Trip to the Giant Reclining Ganesha in Chachoengsao

February 11, 2012

My day trip today was to Chachoengsao Province, to the East of Bangkok. I drove there along the Bang Na-Trad elevated highway and turned off to Chachoengsao before I reached the Bang Pakong river. The route is clearly marked and took just over an hour to the city and about a total 90 minutes to the Reclining Ganesha.

Our first stop was to Wat Saman Rattanaram (A) where you can see a giant Reclining Ganesha. This is said to be the biggest in Thailand if not the world. It is 16 meters high and 22 meters long. Ganesha is a Hindu deity and has an elephant head and four arms. Images of Ganesha are widely seen across India and Nepal. There are thirty two popular iconographic forms of Ganesha and all of them can be seen around the base of this Reclining Ganesha. At the same temple there is also a floating market which has plenty of stalls selling a variety of food. You can also join boat tours. There is enough to do at this temple to spend a morning. So take your time.

You cannot visit Chachoengsao without stopping by at Wat Sothorn Waramram Woraviharn (B). This is alongside the Bang Pakong River and houses the highly revered Luang Pho Sathorn Buddha image. The temple dates back to the Ayutthaya period, but the building of main interest now is the recently finished wihan. This is believed to be the biggest of its kind in Thailand. It is very unlike any Thai temple that I have seen as it has many Western influences. We drove back to Bangkok along the road to Latkrabang. On the border between Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan there is an old riverside market called Khlong Suan 100 Year Market (C). We were there at about 3 p.m. It was still open but best to go in the morning as it looked like some stalls were getting ready to close. As well as plenty of food to buy and eat, you can join boat tours to a local temple at the weekend.

GPS Coordinates:

Wat Samanratanaram A – 13.701759,101.141167
Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan B – 13.67328,101.067277
Klong Suan Riverside Market C – 13.661948453347888,100.95641076564789

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