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Ratchaburi

Highlights
  • Wat Nong Hoi
  • Ratchaburi National Museum
  • Tham Ruesi Khao Ngu
  • Ban Ku Bua Ancient Town

Ratchaburi, a town of Historical importance during the Dvaravati period over 1,000 years ago, is located on the banks of the Mae Klong River 80 kilometers west of Bangkok. Featuring a diverse topography, Ratchaburi features lowlands to the east and the Tanaosi mountain Range to the west, which provides a natural border with Myanmar (Burma). The Ratchaburi provincial area abounds in natural attractions and historical sites. Ratchaburi features outstanding natural beauty and a number of opportunities to learn About thai Culture.

Ratchaburi’s premier attraction is the Damnoen saduak Floating Market, a ‘must-see’ Destination visited by a large percentage of tourists who visit Bangkok. Vendors in the market sell their wares by paddling boats along Ratchaburi’s canals. Every morning, hundreds of boats crowd the market, paddled by women in straw hats. For a few hundred-baht visitors can hire their own boats and explore the canals while Shopping for everything from vegetables and fruits to freshly-cooked noodle and souvenirs.

In Amphoe 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 Amphoe Suan Pheung.

The important festival is Khao Ho or Ang Mi Thong Festival. It is the blessing ceremony held every 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.

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