Chachoengsao or Paet Rio is located on the east of Bangkok. Its fertility is due to Bang Pakong River. It is an important venue for agricultural products in the Central Region, with mango as the most popular fruit of the province. Moreover, it is the location of the sacred Phra Phutthasothon Buddha image.
North: Prachin Buri and Nakhon Nayok
South: Chon Buri and Chantaburi
East: Sa Kaeo
West: Samut Prakarn and Bangkok
|Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan|
PLACES OF INTEREST:
Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary
Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary is the conserved forest covered 643,750 Rai (257,500 Acres), located in the forest in the junction of 5 provinces: Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Prachin Buri. This fertile forest is the last of the east. General landscape is about 30-150 meters high above sea level. It is the origin of Bang Pakong River in Chachoengsao, Khlong Tanod in Chanthaburi, and Prasae River in rayong. There are many kinds of wild animals and birds. Ang Rue Nai Waterfall is about 2 kilometers from the Guard Unit. Traveling: From Chachoengsao, go to Pahnom Sarakham first, and then use highway No.3245 to Tha Takiap, after that go to Ban Nong Khok for 57 kilometers, and use the route to Wang Nam Yen of Sa Kaeo for 15 kilometers. Tourists who love nature should contact Wildlife Conservation Division, Forestry Department (Tel: 579-9446) in advance.
Khao Hin Son Development Education Center
Khao Hin Son Development Education Center is at the 51st-52nd kilometers on highway No.304, 17 kilometers far from Phanom Sarakham, with the area of 1,869 Rai. This is the education center for new agricultural development, with the cooperation of public and private sectors. The area inside has been divided for demonstration and experiment for farmers and other people. Many projects are: land development, livestocks, fishery, arts, and herb garden. “Eastern Botanical Garden” has been established to study and conduct research for plants and herbs. Herb sauna is also available in Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday with 20 Baht fee. More information, contact Tel: 280-6198 – 200 or (038) 59-9105-6.
|Old Fortress and City Pillar|
Wat Phayakkha Intharam (Wat Chedi)
Has been proved to be built in the reign of King Rama V, the big stupa inside the temple was built in 1873, while the temple itself was built in 1881. Being one of the most ancient temples, this venue has been registered by the Fine Arts Department as the archeological site. Highlights of the temple are one big stupa, two small stupas , some other Buddhist buildings such as the ceremonial hall (viharn), the chapel, the bell tower, etc.
Klongsuan Market has existed on the banks of Prawetburirum canal’s for over 100 years, and has roots dating back to the reign of King Rama V. Walking through the market you can see and feel the rural way of life of olden Thailand. Klongsuan Market offers not only the nostalgic ambience of Thailand’s past, but also charming wooden shop houses selling vintage items and tasty local foods. The market was once an important meeting point for villagers and people in the area because it was home to the community’s only pier (to catch a boat to Bangkok).
Oldfashioned style caf?s still serve freshly-brewed ‘O-Liang’, a zesty, cool Thai version of espresso. Straddling two provinces (Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan), Klongsuan Market is probably the longest (over one kilometer in length) market by a canal in Thailand. About 20 kilometers from Suvarnabhumi Airport heading towards Chonburi on the “Motorway” route. Follow the well-designated signs on the left. At the junction, turn right along On Nutch-Chachoengsao road for around 15 kms.and Klongsuan Market is located on the left.
Wat Chin Prachasamoson
Wat Chin Pracha Samoson (Wat Leng Hok Yi) is another Chinese temple of Wat Leng Noei Yi in Bangkok. It is on Supphakit Road, far from the City Hall about 1 kilometer. The interesting points in the temple are Chinese warrior sculptures and the ceremonial hall (viharn) with Chinese arts. It is also a popular site for Chinese religious ceremonies.
|Wat Sampatuan and Ban Mai Market|
City Pillar Shrine
Located on Na Mueang Road, the shrine is featured by the Thai architectural style with 4-sided roofs and a tower (Prang) in the center. Inside, there are 2 city piles which were built in 1834 and 1895. In the same compound, there is Chao Pho Lak Mueang Shrine, which is highly respected. Operating hours are from 07:00 16:00 hrs.
Wat Pho Bang Khla
This temple is 23 kilometers from Chachoengsao. Using highway No. 304 for 17 kilometers, then turn left to highway No.3121 for 6 kilometers, pass the Monument of King Taksin the Great, then turn left 500 meters. Also, another route is to travel by boat from Chachoengsao town at Tawan Ok Plaza pier, and land at the pier of the temple. There are many bats on trees during the day and fly out to search for food during the night. And even though fruits are their favorites, these bats never eat fruits grown by Bang Khla people.
|Somdet Phra Sri Nagarindra Park and Wat Uphai Phatikaram|
Somdet Phra Sri Nagarindra Park
This public park is in front of the City Hall, in the area of 90 Rae (36 Acres) which features a large swamp in the middle. Surrounded by various types of trees, the park is most suitable for relaxation.
Thailand Sand City
Situated next to Carrefour Supermarket in Chachoengsao downtown, the World Sand Sculpture commemorates HM King Bhumibol’s 80th Birthday. This exhibition shows displays exquisite craftsmanship in the gigantic sand statues which were created by over professional 70 sculptors worldwide from the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, the United States, Czechoslovakia and Thailand. More than 30 pieces are exhibited on 4.8 acres of land, making this the world’s largest indoor sand sculpture exhibition.
The exhibition is divided into 3 sections:
1. Sand sculptures concerning HM the King
Sculptures in this zone extol HM the King and his many good works and dedication to his country and people.
2. Sculptures depicting Thai history and literature
This is a very interesting exhibit in the dark, with stunning light and sound effects.
