ancient capital built from red brick


Thailand's largest city by far, a sprawling metropolis of wealth, squalor, culture, and sin

Hua Hin

Thailand's oldest beach resort, a royal destination since the 19th century


the Bridge over the River Kwai, WWII museums and natural scenery


known for its Khmer temples and crab-eating macaques

Nakhon Pathom

Thailand's oldest city and site of the world's largest stupa


the second largest city of Thailand in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region


known for Khao Wang Mountain and access to national parks

Samut Songkhram

interesting village with the Mae Khlong Market and nearby floating markets

Other destinations


lively floating market near Samut Songkhram

Bang Pa-In

eccentric royal palace to the south of Ayutthaya

Damnoen Saduak

picture-perfect floating market on tourist steroids

Hua Hin

the fifteen-tiered Pala-u falls make a steep jungle trek


the beautiful seven-tiered Erawan Falls

Ko Kret

rustic little pottery island to the north of Bangkok

Go next

Chiang Mai

Khao Yai National Park





capital of Thailand

Cha-am District

district in Phetchaburi province, Thailand


city in Nonthaburi province, Thailand

Ko Kret

island in Chao Phraya river, Thailand

Northern Thailand

region of Thailand

Samut Songkhram

town in Samut Songkhram province, Thailand

Samut Sakhon

city in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand

Nakhon Pathom

city in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand


town in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand

Three Pagodas Pass

mountain pass


town in Phetchaburi province, Thailand

Southern Thailand

region of Thailand


guide to

Central Thailand

Central Thailand, also known as the Central Plains, is the low-lying central region of Thailand. It is centered around the giant urban agglomeration of Bangkok.


By car

The Central Plains has good road connections with the east, south, north and northeast of the country.

Two main roads connect the Central Plains with Eastern Thailand. The main road is Sukhumvit Road, also known as Route 3, which starts in Bangkok and via Pattaya reaches all the way to Trat and the Cambodian border. Another route goes east to Aranyaprathet from which the border with Cambodia can be crossed to Siem Reap and Angkor Archaeological Park (but don't even think about driving on the Cambodian part).

From Phuket, Krabi Province and other destinations in Southern Thailand, take Route 4 that enters the Central Plains right after Chumphon. Passing Hua Hin, Cha-am and Samut Songkhram, the long ride reaches Bangkok.

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