From Suphan Buri Province

Suphan Buri is an ancient town rich in culture and historical temples. It is located on the bank of the Tha Chin River, sometimes called the Suphan Buri River by its people. Suphan Buri once was an important border town involved in battles and wars during the Ayutthaya period.

Suphan Buri is located some 169 kms. from Bangkok along Highway No. 340.

Thai Rice Farmers Museum

Located on Phra Phanwasa Rd, in the compound of Mueang Suphan Buri District Office, the museum building is a blend of a traditional Thai house and farmer’s granary. The museum interests visitors through its rice farming exhibition. The ground floor exhibition features the history of rice farming, equipment, farmer’s life, and rice-related topics from the past. Interesting evidence include potsherds found at Ban Bang Pun, Tambon Phihan Daeng, Amphoe Mueang , Suphan Buri, which may prove the existence of the Royal Ploughing Ceremony during the Ayutthaya Period. A library for researching about the exhibits is available.

The first floor is an exhibition of the role of Thai kings and their royal patronage from the past till the present in supporting and developing rice farming. A photo gallery features significant events in Suphan Buri when the Crown Prince visited demonstration of padding fields at Bueng Phai Khaek, Tambon Don Pho Thong in Amphoe Mueang in 1986. The Crown Prince made compost, sowed grain, and harvested the produce by himself. The equipment used during the events is displayed.

The museum opens from Wednesday to Sunday (It is closed on Monday, Tuesday and public holidays), from 9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. Call Tel. 0 3552 2191 for more information.

Wat Suwannaphum

Wat Suwannaphum (Wat Klang or Wat Mai) – Wat Mai means new temple, but the establishment of this temple dates back some 600 years ago to the early Ayutthaya period. In the temple’s compound, the Museum of the Supreme Patriarch (Pun Punnasiri Mahathera) displays many special items of antiquity such as Buddha images, clocks, arms, betel box, vases, glasses, crockery as well as a glared ceramic alms bowl of the Sukhothai period or around the 13th century. This is the only piece of its kind in Thailand.

The temple is located on Phra Phanwasa Road in the municipal area. The museum is open daily from 8.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. but prior permission is required. Call Tel. 0 3552 3603, 0 9241 5265 for more information.

Wat Khae

The ancient temple is located in Amphoe Mueang, two kilometres north of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat. Wat Khae, which was mentioned in Thai literature ‘Khun Chang Khun –Phaen, houses a huge tamarind tree which is around a thousand years old. The tamarind tree is 9.5 metres in circumference. It is believed that Khun Phaen learnt magic from Master Khong, spelling magic words and transforming tamarind leaves into wasps and hornets to fight the enemy. Nearby the tree is “Khum Khun Phaen”, a traditional Thai house built as part of the literature and historical conservation park.

The temple houses special antiques such as Lord Buddha’s footprints called “Phra Phutthabat Si Roi”. They are four footprints, each laying over the others. The footprints are made from brass, measuring 1.40 metres wide and 2.80 metres long. There is also an image of Buddha seated in the gesture of subduing Mara and wearing a robe with beautiful floral pattern of the Rattanakosin period. Other antiques include a brass bell, brass boiler for boiling robe dye, and a Thai-style bookcase, that King Rama V donated to the temple in 1869.

Western Handicraft Promotion Centre

This is located at Tambon Don Kamyan on Malaiman road about 8 kilometres from Amphoe U Thong. It has been established to promote the support of cottage and handicraft industries in Suphan Buri and other nearby provinces in the western region. Many fine handicrafts are on display and on sale.

Tha Sadet Bird Sanctuary

This group of traditional Thai houses on stilts is located on Muen Han Road, near the Acha Si Mok Bridge, not far from the Chaophraya Yommarat Hospital. It was honoured and awarded for good urban architecture conservation. The house once belonged to Chaophraya Yommarat (Pan Sukhum), the regent of King Rama VIII. King Rama V had visited this house twice and named it Yamaratcho.

The house now comprises of two chamber hallss, a central hall, and a new living room. Presently it belongs to the Phraya Sunthornsongkheam Fund. Contact Chaophraya Yommarat Hospital for permission to visit this traditional house at Tel. 0 3550 2784 to 8, 0 3552 4088.

U-Thong Ancient Town

About 30 kms. to the east of the town near the Chorakhe Sam Phan River. U-Thong was once a prosperous town during the Dvaravati period before Ayutthaya was founded as the capital in 1347. The U-Thong National Museum in the U-Thong district exhibits artifacts and archaeological materials, such as tools, utensils, and Buddha images found from excavations and shows the development of communities settled in Suphan Buri in different periods.

Krasiao Dam

With a length of 4.25 kilometres and height of 32.5 metres, this country’s longest earthen dam is built on Krasiao Stream in Tambon Dan Chang. Its reservoir, with a maximum water storage of 240 million cubic metres, is also a major fish-breeding site. From the dam, tourists can enjoy a picturesque view of the vast reservoir stretching to Khao Phu Toei. Papaya Salad or Somtam and roasted chicken shops are available nearby the parking lot. For more information, call Krasiao Dam Office at Tel. 0 3559 5120.

