There are many regular directories on Thailand, including excellent locally produced publications and Web sites, and an extensive section on travel would be superfluous here. However, it is worth mentioning just a few of the interesting sights in and near Bangkok, and in more distant locations. In Bangkok The oldest site is the Grand Palace complex, which includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo). This was begun in 1782 by King Rama I and continued by his successors. The National Museum, which houses a fine collection of antiquities, offers a fascinating introduction to Thai history and art, as do Thailand's other historical museums.
A boat trip on the Chao Phraya River is a must, enabling you to see Bangkok as it once was a complex of floating houses and shops ranged along the river. You will also get spectacular views of Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) and the Grand Palace. Close to Bangkok Nakorn Pathom and Kanchanaburi These can both be managed on a long day trip. The first boasts the largest Buddhist chedi (shrine) in Thailand, while the second is famous for the "Death Railway: 'built with forced labor during World War II by the Japanese, linking Thailand to Burma. spectacular scenery, and a museum.
Ayuthaya and Bang Pa-in Both are on the Chao Phraya River. The first is the former capital of Siam. The latter has a royal palace built by Chulalongkorn and a number of other buildings in European, Chinese, and Thai styles. There are train and bus services, but the nicest idea is to take a river trip from Bangkok. Hua Hin and Petchburi Hua Hin is Thailand's oldest seaside resort and, although extenively developed in recent years, is regarded as far more relaxing than the popular resort of Pattaya. On the way a visit to Petchburi is possible. This is a small provincial city with a number of attractive temples. Both can be reached by bus or train. Further away ChiangMai.
This is the capital of the north and famous for its craftsmanship-textiles, wood carvings, pottery, umbrellas, ete. Among the sights worth seeing are the Doi Suthep temple and the Tribal Museum. This is a useful center for exploring other places in the north, such as Chiang Saen on the Mekhong River and Chiang Rai. You can travel to Chiang Mai by air, train, or bus. Sukhothai The former capital of Siam, close to the modern town, stretches over a wide area and has been designated the Ramkhamhaeng National Park, after the famous King of Sukhothai. Bus and train services operate to the city from Bangkok. Nakorn Sri Thammarat An important cultural center in the south of Thailand, once the capital of the Tambralinga kingdom. It boasts an excellent museum, the largest temple in the south, Wat Phra Mahathat, and Khao Luang National Park. There are air, train, and bus services to the city from Bangkok.