From Saraburi Province

Saraburi has been an important town since ancient times. It is believed to have been constructed in the year 1548 during the reign of King Maha Chak-kaphat of Ayutthaya as a centre for recruiting troops.

The town, as a gateway to the northeastern region, is only 108 kms. from Bangkok. It occupies an area of 3,576.5 square kilometres.

Phu Khae Botanical Garden

This Botanical Garden is located in Phu Khae district, 17 kilometres from town along the Saraburi-Lop Buri route (Phahonyothin Road). It collects various kinds of plants for study and breeding. The vast expanse of garden and the flowing stream are suitable places for relaxation. The garden is open daily from 08.00-18.00.

Sao Ronghai

Sao Ronghai  is in Chao Mae Takhian Tong Shrine at Wat Sung, Tambon Sao Hai. It is located 500 meters from Sao Hai District Office. It is a large pillar, which is believed to be a female spirit because offerings people give to this pillar are all female items. According to legend, when Bangkok was built as the capital, there was a decree that the most beautiful pillars from all over the country would be taken to Bangkok for selection to find the City Pillar.

Saraburi sent a nearly perfect pillar by floating it down the Pa Sak River. However, it arrived just after the selection of another pillar was made and it was designated as a secondary pillar instead. If it had arrived in time, it would have been chosen as the city pillar because of its large size and unmatched beauty. The pillar became very sad and floated itself back to Saraburi where it later sank. Afterwards, villagers would report hearing crying sounds. Hence, the name of the Tambon as Tambon Sao Ronghai and its subsequent name of Amphoe Sao Hai.

Tham Phra Phothisat

This cave houses a bas-relief Buddha image of the Dvaravati period as well as beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. It is located at Tambon Thap Kwang, Amphoe Kaeng Khoi, 15 kms. from the town along Highway No. 2 and 11 kms. along an access road.

Pa Sak River trip

The Pa Sak River, which runs through the area of Amphoe Kaeng Khoi, offers beautiful scenery of forests and high cliffs along the riverside. Boat trip are operated by some riverside resorts such as the Supalai Pasak Resort, 13 kms. beyond Kaeng Khoi market.

Cruising Along the Pa Sak River The Pa Sak River:
The Pa Sak River, which runs through the area of Kaeng Khoi district, offers beautiful scenery of forests and mountains along the river, hills and high cliffs, which have animal shapes. Boat trips are operated by some riverside resorts such as the Suphalai Pasak Resort tel. 0-3630-6270-2 and Bangkok 0-2260-2223-6.

Muak Lek Arboretum

This is an intermediate forested area between Muak Lek and Pak Chong Districts, 37 kms. from Saraburi on Highway No. 2. The entrance is near the Muak Lek Food Market. The area is shady and very pleasant with stream where visitors can enjoy swimming.

Bencha Sutthi Khongkha

Bencha Sutthi Khongkha refers to the sacred water from 1 of the 5 important rivers that flows through Sao Hai District, which has been used in the Oath of Allegiance Ceremony from the reign of King Rama IV until the present time. When the king travelled by boat, he dropped by and took a bath at the Rat (Raja) Pier. The king was pleased with the cool, deep-running and calm water and had the water in this area taken to undergo an incantation ceremony at Wat Phra Phutthabat before being used in the coronation ceremony, as well as, other royal rites in the palace. The sacred water was taken from 5 rivers; namely, the Chao Phraya River (from Ang Thong), the Phetchaburi River (from Phetchaburi), the Ratchaburi River (from Samut Sakhon), the Bang Pakong River (from Nakhon Nayok) and the Pa Sak River (from Saraburi) and, therefore, originated the name of “Bencha Sutthi Khongkha” or “five pure rivers”.

Weaving Centre

Weaving Centre of Tambon Ban Ton Tan was originated from a group of unemployed women but would like to make use of their free time and create more income for their families. This centre is a complete learning venue for youth and the public. There are various kinds of woven fabric on display such as loincloth, plain coloured cloth, Pha Si Khao, and fabric in the Dok Phikun – bullet wood flower – pattern, which is a traditional Thai Yuan style. To get there: Take Highway No. 3041 and turn right on to Highway No. 3341 until reaching Ban Pak Bang. Enter the same entrance as Wat Ton Tan. The centre is near the temple.

Thanon Phrachao Songtham

Thanon Phrachao Songtham or Thanon Farang Song Klong is a road constructed during the reign of King Songtham when he came to examine the Buddha’s footprint by his royal barge travelling along the Pa Sak River. As the king arrived at the pier, he continued his trip by an elephant led by Phran Bun. On his way back, he ordered a foreigner to look through a telescope and had a 10-wa (20-metre) road cut as a royal path straight through to the pier.

At present, approximately 9 kilometres of the path remain to be seen, starting from the area opposite Wat Sang Sok. The first kilometre is a dirt path, which is no longer used and the rest is a laterite road passing behind Wat Panchaphirom, Wat Nong Khonthi, crossing Phra Phutthabat – Ban Mo Road in front of Wat Kanlayana Banphot, passing in front of Chaopho Khao Tok Shrine and Phra Tamnak Sa Yo before disappearing. It was transferred into a laterite and concrete road with a width of 6-8 metres.

Ban Khao Kaeo

Ban Khao Kaeo is a traditional Thai wooden house of approximately 80-100 years old and is the property of Achan Songchai Wannakun. The house is established as the “Thai Yuan Cultural Study Centre”, collecting folk utensils, weapons, living tools, as well as, ancient woven textiles aged more than 100 years old such as Pha Muk Yok Dok, Pha Lai Khit, and Pha Chok. The atmosphere inside the house is relaxing and pleasant.