Maybe it is not quite as jaw-dropping as Angkor Wat, but the ancient city of Ayutthaya is a must see attraction when in Bangkok. Hop on the train at Hua Lamphong Station for about $1 and take the hour or so ride out of the city to Ayutthaya. Once you arrive, grab a tuk tuk ride to middle of the ancient city and either walk around or rent a bicycle. The architecture is similar to Angkor Wat (Khmer)– with large stone temples, steep steps and tall spires. The old capital of Siam will take you back in time as you walk among the once mighty ruins. This makes for a perfect day trip from Bangkok.
If you are headed to Thailand, more specifically to Chiang Mai, keep going a little further. Hop on a bus from Chiang Mai and head to Chiang Dao National Park, where you can see this beautiful limestone mountain: Doi Chiang Dao. While Chiang Mai is just wonderful, Chiang Dao seems like a world away. The town is tiny and the surroundings are breathtaking. I stayed in a small hut at the base of the mountain and let nature do the talking.
I wandered to a street stall in Krabi buzzing with locals. Except they weren’t locals, they were Laotians living in Thailand. Having been to Laos, I recognized the food and grabbed a table. Pork Larb is a minced pork salad with spices, lime juice, fresh mint, some shallot, and rice powder. This was just awesome, so I ordered it twice.