach the beaches of Ao Wai, and then on to Ao Kiu Na Kok, a superb secluded stretch of sand near the southernmost point on the isl..

  • Covered mostly by tropical forest, which can be explored by elephant, Ko Chang is the largest island in Thailand after Phuket. With its archipelago of 52 islets, the island is a protected maritime reserve home to beautiful coral reefs. Relax on the f..

  • 14 Ko Chang West Coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The main beaches on the island, Hat Sai Khaeo, Hat Khlong Prao, Hat Khlong Hakok, Hat Kai Bae and Hat Thanam, are strung out along the west coast of Ko Chang as far as the splendid Bang Bao bay at the southern tip of the island. Long stretches of whi..

  • 15 Hat Thanam (Lonely Beach) Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This picture-postcard beach fringed with coconut trees boasts fine sand and crystal-clear water. Much less busy than its neighbours, Hat Thanam or "Lonely Beach" is aptly named, although you will find a number of bungalows dotted along the ..

  • 16 Wat Ratchaburana Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Unlike its neighbouring temple, Wat Mahatat, Wat Ratchaburana has preserved intact its Khmer prang, studded with niches to house statues of Buddha. This wat was erected in the 15C by King Borommaracha II following a fratricidal battle over the succes..

  • 17 Wat Phra Si Sanphet Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Wat Phra Si Sanphet, built within the grounds of the royal palace, served as the chapel for the kings of Ayutthaya. Little remains of the temple complex apart from the three large chedi, which are characteristic of art in Ayutthaya, with their Khmer ..

  • 18 Wat Phra Ram Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    As is the case with a number of temples in Ayutthaya, only the chedi and prang are still standing today, the latter's stuccowork embellished with fine statues of mythological characters (the half-man half-bird garuda and the naga, the snake and spiri..

  • The Chao Sam Phraya National Museum is home to a remarkable collection of Buddhist art, including gold treasures excavated from the temples of Ayutthaya, bronze Buddhas, Sukhothai-style statues, 18C wooden doors and Bencharong celadon. The exhibits b..

  • 20 Mae Nam Pasak Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ayutthaya nestles in a loop of the River Chao Phraya, at its confluence with the Lopburi and Pasak rivers. The River Pasak can be explored by boat, providing a different view of the old city. Admire the houses on stilts and the temple ruins (such as ..

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