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Attractions in Ratchaburi province in Thailand

 
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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.

 

City attractions in Ratchaburi

 

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.

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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.

 

Out of city attractions in Ratchaburi


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

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

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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