Amnat Charoen Expat Travel Guide
Amnat Charoen (อำนาจเจริญ) is in a town, the capital of a Amnat Charoen Province, in the Isaan region of Thailand. Understand Although it is a small and tranquil town, Amnat Charoen has various attractions. Visitors to Charoen can view sacred Buddha images, picturesque rice paddies and fruit orchards, rocky rapids of Mekong River in dry […]
Amnat Charoen (อำนาจเจริญ) is in a town, the capital of a Amnat Charoen Province, in the Isaan region of Thailand.
Although it is a small and tranquil town, Amnat Charoen has various attractions. Visitors to Charoen can view sacred Buddha images, picturesque rice paddies and fruit orchards, rocky rapids of Mekong River in dry season, and excellent handicrafts, particularly silk.
The people of Amnat Charoen attach their lifestyle to local traditions and festivals that are held throughout year such as the festival to mark the end of Buddhist Lent, the Rocket Festival, Loy Krathong and Songkran. Moreover, they practice 14 moral precepts such as cleaning feet before entering a home, donating food to monks, avoiding stepping on a monk’s shadow, paying respect to parents, paying homage to Buddha images with flowers, candles, and joss sticks and learning Dhamma every day.
Most people in Amphoe Chanuman are descendants of the Phu Thai ethnic group who migrated from Laos. They specialise in weaving “khit” cloth, preserving its unique patterns. Their traditional musical performance “mor lam” always supports the democratic constitutional monarchy. Amnat Charoen people try to retain the “long khuang” tradition which consisted of teenagers meeting up for communal activities such as weaving or silk spinning accompanied by lively traditional music.
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Travel by car to Amnat Charoen
From Bangkok, head north via Hwy 1, then Hwy 2 to Korat. After that, take Hwy 226, Nakhon Ratchasima-Surin, then Hwy 214, Surin-Suwannaphum. Turn right onto Hwy 202 via Yasothon and Pa Tio to Amnat Charoen. This route is 585 km. Or motorists can take Hwy 1, 2, then Hwy 226, Nakhon Ratchasima–Ubon Ratchathani, and Hwy 212 to Amnat Charoen. This route is 704 km.
Travel by bus to Amnat Charoen
Scheduled buses and air conditioned coaches leave the Northeastern Bus Terminal, Mo Chit 2, Kamphaeng Phet Road, for Amnat Charoen daily.
Tourists who travel by plane or train can head for Ubon Ratchathani first, then take bus to Amnat Charoen, 75 km away.
What to see in Amnat Charoen
- Buddha Utthayan and Phra Mongkhon Ming Mueang (พุทธอุทยาน และพระมงคลมิ่งเมือง): This base rock area is shaded and contains different kinds of vegetables decorated under the theme of “Buddha Park”. Inside the park, a huge northern Indian-style Buddha image, Phra Mongkhon Ming Mueang or Phra Yai, is placed in front of the temple. This Buddha image is now the logo of Amnat Charoen Province.
- Chidsakol Farm (สวนเกษตรชิตสกนต์): Close to Chidsakol Resort, this well-known farm features flowers and plants. Its huge plantation of African marigold always turn the whole field into a bright yellow hue when in full bloom.
- Wat Tham Saeng Phet (วัดถ้ำแสงเพชร): On a spacious sandstone plain, the cave temple features a viharn, a pagoda and a huge reclining Buddha. This cave is named Saeng Phet or “diamond’s glitters” due to its glittering rock. Wat Tham Saeng Phet is a meditation centre for those who honour Achan Cha Suphatto, a monk from Wat Nong Pa Phong. Many foreign monks visit it to meditate.
- Morlam Village (หมู่บ้านหมอลำ): The cultural attraction of Amnat Charoen, mor lam is a famous traditional musical performance of northeast Thailand. Performances feature dance and traditional music. and is the biggest mor lam village of Thailand with 20 mor lam bands living in the village. The mor lam performance of Ban Pla Khao village was awarded Amnat Charoen’s OTOP (One Tambon One Product).
- Boat Race Festival (ประเพณีการแข่งเรือยาว): is held in October and November each year. The race is a big tournament for boats from Amphoe Khemarat, (Ubon Ratchathani Province), Amphoe Chanuman (Amnat Charoen Province), and Laos. The race takes place on the Mekong River in front of the Amphoe Chanuman office.
