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Ratchaburi
About Ratchaburi

Ratchaburi is an ancient city of Dvaravati kingdom  whose center was Nakhon Pathom.  It is said that Nakhon Pathom was the center of spreading Buddhism.  Ratchaburi city itself had been moved its city center for many years, until 1897 the city center was located at the present City Hall.

The monument of King Rama I is an interesting attraction on the foothill of Khao Kaen Chan, Phetkasem Road.  The monument is respected by Ratchaburi people, and there is also developed to the public park.

In Amphur Mueang of Ratchaburi, there are many historic places which are beautiful and interesting, such as the City Pillar Shrine, Wat Phra Sri Ratana Mahathat, and Ratchaburi National Museum.

A well-known place in Ratchaburi is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.  The over-100-year market is crowded by wooden boats with multicolored fruits and vegetables.  If you like nature, you can go to Huay Phark Waterfall, which is a small waterfall in Tanowsri Range, in Amphur Suan Pheung.

The important festival is Khao Ho or Ang Mi Thong Festival.  It is the blessing ceremony held every the ninth lunar month.  In the ceremony, people boil Khao Ho which is sticky rice molded and wrapped in a cone shape.

For those who love food, Ratchaburi is famous for producing fresh milk.  The production is operated by Nong Pho Dairy Co-operative Ltd.(under The Royal Patronage).  The milk is high-quality and cheap.

How to go

Both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal for Ratchaburi daily. It takes 2 hour for the trip. Contact Transport Co. Ltd. Tel: 0 2435 1199-200

Regular trains depart from both Hua Lumphong Railway Station and Bangkok Noi Railway Station daily. Traveling time between Bangkok and Ratchaburi is 2 hours. Call 1690 for more information.

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Recommended

Ratchaburi National Museum

This is located on Woradet Road near the river. The edifice was formerly the town hall, built in 1922. Established as a museum in 1988, it displays art and ancient items of different periods found in the local area, and exhibits the history of Ratchaburi, as well as its folk art and geology. The museum is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m. exept Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission fee is 30 baht.

Ratchaburi National Museum

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

In the past, daily commerce in Thailand was conducted mostly along rivers and canals (or khlongs in Thai). Bangkok’s water network was busy and served as the principal means of communication causing Bangkok to be called as the “Venice of the East” by early European visitors.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Bo Khlueng Hot Stream

Located 5 kilometres beyond Amphoe Suan Phueng and another 10 kilometres along an access road, the stream is full of mineral water and is believed that it can be used for skin treatment. The water flows all year round from the Tanaosi Range. Its temperature ranges between 50-68 degrees Celsius. On the route to the hot stream, a 3 km. branch road leads to Namtok (waterfall) Kao Chon, which consists of 9 cascades. The falls are plentiful during the late rainy season.

Bo Khlueng Hot Stream