Slow travel in Uthai Thani
Nestled in a peaceful corner of the lower northern region, the small town of Uthai Thani is situated among the embrace of lush mountains, a diversity of ethnics, and beautiful culture. Spending two days to experience Uthai Thani's slow life and you might fall in love with the charm.
Cruising along the Sakae Krang River is the easiest way to explore the genuine spirit of Uthai Thani. The boat ride brings you back through Thailand's yesteryears when riverside lifestyle thrived. You will be amazed by the easy life by the water among clusters of the rafts and floating houses.
If you plan to spend a weekend here, a stroll through the Saturday walking street at Trok Rong Ya will showcase the busiest moment in this charming small town. Once an opium-filled lane, Trok Rong Ya now serves as the center of the Chinese-Thai community, amidst the legacy of unique architecture. Many houses open for public visit, with small displays of the community's history. On Saturday evening, the quiet lane turns vibrant when vendors set up their stalls and temporarily change it into a lively shopping place.
Spend a night in the quiet town can be a peaceful getaway, before paying visits to glorious temples on Sunday morning.
The town houses a number of impressive Buddhist temples, one of the most impressive places is Wat Tha Sung or the Glass Temple. Step in the temple's main chapel and you will find yourself among elaborately decorated glittering hall. Every square inch inside the hall is covered with shiny glass.
The monastery holds a crystal coffin of the undecayed body of the famous monk "Luang Pho Ruesi Ling Dam", who built the temple, placed on a golden base.
One of the province's main draws is Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri at the foot of the Sakae Krang Mountain. The 449 stairs will lead to the top of the mountain where Buddha statues and secular items of interest are located among a panoramic view of the town.
How to get there: Uthai Thani is 140 miles north of Bangkok via AH2. For more information about attractions, call TAT Uthai Thani office at 056-514-951 to 2.