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Day Trips from Bangkok

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A January 2006 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

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Quote: The heart of the modern Thai culture, Bangkok is surrounded by bits of history belonging to different periods of the kingdom history and stunning beaches.

Day Trips from Bangkok

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Cemetery Photo, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market: Southwest of Bangkok, this market provides much of the best-known pictures of Thailand. Women wearing flat bamboo hats and selling fruits and noodle soups from shaky boats welcome visitors with broad smiles and the best of the Thai cuisine.Kanchanaburi and the Bridge over the River Kwai: Kanchanaburi hosts the main memorials in Thailand for the Second World War; the Bridge over the River Kwai and the adjacent cemetery of POW’s provide a usually overlooked angle of that period. Higher than Bangkok, its climate is a bit cooler, and its light breezes give a much needed break from the capital’s excessive heat.Ayuthaya: A former capital of the kingdom, Ayuthaya hosts...Read More

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Ayutthaya Historical Park

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Attraction | "Ayuthaya"

Ayutthaya Historical Park Photo, Ayutthaya, Thailand
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Ayuthaya - 86km north of Bangkok - was the Thai capital from 1350 to 1767; before that it was a Cambodia outpost. It is named after Ayodhya, the home of Rama in the Indian epic Ramayana, Sanskrit for invincible. In 1767, after the ruling of 33 Thai kings, it was conquered by the Burmese and lost its capital status. Today it is a ...Read More

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Ayutthaya Historical Park
86 Kilometers North Of Bangkok
Ayutthaya, Thailand 13000
+66 35 246 076-7

Bridge over River Kwai

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Attraction | "Kanchanaburi and the Bridge Over the River Kwai"

Bridge Photo, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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During World War II, the Japanese used war prisoners to build a railway connecting Thailand with Myanmar. It became known as the Death Railway and a book and a movie – both named the Bridge Over the River Kwai - were made telling the story; it is estimated than 16000 POW's died here. In a great show of their versatility, the Thais have changed the name of the river passing below the famous bridge, so that it would fit the name wrongly used by Pierre Boulle while writing his...Read More

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Bridge over River Kwai
Kanchanaburi
Bangkok, Thailand

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Photo, Damnoen Saduak, Thailand
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Eighty kilometers southwest of Bangkok, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market provides much of the better known pictures from Thailand. The canal, in which it is located, was ordered to be built by King Rama IV in 1866 to facilitate travels between Ratchaburi and Samutsakhon. It was opened to the public in 1868 and since then it provides unforgettable views of floating noodle soup stalls and Thai women wearing flat topped bamboo hats.In the 21st Century its transport and agricultural qualities are secondary to the tourism industry. The fertile adjacent fields provide the needed products ...Read More

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Bang Phae-Damnoen Saduak Road
Damnoen Saduak, Thailand 70120
+66 2 694 1222 (Tour

Pattaya

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Attraction | "A Classic Case of Bad Public Relations"

Pattaya Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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A beach located just two hours from Bangkok; Pattaya is the perfect place to cool down after a few days in steamy Bangkok. The proximity to Bangkok transforms it into the ideal resort while waiting for visas or flights.The city’s main attraction is the promenade at Central Pattaya and the adjacent beach. From there, stunning sunsets over the Gulf of Thailand can be seen. The wide sidewalk is crowded with joggers and tourists; a low wall separates it from the narrow and sandy shore. During the days, banana-boats cater there for riders. Opposite the beach are plenty of...Read More

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Pattaya