Venture just outside Bangkok and you'll find yourself in the small central Saraburi province. Founded during the Ayutthaya period as a military centre, Saraburi has been at the centre of many historical wars in Thailand. Today, Saraburi is perhaps most famous for its stunning sunflower fields, which come into bloom every December to January.
Saraburi is one of Thailand's quieter tourist destinations, and a low-key place to live. Key attractions in this pocket of Thailand include the Nam Tok Sam Lan National Park, which has plenty of trekking paths and is home to wild boar and deer. The forests of Phra Phutthachai, the Wat Phra Puttachai cave temple, and the holy 'footprint' of Buddha are also sights for the 'to do' list.
Located 108 km north of Bangkok, Saraburi city is also just 65 km from Ayutthaya.