Ayutthaya, the former capital of old Siam (1350-1767), is known for its ruins. Located 76 kilometers from Bangkok, it is also where the Bang Pain Palace and the Bangsai Folk Arts and Crafts Center are located.
Another destination is the province of Kanchanaburi,128 kilometers from Bangkok. It is where the historical Bridge on the River Kwai was built. Lopburi is famous for shrines that date back to the Khmer period and the ruins of King Narai’s palaces that were built in the 17th century. At Nakhon Pathom is the tallest Buddhist pagoda in the world.
In the town of Pamphun are orchards and ancient temples, while Lampang province is known for horse-drawn carriages that still ply its streets. Also worth a visit is Mae Hong Son, which is sometimes called the “town of three mists”. And then, there’s Sukhothai, the old capital which ruins date back centuries.
Khon Kaen is famous as the center of mudmee silk production, while Ubon Ratchatani is known for its candle festival. In Sakhon Nakhon are numerous picturesque sights. Surin stands out for the annual elephant round-up held during the third weekend of November. Buriram has the largest Khmer-style stone temple. Prasat Phanom Rung and Loei have cool weather almost year round.
Ranong, where the rain never seems to stop, has hot springs, while Patthalung is believed to be in the original realm of the ancient Sri Vijiya Kingdom.
Hat Yai is the bustling commercial city where imported goods are sold at low prices. Just off Phuket is Phang-nga, which has a magnificent coastline dotted by limestone caves. Krabi and Trang also have many deserted beaches and beautiful scenery. Tarutao Island off Satun has a spectacular underwater world and tranquil atmosphere.