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The Central Thailand Region - Suggested Itinerary



Geographically, the Central Region extends from mountains bordering Burma to the Northeast plateau, northwards to Nakhon Sawan, and southwards to Prachuap Khiri Khan where Thailand is compressed to its narrowest point between western mountains and the Thai Gulf.
      Major places of interest include Bangkok with its fabulous temples and palaces, museums, fascinating riverine and canal scenes, excellent shopping and nightlife; Nakhon Pathom, some 60 kilometres west of Bangkok, site of the 380-foot Phra Pathom Chedi, the world's tallest Buddhist monument, Demnoon Saduak Floating Market, some 40 minutes south of Nakhon Pathom; Kanchanaburi, 130 kilometres west of Bangkok, site of the world-famous "Bridge over the River Kwai" and an Allied war cemetery of soldiers who built "Death Railway"; Ayutthaya, 70 kilometres upstream from Bangkok, Siamese capital from 1350 to 1767, where magnificent ruins evoke medieval splendour; the nearby Bang Pa-in Palace, summer residence of early Bangkok monarchs; The Buddha's Footprint Shrine, near Saraburi, Lop Buri, a former Khmer outpost and summer residence of late Ayutthayan monarchs; Phetchaburi, 120 kilometres south and palaces and Kaeng Krachan, Thailand's largest national park; Cha Am and Hua Hin, two popular beach resorts, 173 and 198 kilometres southwest of Bangkok; the coastal Sam Roi Yot National Park, one hour south of Hua Hin; and Prachuap Khirl Khan, some 320 kilometres from the capital, a fishing town with a scenic bay, beachside pagoda and resident monkey tribe.

Major Regional Events

JANUARY
Straw Bird Procession Fair................................Chai Nat
Kam Fa Festival..............................................Sing Buri
Don Chedi Memorial Fair...............................Suphanburi
Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair.................................Phetchaburi

FEBRUARY
Phra Buddha Baht Festival.................................Saraburi
(Buddha's Footprint Shrine) King Naral Festival....Lop Buri

APRIL
Red Cross Fair.................................................Bangkok
Glory of Ayutthaya Fair...................................Ayutthaya
Kite Festival.....................................................Bangkok
Songkran Water Festival............................Samut Prakan

MAY
Royal Ploughing Ceremony...............................Bangkok

JULY
Buddhist Rains Retreat Flower Offerings..............Saraburi

OCTOBER
Phra Chedi Klang Nam Fair.......................Samut Prakan

NOVEMBER
Golden Mount Fair............................................Bangkok
Phra Pathom Chedi Fair.........................Nakhon Pathom

DECEMBER
River Kwai Bridge Week.............................Kanchanaburi
Tourism FestivalBangkokBoat Races............... Angthong
Trooping of the Colours.....................................Bangkok


Damnernsaduak Floating Market Tour

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Check-in Bangkok hotel. Orientation. Evening: Thai dinner & classical dance performance.
Day 2 Morning: Grand Palace/Emerald Buddha Chapel complex. Afternoon: Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Evening: leisure.
Day 3 Morning: Pateur Snake Farm. Afternoon: Ancient City open-air museum & Crocodile Farm. Evening: leisure.
Day 4 Morning: Jim Thompson's Thai house. Afternoon: Shopping or lesiure. Evening: river cruise & dinner.
Day 5 Full-day trip (early-morning start) to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Nakhon Pathom and Rose Garden for Thai Village show. Evening: leisure/nightlife.
Day 6 Morning: river trip to Bang Pa-In. Afternoon in Aytthaya. Late afternoon return to Bangkok by road/rail. Evening: leisure/nightlife.
Day 7 Early morning to Kanchanaburi. River Kwai Bridge., Allied war cemetery. Overnight stay.
Day 8 Morning river trip to local caves/waterfalls. Late afternoon return to Bangkok Evening: leisure. Overnight stay.
Day 9 Morning departure for Phetchaburi. Visit Khao Luang,Phara Nakon Khiri palace, Wat Yai Suwanaram.Late afternoon check-in to Cha Am resort hotl. Overnight stay.
Day 10 Full day of relaxation, water sports (sailing, swimming, windsurfing, snorkelling, fishing, etc.) at Cha Am. Overnight stay.
Day 11 Morning: leisure/watersports. Afternoon: check-out for Hua Hin. Check-in Hua Hin resort hotel. Evening: leisur / hotel nightlife.
Day 12 Full day of relaxation/watersports/or tennis or golf. Evening: leisure/hotel nightlife.
Day 13 Morning : departure for Sam Roi Yot National Park. Option of an overnight stay for naturalists or onward journey to Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Day 14 Full day of relaxation at Prachuab Khiri Khan, or return to Bangkok, or continue onwards to southern Thailand.



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