- Ban Kham Phra Handicraft Centre (ศูนย์จำหน่ายหัตถกรรมบ้านคำพระ) (Amphoe Hua Taphan). The centre offers various home made handicrafts made by the women of the area. (updated Feb 2016)
- Ban Chang Tho Royal Folk Arts and Craft Training Centre (ศูนย์ศิลปาชีพบ้านสร้าง) (Amphoe Hua Taphan). The centre offers training course on various local crafts such as weaving and gem cutting. The centre here produces world-class gems cutting technicians. (updated Feb 2016)
- Wat Phra Lao Thep Nimit (วัดพระเหลาเทพนิมิตร) (Amphoe Phana). This temple has a Lanna-style chapel which houses the principal Buddha image “Phra Lao Thep Nimit”. Built in 1720, the Buddha image, in the form of subduing Mara and decorated with gold leaf, is considered the most beautiful Buddha image of the northeast region. The style mirrors Laotian art from Vientiane which was influenced by Lanna during the 16th-17th centuries. (updated Feb 2016)
- Don Chao Pu Botanical Park (วนอุทยานดอนเจ้าปู่) (Amphoe Phana). The park is home to various wildlife, particularly crab-eating macaques, many of which can be easily spotted. The park houses a sacred shrine as well as a Buddha images showing his birth, enlightenment, the first sermon, and a reclining pose. (updated Feb 2016)
- Phu Sa Dok Bua (ภูสระดอกบัว) (Amphoe Senangkhanikhom). On the mountaintop are 11 stone pools, each a few metres wide. All of them are occupied by different species of colourful lotus plants which normally are found only in swampland. Locals insist that no one planted the lotus and that they occur naturally. So, they named these pools “phu sa dok bua”, literally “mountain lotus pool”. Nearby is a huge cave which can accommodate hundreds of people. It once served as a stronghold of the Communist Party of Thailand. (updated Feb 2016)
- Mekong River scenery (ทิวทัศน์ริมฝั่งโขง) (Amphoe Chanuman). In front of the Amphoe Chanuman office, a long footpath running side by side with the river allows people to enjoy the view. In the dry season, from February to May, water in the Mekong River is much lower and allows islands such as Kaeng Tanglang and Kaeng Hin Khan to surface. (updated Feb 2016)
Charoen/ Where to stay in Amnat Charoen
- Faikid Hotel, 449 Moo 12 Soi Samran Rat, Arun Prasert Road, Tambon Bung (From Ming Mongkhon intersection, drive towards Yasothon for 1 km then turn left onto Soi Samran Rat. Continue straight about 50 m, Faikid Hotel will be on your right.). Sixty-one rooms from economy to suites. City centre. Meeting facilities. 450-1,200 Thai Baht. (updated Jan 2016)
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List of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) Hotels
No. Hotel Name Partnered Hospital Price range (Baht) /person per 14-16 days / number of Rooms
- 1 Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok Hospital 60,300 – 180,000 / 280 Rooms
- 2 Qiu Hotel Sukumvit Hospital 32,000 – 35,000 / 105 Rooms
- 3 The Idle Residence Samitivej Hospital 50,000 – 60,000 125 Rooms
- 4 Grand Richmond Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 55,000 / 300 Rooms
- 5 Royal Benja Hotel Sukumvit Hospital 45,000 / 247 Rooms
- 6 Anantara Siam Bangkok Bumrungrad International Hospital 89,000 – 280,000 / 218 Rooms
- 7 Grande Centerpoint Hotel Sukhumvit 55 Sukumvit Hospital 62,000 – 73,000 Family Packages are available. 364 Rooms
- 8 AMARA Hotel Sukumvit Hospital 50,000 – 99,000 / 117 Rooms
- 9 The Kinn Bangkok hotel Vibharam Hospital 30,000 – 50,000 Family Packages (for 2 – 4 persons/rm.) are available. 61 Rooms
- 10 Siam Mandarina Hotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 45,000 – 55,000 135 Rooms
- 11 Two Three A Homely Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 45,000 – 75,000 50 Rooms
- 12 Anantara Riverside Bangkok BPK 9 International Hospital 75,000 – 87,000 370 Rooms
- 13 Tango Vibrant Living Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 35,000 – 39,000 30 Rooms
- 14 Grande Centre Point Terminal 21 Bumrungrad International Hospital 60,000 – 74,000 240 Rooms
- 15 O2 Luxury Hotel Chularat 3 International Hospital 38,000 – 42,000 350 Rooms
- 16 Three Sukhumvit Hotel Vejthani Hospital 40,000 55 Rooms
- 17 Princeton Hotel Bangkok Vibhavadi Hospital 27,000 – 38,000 Family Packages are available. 150 Rooms
- 18 Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 57,000 76 Rooms
- 19 Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 65,000 – 105,000 200 Rooms
- 20 The Salil Hotel Sukhumvit 57 Phyathai Hospital 50,000 – 65,000 115 Rooms
- 21 SALIL HOTEL Soi-thonglor 1 Phyathai Hospital 40,000 – 45,000 110 Rooms
- 22 Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18 Bumrungrad International Hospital 58,000 – 115,000 Family Packages are available. 100 Rooms
- 23 ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit Phra Khanong Samitivej Hospital 48,000 222 Rooms
- 24 Maple Hotel Synphaet Srinakarin Hospital 33,000 – 55,000 Couple Package are available. 400 Rooms
- 25 Royal Rattanakosin Hotel Piyavate Hospital 28,000 – 35,000 280 Rooms
- 26 Conrad Bangkok Hotel Bumrungrad International Hospital 89,000 – 95,000 100 Rooms
- 27 Royal Suite Hotel Bangkok Hospital 50,000 – 60,000 Family Packages are available. 69 Rooms
- 28 Amanta Hotel & Residence , Sathorn Sukumvit Hospital 59,000 – 79,000 Family Packages are available. 60 Rooms
- 29 Ozone Hotel @ Samyarn Vibharam Chaiprakan Hospital 35,000 – 39,000 40 Rooms
- 30 Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok BNH Hospital 125,000 – 200,000 45 Rooms
- 31 Pullman Bangkok Hotel G BNH Hospital 76,000 196 Rooms
- 32 Hotel Clover Asoke Samitivej Hospital 45,000 – 55,000 80 Rooms
- 33 Belaire Bangkok Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 55,000 – 65,000 130 Rooms
- 34 SC Park Hotel Param 9 Hospital 42,000 – 80,000 80 Rooms
- 35 Avani Atrium Hotel Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 60,000 – 90,000 Family Packages are available. 218 Rooms
- 36 Le Meridien Hotel Bangkok BNH Hospital 64,800 – 290,000 162 Rooms
- 37 The Landmark Bangkok Hotel Bumrungrad International Hospital 55,000 – 98,000 150 Rooms
