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The 6 Best Day Trips From Bangkok

Ayutthaya  | © Courtesy of Pixabay
Ayutthaya | © Courtesy of Pixabay
A few days in Bangkok calls for a road trip to explore the surrounding areas. While there is plenty to do in the heart of the city both during the day and at night, there are some pretty amazing destinations just a few hours outside this urban area. From national parks to ancient city ruins, here are the six best day trips from Bangkok.

Go Wakeboarding

About an hour and thirty minutes outside of Bangkok you will find Otzki Wake Camp, the ultimate water arena to put your wakeboarding skills to the test. All skill levels are welcome. While wakeboarding can be thrilling, Otzki Wake Camp combines both the excitement of being on the water with peaceful, lakeside bungalows for those who wish to stay at its resort. Bungalows start at ฿1,000 per night. There are also day packages available for ฿2,000, which includes 30 minutes on the water and an organic lunch.

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Otzi Wake Camp © Courtesy of Otzi Wake Camp

Visit Kanchanaburi

Just a few hours outside of Bangkok is the historical city of Kanchanaburi. There is no shortage of things to see and do in Kanchanaburi; some of the top attractions include Erawan National Park, Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, Death Railway Museum, the bridge over the River Kwai, and much more. You will struggle most with choosing which one of these attractions you want to visit during your day.

Cycle Bang Krachao

If you are looking to escape the city in hopes of getting some fresh air, Bang Krachao is the island to visit. This artificial island is alluring to tourists looking to cycle, which is almost an impossible endeavor in the busy city of Bangkok. Local bike tours have sprung up throughout the island, and tourists can also rent a bike for about $1 for the entire day to explore it via raised wooden paths that weave throughout. You will find Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan Park here. You can rent paddle boats and kayaks to explore its lakes. There is also a floating market on this island on the weekend, which is less tourist-infested than some of the more popular markets in and around Bangkok.

Bang Krachao. Bangkok, Thailand © Courtesy of James Antrobus/Flickr

See Ko Kret

Ko Kret is about 15 kilometers north of central Bangkok. It is here you will find one of Thailand’s oldest settlements of Mon people. Between the 6th and 10th centuries AD, they were a dominant tribe of central Thailand. You will also find many handmade terracotta pots, which are sold all over the artificial island. Like Bang Krachao, it also has a great weekend market, which is less touristy and offers visitors a wide array of fresh flowers, unique food, and souvenirs to browse. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to visit Ko Kret’s largest temple, Wat Poramaiyikawas, as well. The lack of cars on the island makes it easy to explore on bicycle.

Ko Kret Island near Bangkok 1 © Courtesy of Claire Backhouse/Flickr

Explore Ayutthaya's Ancient Ruins

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About 70 kilometers north of Bangkok is Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand. It was not until 1991 that the ruins in Ayutthaya were designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. Rent a bicycle, motorbike, or pay a tuk tuk driver to take you from one ancient site to the next, each seemingly more breathtaking than the previous. While visiting each and every temple is an exhausting endeavor, especially in Thailand’s heat, this is one of our favorite cities in all of Thailand.
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Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai | © Courtesy of Pierre Wolfer/Flickr
Khao Yai National Park is one of the most frequented parks in Thailand because of its relatively close proximity to the capital. Regardless of convenience, however, this national park would surely continue to lure in visitors with its promise of wildlife, an abundance of hiking trails, and overall beauty. It was the first official national park to be established in Thailand, and was even declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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