Much of Thailand's cultural history is related to Buddhism, the country's former rulers, and their support of religion through temple construction. Bangkok and several other provincial capitals list royal temples and palaces among their principal tourist attractions. The country can be divided into several regions: Lanna, the mountainous upper north with its picturesque river-valley towns, the lower north with the ancient capital of Sukhothai at its heart, the upper northeast with its Laotian-style temple architecture, the lower northeast with its Khmer ruins, the central region centered on the former capial of Ayutthaya, and the current capital of Bangkok. The south - famous for its beaches and islands - also has several towns of cultural interest.
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