Central Thailand attractions

Top Choice National Park in Kanchanaburi Province

Erawan National Park

Splashing in cerulean pools under Erawan Falls is the highlight of this 550-sq-km park. Seven tiers of waterfall tumble through the forest, and bathing beneath these crystalline cascades is equally popular with loca…
Top Choice Museum in Kanchanaburi Province

Hellfire Pass Memorial

A poignant museum and memorial trail pay tribute to those who died building the Thailand–Burma Railway in WWII. Begin at the museum and ask for the free audio guide, which provides historical detail and fascinating …
Top Choice Palace in Ayuthaya Province

Bang Pa In Palace

Ornate buildings are sprinkled across Bang Pa In Palace's 19-hectare gardens. First established in the 17th century, the palace was revived in the 19th century by kings Rama IV and V, the latter adding most of its E…
Top Choice Bridge in Sangkhlaburi

Saphan Mon

Sangkhlaburi's iconic, 440m-long wooden bridge, the largest in Thailand, was dubbed the 'bridge of faith' after being built largely through manual labour. Saphan Mon connects the main town, home mostly to Thai and K…
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Ratchaburana

The prang in this sprawling temple complex is one of the best extant versions in the city, with detailed carvings of lotus flowers and mythical creatures; it's surrounded by another four stupas. If you aren't afraid…
Top Choice Historic Site in Kanchanaburi

Death Railway Bridge

This 300m-long bridge is heavy with the history of the Thailand–Burma Railway, the construction of which cost thousands of imprisoned labourers their lives. Its centre was destroyed by Allied bombs in 1945; only the…
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

At this captivating ruined temple, three wonderfully intact stupas form one of Ayuthaya's most iconic views; unlike at many other ruins, it's possible to clamber up the stairs for a lofty vantage point (and epic sel…
Top Choice Museum in Kanchanaburi

Thailand–Burma Railway Centre

This excellent museum balances statistics and historical context with personal accounts of the conditions endured by POWs and other imprisoned labourers forced to build the Thailand–Burma Railway. Kanchanaburi's rol…
Top Choice Ruins in Ayuthaya

Wat Mahathat

Ayuthaya's most photographed attraction is in these temple grounds: a sandstone Buddha head tangled within a bodhi tree's entwined roots. Founded in 1374, during the reign of King Borom Rachathirat I, Wat Mahathat w…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ayuthaya

Wat Phanan Choeng

This lively temple, believed to date to 1324, is a fascinating place to observe merit-making ceremonies, which unfold beneath the gaze of the 19m-high Phra Phanan Choeng Buddha. This enormous statue, a guardian for …