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World Heritage Sites in Thailand

Take a walk back in time to discover the origins underlying Thai culture, or observe natural beauty in Thailand's sanctuaries.

Thailand is home to many heritage sites which preserve the countries origins and protect some of it's natural beauty. Tourists are welcome to visit these heritage sites where they can explore gigantic monastery ruins, the beginnings of Thai architecture, and unspoilt forests and animal sanctuaries. Some main heritage sites are listed below.

Historic Town of Sukhothai

Sukhothai was the capital of the first kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries. There are numerous monuments here to see, a site for the beginnings of Thai architecture. It is also in Sukhothai that the Thai language and alphabet has its origins. The historical ruins are to the west of the city and transport to visit them can be easily arranged. As they are stretched over a large site, the best way to explore the historical ruins is by bicycle and these can be easily rented for a nominal sum at the main entrance.

Historic City of Ayutthaya

Located some 45 miles north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya took over as the capital of Siam (now Thailand) from the city of Sukhothai, before being destroyed in the 18th century by the Burmese who invaded the city.  Gigantic monasteries and prang (reliquary towers) remain as impressive ruins of this historical city. Ayutthaya is a great place to see the festivities and sights that take place during the Loi Kathrong festival in November with firework displays, outdoor events, traditional celebrations with other events taking place at other times during the year.

Ban Chiang Archaeological Site

Ban Chiang, thirty miles to the east of Udon Thani, is considered an important prehistoric settlement which is over 4000 year old. Excavations have uncovered skeletons and bronze grave gifts, along with rice fragments, bells, spearheads and bangles.

Thung Yai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries

On the western border of Thailand with Burma and covering  an area of some 3200 square kilometres, the wildlife sanctuaries are home to a very diverse array of animals, including large mammals, birds and vertebrates. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1991 the sanctuaries are a wonderful example of Asia’s flora and fauna and offer many opportunities to see animals in the wild.

Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex

Declared a World Heritage Site in 2005, this tropical forest complex is home to an amazing amount of fauna (over 800 apparently) plus mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Trekking trails take you through the forests giving you the opportunity to see waterfalls and caves , search for elephants, monkeys and much more. Khao Yai is also a birdwatchers paradise with Hornbills, trogons, pheasant and various thrushes just a few of the many birds that visit or make their home here.

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