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Ratchaburi is 100km from Bangkok, 393km from Chumphon, 863km from Hat Yai, 744km from Krabi, 41km from Nakhon Pathom, 711km from Nakhon Si Thammarat, 1,080km from Narathiwat, 985km from Pattani, 719km from Phang Nga, 770km from Phatthalung, 793km from Phuket, 54km from Phetchaburi, 211km from Prachuap Khiri Khan, 498km from Ranong, 78km from Samut Sakhon, 43km from Samut Songkhram, 904km from Satun, 880km from Songkhla, 147km from Suphanburi, 574km from Surat Thani, 758km from Trang and 1,014km from Yala.

Ratchaburi Province shares borders with Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram and Phetchaburi. In the west it borders Tanintharyi Division of Myanmar.

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Ratchaburi Tourist Attractions

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

One of the most popular day trips from Bangkok is to see the floating market where Thai vendors paddle round in boats selling their wares.
Another trip to The Floating Market

Chaloem Phrakiat Thai Prachan National Park

Mae Prachan mountain ridge is the watershed of many streams such as Huai Phusai, Huai Tha Khoei, Huai Pu Namron of the Mae Prachan river watershed, which flow in to the Phetchaburi river and Pha Chi river watershed which flows in to the Mae Klong river.

Human Image Bakery

A baker that bakes bread but in the images of human body parts, ie heads, feet etc all in edible bread.

Ratchaburi National Museum

This is located on Woradet Road near the river. The edifice was formerly the town hall, built in 1922. Established as a museum in 1988, it displays art and ancient items of different periods found in the local area, and exhibits the history of Ratchaburi, as well as its folk art and geology.
The museum is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m. except Mondays and Tuesdays.

Wat Khongkharam

This 100 year old ethnic Mon temple is at Tambon Khlong Ta Khot, Amphoe Photharam, some 22 km from Ratchaburi. The fine mural paintings about Lord Buddha's life in the main shrine hall are full of detail making them seem real. Completed in the early Bangkok period, they are very rare and worth studying. The temple also houses a Thai style building entirely made of teak with intricate carving designs.

Bo Khlueng Hot Spring

Located 5 km beyond Amphoe Suan Phueng and another 10 kilometres along an access road, the stream is full of mineral water and is believed that it can be used for skin treatment. The water flows all year round from the Tanaosi Range. Its temperature ranges between 50-68 degrees Celsius.
On the route to the hot stream, a 3 km. branch road leads to Namtok (waterfall) Kao Chon, which consists of 9 cascades. The falls are plentiful during the late rainy season.

Wat Khanon

More than 300 Nang Yai puppets are well preserved at this temple, some 10 km from Amphoe Photharam. Nang Yai is an old form of entertainment which gathers many kinds of arts; for example, Thai sculpture and classical performances. The intricate carved puppets are portrayed on the screen by skilled male performers, and it can dance according to the music. The performance is usually demonstrated on Saturday from 10.00-11.00 a.m.

Tham Khao Bin

This is the most beautiful cave in Ratchaburi. It is located 20 km from the town along the route to Amphoe Chom Bueng and 2 km along an access road. The cave extends 300 metres from the mouth and offers truly amazing scenes of plentiful stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Tham Chomphon

This cave is 30 km west of the town in the vicinity of Amphoe Chom Bueng. It was originally called Tham Mutchalin. In 1895, King Rama IV and Queen Si Phatcharin made a royal visit and were fond of its beauty, thus giving it a new name according to the shape of the stalactites which look like the epaulette of a field marshal. The cave also houses a medium-sized reclining Buddha. A nearby arboretum provides shady areas suitable for relaxation.

Phawothai Local Museum

This is located 2 km from Suan Phueng district. Two Thai style houses in a pleasant garden displays a collection of ancient artifacts. The museum is open only on Saturdays , Sundays and Public Holidays. Admission is 20 baht. Accommodation is also available for visitors to stay overnight . Call 0 3221 1189 for more information.

Wat Muang

This is a Mon temple situated in Tambon Ban Muang, west of Amphoe Ban Pong along Route No. 3089 and a left turn after crossing the Mae Klong River. Besides a Mon style pagoda, a well-managed folk museum has been established as a research center of history, way of life, and culture of this Mon community.

