In the past, many prosperous ancient kingdoms were built in Thailand. Time went by but these old kingdoms still leave the heritage of high civilized past in the forms of wonderful, grand architecture, though some have been damaged by time and wars. Each historical site is unique because it was influenced by different factors from the outside. However, most have to do with Hinduism and Buddhism from India. These three historical sites are listed as the world’s cultural heritage: Historic Town of Sukhotai, Historic City of Ayutthaya and Bang Chiang Archaeological site.
- Historic Town of Sukhotai
Capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries, a number of notable monuments, which illustrate the beginnings of Thai architecture, can be seen in Sukhotai.
- Historic City of Ayutthaya
Founded in about 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhotai. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by its prang or reliquary towers, and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour.
- Bang Chiang Archaeological site
Considered the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in southeast Asia, Ban Chiang was the centre of a remarkable phenomenon of human cultural, social and technological evolution. The site presents the earliest evidence of farming in the region and of the manufacture and use of metals.
Temples & Palaces
Apart from historical sites, Thailand is proud of The Grand Palace and many old, splendid temples that have been built hundreds of years ago and still in used until today. You can best picture fine Thai style architecture when you visit these places during the daytime. Yet at night some temples and the Grand Palace are dazzling with numerous lights. Even the street that leads to the Grand Palace is decorated with countless lights. At that point, the Grand Palace and the temples around are glowing from within in bright golden shade. Recommended Destination: The Rattanakosin Reverine Island