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Thaihotelsonline brings you list of luxurious hotels, hotel accommodation and hotel resorts in central part of Thailand. Central part of Thailand in our site consists of six provinces as following :- Bangkok, Nakhonpathom, Kanchanaburi, Ayuthaya, Phetchaburi, and Prachuab Khiri Khan.

BANGKOK was established as Thailand's capital in 1782 Over the next two centuries, it developes in many ways reflecting the modern dynamism, however, its ancient glories were well maintained especially in the old areas around the Grand Palace. Today, Bangkok has become the principal gateway and primetourist attraction for both domestic and international travellers. There are many interesting places in Bangkok, such as :

The Royal Grand Palace The Royal Grand Palace is in reality a walled town covering an area of over a square mile. The principal objects of interest within the precincts of the Palace are the two halls of audience, the Dusit Maha Prasad Hall and the Amarindr Vinichai Hall. The Dusit Maha Prasad is considered the finest building inside the Palace and certainly one of the jewels of modern Thai architecture.

Wat Phra Kaeo (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha) The Chapel Royal or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, usually called Wat Phra Kaeo and offically named Sri Ratana Sasadaram Temple, is the most interesting and famous of Bangkok·s temples. This collection of chapels, halls, towers, etc., can be divided into two groups: The Bot or Chapel of the Emerald Buddha proper, the small edifices which stand around, viz., three small chambers on the west, twelve salas, the belfry on the south, and a small chapel in the southeastern corner.

Wat Benchamabopit (The MarbleTemple) This temple was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) on the ground formerly occupied by Wat Sai Thong, and has now become famous as the ·Marble Temple·. The main entrance is through a gate whose front in the form of a naga or snake is inspired by old Khmer art. The handsome iron railings were executed in the Navy workshop.

Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn, whose high tower is one of the most prominent monuments of Bangkok. The chief attraction of Wat Arun is the tower of the Phra Prang, 74 metres high, from which the visitor enjoys a beautiful view of Bangkok, the Palace and Royal Temples, the river, and the harbour.
The National Museum Within walking distance of the Grand Palace, across the Pramane Ground, is one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in Southeast Asia. The National Museum houses over one thousand artifacts ranging from neolithic times to the present Bangkok period. The museum is open every day, except Mondays, Tuesday and public from 09.00 a.m. - 04.00 p.m.

NAKHON PATHOM Is located in an alluvial plain in the central region, about 58 km by road from Bangkok. It is an old city which has an interesting history dating back thousands of years. There are many interest places in Nakhonpathom, such as :

Phra Pathom Chedi It is a towering tribute to Buddhism, a place worthy of being worshipped of Nakhon Pathom. Chedi which, 235.50 meters high, is the biggest Chedi in Thailand, and is also the tallest of Buddhist monuments in the world.

Wat Rai Khing Located in Tambon Sam Pran, 32 km from Bangkok, A Buddha statute, Mara Wichai posture, which is generally known as "Luang Por Wat Rai Khing".

Suan Sam Pran Only 30 km from Nakhon Pathom and 32 km from Bangkok by road, it is a tourist attraction as well as a recreational place located in the Sam Pran. It features a village of typical Thai houses in the countrry. Also there are some demonstrations on cloth weaving, unbrella making, pottery production, making flowery garland, covering lacquer and gilding arts, etc. which are reputed chance handrafts of Thailand.

Elephant shows and zoo, Sam Pran Located at km 31 on Phet Kasem road, near Suan Sam Pran, an elephant show in the program is arranged for enhancing enjoyment of the tourists. It is available everyday.Crocodile, Farm Sam Pran Located at 117 Moo 6 Phet Kasem Road, tambon Takarm Amphoe Sam Pran Nakhon Pathom.

KANCHANABURI is Thailand·s the third largest province, covers some 19,483.2 square kilometres and borders Myanmar, to the west of Bangkok approximately 1.5 hours drive. There are many interesting places in Kanchanaburi, such as :

Saiyoke Noi Waterfall located near the Road 323, 62 Kms from town . This small waterfall is the most beautiful in the rainy season.

Saiyoke Yai Waterfall located in Saiyoke National Park, 104 kms from town by Road 323. The falls run from cliff directly to Kwae Noi River and also 3 caves in the area.

Hellfire Pass A part of the Death Railway cut through the stone mountain and also World War II Museum. Open daily from 09.00 until 16.00.

