5 Destinations For History Enthusiast: Learning & Sightseeing In One

22 February 2024

1. Phu Phrabat Historical Park  

If we are to talk about a great tourist destination in Thailand rich in pre-historic tales, Phu Phrabat Historical Park is an obvious choice to visit. Learn about 2,000 – 3,000 years of mankind’s history through thirty murals that stand the test of time. The unique rocky cliffs and pillars found all over the historical park are stunning artworks made by Mother Nature’s erosion. They are highlights of this place that tourists always take photos with. Explore murals inside a cave depicting prehistoric people’s tales such as the way of their living, handprints, animal drawings, symbols, and Non Sao E mural; all of which are mysteries that historians still can’t solve.

Phu Phrabat Historical Park and its 5.48 square kilometer of protected forest are registered as an archaeological site and the World Heritage Site. For that reason, the historical park is one of amazing historical attractions in Thailand.

Address: Mueang Phan Sub-district, Ban Phue District, Udon Thani

Opening hours: 08.30 a.m. – 04.30 p.m.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/PUZ8212XRk3KHH2s7

Admission fee: 50 THB

2. Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Si Satchanalai Historical Park takes visitors to learn about the tale of one of Thailand’s oldest cities. Si Satchanalai existed during the prehistoric era (9 B.E.) and has been developed into Contemporary Dvaravati Community in the present. Historical relics were discovered at Wat Phra Borommathat Mueang Chaliang which ascertained Si Satchanalai as another important city similar to Sukhothai. However, the city was abandoned during the second defeat of Krung Sri Ayutthaya. Later on, archaeologist discovered 281 archaeological sites and relics within the territory of Si Satchanalai and its old walls. In conclusion, Si Satchanalai Historical Park is an amazing place to visit for people who wish to learn about Si Satchanalai City’s glorious days and Thailand’s history.

Address: Si Satchanalai District, Sukhothai

Opening hours: 08.00 a.m. – 04.00 p.m.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/bC7EKV2KhMxReLMH7

Admission fee: 40 THB

3. Mueang Sing Historical Park

Kanchanaburi is one of the regions in Thailand rich in historical sites, one of which is the ancient stone castle “Prasat Mueang Sing”. The ancient castle was built as a Buddhism site (Mahayana branch) in King Jayavarman VII era, also known as the Stone Castle Builder of Khom. Mueang Sing Historical Park’s important relics are a Buddha image in the form of mediation under the Naga, Goddess Pratya Paramita, and Bodhisattva Padmapani; all of which are sculptures inspired by Khmer style. Apart from learning about the unique history of Prasat Mueang Sing, Kanchanaburi is also well-known for other historical sites such as the River Kwai Bridge, Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, etc. History enthusiasts will never be disappointed by Kanchanaburi.

Address: Mueang Sing Historical Park, Sing Sub-district, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi

Opening hours: 08.00 a.m. – 04.30 p.m.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/QhhFMEvPk5viQtDJA

Admission fee: 100 THB


4. Sadok Kok Thom Historical Park

Located in Sa Kaeo province, historians estimate that Prasat Sadok Kok Thom was built during the 15th – 16th B.E. by laterite rock. It is the largest and most well-known historical site in Sa Kaeo. The stone castle was built in Khom’s Baphuon Style. Archaeologists have discovered Sanskrit stone inscription which defines “Sadok Kok Thom” in two meanings: 1) A city full of papyrus and 2) A large castle surrounded by papyrus. After exploring the grand historical park, you can visit other interesting tourist destinations such as Pang Sida National Park, Pang Sida Waterfall, and Skywalk at Khao Singto Temple.

Address: Khok Sung Sub-district, Khok Sung District, Sa Kaeo

Opening hours: 08.30 a.m. – 04.30 p.m.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/qByuhhQMtZgQ8DyWA

Admission fee: Free of charge 


5. Phra Nakhon Kiri Historical Park

Phetchaburi is known for many uniquely beautiful tourist destinations. One of the most recommended destinations is Khao Wang in Phra Nakhon Kiri Historical Park. The summer palace was built during King Rama V era in a mixed style consisting of Thai, Chinese, and European architecture. The highlights of the historical park are Leela Chedi Daeng, Wechyan Wichian Prasat Throne Hall, and Santhakar Palaces which consist of various smaller palaces; each with its own charm. Apart from learning about Thailand’s history, visitors also get to sightsee a panoramic view of Phechaburi from above.

Address: 97 Kiri Ratthaya Rd., Khlong Krasaeng Sub-district, Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi

Opening hours: 08.30 a.m. – 04.30 p.m.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/AQNQACBHvTERnyU89

Admission fee: 150 THB