Early European visitors to Ayutthaya, built over a period of some 400 years, called this city the ‘Venice of the East’. It was ransacked by invaders from Burma (Myanmar) in 1767 but Thailand’s original capital city still holds a special place in the hearts of all Thai people. We recommend visits to Ayutthaya Historical Park, Wat Phra Mahathat and the Chao Sam Phraya Museum.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
This famous floating market 65 kilometres south west of Bangkok may be reached either by car or bus. When you arrive at the floating market, hire a longtail boat to travel along the many inland waterways.
Bridge over the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi
This is the location, about 130 kilometres top the west of Bangkok, of the Hell Fire Pass Museum and the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. The railway was constructed by Allied PoWs during the Second World War.
The movie ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, directed by David Lean, starred Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and William Holden.
Hua Hin is a town that has been popular with several generations of the Thai royal family. Indeed, the Maruekhathaiyawan Palace between Cha-Am and Hua Hin was built for King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) as a seaside summer retreat in 1923. The railway from Bangkok to the Malayan Peninsula and Singapore linked Hua Hin with the capital city. Hua Hin sits on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand about 220 kilometres from Bangkok.
Khao Yai National Park
This is one of Thailand's largest national parks and is home to a remarkable collection of flora, fauna and wildlife. It takes about two and a half hours by car from Bangkok to reach the Park. The area is also home to several golf courses, vineyards and hiking trails.
Ko Chang is a delightful island reached initially by road and then via a ferry or long tail boat. Ko Chang is famous for its pleasant beaches, national marine park, rain forests and seafood restaurants. It's a popular destination for backpackers and wealthy tourists with accommodation available to suit all budgets.
Ko Samet, in the Gulf of Thailand, is the closest island to Bangkok and is accessible only by ferry from Ban Phe after a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Bangkok. Ko Samet has pleasant beaches but is also well developed and is very popular with local and international tourists.
Muang Boran Ancient City
Described as ‘the world's largest open air museum’, Muang Boran highlights the architecture and art of Thailand through the ages. The city features many replicas of Thai monuments and features more than 100 traditional Thai buildings. The outdoor museum sits about 35 kilometres to the south east of Bangkok, not far from Suvarnabhumi international airport.
Pattaya is well known for its nightlife, beach, water sports and seafood restaurants. This one small fishing village is now a booming tourist destination for Thais and international visitors. Buses and minivans operate daily between Bangkok and Pattaya. Jomtien sits to the south of Pattaya with its beach marina and a somewhat quieter environment.