Ayutthaya and the Central Plains Holidays

One of the most wondrous places in a country full of wondrous places, Ayutthaya holds the ruins of the original Thai capital and two spectacular museums. Completely encircled by a canal that marks the meeting place of three rivers, many of the temples may be crumbling but are still structurally sound enough to mount their high steps; the view of ... Read more
the ancient city from on high is recommended. Back on terra firma, search out the Buddha head that's been completely ensconced by tree roots, and grab your own picture of the single most-photographed Buddha in Thailand. Only 50 miles away from the modern capital, there's frequent bus service here from Bangkok's northern station. A slower, but more scenic way to do the trip is via train or longboat. Kanchanaburi is the other star of the Central Plains. Those who have seen A Bridge Over the River Kwai will have a certain song in their head the whole 80 miles from Bangkok to see the bridge that inspired the movie. It's here that during the WWII Japanese occupation 66,000 prisoners of war and slave laborers died while building the 'Death Railway.' Despite its sad history, the modern Kanchanaburi is a quaint place with fascinating WWII museums and is the jumping off point for Erawan National Park, famous for it's seven-tiered waterfall and swimming holes.
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Nizwa

Why Ayuthaya, Thailand's Angkor Watt, isn't really on the 'must do' list of every single traveler who passes through Bangkok (just an hour and a half away) is beyond me. The ruins, stupas and giant statues of Buddha are quite simply amazing. It's no wonder UNESCO declared it a world heritage sight. As this once ancient capital of Thailand is actually on an island, boat tours are available for those who can't be bothered to bike around the attractions which is another popular way of visiting the ruins. Not to be missed!

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Go here when you visit Thailand. So awesome to see in person and a rush to walk around in it. Be prepared to see monkeys running around. Also you'll see people ride by on elephants

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Hartford

Awesome place to visit the ruins

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