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The Central Plains
Bangkok, the bustling capital of Thailand, is where one will find gilded temples, fabulous food, bargain shopping, and unabashed nightlife. The city’s landmarks include the Royal Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, and the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).
Ayuthaya, the former capital from 1350 to 1767 located upriver from Bangkok. Visit its ancient ruins, now designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the Summer Palace at Bang Pa-In.
Damnoen Saduak, the colorful floating market not far from Bangkok where vendors wearing straw hats sell their goods in sampans.
Bridge over the River Kwai, built by Allied prisoners of war during World War II, is located in Kanchanaburi Province. Take a ride on the “Death Railway” and visit the War Cemetery and War Museum.
The Southern Islands
nestled in the Andaman Sea, is located on the Indian Ocean coastline of southern Thailand. Phuket is famous for its alcoves of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, pearl farms, world-class scuba diving and other water sports.
Phang-Nga Bay, located near Koh Samui island, is known for its soaring limestone cliffs. Explore the many “hongs” or caves by longtail boat or sea canoe and visit Koh Panyi, a muslim fishing village built on stilts.
Krabi & Koh Phi Phi, located in the Andaman Sea, have picturesque topography with arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and a premiere spot for rock climbing.
Koh Samui, on the Gulf of Thailand, boasts soft white sandy beaches, palm-fringed coconut trees, and a jump off point to visit Ang Thong Marine Park and nearby islands such as Koh Phang-Nga and Koh Tao.
The Northern Mountains
Chiang Mai,
the second largest city, is famous for its arts and crafts and festivals held throughout the year. Highlights include Doi Suthep and city temples, treks to hill tribe villages, elephant rides, and the Night Bazaar.
Mae Hong Son, on the Myanmar border, is a mountainous province and home to the Padong hill tribe, whose women wear several rings that elongate the neck.
Chiang Rai, the northern-most province, is where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos converge, also known as the Golden Triangle. The mountainous terrain, populated by hill tribe villages of the H’mong, Lahu, Akha, Yao, and others, offer superb trekking on foot and elephants!
Lampang, next to Chiang Mai, has classic Burmese style architecture evident in its historic temples. The province is also home to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center where visitors can see how elephants are trained or rehabilitated.

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