- 38 Zenith sukhumvit hotel Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 49,900 – 64,000 120 Rooms
- 39 ChorCher Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 37,000 – 41,000 370 Rooms
- 40 Solitaire Bangkok Sukhumvit World Medical Hospital (WMC) 48,000 – 88,000 Family Packages are available. 166 Rooms
- 41 Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri BPK 9 International Hospital 62,000 – 140,000 250 Rooms
- 42 Hotel Amber Sukhumvit 85 Synphaet Srinakrin Hospital 32,000 – 35,000 58 Rooms
- 43 The Vertical Suite Hotel Chularat 3 International Hospital 60,000 – 80,000 67 Rooms
- 44 Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 55,000 – 80,000 114 Rooms
- 45 Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi 58,000 – 83,600 497 Rooms
- 46 Miloft Sathorn Hotel Navamin 9 Hospital 32,000 – 35,000 72 Rooms
- 47 Lancaster Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 60,000 – 100,000 123 Rooms
- 48 DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 54,900 – 79,900 148 Rooms
- 49 Royal President Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 47,000 – 60,000 120 Rooms
- 50 Eleven Hotel Bangkok World Medical Hospital (WMC) 48,000 – 58,000 150 Rooms
- 51 SureStayPlus Hotel by Best Western Sukhumvit 2 Piyavate Hospital 55,000 74 Rooms
- 52 Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel BPK 9 International Hospital 65,000 – 100,000 100 Rooms
- 53 Goldentulip Sovereign Hotel Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 50,000 – 55,000 100 Rooms
- 54 Cinnamon Residence Vibhavadi Hospital 32,000 – 40,000 119 Rooms
- 55 Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam World Medical Hospital (WMC) 43,000 – 90,000 250 Rooms
- 56 Casa Nithra Hotel Bangkok Vibhavadi Hospital 43,000 – 49,000 40 Rooms
- 57 Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok BNH Hospital 60,000 – 100,000 100 Rooms
- 58 H5 Luxury Hotel Chularat 3 International Hospital 32,000 – 40,000 400 Rooms
- 59 The Sukosol Bangkok Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 62,000 – 109,000 72 Rooms
- 60 Anya Nana @Sukhumvit – Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 36,000 – 40,000 72 Rooms
- 61 Rembrandt Hotel and Suites Bangkok BNH Hospital 44,000 – 110,000 Family Packages are available. 100 Rooms
- 62 Park Plaza Sukhumvit 18 Piyavate Hospital 53,000 – 75,000 110 Rooms
- 63 Hotel Icon Sukhumvit 2 Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 43,000 – 49,000 70 Rooms
- 64 Aspira Sky Sukhumvit 1 Chularat 3 International Hospital 40,000 – 50,000 54 Rooms
- 65 Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Samitivej Hospital 42,000 70 Rooms
- 66 Nouvo City Hotel Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 46,000 72 Rooms
- 67 Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 Samitivej Hospital 46,000 – 62,000 85 Rooms
- 68 The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 70,000 – 90,000 25 Rooms
- 69 Ambassador Hotel Bangkok World Medical Hospital (WMC) 45,000 – 49,000 70 Rooms
- 70 Silom Serene a boutique Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 46,000 – 65,000 50 Rooms
- 71 Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 55,000 – 65,000 91 Rooms
- 72 Gracelandbangkok Piyavate Hospital 39,000 – 60,000 129 Rooms
- 73 Arize Hotel Sukhumvit Samitivej Hospital 40,000 – 70,000 70 Rooms
- 74 Hyatt Place BPK 9 International Hospital 49,000 – 86,500 70 Rooms
- 75 Best Western Premier Sukhumvit BPK 9 International Hospital 49,500 – 69,500 70 Rooms
- 76 Movenpick Sukhumvit 15 Piyavate Hospital 49,500 – 80,000 Family Packages are available. 120 Rooms
- 77 Centre Point Silom BPK 9 International Hospital 50,000 – 92,000 100 Rooms
- 78 The Canal Hotel Navamin 9 Hospital 33,000 – 75,000 80 Rooms
- 79 Citadines Sukhumvit 8 Piyavate Hospital 45,000 – 55,000 80 Rooms
- 80 Centre Point Pratunam World Medical Hospital (WMC) 49,000 – 100,000 100 Rooms
- 81 Fraser Suites Sukhumvit Bangkok Hospital 52,000 – 72,000 99 Rooms
- 82 Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit Piyavate Hospital 49,000 – 73,000 65 Rooms
- 83 The Silver Palm Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 42,000 – 100,000 Family Packages are available. 74 Rooms
- 84 Lohas Sukhumvit BPK 9 International Hospital 45,000 – 54,000 90 Rooms
- 85 Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 48,500 – 77,000 100 Rooms
- 86 The Green View Hotel Sukavej Hospital 32,000 – 39,000 300 Rooms
- 87 The Cotai Luxury Design Hotel Sukavej Hospital 29,000 – 48,000 280 Rooms
- 88 Hotel de Trojan Chularat 3 International Hospital 32,000 – 48,000 110 Rooms
- 89 S ram Leisure Hotel Vibharam Hospital 34,000 – 39,000 90 Rooms
- 90 Citrus Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok Hotel Piyavate Hospital 36,500 – 60,000 70 Rooms
- 91 FuramaXclusive Sukhumvit BPK 9 International Hospital 32,000 – 36,000 70 Rooms
- 92 So Boutique Hotel Sukavej Hospital 32,000 – 39,000 100 Rooms
- 93 The Metropole Bangkok Mongkutwattana General Hospital 40,000 – 48,000 70 Rooms
- 94 The Sukhothai Bangkok BPK 9 International Hospital 150,000 – 250,000 16 Rooms
- 95 Mii Hotel Srinakarin Synphaet Hospital 39,000 – 58,000 70 Rooms
- 96 Somerset Rama 9 Bangkok Samitivej Hospital Hospital 60,000 – 90,000 50 Rooms
- 97 Maduzi Hotel Brochures are not available. Brochures are not available. 26
- 98 Mercute Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 BNH Hospital 52,000 Family Packages are available. 100 Rooms
- 99 The Bazaar Hotel Piyavate Hospital 38,000 – 54,900 200 Rooms
- 100 Hotel GLOW SUKHUMVIT 5 World Medical Hospital (WMC) 48,000 – 125,000 69 Rooms
- 101 Arte Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 49,400 – 139,000 60 Rooms
Saraburi Expat Travel Guide
Saraburi (สระบุรี) is a city in the Chao Phraya Basin region of Thailand. Understand Saraburi has been an important city since ancient times. It is assumed to have been established c.1549 during the reign of King Maha Chakkraphat of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. It is assumed that the king had ordered the merging of some […]
Saraburi (สระบุรี) is a city in the Chao Phraya Basin region of Thailand.
