the birthplace of the earliest Thai civilization and
has many sites of archaeological and cultural interest.
The mountain ranges along the borders are breathtaking,
with waterfalls and fast-flowing rivers ideal for rafting.
Further north still, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son are
centers for rafting, trekking and tours of tribal villages.
& East Coast: Thailand’s heartland,
a wide-ranging landscape of paddy fields, orchards and
a vast plateau covering nearly one third of the country.
It is one of the country’s most intriguing destinations
with many Stone Age and Bronze Age dwellings and artifacts,
and several significant temples that are a legacy of
the great Khmer empire.
It is a rich land in terms of the abundance of its natural
resources, the fertility of its soil, the diversity
of its people and its commercial viability. The mountains,
rivers and forests in the national parks in the interior
of the peninsula are also gaining popularity with eco-tourists,
as can be seen with the growing numbers of safari expeditions
on foot, by elephant and in canoes.