Whether you’re a history enthusiast, nature lover, or simply seeking an authentic Thai experience, Central Thailand has something for everyone. Explore the modern metropolis of Bangkok, travel to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, take time out at a floating market, and enjoy the natural beauty of Kanchanaburi province.
Start your journey in the vibrant capital city of Bangkok. Take a boat trip along the Chao Phraya River and pay your respects at the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho, and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).
Indulge in some retail therapy at any of Bangkok’s modern malls like IconSiam or, for a more local experience, make the trip to Chatuchak Market or Jodd Fairs Night Market. There are also a number of floating markets within easy reach of Bangkok including the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
Bangkok is one of the best food destinations in Asia. You can sample the street food during the day and enjoy a hi-so rooftop restaurant in the evening. With so much to see and do in Bangkok, you’ll never get bored no matter how many times you visit.
Located just to the north of Bangkok, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya was once the capital of Thailand (then known as Siam). A visit to Ayutthaya Historical Park makes an excellent day trip from the Thai capital although it’s worth spending a night or two here if you have enough time on your itinerary.
Kanchanaburi is another destination which can be visited as a day trip from Bangkok. This will give you enough time to visit some of the notable Second World War sites including the Bridge on the River Kwai, Don Rak War Cemetery, the Death Railway and Hellfire Pass.
Beyond the wartime history, Kanchanaburi is a province with some lush countryside and national parks and spending at least a few nights here will allow you to see another side of Kanchanaburi.