Saraburi has been an important city since ancient times. It is assumed to have been established c.1549 during the reign of King Maha Chakkraphat of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. It is assumed that the king had ordered the merging of some parts of Lopburi and Nakhon Nayok together to set up Saraburi Province with the aim of being a centre for mobilising citizenry in times of war. Therefore, from the Ayutthaya period, the story of Saraburi has usually related to battles and wars. As for the origin of the word “Saraburi”, it is assumed that due to its location near a swamp called “Bueng Nong Ngong”, when the town was established a combination of “sa” (a swamp) and “buri” (a town), it was suggested and the town was named “Saraburi”.
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From Bangkok, take Hwy 1 or Phahonyothin Road, past Wang Noi District, Nong Khae District, Hin Kong Sub-district to the intersection of the elevated bridge of Saraburi. Turn left into Mittraphap Road or go straight on to the centre of Saraburi.
From Bangkok, there are both normal and air conditioned buses of the Transport Co., Ltd. from the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), Kamphaengphet 2 Road, several times a day. For more information, contact Tel. +66 2 9362852-66.
Travel by minivan in Saraburi
From Bangkok Victory Monument, a minibus going to Saraburi costs 100 Thai Baht. It stops at Saraburi’s train station.
There are daily train services from Bangkok Railway Station (Hualamphong) to Saraburi, several times a day. Trains from/to Bangkok main Hualamphong Train Station station take about 2-2.5 hours. Some trains stop at Kaeng Khoi Station and Muak Lek Station. For more information, contact the State Railway of Thailand at Tel. 1690, +66 2 2204334, +66 2 2204444 (ticket reservations can be made by telephone 3 days in advance, but not exceeding 60 days).
- Phu Khae Botanical Garden (สวนพฤกษศาสตร์ภาคกลาง (พุแค)). Established in 1941 as the first Royal Forest Department Botanical Garden, it sprawls over an area of 300 ha of which 100 ha is natural vegetation and forest. It also features a literary garden, which includes 35 species of plants which are mentioned in Thai literature. It also contains a medicinal garden. (updated Jul 2018)
- Sunflowers (ทุ่งทานตะวัน) (Between Lopburi and Saraburi along the Phatthana Nikhom – Wang Muang route). From November to December, the yellow sunflower fields along the road attract many people. (updated Aug 2017)
- Khao Sam Lan National Park (It is 4 km beyond Wat Phra Phutthachai). The nearest national park to Bangkok. The park offers many small waterfalls, some of which can be reached by short hiking trails. The best time to visit the falls is the late rainy season when water is plentiful. (updated Aug 2017)
- Tham Si Wilai (ถ้ำศรีวิไล): A cave in which resides the Phra Phutthanaowarat Buddha image from the Chiang Saen period. The cave also features stalagmites and stalactites.
- Thale Ban Mo (ทะเลบ้านหมอ): A deep and wide pond with a serene atmosphere, it is the habitat of various water creatures. From February until July, large flocks of migratory birds from Siberia can be found here.
- Tham Narai or Tham Khao Wong (ถ้ำนารายณ์ หรือถ้ำเขาวง): It is a cave containing stalagmites and stalactites as well as ancient Mon people scripts at the entrance of the cave.
- Tham Phrathat Charoen Tham or Tham Bo Pla (ถ้ำพระธาตุเจริญธรรม หรือถ้ำบ่อปลา): The cave is divided into 3 big rooms. In the cave resides Luangpho Yai, a stucco Buddha image with black lacquer applied and covered with gold leaf in the gesture of subduing Mara. It is from the Ayutthaya period.
- Pha Sadet (ผาเสด็จ) It is the cliff where King Rama V and the Queen resided when the Bangkok – Nakhon Ratchasima railway was constructed in 1895. Both of them also inscribed their royal initials, Cho Pho Ro and So Pho at the cliff.
- Tham Phra Phothisat (ถ้ำพระโพธิสัตว์): A bas-relief from the Dvaravati period can be found on the cave wall, depicting the preaching Buddha as well as Hindu gods. Outside the cave are many trees of various kinds as well as the royal initials, Cho Pho Ro, inscribed by King Rama V when he visited the waterfall. It consists of Tham Thammathat, Tham Lumphini, a stone garden and Tham Sa-ngat Chedi.
- Chet Khot – Pong Kon Sao Nature and Ecotourism Study Centre (ศูนย์ศึกษาธรรมชาติและท่องเที่ยวเชิงนิเวศเจ็ดคด-โป่งก้อนเส้า): The centre features a large biodiversity of both plants and animals. It comprises many kinds of forests such as dry evergreen forest, moist evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest and savanna. Animals living in this compound are wild elephants, gaurs, bears, deer, barking deer, lories, mouse deer, wild boar and approximately 158 kinds of birds.
- Nature Study Routes (เส้นทางศึกษาธรรมชาติ): There are three overall. The first route is from the sightseeing spot 12 kilometres from the centre. The second route is from Sap Pa Wan Reservoir to Hin Dat Waterfall. The third route is from Sap Pa Wan Reservoir to Namtok Chet Khot Nuea, Klang and Tai. Other waterfalls are found in the area. Significant are the Namtok Khao Khaep, the Namtok Krok Fa Phanang and the Namtok Sap Pa Wan.
- Sekeikyuseikyo Thai Headquarters (องค์การศาสนาเซไคคิวเซเคียวประจำประเทศไทย) lies the tropical Miroku Botanic Garden. There is also a pool, marble sculptures in various shapes, and a Japanese garden with. On the other side of the project lies an organic demonstration vegetable plot by using the Effective Microorganisms (EM) technology: a use of a micro-organism to reduce pollution in the environment.
