Thailand is not just about Bangkok or Pattaya or even the islands of Phi-Phi; it is much more than that. Sure, the glittering street of Bangkok or the alluring blue waters of Phi-Phi seems like the perfect holiday destinations, but there are other places in the country, which are just as exciting as these. Chachoengsao is one of them. Just a couple of hours from the capital, this province in the South-Central part of Thailand, is a treasure trove of historical and spiritual sites. There are so many things to do in Chachoengsao ; it is an exhaustive list.
Top 6 Things To Do In Chachoengsao
Be it the cultural side or spiritual side, nature or just pure entertainment, there are many things to do in Chachoengsao, Thailand and here is just a glimpse of what you can expect from this lovely little province.
1. Wat Saman Rattanaram
Located in Chachoengsao province, this temple sits on an island surrounded by the Bang Pakong River. Home to the country's largest statue of Ganesha, the Hindu deity, he lies in a reclining position, on a pedestal. The structure is 16 metres tall and 22 metres long and it shines in the bright rays of the sun. The setting is so beautiful to describe. That is not the only image of this Hindu God though, all around the pedestal are more images of Ganesha in various poses and each one more colourful than the other. There are also statues of other deities too like the four-faced Phra Phrom, which is the Thai version of Lord Brahma, and also another one of Lord Indra. It is just a fascinating place to visit. You can spend hours at this temple complex and still not get bored as there is so much to see and do here. There are also bout tours available if you are up for it. If you want to relax, there is also a cafe here and not far away, there is also a floating market. Make sure to pick up some souvenirs in the gift shop.
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2. Wat Sothon Wararam Wora Viharn
The oldest temple in this province, Wat Sothon Wararam Wora Viharn, stands quaintly along the Bang Pakong River inside the city limits. The actual temple dates back to the Ayutthaya period, where the story goes that the main Buddha statue was rescued from the river, when it was floating past the province. It is a magnificent piece of architecture too. While the floor tiles represent the river, the ceiling of this stunning temple represents the universe. The Buddha statue is 1.4 meters tall and 1.6 meters long. Here too, you can find boat tours and while you are at it, enjoy some khanom jaak, their local snack. You can also buy some gifts from the souvenir shop and you might even chance upon enjoying a free traditional Thai dance next to the main temple building. One thing that you need to be careful about is that you need to be dressed appropriately to go here; no sleeveless or shorts are available as it is considered to be disrespectful. Gowns are also sold outside for free, if you want one.
3. Wat Pho Bang Khla
Built during the reign of King Taksin the Great, this Ayutthayan-style temple has a stunning reclining Buddha statue inside the premises. A part of the temple was renovated in 1998 and is gorgeous with its marble floor and stunning chandeliers. But, what is fascinating about this temple, and the reason it is frequented by locals and tourists alike, is for the bats. Yes, there are the resident bats of this temple. You will find hundreds of fruit-bats, which are the world’s largest bat species. During the evenings, you can see them land on the nearby trees and munch on the fruits. It is an interesting sight and will be the highlight of your trip to this temple. To reach this temple, you need to take a cruise across the Bang Pakong River. Do not miss out on this experience.
4. Nakorn Nueng Khet
Floating markets are a trademark in the whole of Thailand and are recommended tourist spots. What is unique about this floating market in Chachoengsao is the fact that it is more than 130 years old and a visit to the floating market will take you back to the olden times. Though it has been renovated in the recent past, it still retains the old-world charm that this floating market is known for. You will still find locals selling the food and drinks they used to consume in the olden days and that is what makes a trip to this market so interesting. The prices too are quite low and will not burn a hole in your wallet. Here too, you will find a few souvenir shops, from where you can take back gifts, which will always keep reminding you of this charming place. This market is open only in the weekends and national holidays, so plan accordingly. A visit to this market will give you a glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle, with their wooden homes and shops.
5. Mini Murrah Farm
You would think what is so great about the farm here and we give you reasons why you should visit the farm, especially if you have kids. This farm is a buffalo dairy farm and thus the name of the farm; murrah is a kind of buffalo. You could even feed them grass, as well as the other animals on the farm which include Rabbits, Sheep and Pigs. There are a lot of activities that your children will love indulging in like DIY Pizza, ice cream making, churning out butter to even rice farming on an actual paddy field. Don't worry about your kids rolling in the mud either, as there is a shower, where yo can get cleaned later on. There is also a cute-looking cafe, where everything they make is from fresh ingredients and straight from the farm. Make sure you visit the souvenir shop too, where you can buy cheese, butter and other products made from buffalo's milk. Your children will have a great time here, and so will you. It is one of the cool things to do in Chachoengsao.
6. Baan Mai Riverside Market
The 100-year-old market, is located on Suphakij Road, along Bang Pakong River. That is the reason it is called the riverside market. The market came up during the reign of King Rama V of Rattanakosin. Since, the market was along the riverside, boats were used extensively to transport goods and merchandise. But, with new technologies coming in, the boat rides soon turned to car rides with infrastructure improving in the area, and the market also lost its importance. Though most of the shops closed down, there were still a few that kept their shutters open, which demonstrated the unity of Thai and Chinese cultures so beautifully. Soon after tourism picked up and there was a need to showcase the Thai culture of the past times, the market was renovated and The Baan Mai Market Conservative Association came into existence. The market comes under the office of Tourism and Sports, Chachoengsao. Indulge in some unique shopping experience of clothing, accessories and other stuff including the traditional Thai hats; if you are a foodie, there is plenty of local delicacies to try at this market.
This is just a trailer of what you can expect to see in this small province; there are many more things to do in Chachoengsao like visiting the observatory or even the local garden, you will never tire out of options at this charming little place. So, plan your trip to Thailand for a fun filled vacation with your loved ones!
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