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Thailand UNESCO has registered 6 sites on the World Heritage list and 7 on the tentative list.
Some places are so interesting that it’s relevant to keep them for future generations. This is why UNESCO has built a list of crucial classified properties in which superb places stand out for their aesthetic, natural, artistic, or cultural significance.
More than a thousand places are registered as Unesco’s World Heritage worldwide. Due to my interest in visiting World Heritage sites, I compiled the UNESCO list in Thailand and the corresponding map.
Thailand UNESCO list
- Ban Chiang Archaeological Site
- Historic City of Ayutthaya
- Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns
- Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex
- Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries
Thailand UNESCO Map
Click on the blue pins to view more relevant information about each World Heritage site in Thailand.
- Ban Chiang Archaeological Site is an important prehistoric site in northeast Thailand, dating back to the Bronze Age. The site includes evidence of early agricultural practices, pottery making, and metalworking.
- The Historic City of Ayutthaya was the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, one of Southeast Asia’s most powerful kingdoms from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The city was destroyed in the 18th century, but the ruins and temples remain an important cultural heritage site.
- The historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns were the capitals of the Sukhothai Kingdom, established in the 13th century and considered the cradle of Thai civilization. The site includes temples, palaces, and monuments representing the Thai people’s early architecture and art.
- Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex is a large forest area in central Thailand with several protected areas. It is home to many rare and endangered plant and animal species, including tigers, elephants, and gibbons.
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex is another large forest area in western Thailand with several protected areas. It is known for its diverse range of plant and animal species, including over 400 bird species.
- Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries are two adjoining wildlife sanctuaries in western Thailand, home to several endangered species, including tigers, leopards, and elephants. The area is also known for its scenic beauty and natural resources.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Thailand have protected places for their cultural and natural importance.
Sites on the Tentative List
- Phuphrabat Historical Park
- Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat
- Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna
- Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape
- Ensemble of Phanom Rung, Muang Tam and Plai Bat Sanctuaries
- The Ancient Town of Si Thep
- The Andaman Sea Nature Reserves of Thailand