- Pa Sak Jolasid Dam (เขื่อนป่าสักชลสิทธิ์): It was selected as one of the “Unseen Thailand Destinations”. It is the longest earth filled dam in Thailand with a length of 4,860 metres along the crest.
- Phai Tam Sub-district Bird Garden (สวนนกธรรมชาติตำบลไผ่ต่ำ): The garden covers an area of approximately 3 rai and is the residence of more than 17 species of birds. These birds always find their food early in the morning and fly back to their nest at dusk.
- Namtok Heo Noi (น้ำตกเหวน้อย): Proceeding further from this waterfall, there are high waterfalls in Khao Yai National Park. The best time to visit is from July to November.
- Muak Lek Arboretum (สวนรุกขชาติมวกเหล็ก) and Namtok Muak Lek (น้ำตกมวกเหล็ก): The lively stream originates from its tributaries in the Khao Yai National Park that flow into the Pa Sak River which forms the border between two provinces. The stream has rocky slopes that form small beautiful cascades.
- Namtok Chet Sao Noi National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติน้ำตกเจ็ดสาวน้อย) The waterfall has seven levels. The height of each level is approximately four metres and has a spacious shaded swimming area.
- Namtok Sap Heo (น้ำตกซับเหว): This waterfall has a large basin for swimming. On the right side of the waterfall is a path to a small cave which houses stalagmites and stalactites. Trekking to the waterfall is quite difficult.
- Tham Dao Khao Kaeo (ถ้ำดาวเขาแก้ว): The distinguishing points of this cave are its red, black and brown spots on the ceiling as well as the stalagmites and stalactites and its large population of bats.
- Tree Tunnel (อุโมงค์ต้นไม้) is an arch formed by trees bent towards each other on both sides of the road, forming a 200-metre long shaded “tree tunnel”.
- The Dairy Farming Promotion Organisation of Thailand (องค์การส่งเสริมกิจการโคนมแห่งประเทศไทย (อ.ส.ค.)): The Danish government and the Danish Dairy Farming Association together offered a promotion project on the raising of dairy cows. They cooperated with the Thai government to establish the Thai-Danish Dairy Farm (TDDF) and a training centre in Muak Lek District, Saraburi.
- Sao Ronghai (เสาร้องไห้): A gigantic post made from a hardwood tree known as Takhian, which is believed to possess a female spirit called “Takhian Thong”. This post was submerged under water at this sub-district for more than 100 years until in 1958, the locals brought it out of the water and kept it in the shrine.
- Ban Khao Kaeo (บ้านเขาแก้ว): A traditional Thai wooden house approximately 80–100 years old. It is the property of Achan Songchai Wannakun. The house was established as the “Thai Yuan Cultural Study Centre”, collecting folk utensils, weapons, present day tools as well as ancient woven textiles of over 100 years old.
- Bencha Sutthi Khongkha (เบญจสุทธิคงคา) refers to the sacred water from one of the five important rivers that flow through Sao Hai District. It is used for the Oath of Allegiance ceremony ever since the reign of King Rama IV to the present.
- Thanon Phrachao Songtham or Thanon Farang Song Klong (ถนนพระเจ้าทรงธรรม หรือ ถนนฝรั่งส่องกล้อง): A road constructed during the reign of King Songtham who reigned from 1611 to 1628. At present, approximately 9 kilometres of the path can still be seen. It starts opposite Wat Sang Sok. It was changed into a laterite and concrete road with a width of 6–8 metres.
- Samnak Song Tham Krabok (สำนักสงฆ์ถ้ำกระบอก): A well-known rehabilitation centre for drug addicts. This monastic residence was established by a Buddhist nun, Mian Panchan, in 1957.
- Bo Phran Lang Nuea (บ่อพรานล้างเนื้อ): A small stone well near Wat Phra Phutthabat. At the mouth of the well are knee prints. There are stone slopes and a deep hole the size of a can of milk near the well. The water that flows from the hole is believed to be holy water.
- Phra Tamnak Than Kasem (พระตำหนักธารเกษม): This palace was built in 1633 during the reign of King Prasat Thong as his residence on his royal visit to pay respect to Phra Phutthabat. The base of the palace still remains.
- Tham Thep Nimit Than Thong Daeng (ถ้ำเทพนิมิตรธารทองแดง): It is a prehistoric archaeological site. Artefacts of the late Neolithic period were discovered here.
- Tamnak Sa Yo (ตำหนักสระยอ): A royal residence constructed at the edge of Than Thong Daeng by Somdet Phrachao Prasat Thong’s command for his visit to pay respect to Phra Phutthabat.
- Phra Tamnak Thai Phikun, the Ancient Palace (พระตำหนักท้ายพิกุล พระราชวังโบราณ) In the present, there are no remains left of the actual palace. Only the royal elephant mounting platform and the surrounding wall are left.
- Khao Phra Phutthabat Noi (เขาพระะพุทธบาทน้อย) features undulating steep limestone mountains with many pointed summits. Inside lies a replica of the Buddha’s footprint, around 1 cubit wide and 3 cubits long imprinted deep into the ground.
- Phra Bowon Ratchawang Si Tha (พระบวรราชวังสีทา): The compound of this residence was very large, covering an area of approximately more than 150 rai. There still remains the lotus base for a wooden house made of brick and cement. There is an area of around 4 rai left which the kamnan – village headman has reserved as a public area.
- Ban Dong Nam Bo Archaeological Site (แหล่งโบราณคดีบ้านดงน้ำบ่อ): It is a cemetery where burial ceremonies were conducted and an archaeological site of the Pa Sak River culture. Also, iron and stone tools, jewellery, bangles and beads, aged approximately 2,000 years, were discovered.
- Pa Sak Boat Racing Festival (การแข่งขันเรือยาวประเพณีลุ่มน้ำป่าสัก) (The pier in front of the Sao Hai District Office). Last Saturday or Sunday of September. A major annual regatta. Famous long boats from all over the country join in the race. There are four categories: boats with 55 paddlers, 30 paddlers, 12 paddlers, and 10 paddlers. This festival is a way to preserve the local tradition. (updated Aug 2017)
- Phra Phutthabat Temple: This temple is in Phra Phutthabat District, 28 km north of the town along Highway 1. It is one of the most beautiful religious sites in Thailand. The temple houses the footprint of Lord Buddha found on a stone panel near Suwan Banpot Hill. The footprint was found in the reign of King Songtham of Ayutthaya. A spired square pavilion or mondop was built to cover the footprint. Close to the temple, Wat Tham Krabok is famous for its drug detoxification regime. Also, it was the last of the Hmong refugee camps in Thailand.
- Wat Phra Phutthachai: This temple is on a hillside. The major tourist attraction is a picture of Lord Buddha appearing on a cliff wall. A wihara has been built to cover it. The surroundings are very pleasant and shady.
- Phra Phuttha Nirarokhantarai Chaiwat Chaturathit (พระพุทธนิรโรคันตรายชัยวัฒน์จตุรทิศ): It is the Buddha image of the East and one of the four images made by the Territorial Defence Department to express loyalty to King Rama VI and King Rama IX. It resides in the cruciform pavilion of Wat Sala Daeng.
- The Golden Buddha Image (พระพุทธรูปทองคำ): A Buddha image in the meditation posture. The Fine Arts Department examined it and analysed that it is 70% gold. Therefore, the locals named it “Luangpho Thongkham”, the “Golden Buddha image”.
- Wat Phayao (วัดพะเยาว์): The golden Buddha image of Wat Phayao is considered as one of the major sculptures of Ayutthaya Kingdom. The believers built a viharn with a cruciform plan as a residence for the Buddha image to enhance its dignity and to bring honour to the people of Saraburi.
- Wat Khao Kaeo Worawihan (วัดเขาแก้ววรวิหาร) When King Rama IV visited Sao Hai District, he ordered the renovation of this temple and promoted it as a royal temple. There has been a rumor that a bright crystal ball would appear over the viharn of Wat Khao Khaeo on some nights.
- Wat Samuha Pradittharam (วัดสมุหประดิษฐาราม): Inside this temple one can find beautiful murals depicting the Khawi folk tale. The main Buddha image, in the posture of subduing Mara, was taken from Sukhothai’s Ancient City. It is cast in bronze and covered with gold leaf.
- Wat Chanthaburi (วัดจันทบุรี): The major tourist attraction is the ubosoth, constructed in 1893 during the reign of King Rama III. Inside are beautiful murals of the same period as the ubosot. They are still in perfect condition and depict the gathering of angels and the story of the Lord Buddha.
- Chedi Phrakhun Mae (เจดีย์พระคุณแม่): The chedi is surrounded by Buddha images representing the seven days of the week. It was constructed to encourage children to remember the kindness of their mothers and to be good in return.
What to Do
- Nam Tok Jet Sao Noi (7 Girls Waterfall).
- Nam Tok Sam Lan. There are some nice easy circuit hikes near this 3-level waterfall.
- Cliff Climbing – Abseiling (ปีนหน้าผา-โรยตัว). At Wat Phra Chai, Mueang District, is a 35 m cliff appropriate cliff climbing with a climb of less than 5 metres high without the use of a rope. However, cushions are provided on the ground below and a climbing partner will always take care and block from behind the climber. The spot is on a mountain which is surrounded with cliffs on every side. On the east of Wat Phra Phutthachai lie large round stones alternating with timber forests. On the other route is a climbing location with a rope or Top Rope with a length of 40 metres. Also, this is a sightseeing spot for the plain of the Pa Sak River as well as the scenery of Saraburi. (updated Aug 2017)
- Tham Lumphini Suan Hin (ถ้ำลุมพินีสวนหิน). A cave in Kaeng Khoi District with a length of 1,800 metres created naturally by underground water. (updated Aug 2017)
- Rafting along the Pa Sak River (การล่องแม่น้ำป่าสัก): The mountains line up along the rafting route. At some parts stones and cliffs can be seen with strange shapes, similar to animals.
- The National Dairy Cow Festival (งานโคนมแห่งชาติ) is organized in the Muak Lek District in January every year. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is the chairperson for the opening ceremony. It is the biggest event in Thailand for professional dairy farmers.
- The Phra Phutthabat Homage Paying Fair (งานนมัสการรอยพระพุทธบาท) is held twice a year: starting on the first day of the waxing moon and continuing for 15 days until the full moon day in the third lunar month; and from the eighth day of the waxing moon, continuing for eight days until the full moon day in the fourth lunar month.
- The Kam Fa Festival (ประเพณีกำฟ้า) is held on the second day of the waxing moon in the third lunar month. The eve of the festival features various forms of folk entertainment and activities including cockfighting and toasting sticky rice in bamboo. The Kam Fa Festival occurs on the third day of the waxing moon in the third lunar month. People perform merit making and attend sermons. The festival takes place annually at Phai Lio Sub-district, Don Phut District.
- The Wat Sung Songkran Festival and Sao Nang Takhian Bathing (ประเพณีสงกรานต์สรงน้ำเสานางตะเคียนวัดสูง) is held annually on 23 April in front of Wat Sung’s ordination hall, Sao Hai District. People perform merit making ceremonies and pour water onto elders and onto the Nang Takhian pillar.
- Hae Phra Khiao Kaeo (ประเพณีแห่พระเขี้ยวแก้ว): Buddhists believe that Phra Khiao Kaeo was the tooth of the Lord Buddha. A festival is held on the first day of the waxing moon in the fourth lunar month. The people of Phra Phutthabat District take the tooth from Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamahawihan Museum and carry it in a procession around the town. They believe that if the procession is held, they will live in wealth and happiness. It is an annual tradition of the district.