Three Pagodas Pass 240 kms out of Kanchanaburi town, borders between Thai and Myanmar. Visitors are allowed to enter Myanmar but foreigners can·t get stamp or extend new visa.

AYUTTHAYA The ancient city of Ayutthaya is one of Thailand's major tourist attractions. Auytthaya is 76 kilometres north of Bangkok and boasts numerous magnificent ruins. There are many interesting places in Ayutthaya, such as :

Grand Palace Currently called "Ancient Palace", the residential palace of every king was located close to the city wall of Ayutthaya. A road passes by from Chankasem Palace which is two kilometers away to the north.

Chao Sam Phraya National Museum It houses various antique bronze Buddha images and famous carved panels and different kings of Buddhist altars. A receptacle at the Thai Pavilion contains relics of Lord Buddha and objects of art more than 500 years old. The museum also has a substantial collection of local artifacts. The museum is open everyday except Monday, Tuesday and National Holidays from 9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.

Elephant Kraal Paviuon The pavilion, utilized as the royal seat to witness the elephant round up, is located 4 kilometers from township along Highway No. 309. The outlook is a big cage surrounded with logs having, from the front center, fencing lines of 45 degrees spread out to both sides far away into the jungle area.

Bang Pa-In Palace is located in Tambon Ban Len, 40 kilometres south of Ayutthaya township. It lies 58 kilometres north of Bangkok by rail, 61 kilometres by road. The palace, surrounded by a lake 400 metres long and 40 metres wide, and the Chumphon Nikayaram Temple. The palace is open to the public everyday from 8.30-16.00 hrs.
Suriyat Amarin Hall A four-gabled roof castie constructed of sandstone and brick, it is close to the riverside city wall. It was used as a place to witness the royal barge processions.

PHETCHABURI is a central region province, situated on the west shore of the Gulf of Thailand having an overall area of 6,225.138 square kilometers. Its geographical characteristics are mountainous thick jungles throughout the border in the west where Tanaosi Range is the border line between Thailand and the Socialist Republic of the Union of Myanmar. There is a plain all along the seashore in the east.

There are many interesting places in Phetchaburi, such as :

Tham Khao Yoi There are many Buddha images of several size and attitudes enshrined in the cave.

Khao Bandai It This is a small hill having a height of 121 meters at the peak. On the hill there is a very old monastery called Wat Khao Bandai It. there are several caves which are huge in size and are located underneath the hill.

Tham Khao Luang This cave is located approximately five kilometers from Khao Wang. From the foot hill, there are concrete stair cases leading to the cave entrance. On the right hand side of the entrance at KhaoLuang foot hill, there is a big beautiful monastery called by Phetchaburi folks Wat Tham Klaep which is now WatBun Thawi. There are some interesting items to be seen in this monastery such as a huge multipurpose pavilion, and beautiful wood carved door panels of the main shrine hall which was designed and constructed by the Lord Abbot who was a famous artisan.

Hat Chao Samran This beach is located approximately 15 kilometers from Phetchaburi Market. Its importance as a tourist attraction can be dated back to the ancient days. The beach was the most popular one among other beaches in Thailand.

Cha-Am Beach This beach is located 41 kilometers from the township area where a two kilometer road branches off on the left to the beach. Cha-Am Beach is the most beautiful beach of Phetchaburi. It was developed and promoted, and now has a district status .

PRACHUAB KHIRI KHAN is a seaside province located some 278 kilometers south of Bangkok. There are many interesting places in Prachuab Khiri Khan, such as :

Hua Hin At Km. 232 of Highway No.35 there is a two kilometers branch road on the leeft leading to Hua-Hin Beach which has been very famous in Thailand.

Khao Takiap This hill is only four kilometers from Hua Hin townhip. It is convenient to get to the top of Khao Takiap where it is cool and shady and one can view the scenery well from there.

Sea Pine Tree Garden This garden is located eight kilometers from Hua Hin City. The original name of this garden was 'Pradiphat Garden Convalescence and Relaxation Area' and is taken care of by the Army Welfare Office. There are food shops and accommodations for the public.

Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park The geographical characteristics of the park consists of high limestone mountains, a wide prairie near the sea shore, and islands. In addition it is also the center of various species and families of plants and trees as well as the home of wild animals.


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