Chachoengsao Travel Information
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Introduction
Chachoengsao

Derived from Khmer, the name Chachoengsao means deep canal, while the name of Paet Rio (Paet means eight and Rio means stripes) has been believed to have come from the way dried fish (which are abundant in the area) were being pierced into eight stripes.

Chachoengsao(Paet Rio) located on the east of Bangkok, is 80 kilometers from Bangkok, with the area of 5,351 square kilometers. Its fertility is due to Bang Pakong River. It is an important venue for agricultural products in the Central Region, with mango as the most popular fruit of the province. Moreover, it is the location of the sacred Phra Phutthasothon Buddha image.

The local administration is divided into 10 Amphoe (district) and 1 King Amphoe (sub-district), namely: Amphoe Muang, Bang Khla, Bang Nam Prieo, Bang Pakong, Ban Pho, Phanom Sarakham, Sanam Chai Khet, Plaeng Yao, Ratchasan, Tha Takiap, and King Amphoe Khlong Khuean.

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History

Only archaeological assumptions are made that, thousands of years ago, Bangpakong Riverfront , like many other river basins worldwide, was a center of ancient civilization and habitat to pre-historic populace. 5,000 year old skeletons and ornaments found at Khok Phanomadee, now a village in Amphoe Phanat Nikhom, Chonburi, and once a dominion under Chachoengsao's sovereignty, are the first testimony advocative to the nation. According to geographers, during 7,000-2,000 B.C. the coastline where pre- historic communities abode was much farther inland. Thus, the assumption that Bangpakong people were forefathers of the renowned Ban Chiang men is sensible.
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Festivals

Luang Por Sothon Festival

This is one of the biggest festivals of this province. Celebrated in mid-April for a period of 3 days and nights in commemoration of the enshrining of Luang Por Sothon in the temple. There are celebrations and processions through the city and along the river.

Paet Riu Mango Festival and Agricultural Products Fair

In this festival, there are competitions and sales of agricultural products including mangoes, as well as exhibitions of different aspects of agriculture in the region.

 

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Attractions


Wat Sothon Wararam Woravihan Wat Sothon Wararam Woravihan

This temple is located on the edge of the Bangpakong River in the south part of the city. It was built during the Ayutthaya Period. Towards the end of this period, the revered "Luang Por Sothon" was enshrined there .
The statue is sculpted in a meditation pose. It is 1.65 meters wide and 1.48 meters high. Every day, a large number of people come to pay homage to "Luang Por Sothon". Some will pray to have their wishes granted, and those who are successful will return to present offerings by commissioning the dancers who are on hand to perform as a way of showing gratitude.

Wat Chin Prachasamoson (Wat Leng Hok Yi)
is a temple built by the believers of the Byddhist Mahayana doctrine with Chinese architecture. The structures and images inside the temple have drawn many Chinese to the temple. It is 1 km off the City Hall.

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Out of City Attractions

City Fort

Located in the main part of the city, it was erectedduring the reign of King Rama III to protect the city from enemies. During the reign of King Rama V, it was used by the military against the Chinese opium traders. The area on front of the fort has now been arranged as a public park to allow people to admire the scenery of the Bangpakong River. Behind the wall, there are large cannons, remnants of the past.

Bangpakong RiverBoat Trip Along the Bangpakong River Boat Trip
The Bangpakong River flows down from above the Korat Plateau through Prachinburi and Chachoengsao provinces out into the Gulf of Thailand at Bangpakong, a distance of approximately 230 kilometers. From the city of Chachoengsao. there are boat tours along the Bangpakong River that allow people to admire the nature of both side of the river, which includes fruit plantations, mangoes, and a variety of river life. Travel pass places of interest; for example, the fort and ancient city wall, groups of old rafts, a variety of Thai and Chinese temples, and foreign churches.

This trip has many interesting aspects that are typically Thai. The distance of this route is approximately 25 kilometers, and it takes approximately 3 hours. Boats can be rented from the pier at Wat Sothon. or at the pier in front of the market in the city.

Khao Hin Sorn Development Study Center
Is located on Highway 304 at km. 51-52 approximately 15 kilometers from PhanomSarakham. This agricultural development study center was established in 1979, and hasa total area of 1,227 rai (196 hectares). With the co-operation of both the governmentand the private sector, the aim of the center is to promote sustainable agriculture inaccordance with the wishes of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej by demonstrating to and educating the people in various forms of agriculture.Examples of this are the development of soil and water conservation, forestry, and livestock. A herbal project has also been established, so that research work may beundertaken with regard to the benefits of various plants as well as other herds. There is accommodation for approximately 120-150 people; however, bookingsmust be made in advance. It is also necessary to bring your own food and beverage.

Ban Santitham
Also known as the Bio-science and Technology Center, is located in Amphoe Sanamchai district.
Follow Route 3259 for approximately 3 kilometers.

The total area of the center is 10 rai, which is shaded with various species of plants thatare used in Thai herbal medicine. In the interior of this property, there is the original oldwooden house which is designed in the typical Thai style. The downstairs area of the house is open whereas the upstairs area has some handicrafts, household goods, and other oldarticles of a bygone era. Behind the house ,there is a small rice silo as well as equipmentto thresh rice. Opposite the house, there is a small library with books on different varieties of herbs. Scattered among the trees are various farming implements ploughs, carts, etc. which may have been used in the past.

For those who want to experience the peace and tranquility of the forest, there is a place for camping with shower/toilet facilities ; however, it is necessary to bring your own food and beverage.


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Transportation
By Bus

To get Chachoengsao you have to take a bus from Eastern Bus terminal in Bangkok (Ekkamai bts skytrain station). It takes about 2 hours to be in Chachoengsao. First and second class air conditioned buses depart from Mor Chit 2 Bus Terminal Bangkok every 40 minutes from 6:00 am. to 5:00 pm.

By Train


Regular and air conditioned Trains depart from Hua Lamphong Station Bangkok every day, from 6:00 am. to 5:25 pm.

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