- The Chaopho Khao Tok Fair or Chaopho Khao Tok Procession (ประเพณีเจ้าพ่อเขาตก หรือ งานแห่เจ้าพ่อเขาตก) is held at Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamahawihan, Phra Phutthabat District, and is an annual fair. The event features supernatural power performances of Chaopho Khao Tok such as fire walking. There is also the Lo Ko dragon parade and Chinese opera performances. Mainly Chinese people, especially the followers of Chaopho Khao Tok, come from all over the country to celebrate this festival. The event begins on the first day of the waxing moon in the fourth lunar month, and continues for four days.
- The Tak Bat Dok Mai Ceremony (ประเพณีตักบาตรดอกไม้) is considered a significant tradition of Phra Phutthabat District. This merit-making ceremony is held to coincide with the start of the annual three-month Buddhist Lent on the first day of the waning moon of the eighth lunar month. During the ceremony, people offer alms to monks and candles to Wat Phra Phutthabat, early in the morning. In the afternoon, they offer flowers to the monks at Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamahawihan, Khun Khlon Sub-district, Phra Phutthabat District. They go to collect a kind of flower similar to Krachai (Rotunda) or turmeric with yellow or white flowers called “The Flower of Buddhist Lent”. This herb-like flower is found on the hillside only during the Buddhist Lent period and only in Saraburi. While the monks are walking up the staircase to take the flowers to pay homage to the Lord Buddha’s footprint, people wait along the steps with bowls of clean water in which are floated bullet wood flowers. They pour the water onto the feet of the monks as a means of washing away their sins. The Flower of Buddhist Lent was listed as a new species of plant in the world in the International Flowers Fair in July 2001 at Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.
- Products from the Dairy Farming Promotion Organisation of Thailand, Muak Lek Dairy Cooperatives, and private organizations are sold, including sweetened beef, salted beef, curry puffs, vegetables and seasonal fruits like Nong Saeng mangoes, oranges, custard apples, pomegranates, dragon fruit, and grapes.
- The area is also home to the Caroline cheese factory, one of Thailand’s oldest family-owned cheese producers.
- Other local food products are “herbal Chinese pork sausage with iodine” (kun chiang), “sweet dried pork” (mu sawan), “pounded pork” (mu thup) and “pork stewed in gravy” (mu phalo) and “Krayasat” (cereals and nuts in honey caramel).
- Local hand-woven fabrics are Tin Chok, silk, and Mudmee textiles of the Thai Yuan people.
- On Saturdays and Sundays, a trustworthy Thai rice wine called “sato” can be purchased from roadside vendors in Nong Kae.
- Tontarn Floating Market. Sundays only. Born from the merger of the villagers in the area has led to the sale of food and local product to other people. The market is a small market that is along the Phasak River. Tontarn floating market consists of many interesting things. First of all is desserts and local food. It has plenty of food to eat, whether it is the khao soi, kuay tiew rua, and sweets stuffed crispy egg crepe, but the highlights of this market is the “tai – yuan fried noodles” and “sweets Kong”. The second thing is about dining areas. The dining area is pavilion that on the river. In the pavilion, they have mats and “thok” (table) following the Lanna tradition. Third is the show from descendants of people in Tontarn. At noon there will be a native dance with the sound of Thai instruments. The last thing is souvenirs. Most souvenirs are made by villagers, such as woven fabric, Tai – Yuan clothing and shoulder bags. (updated Aug 2017)
- Weaving Centre of Tambon Ban Ton Tan (ศูนย์การเรียนรู้ทอผ้าตำบลบ้านต้นตาล): This centre is an educational facility for the youth and general public. There are various kinds of woven fabric on display such as loincloth, plain coloured cloth, Pha Si Khao, and fabric in the Dok Phikun – bullet wood flower – pattern, which is a traditional Thai Yuan style.
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The ‘Yamo Entrance’ at the junction of Ratchadamnoen Road and Hwy 224 Nakhon Ratchasima (นครราชสีมา), usually referred to as Khorat (โคราช) or, more commonly Korat, is the largest city in the Isaan region of Thailand. Its proximity to Bangkok and Isaan make it a good jumping-off point for travellers who are heading into Isaan. It […]
Nakhon Ratchasima (นครราชสีมา), usually referred to as Khorat (โคราช) or, more commonly Korat, is the largest city in the Isaan region of Thailand. Its proximity to Bangkok and Isaan make it a good jumping-off point for travellers who are heading into Isaan. It has excellent transport links to the rest of the country and beyond. Hwy 2 (Bangkok to Nong Khai) runs through the city, as does the northeast railway line which splits in the east of the city: one line runs up to Nong Khai and the other, to Ubon Ratchathani. There are buses which run to just about every city in the northern, northeastern, and eastern regions. You can even get buses to Vientiane in Laos and to the Cambodian border at Aranyaprathet.
The city itself has a population of around 200,000 (Nai Muang district), but the entire urban sprawl of the Nakhon Ratchasima metropolitan area (Muang Nakhon Ratchasima) has a population of approaching half a million. Despite the size of the city, it is not a favoured holiday destination for the average foreign traveller. Instead, visitors are more likely to base themselves in the city as they visit nearby tourism destinations such as Khao Yai National Park National Park, Phimai, and Phanom Rung.
The modern-day city traces its roots back to the late seventeenth century when King Narai of Ayutthaya ordered the construction of the city to protect the Ayutthaya Kingdom’s northeastern frontier from Laotian or Khmer attack. It was just such a Laotian attack that was defeated by local heroine Thao Suranaree in 1826. She, and her army, are credited with freeing the city from King Anouvong’s Laotian forces. These exploits have lifted ‘Yamo’ to almost god-like status in Korat. Her statue, in the centre of the city on Ratchadamnoen Road, is the most visited attraction in the city.
