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UNESCO world heritage sites in Thailand

| Words by Ashley Diterlizzi |

You know Thailand for its beautiful beaches and bustling Bangkok, but you might not know that the country is also home to a number of UNESCO world heritage listed sites.

Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park

The Khao Yai forest spans 230 kilometres, housing 112 mammal species, 392 bird spices and 200 reptile species. The national park was declared a world heritage site in 2005 as an important conservation point for globally threatened and endangered animal and plant life. The tropical forest ecosystem is also an important water source for the people of Thailand.


Historic city of Ayutthaya

Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the country’s second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. The city of Ayutthaya was destroyed in the 18th century by the Burmese however, the towers and Buddhist monasteries are still standing. The city was never rebuilt in the same location so what remains today is an extensive archaeological site.

Ruins of Sukhothai

Historic town of Sukhothai

Sukhothai was the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th century, today there are a number of monuments still standing. The 7,000 hectare city shared architectural styles with neighbouring ancient cities which created what is known as the beginning of the Thai art and architectural styles known as the “Sukhothai style”.

Wildlife in Thailand

Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries

Stretching more than 600,000 kilometres along the Myanmar border, the sanctuaries contain almost all of the forest types that are native to Southeast Asia. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991, the forest’s diversity includes mammals such as tigers and elephants and birds. Some of the animal and plant life found in the forest is native to the region and can no longer be found outside the forest.

Ban Chiang Archaeological Site

Considered the most important prehistoric settlement discovered in Southeast Asia so far, Ban Chiang signifies an important stage in human culture and evolution. The site has the earliest evidence of farming in the region as well as the earliest evidence of the manufacture and use of metal. The artefact-rich site has been extensively studied by scholars since its discovery in 1966.

Discover Thailand’s UNESCO world heritage sites on one of our small group journeys or talk to our Asia experts about a private itinerary.