Central - Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is Thailand’s third largest province. It covers an area of 19,486 square kilometers, most of which is forested mountains. There are fertile plains around the meeting point of the Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai Rivers where the town is located. To the west, Kanchanaburi shares a border with Myanmar and has the Tanaowasi Range as its borderline. Beyond the company provincial capital, some 130 kilometers from Bangkok. Kanchanaburi unfolds in progressively arresting scenic beauty in a landscape characterised by several waterfalls, caves once inhabited by Neolithic man, national parks, and tranquil riverside and reservoir setting. Many of its major attractions are also connected with the Second World War, and more specifically to years 1942 to 1945.

Interesting attractions: The Bridge over the River Kwai; The Jeath War Museum, Kanchanaburi Town Gate; Kanchanaburi War Cemetery; Domfrt Phra Nakarin Park; Ban Kao National Museum; Sai Yok National Park & Waterfall; Namtok Kroeng Krawia Waterfall.

The Ancient city of Ayutthaya or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya was the Thai capital for 417 years. This old capital was founded in 1350 by King U-Tong and was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. Thirty three kings of different dynasties ruled the kingdom. Ayutthaya is located 76 kilometers north of Bangkok. It was one ofIndo-China’s most prosperous cities and is one of Thailand’s major historical attractions. The grandeur of Ayutthaya is reflected by numerous magnificent structures and ruins concentrated in and around the city island surrounded by the Chao Rharya. Pa Sak and Lop Buri Rivers. The area, well conserved an a historical park, has been included in UNESKO’s list of World Heritage since 13 December 1991. Ayutthaya covers and area of 2,556 square kilometers, and is administratively divided into 16 districts.

Interesting attractions: Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre; Chao Sam Phraya National Museum; Ancient Forts and Fortress; Grand Palace (Ancient Palace); Wat Phra Si Sanphet; Wat Phra Ram; Chankasem or Front Palace; Chedi Phra Si Suriyothai; Portuguese Village; Elephant Kraal Pavilion; Bang Pa-In Palace; Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center. Major events: Bang Sai Loi Kratong Festival (beginning of November); Ayutthaya World Heritage Site (held in October or November)

Lop Buri, formerly known as “Lawo”. was one of the important ancient towns of the Khmers from the 10th-13th century. Many Khmer ruins are found in and around this town. During theAyutthaya period, King Narai the Great established lop Buri as the second capital with the help of French architects. Most for the architecture of that time reflects the mixture of Thailand Western Styles. Lop Buri is 153 kilometers north of Bangkok. It covers and area of 6,199 square kilometers and is administrative divided into 11 districts.

Interesting attractions: Statue of King Narai the Great; Phra Prang Sam Yot; San Phra Kan; Wat Phra Si Maha That; Narai Ratchaniwet Palace; Phiman Mongkut Pavilion; Nam Tok Wang Kan Luang Waterfall.