The city continued to grow, helped by the arrival of the railway in the early twentieth century, and, today, is a typical Thai mix of chaos, pollution, and tradition.
Korat is classified as having the three tropical seasons of hot, rainy and cool (or sometimes dry). But the seasons overlap considerably, and the rainy and hot seasons occur almost simultaneously while the cool/dry season is quite short. In generally during Nov, Dec, and Jan it’s very dry and relatively cool, although daytime temperatures will still often exceed 30 degrees C. Mar-Jun are the four hottest months but there can be heavy rains during this time, particularly in May. The temperatures decreases slightly each month as the area moves into the rainy season. Aug-Oct are the wettest months but tropical storms may be experienced any time between Mar-Oct. The downpours end as Oct ends: the rainfall in Nov is just 20% that of Oct.
The city, with its traffic and concrete, will be a little hotter than the rest of the province. And days in Apr and May can be unbearably hot amidst the urban jungle. Conversely, it can be surprisingly cool between Nov-Jan. It’s not unusual for temperatures at night in the city to drop below fifteen degrees Celsius in the cool season, while out in the rural areas, single-digit temperatures are not unknown.
The main road into the city is Hwy 2 (Mittraphap Road) which originates in Saraburi and ends in Nong Khai. The mall, Tesco Lotus and several hotels are next to it. Shortly after the mall, it bears left, goes past the main bus station and onto Khon Kaen. To the north of the city it joins up with the bypass also known, somewhat confusingly, as Hwy 2.
The road network within the city is, for the most part, an American-style grid system. Therefore, once you are familiar with the place, it is easy to find your way around. But if you are new in town it can be a nightmare as every road looks the same. This is particularly the case in the moated historic centre of the city.
The moat encloses the original city, almost a perfect rectangle, one and a half km by one km, and consists of seven main roads that run east to west: Phonsaen, Yommarat, Assadang, Chomphon, Mahat Thai, Supphasit, and Kamheng-Songkhram, and six main roads that run north to south: Chumphon (not to be confused with Chomphon), Jagkree, Manat, Pratchak, Kudan, and Phonlan.
The English spelling of Thai words is an inexact science so don’t be surprised to see variations on these spellings in different guide books, on maps and on street signs. For example, Jagkree is sometimes spelled Chakrii; Phonsaen can be Polsan; Chomphon can be Jompol; Supphasit may have no h; Assadang may have a t replacing one s; Pratchak may have no t, and so on.
To add to your confusion, the names of Jagkree Road and Pratchak Road change south of their intersections with Chomphon Road: to Watchara Sarit Road and Chai Narong Road respectively.
The obvious geographical reference point for travellers is the statue of Thao Suranaree (or Yamo). Every tuk-tuk, motorbike taxi, songthaew and taxi driver will understand “Yamo” so you shouldn’t have any problem getting there. She stands between Chumphon and Ratchadamnoen Road. Both of these are one-way streets and from Ratchadamnoen you can catch songthaews to just about every part of the city. Ratchadamnoen ends where it meets Hwy 224. Turn left onto Hwy 224 and it becomes Hwy 2 (Mittraphap) after about a kilometre. Turn right, and Hwy 224 takes you east and then south towards Dan Kwian pottery village and Chok Chai. At Chok Chai (30 km south of the city) Hwy 224 crosses Hwy 24 which goes to Buriram, Surin, and Ubon Ratchathani.
Three main roads lead off Ratchadamnoen: Chomsurangyat, Pho Klang and Suranaree. These are busy two-way thoroughfares and all three converge a kilometre and a half west of Yamo to form Mukmontri Road which leads back to Hwy 2.
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There are three routes to take from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima.
- First Route: Take Hwy 1 (Phahonyothin) passing Don Muang Airport, Wang Noi, and Nong Khae till you arrive at the Saraburi interchange. At Saraburi, turn right along Hwy 2 (Mittraphap Hwy) which finally leads to Nakhon Ratchasima. The total distance of this route is 259 km.
- Second Route: This alternative route is a little longer in distance but passes some interesting places. Take Hwy 304 via Min Buri, Chachoengsao, Phanom Sarakham, Kabin Buri, Wang Nam Khiao, and Pak Thong Chai to Nakhon Ratchasima. The total distance is 273 km.
- Third Route: Take Hwy 305 passing Thanyaburi, Ongkharak to Nakhon Nayok. From Nakhon Nayok, turn right on to Hwy 33 to Kabin Buri and then turn left along Hwy 304 passing Wang Nam Khiao and Pak Thong Chai to Nakhon Ratchasima.
There are two main bus stations in Korat. The new bus station (“bok kor sor mai”) is the larger of the two and is just to the north of the city centre, beyond Big C on the Korat to Khon Kaen stretch of Mittraphap Road. The old bus station (“bok kor sor gow”) is within the city centre on Burin Road between Suranaree Road and Mittraphap.
So, assuming you are in Bangkok, just head to Mo Chit Northern/Northeastern Bus Terminal. No need to consult a timetable: buses leave Bangkok for Korat several times an hour 24 hours a day. Go to the top floor of the terminal building and buy your ticket at window 40, 49, 50, 52, or 53.
Window 40 and 49 – Ratchasima Tour. Direct 24 hour service. Window 40 for the old bus station and window 49 for the new bus station.
Window 50 – Suranaree Air. Tickets for services to either station are sold at the same window. Confusingly, there are two windows #50 at Mo Chit (50 and 50ก). The one you need is on the left of the two.
Windows 52 and 53 – Air Korat Pattana. Window 52 for buses to the new bus station and window 53 for buses to the old bus station. It’s been known for the vendor to just sell a ticket for the next departing service. If you really want to go to the old bus station (“bok kor sor gow”) make sure you buy your ticket from the vendor at window 53 and that your ticket has the number 1 on it somewhere. This denotes the old bus station whereas a 2 denotes the new.
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