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Ratchaburi

Ratchaburi

Ratchaburi Province or Rat Buri is one of Thailand's seventy-six provinces lies in Western Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from north clockwise) Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram and Phetchaburi. In the west it borders the Taninthary Region of Myanmar. Ratchaburi is 80 kilometres (50 mi) west of Bangkok and borders Myanmar to the west with the Tenasserim Hills as a natural border. The Mae Klong flows through the centre of Ratchaburi town.
Ratchaburi Overview

Ratchaburi, 80km west of Bangkok, is a scenic provincial town with a wealth of natural and cultural attractions – the most popular being Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Running along a network of canals just off the Mae Klong River, Damnoen Saduak is abuzz at early morning with wooden rowboats selling all kinds of fruits, vegetables and ready-to-eat snacks. Although a bit touristy when compared to nearby Amphawa and Tha Kha, it remains one of the must-visit attractions for any first-time visitors to Thailand.


Ratchaburi Histoty

The history of the city of Ratchaburi dates back to the Dvaravati period, when it was an important city of the Mon Kingdom. Of the city of Khu Bua nearby only ruins remains. According to legend it dates back to the mythical Suvannabhumi Kingdom predating Dvaravati.

"Ratchaburi" means 'the land of the king'. Ratchaburi dates back to ancient times and was important during the Dvaravati period. The city of Ratchburi is on the banks of the Mae Klong River and was a town of the Suvarnabhumi Kingdom.

Ratchaburi transportation
By Train:
Ratchaburi is on the main north-south running train line and all north-south running trains stop here.

There are two stations within walking distance of the town, a very small station right by the river and the main Ratchaburi train station about two kilometres south of the river -- both are on Rotfai Road and while the latter is convenient to Khatha Ton Road, the former is closer to the rest of the action.

The fare varies depending on class of seat and train, but we paid 25 baht for an ordinary train from Bangkok and the trip took about 2.5 hours -- a train onwards to Phetchaburi was 11 baht and took 30 minutes.

By Bus:
While Ratchaburi has a shiny new bus station to the southwest of town (green songthaeaws from in front of the police station can take you there for 10 baht), there is no need to go there as buses to Bangkok (every 20 minutes, 90 baht) leave from beside the Numsin Hotel.

Buses heading south can be caught as they pass through town along Rot Fai Road.
Ratchaburi climate and best time to visit

You can visit Ratchaburi all year around. The best time is from October to March, others are hot and rainy, then if you travel during that period, umbrella is worth considering.

Thing to do and see in Ratchaburi
Ratchaburi dates back to the Dvaravati era. Its name means "City of Kings" The town lies 80 km. west of Bangkok, and the province covers just over 5,000 square kilometres, reaching across to the border with Myanmar.
There are several significant temples in and around town, but the greatest tourist attraction in the province is the floating market at Damnoen Saduak, where visitors mingle with food and fruit vendors on the maze of local canals

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat

Noted for its elegant "Prang", which is reminiscent of those al Angkor, this ancient temple is located in the northwest of town on the west bank of Mae Klong River.

Ratchaburi Museum

Situated on Woradet Road near the river, this museum houses art and ancient artefacts detailing the history of the local area. The building was erected in 1922, and has functioned as a museum since 1988. Opening hours are 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday

Wat Khanon

The odd feature of this temple, located 10 km. from Amphoe Photharam, is that it has a collection of "Nang Yai" a great shadow play, a traditional form of Thai entertainment that combines the skills of sculptors with the grace of puppeteers. There are usually demonstrations of the play in action on Saturdays between 10.00 - 11.00 a.m.

Tham Khao Bin

This is the most dramatic cave in the province, located 20 km. from town on the way to Chom Bueng. The cave is accessed by a 2-km. side road, and is over 300 metres deep; its floor and ceiling are adorned with some marvellous stalactites and stalagmites.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Although it is just 80 km. from Bangkok, this is by far the most popular floating market for both foreign and domestic visitors, and there are plenty of reasons why. The main market at Klong Ton Khem is usually crowded with waterborne vendors selling anything from noodles to hats to pineapples, as well as sightseers clicking their cameras. If you prefer a more tranquil experience, the surrounding network of canals offers a relaxing ride and an interesting peek into the rural life of Thailand. The market is at its best around 7.00 - 9.00 a.m. take plenty of film along, as the sampan boats loaded high with colourful produce are very photogenic.

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