Central Thailand stretches around Bangkok with its wide plains, rice fields, rivers and of course some of the most important historical sites. The two former royal cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai may be partly in ruins today, but have lost none of their fascination.
The west of the country with its magnificent forests, bizarre mountains, floating markets and of course the famous bridge on the Kwai in Kanchanaburi are part of this fascinating region.
The Thai capital Bangkok is the heart of central Thailand. The lively city presents itself in a surprisingly harmonious mish-mash of tradition, history and modernity. Buddhist temples stand next door to exclusive malls, exotic markets are punctuated by karaoke bars and you will be greeted with friendly smiles everywhere. Bangkok itself offers more than 400 wats and other historical sites and is often used as a starting point for tours around Thailand.
Ayutthaya was once the most important city not only in Siam but in all of Southeast Asia at their weddings. Founded in the mid-14th century, Ayutthaya was considered the center of the kingdom for the next several centuries. But the shine was supposed to fade and with the invasion of the Burmese in 1767 the city was almost completely destroyed. Today you can visit the ruins of nearly 200 temples in the Ayutthaya Historical Park, which is located on an island at the confluence of the Chao Phraya, Mae Nam Pa Sak and Mae Nam Lop Buri rivers.
Kanchanaburi is a province and city in western central Thailand. Kanchanaburi achieved worldwide fame with the film "The Bridge on the River Kwai", because it is precisely this that still stands here today as a memorial to the notorious death railway from the Second World War. But Kanchanaburi has much more to offer: numerous national parks and nature reserves, lush rainforests right up to the Myanmar border and impressive waterfalls like that of Erawan make Kanchanaburi an extremely fascinating travel destination.
Bang Pa-In is a relatively tranquil town about 50 kilometers north of Bangkok on the way to Ayutthaya. But through the summer palace of the same name, Bang Pa-in, which is located on an island in the middle of the Chao Phraya, the river of kings and the lifeline of central Thailand. The Summer Palace is still used by King Bhumibol for state receptions, when he and the royal family are not there, the palace and its beautifully spacious grounds can be visited.
Damnoen Saduak in the province of Ratchaburi is actually quite a small and insignificant place in central Thailand. Due to its special location in an area criss-crossed by countless canals, however, it became one of the most popular tourist attractions around the capital Bangkok. The reason for this is its floating markets, where fresh fruits, snacks and the like are simply sold directly from the boat on the "khlongs", the canals. The market takes place every day.
Hua Hin is a popular seaside resort southwest of the capital Bangkok on the Gulf of Thailand. Here is also the summer residence of the royal family, who usually spend March and April here. Hua Hin has become a popular holiday destination in central Thailand, especially for families and couples looking for relaxation and dream beaches, not only thanks to its great beach, but also because it is easy to get to from Bangkok.