When you are an expat in Bangkok, sometime you might wish to explore the new destinations regardless of the limitation of the border. So, travelling to neighbour countries could be a good idea to enrich your travelling experience and satisfy your wonderful weekend. Visiting neighbour countries is also considered as joining the knowledgeable historical classroom because there are many UNESCO World Heritage Sites that attract tourists throughout the World.
Here is the nearest UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can visit by air under 2 hours from Bangkok.
No. 1 Town of Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos at the heart of a mountainous region. The town is built on a peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. Mountain ranges, in particular, the PhouThao and PhouNang mountains) encircle the city in lush greenery. The built heritage of Luang Prabang is in perfect harmony in the natural environment. The sacred Mount Phousi stands at the heart of the historic town built on a peninsula delimited by the Mekong and the Nam Khan, the domain of the mythical naga.
How to reach: There are daily direct flights served by Thai Smile and Thai AirAsia from both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airport. Flight time will take 1 hour
No.2 George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca
George Town, Malaysia, are remarkable examples of historic colonial towns on the Straits of Malacca that demonstrate a succession of historical and cultural influences arising from their former function as trading ports linking East and West. These are the most complete surviving historic city centres on the Straits of Malacca with a multi-cultural living heritage originating from the trade routes from Great Britain and Europe through the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and the Malay Archipelago to China.
How to reach: There are daily direct flights served by Thai Smile and Thai AirAsia from both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airport. Flight time will take 1 hour and 30 mins
No.3 Angor Wat
Angkor, in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. It extends over approximately 400 square kilometres and consists of scores of temples, hydraulic structures (basins, dykes, reservoirs, canals) as well as communication routes. For several centuries Angkor was the centre of the Khmer Kingdom. With impressive monuments, several different ancient urban plans and large water reservoirs, the site is a unique concentration of features testifying to an exceptional civilization. Temples such as Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm, exemplars of Khmer architecture, are closely linked to their geographical context as well as being imbued with symbolic significance.
How to reach: There are daily direct flights served by Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, and Thai AirAsia from both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airport. Flight time will take 40 mins
No.4 Halong Bay
Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, within Quang Ninh Province, in the northeast of Vietnam, is165 km from the capital of Ha Noi. Covering an area of 43,400 ha and including over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited and unaffected by humans, it forms a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars and is an ideal model of a mature Karst landscape developed during a warm and wet tropical climate. The property’s exceptional scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.
How to reach: There are daily direct flights served by Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Lion Air, and Vietjet Air from both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airport. Flight time will take 1 hour 40 mins
5. Singapore Botanic Garden
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is situated at the heart of the city of Singapore and demonstrates the evolution of a British tropical colonial botanic garden from a ‘Pleasure Garden’ in the English Landscape Style, to a colonial Economic Garden with facilities for horticultural and botanical research, to a modern and world-class botanic garden, scientific institution and place of conservation, recreation and education.
How to reach: There are daily direct flights served by Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Lion Air, and Scoot Airlines, Jet Star Airways Air from both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airport. Flight time will take 1 hour 50 mins