Central Thailand Region
The most prominent part of the Central Thailand Region is Bangkok. However the entire central region is a treasure house of historical and cultural heritage. You can spend several days shopping, visiting temples, tasting the Thai Food and relishing in the many amazing sites. While here I encourage you to visit Kanchanaburi to encounter the POW history in Hellfire Pass and the Bridge on the River Kwai.
The Central Thailand Region is divided into the following Provinces:
- Ang Thong – huge reclining Buddha, courageous heroes, court dolls, wickerwork, drum-making, double reclining Buddha.
- Ayutthaya – History and temples! Once the capital of the Thai Empire, it has three palaces and over 400 temples.
- Bangkok – political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual hub of Central Thailand – chaotic traffic and red lights.
- Cha Am – seafood and quieter beaches.
- Chachoengsao – mangoes and dried fish
- Chainat – Bird Sanctuary, Chai Nat Muni National Museum and Buddha relics.
- Hua Hin – sandy beaches, seaside seafood restaurants, lively night market, golfing.
- Kanchanaburi – WWII history, death railway, Bridge on the River Kwai, scenic waterfalls, national parks, rivers and mountains.
- Lopburi – history and monkeys.
- Nakhon Nayok – refreshing waterfalls and abundant varieties of fruits.
- Nakhon Pathom – Phra Pathom Chedi, the first Buddhism, abundant fruit varieties and cuisine.
- Nonthaburi – close to Bangkok and is considered by many to be a suburb of Bangkok. Wat Khemaphirataram Rajaworawiharn.
- Pathum Thani – prosperous with arts and culture.
- Phetchaburi – Historic buildings and Temples, Khao Wang old royal palace, Khao Loung Caves.
- Prachuap Khiri Khan – coconuts and pineapples, beaches, mountains and caves, Hua Hin
- Pranburi – quiet beach town south of Hua Hin near Sam Roi Yod National Park.
- Ratchaburi – caves, earthen jars, floating market, temples.
- Samut Prakan – Ancient City, the Erawan Museum, and the Crocodile Farm
- Samut Sakhon – the Sacred Bodhi Tree, Sweet Bamboo Shoots, Tasty Fruits, and Ancient Remains of Dvaravati Towns
- Samut Songkhram – Amphawa Floating market, Wat Bang Khae Noi which contains many distinctive and rare carvings.
- Saraburi – natural sites, cultural festivals, majestic temples, and historical venues. Wat Phra Phutthabat features a “Buddha footprint”
- Singburi – reclining Chakkrasi Buddha image which at 46 meters long is said to be larger than the others in Thailand. And Catfish
- Suphanburi – legendary elephant battle site, historical sites, caves, waterfalls, bird parks, fish sanctuaries, and a crocodile ‘farm’.