Central Thailand is rich in history as ancient city of Ayutthaya, Khmer temples of Lopburi and Death Railway in Kanchanaburi represent different stages of Thailand history. This part of the country is known for its natural beauty with its landscape of mountains, forests, rivers, caves and waterfalls too, Erawan National Park near Kanchanaburi being a top choice.
Ayutthaya is the old capital of Siam (old name of Thailand). The city was the richest and biggest in the country before being destroyed by Burmese. Ayutthaya is located on an island surrounded by three rivers. Ayutthaya historical park now is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can find still existing temples, palaces and other buildings, some of them well preserved. If you are interested in history and architecture, it will be a magnificent place for you to visit.
Lopburi is the city influenced by Khmers and a number of Khmer temple ruins still exist in the city. Nowadays the city is famous for its large monkey population. You can find many of them staying around Prang Sam Yot Khmer temple or just hanging around the streets of Lopburi.
Kanchanaburi is famous for its World War II history. You can find a number of dedicated memorials and Death Railway there and get to know how the WWII prisoners of war suffered there.
Weather in Central Thailand
In the central part of Thailand the seasons are clearly defined. Between November and May the weather is mostly dry with little rain expected throughout the region for much of this time. The dry season in Central Thailand is broken up into the periods of cool season (November to February) and hot season (March to May), when it is not unusual for the temperature in Kanchanaburi and other central locations to reach even 40°C.
The wet season in the central part of Thailand is from May to November. The rain usually comes in the form of short showers, lasting an hour or two. As the rainy season progresses, the rain can become heavier and more constant, traditionally reaching peak levels in August and September.
For the best time to visit Kanchanaburi and other Central Thailand destinations check our Central Thailand weather ratings chart.
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