You'll find exciting discoveries at every turn when you visit Thailand. In Bangkok, spend your days sampling exotic local cuisine, experiencing the beauty of Buddhist temples or cruising the "Venice of the East" through khlongs that connect rivers, rice farms, towns, temples and floating markets.
For an idyllic blend of sand, sea and sunshine, Pattaya is worth exploring. Visit majestic temples, rare orchid farms and offbeat museums, and step out for glittering nightlife and a range of flavorful foods.
One of the most beautiful provinces in the country, Kanchanaburi has an abundance of waterfalls and national parks and is home to the Bridge over the River Kwai. Today backpackers flock to this relaxed riverside region far from the lights of Bangkok.
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Bangkok Restaurants (Pattaya). A meal at Chote Chitr may be as close as you can get to authentic, home-cooked Thai cuisine in a restaurant setting, and the bustling and lively Taling Pling combines vibrant decor with flavorful rural cooking.
Pattaya Eateries. For a nice Thai meal with a show, Ruen Thai has Thai dancers, musicians and fire-eaters to entertain you. For a really special occasion, try PIC Kitchen where you can sit in the Thai style-on cushions on the floor-while being served.
Kanchanaburi Dining. Mangosteen Cafe and Books offers well priced international and local Thai cuisine and is perfect for families with children. For beautifully presented and well-priced meals, visit Pai-Kan which is run by a Thai family who cook everything in an outdoor kitchen while you watch.
Pattaya Park Beach Resort and Amusement Park (Pattaya). Among the many thrills including the Samba Tower, Slalom Roller Caster, Demolition Derby and Musical Carousel is the Cable Jump, a heart-racing 200-foot-high slide line ride.
Sanctuary of Truth/Jomtien (Pattaya). This intriguing blend of temple and palace is more of a monument to Thai craftsmanship. Carved entirely from teakwood it rises 65 feet into the sky. It's also the only place in Thailand where you can get up close to enjoy two very playful dolphins.
Suan Nanachaat - Massage and Lifestyle (Kanchanaburi). In this haven of tranquility set in a quiet location in the mountains, pamper yourself with spa treatments and learn about Thai herbal products and Thai massage.
Ko Lan Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo) (Chonburi, Pattaya). Located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace, Thailand's most revered temple features the magnificent Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.
Pattaya Strait. Here you will find beautiful beaches with sparkling clear water, as well as an abundance of coral that you can view from a glass-bottom boat.
Elephant Tours (Pattaya). The national symbol of Thailand, elephants have been part of Thai culture for centuries. Watch demonstrations of training methods and ancient ceremonial re-enactments plus entertaining performances and wild elephant round-ups.
Four Regions Floating Market Na Kluea (Pattaya). This vast marketplace is separated into four sections, each representing and selling items from the major parts of Thailand, with over 114 shops and vendors. Expect to find many eateries, fruit stalls, souvenir shops and art galleries.
Kwai Bridge Shopping Area (Kanchanaburi). Soak up the local culture at this lively marketplace at the bridge over the Kwai River. Here you will find an abundance of souvenirs including jewelry, as well as food and drinks.
Custom Clothing Bargains Bangkok (Pattaya). Custom-made suits at bargain prices are a Bangkok tradition. Among the best places to shop for a memorable addition to your wardrobe are Sukhumvit Sois 3-11, Thanon Khao San and Thanon Charoen Krung.