Around Bangkok there are many great places to visit.
There is Safari World where you can tour the open safari park before visiting the other enclosures and cuddle a real tiger (an incredible experience!).
Then there is The Grand Palace, with incredible Temples covered in gold, must be seen to be believed.
Just north of Bangkok is the original capital of Thailand, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya in short, is one of Thailand 's historical and majestic highlights. Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 – 1767: Kingdom of Ayutthaya ), it was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world a Southeast Asia center for civilizations. During the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayutthaya , traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they had ever visited.
The map of Ayutthaya published in 1691 by Simon de la Loubre in Du Royaume De Siam is proof of such recognition. Most of Ayutthaya was destroyed in wars, and the capital then transferred to Bangkok. At Ayutthaya you can visit the ruins and The Temples and have a ride on an Elephant.
There are quite a few attractions visitable as day trips out of Bangkok, most easily on tours that may combine two or three of them in one day.
Perhaps the most popular trip from Bangkok is the 109km journey southwest to the picturesque Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi province.
This market is very popular with tourists, though it is still a little better than the one near Wat Sai in Thonburi. The main floating market on Khlong Damnoen Saduak (Damnoen Saduak canal) is Ton Khem market, but there are others at Hia Kui and Khun Phitak. Hia Kui is the most touristy and has boats mainly of souvenirs for tourists but others are not quite as bad. Really, it would be hard to not to visit a Floating Market as Bangkok is famous for them.
More attractions visitable as day trips out of Bangkok:
Why not visit Tiger Temple, where fully grown Tigers run free in the temple grounds. The Tigers are bred and cared for by Budhist monks, who walk with them around the temple.
You can get right up close to the Tigers and have your phot taken whilst petting them.
An experience you will never forget! (You will have to sign a release form, in case you get eaten by one, has not happened yet, I think!).
Not far from the Tiger Temple is the Bridge on the River Kwai, but this is not really the bridge in the movie, nor is it the real River Kwai.
The real bridge was destroyed in the war, but following the movie and the volume of farangs wanting to see the Bridge on the River Kwai, some estute Thai officials saw a great opportunity, they had another bridge that was built during the war, and they repaired the spans. The stretch of river that it crossed they renamed to the River Kwai, and this bridge became the Bridge on the River Kwai.
A visitors centre was set up and many souvenairs and other gifts are now available at this Bridge on the River Kwai.
Away from Bangkok, there are many other places to visit, there are specific Tourist Beach Resorts, such as Phuket and Pataya, but these do not reflect the real Thai culture,as they have been taken over by the lucrative and renowned Thai sex industry.
To really appreciate the traditional Thai way of life, travelling down to the South of Thailands East coast to places such as Hua Hin, Cha Am, Surat Thani and thereabouts will give you a much better view of the real Thai way of life. In addition the scenery and food around these areas is very different to that seen around Bangkok.
Whilst travelling in South Thailand you must visit some of the wonderful Thai Temples as they are amazing. Built in the reign of King Rama VI, The railway station at Hua Hin is one of Thailands most beautiful train stations of which the local people are very proud.
At Namtok Pa Lau the waterfall is located within a yearlong verdant forest where various kinds of birds and butterflies are found, especially in the morning.
It is composed of 11 tiers of rocks, some of which can be reached along a trekking trail parallel to the stream. To get there, visitors may take local transport from Hua Hin for a distance of 63 kilometres. At Klai Kangwon Palace King Rama VII commanded the summer palace to be built in the year 1926 to the north of Hua Hin. The palace consists of 3 Spanish style mansions facing the sea. This Spanish style architecture was adapted to suit the tropical climate of Thailand and to serve the function of a summer palace. The atmosphere is more of a large house than a formal palace. It is open to the public daily from 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Call +66 (0) 32 511115 for more information.Located at Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Chaiya is a historical and archaeological museum. The first building puts on exhibition stone and bronze sculptures discovered in the ancient city of Chaiya, for example, sculptures of the God Vishnu and Bohdisattva Avalokitesvara.
The second building exhibits artifacts of protohistoric down to historic periods from Dvaravati, Srivijaya, Lop Buri, Sukhothai to Ayutthaya. Art objects and several other crafts are also displayed here. Chaiya National Museum is open daily between 09.00-16.00 hrs. except for Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is 10 Baht each.
We will have more places to visit added soon, so keep checking back here.