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Top Historic destinations in Thailand -Travel back in time!

Thailand remains as the only Southeast Asian country never to be colonized; therefore to date the cultural and historical sites of the country remains unaltered, making them must-see destinations.

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Ban Chiang

Ban Chiang

Discovered in 1966, Ban Chiang is the oldest pre historic bronze-age settlements ever found in the South Asian region. Located near Udon Thani, a city in the Isan region of Thailand, Ban Chiang has unveiled fragments of pottery, bones and various artifacts dating as far as 2000 BC. You can walk through the excavation sight and take a tour of the Ban Chiang museum.

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Chao Phraya River

Chao Phraya River

Thai history can be traced along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The banks of the river have been transformed into homes from ancient times and they have created livelihoods from its environment. This great river has provided vital communication, led to the birth of civilization, and is regarded as the bloodline of Thai people. Going on a Chao Phraya cruise is a unique way of discovering Thai history and taking a glimpse into the authentic lifestyles that locals lead today. You can checkout places like Anantara Cruises for this experience. The river also plays an important role in Thailand's vibrant festivals, such as Loy Krathong held every November which gives thanks to the god of water, and the famous Thai New Year, Songkran festival.

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Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok maybe the business hub and the tourism magnet of Thailand, however, it still remains a historic center of the country. Home to some of Thailand's historical significant sight Wat Pho and Grand Palace Bangkok is a great place to discover the country's history. The Grand Palace built 1782 has been the home of the Thai King for 150 years. A highly touristic attraction, the Grand Palace depicts the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai people. Wat Pho is a famous temple in Bangkok due to the huge reclining statue of Lord Buddha constructed nearly 200 years ago and it is also one of the oldest temples in the country. The gold plated Buddha statue is 46 meters long and 15 meters high and it commemorates the passing of Buddha to Nirvana.

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Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya

Before Bangkok was founded Ayutthaya remained as the Kingdom's capital city for over four hundred years from 14th to 18th century. During that time, Ayutthaya was considered one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world, however, the continued war between Burma and Thailand saw the end of this beautiful city. Today you find several the remaining ruins of this once glorious city.

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Sukhothai

Sukhothai

Part of the northern section of the country Sukhothai played an important role as the capital of Thailand from 13th to 14th century. Later on, the southern section took reign, however, Sukothai's strength and splendor still remained. Sukhothai Historical Park is a testament to the strong status of the city and a great place for a weekend getaway.