If you are one of the people who are really interested in the history of places you visit, we might have an idea for you that includes a broad variety of things to see, do and experience.

Thailand has a colorful history to offer, with interesting sights that are not far away from each other. Like the idea of “the three kingdoms” -Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Sukothai? Starting in Bangkok, you should see some of the historical sights such as the Grand Palace, which is still in use for official and royal ceremonies nowadays. On the premise, you will also find the famous Wat Phra Keow, which houses the most revered Buddha- image of Thailand, the Emerald Buddha.

Don’t miss out on Wat Po, deemed the oldest “university” of Thailand and home of the giant Reclining Buddha.

Wat Arun in Bangkok

Wat Arun should also be on your list.  It is perhaps one of the most photographed religious shrines in Southeast Asia.

From Bangkok, take the “Mekhala” boat to travel upstream on the Chao Phraya river or the ”River of Kings”, with an overnight on this restored rice barge. It is a very relaxed way of traveling and fits our three kingdom theme”, as you take in the scenery of the river banks, stop at a local market and take a morning walk in a local village.

Later you arrive at Bang Pha- In, the former summer palace. The collection of small pavilions and palaces from different architectural eras offers a whole bunch of nice photo-ops.

From here you will continue to the historical park of Ayutthaya. It is part of the UNESCO world heritage sites and the sheer number of religious ruins speaks volumes of the former greatness of the metropolis, which is said to have been home to over 1 million people. You can take guided tours on foot or by bike. Some of the temples are illuminated during night time, offering an especially nice atmosphere and a different view of the ruins.

Ayutthaya by night

Here you may stay overnight and continue your journey on the next morning, going to Sukhothai via Lopburi and Phitsanuloke, neither of which has a royal past of epic proportions but has some interesting attractions most tourists don’t get to see. Lopoburi is north of Ayutthaya and locally known as the “monkey town”, where hundreds of primates roam the streets and roofs of the town and guard the ancient shrines. Also pay a visit to the Mahatat temple at Phitsanuloke, a few hundred kilometers from Ayutthaya. The temple houses arguably one of the most beautiful Buddha images in Thailand.

The Big Buddha in Phitsanuloke

Take another overnight stay in Pitsanulok before you visit the historical park of Sukhothai and nearby Sri Satchanalai on the next day.

Sukothai- the spiritual center

Sukhothai is deemed to be the cradle of Thai culture and the local Wat Mahatat (the same name as the one in Pitsanulok) was once the spiritual and magical centre of the Siamese kingdom.

The historical park at Sri Satchanalai is less cultivated than the one in Sukothai but offers a unique and almost tranquil atmosphere.

On the way back to Bangkok, you may make a stop at Uthai Thani and visit the curious and beautiful crystal hall of Wat Thasung before ending your historical tour of Thailand.

Sri Satchanarai's Historical Park