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The Best Archaeological Sights & Museums

  • The National Museum (Bangkok): Simply the biggest and best repository of the nation's treasures. Objects from Thailand's long and varied history include beautiful stone carvings of Hindu deities, exquisite Buddha images, gold jewelry, ceramics, royal costumes, wood carvings, musical instruments, and more.
  • Ayutthaya: The former capital of Siam was one of the world's largest and most sophisticated cities before it was ransacked by the Burmese in 1767. Today it remains one of Thailand's greatest historical treasures, with abundant evidence of its former majesty. It is easily reached in a day from Bangkok.
  • Sukhothai: Founded in 1238, Sukhothai (The Dawn of Happiness) was the capital of an early Thai kingdom. Many of the ruins of this religious and cultural center are skillfully preserved and well maintained in an idyllic setting.
  • The Hall of Opium (Near Chiang Saen at the Golden Triangle): This gargantuan edifice, entered by a subterranean tunnel, is a pleasure for visitors of all ages. Its exhibits explain the cultivation process and history of opium growth in the Golden Triangle region. Supported by the royal family, the modern complex is a stone's throw from the Mekong, and displays are highly informative and even shocking.

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