THE CENTRAL PLAINS have produced the strongest and most famous Thai kingdoms, reigning from the 13th century up to modern times with Bangkok as the capital. Great armies fought off attacks from Mon and Khmer neighbours, and took the battle to Lanna in the north and Malay sultans in the south.
While a large number of visitors do see the historical town of Sukhothai, for too many farang, the plains around the Chao Phraya river are the bits passed through between Chiang Mai and Bangkok.