3. International Sand Sculptures
This zone is dedicated to sculptures drawing source material from worldwide sources, including the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty, Brandenberg Gate, Van Gogh’s work, wind mills, etc.
Sand City is open every day from 10.00-19.00 hrs. Admission is 80 Baht for adults and 40 Baht for children. For further information, contact the Office of World Sand Sculpture, tel. 0 3851 5120 or -5121.
|Kuan Inn Statue and Wat Chin Prachasamoson|
Wat Uphai Phatikaram
The present chapel (ubosot) is a new, beautiful, and gigantic building which has replaced the old one. The chapel actually depicts the style of the applied Rattanakosin period. The weekdays operating hours are during 07:00-16:15 and 07:00-17:00 hrs for weekends. Moreover, there are many stalls for food and local souvenirs. Long-tailed boat service to and from the city market and the temple is also available.Wat Uphai Phatikaram (Wat Sam Po Kong) Situated on Suphakij Road, near Talad Mai, this temple was formerly a Chinese temple. However, it has now turned into a Vietnamese temple. It is also a location of the Chao Pho Sam Po Kong or Luang Pho To (Phra Trairattananayok). Every weekend, many Chinese tourists come to pay respect to the image.
Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan
This temple is in the municipal area by the Bang Pakong River. Built in late Ayutthaya Period, with its original name of “Wat Hong”, it is the location of Phra Phutthasothon or Luang Pho Sothon, the important Buddha image in the attitude of meditation with a width of 1.65 meters and a height of 1.48 meters high. According to the legend, this Buddha image had been floated along the river, before being placed here at this temple. The original image was a beautiful Buddha image, but later on cement was placed on the image to prevent from burglary. Worshippers from all walks of life come to pay respect to this most reputed image by pasting gold leaves on the image.
The present chapel (ubosot) is a new, beautiful, and gigantic building which has replaced the old one. The chapel actually depicts the style of the applied Rattanakosin period.. The operating hours are during 07:00 –16:15 hrs. weekdays and 07:00 – 17:00 hrs. weekends. Moreover, there are many stalls for food and local souvenirs. Long-tailed boat service to and from the city market and the temple is also available.
|Bat Temple and King Taksin Monument|
Maenam Bang Pakong
Maenam Bang Pakong or Bang Pakong River is originated from Korat plateau, pass Prachin Buri, Amphoe Bang Nam Priao and Bang Khla of Chachoengsao, and exit Thai Bay at Amphoe Bang Pakong with the distance of 230 kilometers. The three hour trip of 25 kilometers starts from Chachoengsao town to view the local Thai nature along both banks. The route passes some interesting places such as Khrommakhun Maruphong Siriwats Residence, ancient fortress and walls, previous City Hall, old rafts, many Wats, and landed at Wat Pho Bang Khla to view the spectacular sights of the bats. Tourists can hire boat at the pier of Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan or in town. The long-tailed boat can accommodate 8-10 people, and 40 people for a big boat. The hiring rate can be bargained due to number of passengers and distance.
Located on Suk Kasem Road, this site was built in the reign of King Rama III. During the reign of King Rama V, this fort was used to fight against the Chinese riots. At the front of the fortress, there is a public park suitable for viewing the scenery of the Bang Pakong River. Also, many old cannons can be seen along on the wall.
Monument of King Taksin the Great
Monument of King Taksin the Great The monument has been built as a memorial site to commemorate King Taksin passing Chachoengsao after the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767 to restore Thailands independence. It is told that at this location was formerly a stupa built for his victory over the enemies. After that, it was demolished in 1931. And eventually the new shrine was constructed in 1988.
Chachoengsao is the venue for the most favorite fruit in Thailand which is mango. With the area of 86,000 Rae or 34,400 Acre, mangoes are grown mostly in Amphoe Bang Khla and Plaeng Yao. The most popular species are Raet, Khiao Sawoei, Chao Khun Thip, and Thongdam. The mango season is in March, which the mango Festival will be held annually.
By car: From Bangkok, there are 3 routes to Chachoengsao:
Use highway No.304, via Min Buri, with the distance of 82 kilometers.
Use Bang Na Trat highway, turn left before reaching the bridge over Bang Pakong River to highway No.314. The total distance is 100 kilometers.
Use highway No.3, via Samut Prakarn and Bang Pakong, then turn left to highway No.314. The total distance is 106 kilometers.
By bus: There are buses leaving from 2 bus terminals: From Mor Chit 2 Bus Terminal (Tel: 0 2936 2852 66) First and second-class air-conditioned buses leave every 40 minutes during 06:00 17:00 hrs. The fare is 40 and 36 Baht, respectively.
Regular buses leave every 30 minutes during 05:40 19:00 hrs. The fare is 26 Baht. From Eastern Bus Terminal (at Ekkamai) (Tel: 0 2392 2391) First class air-conditioned buses leave every 40 minutes during 06:30 17:00 hrs. The fare is 59 Baht. Regular buses leave every 30 minutes during 05:40 19:00 hrs. The fare is 33 Baht.
By Train : The trains from Hua Lamphong Station to Chachoengsao leave every day, 9 trains/day, both regular and air-conditioned during 06:00 17:25 hrs. The fare is 40 Baht for air-conditioned and 13 Baht for regular one. For more details, contact 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020
From Chachoengsao, visitors can travel to Chonburi, Sa Kaeo, Prachin Buri, and Nakhon Nayok. Moreover, buses from other provinces pass Chachoengsao. They are from Chaing Mai, Phrae, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Saraburi, Phayao, Chiang Rai, Lop Buri, Rayong, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Surin, and Si Sa Ket.