The journey from Bangkok to the ancient cities of the kingdom of Siam and then along the Andaman coast discovers that the Land of Smiles is also the land of beautiful details, with temples of carved filigrees and coral beaches.

Krabi, Thailand, Railay beach is a crescent of sand, leaning at a bay where emerge a rocky cliffs covered by vegetation.

Krabi, Thailand, Railay beach is a crescent of sand, leaning at a bay where emerge a rocky cliffs covered by vegetation

Few places meet the amalgam of sensations that offers Thailand, a country of smiles, ancient ruins and beaches. Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and gateway to this asian country, a futuristic metropolis, chaotic and energetic. When night falls, you feel like in the Blade Runner movie, where elevated trains, motorcycles, tuk tuks, neon lights, stalls, brothels, luxurious shopping centers make an attractive multiethnic bustle that shows aromas of incense and curry. To avoid the heat of the day, it is best to visit the historic center early in the morning and start with the Royal Palace. This walled complex from 1783, houses the former royal residence and the Wat Phra Kaeo, a group of temples built to worship the Emerald Buddha. A few steps away we find the Wat Pho, another equally sacred temple but even older, the sixteenth century, famous for its reclining Buddha, 43 meters long and 15 high. A ferry takes the other side of the Chao Phraya River, where is the Wat Arun, from whose central tower covers the whole city.

Bangkok by night

Bangkok by night

Floating Market, Thailand. In the neighborhoods along the Chao Praya river and in some surroundings villages, the life develops by the water.

Floating Market, Thailand. In the neighborhoods along the Chao Phraya river and in some surroundings villages, the life develops by the water.

Royal Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

Royal Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Wat Phra Kaeo palace

Bangkok, Wat Phra Kaeo palace

Back at the center, a good option is to stop at the Rajchawongse pier and take advantage to eat in Chinatown a duck cantons and a pad thai noodles. The sunset is worth to look from the Wat Saket, a temple located on a hill in the city center. At the night, bars and restaurants on the main floor of the Sky Train. It’s a good place to dine a curry, green, red or yellow, meat, fish or vegetables, but always well spicy. The next day you can visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak, at 60 km west. After that, you need visit the Sukhotai and Ayutthaya, with its Buddhas meditating between fields of orchids.

Sukhothai

Sukhothai is the first capital of Siam, was founded in 1238, at 450 km north of Bangkok, and today accessible by plane. Its name means Dawn of Happiness and seeing its bucolic setting, green mounds and forests, it is understood that their people were so happy for two centuries. Within the triple wall are preserved the ruins of the Imperial Palace and dozens of temples.

Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai, Thailand

Ayutthaya

Returning to Bangkok, six hours by bus from Sukhothai, appears the other legendary capital, Ayutthaya. This impregnable city was the seat of the kingdom of Siam between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries. In its heyday, harbored a million inhabitants and conquered Angkor Wat, the Khmer capital, now in Cambodia. Built on an island at the confluence of the rivers Chao Phraya, Lophuri and Pask, life in ancient Ayutthaya was set in the canals and around temples enriched with details and roofs covered with gold.

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Andaman Sea

From Bangkok we flew southbound, towards the Thai tropics. Pukhet, the largest island of Thailand, is the start of a tour of the Andaman coast, a rambling coastline of islands covered with vegetation, surrounded by white sands and protected by coral reefs that will delight divers.

Pukhet

Pukhet has magnificent beaches, temples, nature reserves and an excellent place to watch the sunset: Promthep Cape. Worth renting a car to tour the island and then down along the coast to the bay of Phang Nga. The route along the bay until you reach the main population, Phang Nga, circulates alongside mangroves, rubber plantations and caves that host Buddhist temple

Pukhet Island, Thailand

Pukhet Island, Thailand

Promthep Cape, Thailand. It's the best place to end the day and watch the sunset over the sea

Promthep Cape, Thailand. It’s the best place to end the day and watch the sunset over the sea

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. It is an inescapable stage for the Andaman coast, the caves of the mountains that border are considered sacred sites.

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. It is an inescapable stage for the Andaman coast, the caves of the mountains that border are considered sacred sites.

The Phi Phi island

A narrow sandy isthmus connecting the two parts of the island Don, the largest of the Phi Phi. When seen from a high place, you can distinguishing the color of the water of a bay and other.

Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Phi Phi Island, Thailand

A coastline with a thousand inducements, riding an elephant, attend a Buddhist ritual and enjoy a Thai massage are unforgettable experiences.

Riding an Elephant in Thailand

Riding an Elephant in Thailand

Thai massage in Thailand

Thai massage in Thailand