TRAVEL DATE: 5 September 2015
DESTINATION: Chachoengsao Province
At the weekend, I took the British and Canadian ambassadors and their families on a day trip to Chachoengsao. This province is to the East of Bangkok and is easily reached by train and bus. But, if you want to visit some of the more out of the way places like us, it is easier if you can arrange your own transport. Many taxi drivers will allow you to hire them for the day. I did a similar trip last year (see here) but I think the timing and variety of attractions on this trip was much better. Less exhausting at least. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.
The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:
LIST OF PLACES WE VISITED:
Wat Sothon Wararam Woraviharn,วัดโสธรวรารามวรวิหาร,13.673188 101.067315
Wat Samanratanaram,วัดสมานรัตนาราม,13.70223 101.14082
Bang Khla Floating Market,ตลาดน้ำบางคล้า,13.72854 101.20747
Wat Pho Bang Khla,วัดโพธิ์,13.72184 101.20261
Wat Paknam,วัดปากน้ำ,13.74213 101.20948
Wat Hong Thong,วัดหงษ์ทอง,13.47385 100.87217
Chachoengsao is located to the east of Bangkok in Thailand’s central region. Chachoengsao is a fertile agricultural area fed by the Bang Pakong River. Mango is the most popular fruit grown in the province, and it is the location of the sacred Phra Phutthasothon Buddha image. The history of modern Chachoengsao dates back to the Ayutthaya Period, during the reign of King Phra Borom Tri Lokkanat, when most people lived along the banks of Bang Pakong River and its canals.
PHOTO ALBUM: The first stop on our daytrip was at Wat Sothon Wararam Woraviharn in Chachoengsao city. The ordination hall, alongside the Bang Pakong River, is the largest in Thailand and is built in a modern style. Inside is the province’s most sacred Buddha image. Our next stop was the Giant Reclining Ganesha at Wat Samanratanaram. They also have a good riverside food market here and river tours. Our next stop was Bang Khla Floating Market where we ate our lunch. There is a large variety of food here at this weekend market. You can go on boat tours for 50 Baht per person. As there were seven of us, we rented a boat for only 300 Baht. The first stop on the boat trip was Wat Pho where we saw hundreds of fruit bats. The second stop was a golden temple called Wat Paknam. Back in the car, we drove for about an hour for our final stop at Wat Hong Thong, or the Golden Swan Temple. This is on a pier overlooking the Gulf of Thailand on the border between Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan.