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Chanthaburi thailand

Most tourists catch a glimpse of Chanthaburi, the City of the Moon, from a bus while heading to Ko Chang or another island in the eastern Gulf.

But leave the bus and you'll find a city with a diverse cultural heritage and late 19th century architecture along the Chanthaburi River.

In the Chanthaboon old town you’ll see the elaborate heritage houses still in use as residences, shops, hotels and eateries. Many of the houses show the delicate design influences of the Chinese settlers and French colonialists who ruled Chanthaburi province from 1893 to 1905.

Thailand with kids

Popular – and lesser-known – places to visit in Thailand with the family

If you're coming to Thailand with kids I'm sure the obvious contenders will already be on your radar: the temples of Bangkok, a cooking class in Chiang Mai, maybe an elephant sanctuary, one of the islands, and call it a wrap. Yes, these are all worthy additions to a family-friendly trip to Thailand, but take my advice: I've been living in and writing about Thailand since 2011 and I can tell you there is so much more to the country that doesn't make the standard "top 10" lists and travel brochures. If you're even vaguely interested in getting off the beaten path and seeing some of the 'real' Thailand with the kids, this guide is for you...read more

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