Away from Bangkok, there are many other places to visit, there are specific Tourist Beach Resorts, such as Phuket and Pattaya, but these do not reflect the real Thai culture,as they have been taken over by the lucrative and renowned Thai sex industry.
To really appreciate the traditional Thai way of life, travelling down to the South of Thailand's East coast to places such as Hua Hin, Cha Am, Surat Thani and thereabouts will give you a much better view of the real Thai way of life. In addition the scenery and food around these areas is very different to that seen around Bangkok.
Whilst travelling in South Thailand you must visit some of the wonderful Thai Temples as they are amazing. Built in the reign of King Rama VI, The railway station at Hua Hin is one of Thailand's most beautiful train stations of which the local people are very proud.
At Namtok Pa Lau the waterfall is located within a yearlong verdant forest where various kinds of birds and butterflies are found, especially in the morning.
It is composed of 11 tiers of rocks, some of which can be reached along a trekking trail parallel to the stream. To get there, visitors may take local transport from Hua Hin for a distance of 63 kilometres. At Klai Kangwon Palace King Rama VII commanded the summer palace to be built in the year 1926 to the north of Hua Hin. The palace consists of 3 Spanish style mansions facing the sea. This Spanish style architecture was adapted to suit the tropical climate of Thailand and to serve the function of a summer palace. The atmosphere is more of a large house than a formal palace. It is open to the public daily from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Call +66 (0) 32 511115 for more information.Located at Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Chaiya is a historical and archaeological museum. The first building puts on exhibition stone and bronze sculptures discovered in the ancient city of Chaiya, for example, sculptures of the God Vishnu and Bohdisattva Avalokitesvara. The second building exhibits artefacts of protohistoric down to historic periods from Dvaravati, Srivijaya, Lop Buri, Sukhothai to Ayutthaya. Art objects and several other crafts are also displayed here. Chaiya National Museum is open daily between 09.00-16.00 hrs. except for Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is 10 Baht each.