Places of Interest Near to Bangkok

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in the area surrounding Bangkok...

While Bangkok is home to a wealth of places to visit, the surrounding provinces are also rich in interesting destinations.

Ayutthaya

Early European visitors to Ayutthaya called this city the "Venice of the East". It was built over a period of 400 years until it was ransacked by the Burmese in 1767. Today, the Ayutthaya Historical Park is well worth a visit to see the site of Thailand's original capital city. Places to visit include the Wat Phra Mahathat and the Chao Sam Phraya Museum.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

This famous floating market 65 Km southwest of Bangkok can be reached either by car or bus. Hire a longtail boat (traditional Thai boat) to travel around the many waterways of the market.

Death Railway Bridge (Bridge over the River Kwai)

130 Km to the west of Bangkok, the Death Railway has been popularised by the film and book, Bridge over the River Kwai. Although not much remains of the railway it is still possible to travel along a small portion of it.

Hua Hin

A favourite holiday destination for the Thai royal family, Hua Hin has always been popular with Thai families. Many of the major international hotel chains now have a hotel in Hua Hin and restaurants in the area offer a wide variety of international cuisines. There is a long beach and all the normal beach sports are available. It's about a four-hour drive from Bangkok, although there are also daily trains and flights from the city.

Khao Yai National Park

One of Thailand's largest national parks, Khao Yai is a three-hour drive from the northeast of Bangkok. Home to elephants, monkeys and many other types of tropical animals and birds, there are hiking trails through the park, waterfalls to cool down in and guides are available to make the most of exploration. Several vineyards, golf courses and a range of accommodation and restaurants surround the park.

Ko Chang

Ko Chang is reached by driving five hours from Bangkok to Laem Ngop, where ferries or "long tail" boats take travellers to the island. Ko Chang is relatively undeveloped and is part of a national marine park. It has deserted beaches, well-preserved rain forests and excellent seafood restaurants. It's a popular destination with both backpackers and wealthy tourists so there is a range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

Ko Samet

Ko Samet, in the Gulf of Thailand, is the closest island to Bangkok and is only accessible by ferry from Ban Phe after a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Bangkok. Ko Samet has nice beaches, but because of its proximity to Bangkok is relatively developed - despite being a national park - with all the typical tourist amenities. The south and east sides of the island are the quietest.

Muang Boran Ancient City

The "world's largest open air museum" highlights the architecture and art of Thailand through the ages. The city features many replicas of Thai monuments and houses more than 115 traditional Thai buildings.

Pattaya

Pattaya is a famous tourist resort about two hours' drive from the southeast of Bangkok. As well as a notorious nightlife, Pattaya has diving, sailing, beach sports, bungee jumps, go-kart tracks and other beach resort activities. There is a good selection of Thai and international cuisine in the many restaurants and a wide range of accommodation available. Recently high-end hotels and condominiums have been built. Jomtien, lies 1 Km south of Pattaya and is a quieter alternative, with its own beach and marina.