UNESCO World Heritage Sites Series | THAILAND

Beyond its beautiful beaches and islands, Thailand is home to an impressive number of historical sites and incredible forest and mountain ecosystems. The many empires that ruled the country in the past built magnificent cities that flourished and were some of the largest in the world. Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites here attest to Thailand’s rich history and biodiversity: the Historic City of Ayutthaya, Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns, Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries, Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex.

The Historic City of Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s most visited sites, just 76 kilometers north of Bangkok. As the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom, destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767, it is now an incredible ruin site characterized by prang (reliquary towers) and staggering monasteries. Here your travelers can enjoy leisurely cycling tours around the intriguing remains. The first capital, the Historic Town of Sukhothai, receives less visitors thanks to its more remote location, situated some 400 kilometers north of Bangkok, but the vast site may be even more fascinating than its counterpart, Ayutthaya.

 The most photographed object in Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya

The Kingdom of Sukhothai is accredited as the birthplace of Thai architecture and language, and with the invention and development of many of the unique identifying characteristics of Thai culture. For history buffs or travelers striving for more cultural insight about Siamese (Thai) culture, Sukothai is a great off-the-beaten-track destination. Travelers can explore the area with a Visit of The Historical Park or a discovery of its surroundings while getting hands-on experience with our activity, making your own amulet and having lunch at a local house, or on a half-day countryside cycling tour in Sukothai.

The Kingdom of Sukhothai

Making your own amulet

The Ban Chiang Archaeological Site is also something to consider for your travelers. It is now considered the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in Southeast Asia, showing evidence of the first developments of wet-rice agriculture. It hosts an incredible number and variety of ancient artifacts, showcasing the fascinating development of agricultural societies and practices that still define the region today.

If your travelers are seeking a nature-inspired escape in Thailand, visits to the Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries and the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex are guaranteed to impress. The Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries are two incredibly diverse mountain forest sanctuaries that stretch over 620, 000 hectares along the Myanmar border.

The Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex

The Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex is also home to rich flora and fauna, protecting many threatened and endangered animal species. Over 100 mammal species and close to 400 bird species can be found here, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers and keen photographers. Travelers can discover its rich ecosystem with treks to stunning waterfalls, wine tasting amidst its forests, bird watching, exciting river rafting activities, and night safaris. A visit here can be incorporated with a trip from Bangkok or along the way with an exploration of the south of Isaan.

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