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Wat Yai Chai Mongkol overlooks Thailand's first capital city, Ayutthaya. In 1592, Ayutthaya's king added to the temple an ornate chedi, a Buddhist pagoda, after defeating the Crown Prince of Burma in an elephant duel.  
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With historic roots in trade, Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai has long been a cultural and economic center. Traders traveling on elephants frequented the city, bringing silver, handcrafted goods, and woodcarvings.  
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Long before Thailand's capital city of Bangkok became traversable by skytrain, boats were used to navigate the city's many waterways. One remaining remnant of these times is the Floating Markets, where sellers still deal wares off their small boats to shoppers lined up along the canals.  
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Krabi province in southern Thailand comprises 130 islands and some of the country's most breathtaking landscapes. Climbers flock to the area for world-class crags and Krabi's Ko Phi Phi Lee island stood in for Eden in the film The Beach.  
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An adrenaline-filled alternative to getting around Thailand's crowded cities is by tuk-tuk taxi, named for the sounds emitted by its tiny engine. Although these small rickshaws only seat three people and sit two feet off the ground, the speed at which they whiz around car-choked streets is enough to get your heart racing.  
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Wat Phraihat Doi Kong Mu is a Burmese-style temple located in Mae Hong Son, along Thailand's northern border. In the tradition of the hill dwellers who have called the region home for thousands of years, the temple's construction atop a hill gives it vantage over the surrounding mountains and valleys.  
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