Phu Toei National Park

The park acquires a total area of 198,422 rai (79,368.8 acres), covering Ong Phra Forest, Khao Phu Rakam Forest, and Khao Huai Phlu Forest of Amphoe Dan Chang, Suphan Buri Province as well as Tham Khao Wong Forest Park of Amphoe Ban Rai, Uthai Thani Province. The lush forest with a lot of flora and fauna is a major watershed of Suphan Buri and Kanchanaburi. The mountain range of Phu Toei is home of thousands of mountain pines and also the best viewing point. Attractions in the park can be divided into two groups, according to its units as follows:

Unit 1 (Phu Toei) The unit is located at Ban Pa Khi; Amphoe Dan Chang, on Highway 333, 18 kilometres before arriving at Phu Toei National Park. The unit comprises a camping ground and exhibition about the forest. Phu Toei National Park Headquarters (ที่ทำการอุทยานแห่งชาติพุเตย) The headquarters is located at Ban Huai Hin Dam, Tambon Wang Yao, Amphoe Dan Chang, 12 kilometres from Unit 1.

Lauda Shrine The shrine is located between Unit 1 and the headquarters. It was built to commemorate the 223 passengers of Lauda Air who died in the plane crash on 26 May 1991.

Mountain Pine The mountain pine forest grows up naturally on the mountain range of Phu Toei 12 kilometres from Unit 1. Four-wheel drive vehicles can only go for 10 kilometres and then trek to the rest. The trail cuts through picturesque viewpoints and pine hill. Camping can be done in the pine forest.

Giant Cycad tree . The big cycad trees grow on Phu Toei mountain, dotting around the pine mountain forest. At a height of 6-8 metres, each cycad tree is 200-300 years old.

Namtok Taphoen Khi The waterfall is 33 kilometres from the headquarters and 51 kilometres from Amphoe Dan Chang. The two-tier waterfall cascades all year round to nourish the forest and Karen village, which has settled there for over 200 years. Lush forests allow naturalists to enjoy ecotourism and adventure.

Taphoen Khi Karen Village Located nearby the waterfall, the drug-and-drink-free village is Buddhist. In the full moon period of the 5th lunar month, the village holds a large celebration for three days and three nights to worship Chulamani, the sacred place of worship made from sharpened bamboo at the village’s ground.

Unit 2 (Phu Krathing) The unit is located in Ban Wang Hora of Amphoe Dan Chang. Around the unit are:
Lam Taphoen Reservoir The large reservoir is next to the unit.

Namtok Phu Krathing The waterfall is 7 kilometres from the unit, quite near to the reservoir.

Travelling to and accommodation at the Phu Toei National Park.
The park is 80 kilometres away from Amphoe Dan Chang, or 160 kilometres from downtown Suphan Buri. Motorists can get there via Highway 333, pass Tham Khao Weruwan and Ban Pa Khi. Unit 1 (Phu Toei) is 3 kilometres from Ban Pa Khi. Then get through tough road conditions, so high efficient four-wheel drives are recommended.
The park’s office is 14 kilometres in the direction of Amphoe Ban Rai, Uthai Thani province. You can turn left through Ban Wang Khun and drive for another 14 kilometres, or about 50 kilometres from Amphoe Dan Chang.
The park provides a natural and environmental study centre and camping ground. For more information, call Unit 2 (Phu Krathing) at Tel. 0 3552 9215 or Khao Son Unit at Tel. 0 1934 2240.

Tham Nakhi, Tham Mi Noi, Tham Yoi Raya, and Tham Pha Yai These caves are only 2 kilometres away from the headquarters. Visitor can explore the caves with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Adventurers can enjoy trekking.

Soiless Cultivation Centre

Located at Mu 6, Tambon Wang Nam Sap on Highway 340, the country’s largest soiless plantation acquires an area of 200 rai. Visitors can enjoy exploring modern culturing technology applied for local vegetables and temperate vegetables on soiless plantation. The vegetables are grown on sponge, sand, pebbles sawdust, or on a hydroponics system. As the vegetables are grown without pesticide, and chemicals, the consumer can enjoy it safely. The centre also feeds different kinds of freshwater fishes. Visitors can enjoy selecting fresh chemical-free vegetables and One Tambon One Product items. The centre opens daily from 8.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. A guide service is available. For more information, call Bangkok office at Tel. 0 2435 0400, Suphan Buri office at Tel. 0 3556 2200 to 1, 0 1930 0000.

Wat Khao Khuen

Wat Khao Khuen or Wat Khao Nang Buat (Wat Phra Achan Thammachot) is located on Nang Buat mountain at kilometre 138-139 of Highway 340, 51 kilometres from downtown. A former monk resident of this temple, Phra Achan Thammachot, played a key role in the ancient war against the Burmese troops. By his excellence in talisman, villagers of Ban Bang Rachan in Sing Buri Province invited him to encourage all warriors to fight against the Burmese troops, which were defeating Ayutthayaat the time.

The temple’s image hall houses the Lord Buddha’s footprint. And nearby is a pagoda made from a pile of stone slabs. From the mountain’s peak, a beautiful panoramic view of the Amphoe is worth visiting.