Learn the history.
Most people, when they think about the Second World War in Southeast Asia will think of the Phillipines, Malaya and Burma. Indeed, I had an uncle who died whilst a Japanese prisoner of war in the region, but few people consider Thailand in the context of this terrible conflict. I must admit I was one of those. As you walk along the seafront a little North of the Suksant Hotel, you may notice the billboard pictured. It describes, in slightly jingoistic terms, what happened when the Japanese invaded here on 8th December 1941, the same day as the bombing of Pearl Harbour. The Thais had been steadfastly neutral prior to this violation. After a brief resistance lasting only about a day, and faced with a much superior force, the Thais capitulated and allowed the Japanes to use the country as a staging post to ferry their troops elsewhere in the region.
It is only a small thing but it is worth pausing for a moment to think of all who perished in this region in that awful war.