Why you should visit Northern and Central Thailand
As the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok
features both old-world charm and modern convenience, at times served up in an apparently
chaotic manner, but always with a gracious smile.
Many tourists who travel to Bangkok are immediately overwhelmed by the sheer size of the
city and the vast number of attractions Bangkok has to offer. While the immensity of the
city and its bustling streets can be intimidating at first, those who spend some time in
Bangkok are quickly enamored by the myriad of attractions Bangkok contains, from exotic
temples, which underscore Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls,
which make shopping an integral part of any Bangkok holiday.
Once considered the most spectacular city on Earth, the ruins of the capital of the Kingdom
Ayutthaya are now a major tourist attraction easily accessible from Bangkok by car, train,
or boat as either a daytrip or overnight excursion.
Because of its magnificent landscape and charming beauty, Kanchanaburi has become a major
tourist destination, with attractions including several well-known waterfalls, caves that
were once inhabited by Neolithic man, pristine national parks, tranquil rivers, virgin
forests, and several large reservoirs. Whether it’s fishing, rafting, canoeing, mountain
biking, bird-watching, star-gazing, golfing, elephant and jungle trekking, or even living
in a bamboo raft, Kanchanaburi takes pride in offering them all.
The fascinating city of Lopburi is a unique blend of East and West, ancient and modern, royal
splendor and majestic ruins, all of which offer tantalizing glimpses into the city’s alluring
history. Lopburi is unlike many historical cities. Modern day Lopburi has grown up and, for
the most part, enveloped the remains of the old city, which had been a settled by various
groups over the centuries.
Lampang is a city that features horse drawn carriages, relaxing riverside bars and restaurants,
a number of spectacular Buddhist temples, and a friendly, laid-back local population. Just
outside of the city, on the road to Chiang Mai, the Thailand Elephant Conservation Center
is one of the premier venues for visitors to learn about elephants and watch elephant
In addition to its importance in the history of Thailand, Phitsanulok features rivers, mountains,
and forests, ideal for lovers of natural beauty. Apart from its exceptional natural charisma,
Phitsanulok provides visitors with an opportunity to explore notable chapters of Thailand's
history. For example, Phitsanulok contains evidence of an ancient community dating back
between 2,000 and 4,000 years, including ancient stone axes.
Phitsanulok is therefore a natural hub and an ideal base for travelers wishing to explore the
lower North and western Northeast. However, Phitsanulok is more than just a stopover for tourists;
it is a province with a number of tourism opportunities. While most of Phitsanulok's terrain is
flatlands, one third of the area is covered by mountains in the north and east, where national
parks and waterfalls await exploration.
Source of national heritage, the Thai alphabet, the best Loy Krathong celebration, firm foundation
of Buddhism, fine Teen Jok cloth, ancient chinaware, holy Pho Khun (Ramkhamhaeng’s mother),
dawn of happiness.
Sukhothai, which literally means “Dawn of Happiness”, may be the most romantic of all former
Thai capital cities. The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been lovingly
restored, and Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see for all
travelers, particularly in the evening when the graceful Buddha images are illuminated by
lights, while exploring the grassy, tree lined park via bicycle, or most spectacularly, during
the Loy Krathong festival, when hundreds of candle-powered, floating lanterns are released into