The thrilling, full-on metropolis of Bangkok, the renowned beaches of Krabi, Phuket and Koh Samui, and the ethnically and culturally diverse north all unsurprisingly top the first-timer’s wish list. But there is so much more to see in Thailand than its headline acts.
Take, for example, Ayutthaya – an archaeological park at the centre of the country’s former capital with a history dating back 650 years - and UNESCO-protected ancient capital of Siam at Sukhothai, which was the first truly independent Thai kingdom. Its architectural style defined what we now call the ‘classic’ Thai aesthetic, and many of its wonderful temples and monuments have been beautifully restored. Or how about the state of Kanchanaburi, an adventure traveller’s paradise and gateway to the River Kwai; temples in the shape of Isaan’s Khmer complexes and its borders with Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia, or Chiang Rai and the renowned Golden Triangle. Thailand is a country that gets right under the skin of visitors, as well as inspiring a rather unique sense of loyalty. And rightly so!
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This fascinating country is full of surprises and is one of Southeast Asia's most underrated destinations. Featuring heavily on our itinerary ideas for visiting Thailand, these places below are destinations that we know prove consistently popular with our travellers.
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