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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Bangkok

Ayutthaya

Siam's former capital is a day trip into Thailand's past. Dozens of tranquil temples and crumbling palaces are spread over a wide island on the Chao Phraya. The best way to visit is to book a trip on a riverboat from Bangkok.

50 miles north of Bangkok, www.tourismthailand.org
Tags: family | culture | architecture | history | day trip

Kanchanaburi

This docile river town is worth more than a day trip. While the bridge over the River Kwai is disappointing, the Death Railway is a thrilling ride amid stunning scenery. Afterwards, relax at one of the floating restaurants in town.

81 miles northwest of Bangkok, www.tourismthailand.org
Tags: family | history | day trip | adventure

Khao Yai

Hiking unspoiled jungle mountains, animal spotting, rafting, and swimming in waterfalls make this Thailand's favorite national park. Luxurious resorts welcome discerning eco-tourists just outside the park. And do stop at a winery or two to discover the New Latitude Wines.

75 miles northeast of Bangkok, www.dnp.go.th
Tags: family | hiking | day trip | wildlife | wine tasting | whitewater rafting

Koh Kred

Get away from Bangkok's bustle at this serene island. Low-key attractions include browsing for pottery, walking among fruit orchards, circling the island on bicycle along elevated walkways, and sampling ethnic Mon cuisine.

10 miles north of Bangkok, www.bangkoksite.com/Nonthaburi/KohKret1.htm
Tags: biking | island | culture | day trip | culinary

Koh Samet

The closest island paradise to Bangkok is a real treat. A couple hours southwest of Bangkok, invitingly clear water, super-clean beaches, and fantastic seafood restaurants beg Bangkokians and discriminating travelers. Smart, low-key boutique resorts mean less backpackers and more style.

124 miles southwest of Bangkok, www.kosamet.net
Tags: beach | family | island | editor pick | boutique hotel | day trip

Muang Boran

The world's biggest open-air museum packs all of Thailand into a sprawling park filled with replicas of the country's major cultural and natural sights. Rent a bicycle and visit anything you might miss on your trip. The Floating Village is particularly charming.

21 miles southeast of Bangkok, www.ancientcity.com
Tags: family | art | history | day trip | museum

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