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March 2019
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History and Culture > Historical Sites

Historical Sites in Thailand

The wide range of historical sites in Thailand are testimony to the country's rich and expansive history...
 

Must see

All historical sites in Thailand receive the careful attention of Thailand's Fine Arts Department, but some are of such significance that they have become World Heritage Sites under the administrative protection of UNESCO. Thailand's more important sites include Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Historical Parks. Visitors here can experience the legacy of the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya kingdoms, while the influence of the Khmer era on Thailand can be experienced at a number of sites around the country, with key sites in Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram and Sisaket. To really get a feel for Thailand and its history, a visit to the kingdom's ancient sites is absolutely essential. However long you intend to stay, try and visit at least one.


Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya Historical Park

The Ayutthaya Historical Park was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991. The park covers the old town of Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya used to be the capital city of Thailand for over 417 years...
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Wang Chang Ayutthaya Lae Phaniat

There are more than 100 elephants in Wang Chang Ayutthaya Lae Paniad. Visitors can watch elephant shows, being near an elephant and riding an elephant. For elephant ride program, the well-trained...
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Buriram
Phanom Rung Historical Park

Phanom Rung Historical Park is one of the most diverse national parks and certainly one of the most important and most visited Khmer sites in Thailand. Based on Phanom Rung Hill, an extinct...
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Chiang Rai
Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen is a town located right next to the Mekong River. The town itself is quite ordinary except for its ruins - ruins that provide archaeological evidence of Chiang Saen's former glory as a...
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Kanchanaburi
Bridge over the River Kwai

For many foreign visitors the Bridge on the River Kwai (Saphan Mae Nam Kwae) is probably one of the most famous of Thailand's attractions. A simple black iron bridge spanning the Kwai Yai River,...
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Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park

Prasat Muang Singh is a Khmer town in Kanchanaburi province. It is around 45 kilometers from Kanchanaburi city. Built around the 12th century on the Khwae Noi River, the site was most likely an...
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Nakhon Ratchasima
Phimai Historical Park

At the height of the Khmer era Nakhon Ratchasima was an important route into the Khmer kingdom. This fact is reflected by Phimai Historical Park. Parts of the park are actually older than Angkor...
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Sukhothai
Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Si Satchanalai Historical Park is located on the bank of the Yom River at Tambon Muang Kao, Si Satchanalai county, only 55 km. from the town of Sukhothai. Some of the key sites to visit inside the...
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Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai Historical Park is the main attraction in Sukothai Province. Located 12 kilometers from Sukothai town on the Sukhothai-Tak Highway, the Historical Park is a place of ruins and temples...
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The Royal Palace / Wat Mahathat

The Royal Palace is in the centre of old Sukothai. This is a large site covering around 160,000 square meters containing two main compounds and completely surrounded by a water moat. The first of...
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Worth seeing

All historical sites in Thailand receive the careful attention of Thailand's Fine Arts Department, but some are of such significance that they have become World Heritage Sites under the administrative protection of UNESCO. Thailand's more important sites include Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Historical Parks. Visitors here can experience the legacy of the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya kingdoms, while the influence of the Khmer era on Thailand can be experienced at a number of sites around the country, with key sites in Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram and Sisaket. To really get a feel for Thailand and its history, a visit to the kingdom's ancient sites is absolutely essential. However long you intend to stay, try and visit at least one.

If you are in Thailand for a slightly longer stay, try visiting more of the kingdom's ancient sites.

Chiang Mai
Wiang Kum Kam

Wiang Kum Kam is a recently discovered ancient lost city in Chiang Mai. It was flooded and abandoned more than 200 years ago. This ancient city was built in the reign of King Mengrai in 1296....
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Krabi
Shell Cemetery

The 75 million-year-old Shell Cemetery in Krabi province has some of the oldest shellfish fossils on earth. Although not immediately impressive - the site looks as though it houses a number of...
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Nakhon Ratchasima
Ban Prasat Archaeological Site

Ban Prasat Archaeological Site is located at Nong Sung north of Nakhon Ratchasima.
The site is considered to be an agricultural-ceramic society 3,000 years ago in prehistoric times.

The...
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