Thailand is a small country with a huge variety of things to experience: a slow life in the mountainous North, the trail of an ancient civilization in the Northeast, a relaxing tropical holiday in the South, and a contrast of farming culture and modernity on the central plain. But if it’s your first time in the country and you only have a couple of days to spend, you might want to start with Bangkok and its nearby provinces.
The weird and wonderful Bangkok with its population of 8 million is full of activities both for locals and foreigners. See traditional Thai style architecture at the magnificent Grand Palace, built when the city was found in the late 18th century, and its royal temple where people come to pray in front of the Emerald Buddha for happiness and prosperity. Also, mingle with the local crowds at some of the city’s bustling fresh markets and Chinatown.
Approximately 1 hour north of Bangkok lies Ayutthaya, an island city which was Siam’s capital between 14th and 18th century. Witness how rich, powerful, and cosmopolitan the kingdom was through the ruins of palaces, temples, and settlements.
A more recent history of Thailand during World War II can be seen in Kanchanaburi, a few hours west of Bangkok. The visit is memorable with a scenic boat ride, a walk on the famous Bridge of the River Kwai, and a trip to the war memorial.
An hour south of Bangkok is where you will encounter life at a slower pace in the provinces of Ratchaburi and Samut Songkram. With good irrigation system, farmers in these provinces have been growing fruits and vegetables to feed the city. They also sell some of their own produce at floating markets in the canals.
Check our day trips for a selection of private tours to these places.
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