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Places of Interest

Thailand capitol city is nearly every travelers' entry point into the Land of Smiles. It's notorious traffic jams can be avoided by the Sky Train, metro, and ferry boats on the klongs and river.

The best trip in the city is along the Chao Phraya River lined by condos, temples, luxury hotels, hovels, and palaces.

Our favorite is the temple of Dawn, Wat Arun, (right) especially with the sunrise.

The Floating Market present an unique glimpse into a vanishing way of life.

Another must-see is the Jim Thompson house. The silk trader vanished without a trace in 1967, leaving his house to become a craft museum/luxury shop, although the store has something for everyone.

Patpong is world famous for its red-light district, but the city's nightlife also consists of world-class nightclubs and bars.

Sidetrips

The ruined capital of Ayutthaya remind us of the past glories of Siam.

Chiang Mai

Thailand's second-largest city is the gateway to the mountains, ancient temples, the teak forests and their working elephants, caves and waterfalls, and northern hill tribes.

Doi Suthep temple overlooks the city and the mountains beyond. You can walk up to the temple on stairs lining with a fantastic Naga serpent.

Places of Interest

In the Mae Sa Valley is an elephant training school and to the South is Thailand's highest peak, Doi Inthanon, which can be reached by car. To the north is the infamous Golden Triangle, where Burma, Laos, and Thailand meet at the Mekong River. Trekking centers of Pai and Mae-Hong-Son are good bases for trekking or motorcycle touring.

Central Plains

The Central Plains have a rich history and Phitsanulok makes a convenient base for excursions to the ancient city kingdoms of Kamphaeng Phet and Sukhothai.

Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is a destination of jungle-clad hills and sweeping waterways. The town is the original site of the famous Bridge Over The River Kwai, which was made famous by the David Lean movie. The train trip runs along the 'Death Railway' and across the post-war bridge.

The Northeast

Three hours northeast of Bangkok is the Khao Yai National Park & Wildlife Reserve. The country's most popular park offers vistas into the jungles. Other points of interest are the Khmer ruins of Lopburi, Phanom Rung and Pimai.

Gulf of Siam

Pattaya is renowned around the world for its nightlife. People come for the beaches and stay for other reasons. It boasts one of the biggest ex-pat populations in Asia.

Further south is the pleasant isle of Ko Samet. This careless beach paradise is the perfect refuge after a stay in Bangkok.

Phuket

Phuket is swiftly recovering from the 2004 tsunami. The main town of Patong has a reputation for sex and sleaze, but most tourists head for the more remote beaches for relaxing holidays by the Andaman Sea.

Phang Nga Bay

This bay stuns the senses and became famous after the shooting of the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. The little islands dotting the sea are mostly uninhabited, except for sea people, whose lives remain unchanged by the tourists. A kayak ride through these islands is highly recommended for all those interested is seeing the unusual flora and fauna of the region.

Ko Phi Phi Islands

These islands suffers from the 2004 disaster, but the town is being developed with more concern to the environment of one of the world's most idyllic beach resort.

Ko Samui

Ko Samui with its airport is the easy access for budget tourists from around the world. Recent years have seen upscale hotels taking the place of hippie shacks. Tourism is the main industry of the country's third largest island. Palm trees still outnumber hotels and the beaches are white sand delights.

Ko Phangan

This undeveloped island is famed for its full-moon parties. Up to 10,000 ravers dance to trance every full moon. Accommodations are plentiful and cheap and if it gets to crowded then you can head to the more remote Koh Tao to escape from it all.

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