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Chiapas & Tabasco

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Chiapas & Tabasco

Chilly pine-forest highlands, sultry rainforest jungles and attractive colonial cities exist side by side within Mexico’s southernmost states, a region awash with the legacy of Spanish rule and the remnants of ancient Maya civilization. Palenque and Yaxchilán are evocative vestiges of powerful Maya kingdoms, and the presence of modern Maya is a constant reminder of the region’s rich and uninterrupted history. The colonial hubs of San Cristóbal de las Casas and Chiapa de Corzo give way to sandbar beaches and fertile plots of coffee and cacao in the Soconusco, and for outdoor adventurers, excursions to Laguna Miramar and the Cañón del Sumidero are unmissable.

Nature lovers willing to venture off the beaten track will swoon over the frothy cascades and exotic animals of the Lacandón Jungle and the El Triunfo reserve.

Jan Fiesta Grande de Enero in Chiapa de Corzo.

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Northern Central Highlands

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Northern Central Highlands

From cobbled lanes to pretty plazas, deserts to cloud forest, the northern central highlands region is as varied as its history, cuisine and cultures. It was here that former mineral wealth created colonial cities and revolutionary activity left ghost towns in its wake. Known as the Cuna de la Independencia (Cradle of Independence), the territory is renowned for its part in the country’s fight for autonomy.

Particular jewels include silver-ridden Guanajuato and Zacatecas, plaza-filled San Luis Potosí, arty San Miguel de Allende and nature-filled Sierra Gorda. And as for the cuisine… Travel a few kilometers for another take on a trusty tortilla or regional specialty. Culture vultures can feast on pre-Hispanic sites and art museums, concerts, nightlife, festivals and callejoneadas – the northern central highlands continues centuries of pomp and ceremony. It sure knows how to put on a good (if noisy) party.

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Baja California

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Baja California

Baja is the earth’s second-longest peninsula – over 1200km of the mystical, ethereal, majestic and untamed. Those lucky enough to make the full Tijuana to Los Cabos trip will find that the Carretera Transpeninsular (Hwy 1) offers stunning vistas at every turn. The middle of nowhere is more beautiful than you ever imagined, and people are friendly, relaxed and helpful – even in the border towns. Side roads pass through tiny villages and wind drunkenly along the sides of mountains. Condors carve circles into an unblemished blue sky. Some people simply sip drinks and watch the sun disappear into the Pacific. Some choose to feel the rush of adrenaline as they surf that perfect wave. Others walk through sherbet-colored canyons or stare up at the night’s canopy of scattered-diamond stars. Whichever way you choose to take it, you’ll discover some of Baja’s many joys.

Jan–Mar Flowers bloom, whales and whale sharks play, and big waves delight surfers.

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Thewet & Dusit

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Thewet & Dusit

For more detail of this area see Neigbourhood Map»

Witnessing Victorian sense and Thai sensibilities merge in the former royal enclave of Dusit Palace Park.

Cheering on Thai boxing – the sport that makes Steven Seagal look as soft as a pillow – at Ratcha- damnoen Stadium.

Sampling homestyle Thai food good enough for royalty at Krua Apsorn.

Wondering what country you’re in while among the Carrara marble, European-style frescoes and red carpet of Wat Benchama- bophit.

Enjoying the breezy, tasty riverside dining at Steve Café & Cuisine or Kaloang Home Kitchen.

Thewet, particularly the area near Th Samsen, has the hectic, buzzy feel often associated with Bangkok: relentless traffic, throngs of civil servants and schoolkids, and a soggy market. The adjacent river is the only respite from the action, and it also functions as a good point from which to approach the area, as most sights and restaurants are a short walk from the river ferry pier. Plan to visit this area at lunch or dinner time to best take advantage of the riverside restaurants.

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Bangkok Maps

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Bangkok Maps

Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Banglamphu

Thewet & Dusit

Chinatown

Siam Square, Pratunam & Ploenchit

Ratchathewi

Silom

Riverside

Lumphini

Sukhumvit

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