Tham Ruesi Khao Ngu

This famous attraction of Ratchaburi is 8 km from the town along the road to Amphoe Chom Bueng (Route No. 3078). The cave houses a bas-relief Buddha image, considered the oldest archaeological evidence of the Dvaravati period found in Ratchaburi. The figure is 2.5 meters high in the attitude of giving the first sermon.

Ratchaburi Guest Houses & Hotels

Golden City Hotel
76/1 Moo 5 Petch Kasem Rd.,Khok-Mor District, Amphur Muang, Ratchaburi 70000
Tel: 032-317-140 to 5

Aulong Resort
82/2 Moo 1 Takoay, Suan Phung, Ratchaburi 70180
Tel: 032-364-224

Baan Suan Hong Hern
9/9 Moo 7 Ban Huay Pak, Suan Phueng, Ratchaburi 70180
Fax: 032-711-281
HP: 089-836-0278

Darut Resort
149 Moo 2 Suan Phueng, Ratchaburi 70180
Tel & Fax: 032-711-007

Chompon Palace Hotel
46 Moo 3 T. Chom Bueng, A. Chom Bueng, Ratchaburi 70150
Tel: 032-261-818 Ext. 4050,4051,4052,4100
Tel: 032-362-087

Krua Luang Resort
59 Moo 5 Petchkasem Rd., T. Cokemor, A.Mueang, Ratchaburi 70000
Tel: 032-321-221

Suannangpaya Hills Resort Hotel
1/1 moo. 6 Tumbon Nhongphanjun, Chatpawai, Amphur Suanpeung, Ratchaburi 70180
Tel: 034-394-104-5

Subkana Resort
62/3-5 Moo 4 Suan Phueng, Ratchaburi Ratchaburi 70180
Tel: 032-395-360

Thainum Riverside Hotel
19/50 Moo 4 Saeng Chuto Rd., Pak Raet, Ban Pong Ratchaburi 70110
Tel: 032-211-947 to 8

The Scenery Resort
234 Moo 7 Suan Phueng, Ratchaburi 70180
HP: 081-000-7070

Woo Sung Castle Hill
79 Moo 12, Chom Bueng, Ratchaburi 70150
Tel: 032-228-050 to 52

Yadari Resort
339 Moo 1 Suan Phueng, Ratchaburi 70180
Fax: 02-884-0178
HP: 081-911-5059

Ratchaburi Festivals

Ratchaburi Chinatown Cultural Festival

Exhibitions of Royal Projects, lion dance contests, Miss Chinatown Ratchaburi and Miss Young Chinatown Ratchaburi contests, sales of local products at special prices, demonstrations of 1 product 1 school, concerts, drawing contest of “We love the King”, and lucky prize draws.

Damnoen Saduak Sweet Grapes and Souvenir Fair

Witness the fruit and vegetable contest, Sweet Grapes Children’s Contest, water sports competition, and Ripe Grapes Beauty Contest, boat noodles cooking contest, floating market, sales of grapes and fresh fruit from the orchards, sales of OTOP products.

You can learn more about Thai Festivals on our Thai Festivals page or our Thai Festivals Forum.

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Khlong Lad Phlee Floating Market

Not too far from the well-known Damnoen Saduak Floating Market lies the province’s first floating market Khlong Lad Phlee, which was built in 1866. Also known as the Saladeang (red-pavilion) Market because it is located near the red-roofed five-chamber pavilion built to offer men digging canals shelter from the blistering sun.

This market is known for its delicious food and friendly prices. Among the dishes offered are mussels fried in egg batter, noodle soup with deep-fried shrimp as well as sauted noodles. Besides enjoying performances put on by the Thai Song Dam, Lao Ti, Thai Yuan and Thai Mon tribes who live in the area and taking a boat trip around the neighbourhood, visitors can also wind down by taking a traditional massage at the “Ban Nuad Thai Khlong Lad Phlee”.

The market is open every day from 6am to midday. Call (032) 241 023 for more infomation.