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DESTINATION GUIDE CENTRAL OF THAILAND
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Central Thailand is often overlooked by travellers who land in Bangkok and then make a beeline for the beaches to the south or the mountains in the north. While the region may be upstaged by Thailand’s sprawling capital city, it is in these surrounding provinces that you will meet the easygoing people who were once known as the Siamese.

Ayuthaya and Lopburi are long-settled and relatively rural provinces where you’ll find some of Thailand’s most impressive Buddhist and Hindu ruins, some dating back to when all of central Thailand was a far-flung outpost of the Angkorian Empire of the ancient Khmer.

Kanchanaburi is a wild and mountainous province that once acted as a natural barrier to Myanmar (Burma) to the west. The province is best known for the infamous Death Railway, but it is also home to some of Thailand‘s most spectacular and pristine national parks.

The people of central Thailand share a common dialect that is considered ‘stan­dard’ Thai simply because Bangkok, the seat of power, happens to be in the region. High concentrations of Chinese are found in the cities of the central provinces since this is where a large number of Chinese immi­grants started out as farmers and merchants. Significant numbers of Mon and Karen live in Kanchanaburi, and pockets of Lao and

Phuan the descendents of war captives

who were forcibly resettled following Thai raids into Laos over the centuries can be found in all three provinces.

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