1 Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai

Stay in a raft house, take a scenic train ride along the Death Railway and visit some moving World War II memorials.

2 Erawan Waterfall

Seven breathtakingly beautiful crystal pools in a jungle setting.

3 Sangkhlaburi

Search for the sunken temple of Wat Sam Phrasop at this peaceful lakeside town near the Burmese border.

4 Ayutthaya

Atmospheric ruined temples, three fine museums and laidback guesthouses in the broad, grassy spaces of the former capital.

5 Wat Phra Phutthabat

A vibrant introduction to Thai religion at the Temple of the Buddha’s Footprint.

6 Sergeant Major Thawee Folklore Museum, Phitsanulok

Housed in a series of wooden pavilions, this is one of the country’s best ethnology museums, offering a fascinating insight into rural life.

7 Sukhothai

The nation’s first capital is packed with elegant thirteenth-century ruins and inviting guesthouses.

8 Trekking from Umphang

A remote border region with spectacular waterfalls, river-rafting and Karen villages.

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