Ang Thong is a city in the Chao Phraya Basin region of Thailand. The city and its surrounding area are noted for its huge reclining Buddha, courageous heroes, court dolls, wickerwork, drum-making, and double-reclining Buddha.
Ang Thong, originally known as Wiset Chai Chan, is on the Noi River and the low-lying land of Chao Phraya River. It was a frontier outpost of Ayutthaya when fighting with the Burmese. It appears in several parts of the Ayutthaya chronicles, especially prior to the defeat of Ayutthaya in 1767. Later during the Thonburi era, Wiset Chai Chan was moved to a new site on the left bank of the Chao Phraya River at Ban Bangkaeo and was named "Ang Thong" since its location was a fertile basin similar to a water and rice bowl of the country.
Ang Thong is a small province of 968 square kilometres at the lower part of central Thailand. Topographically, almost all of the Ang Thong area is low plain with two important rivers crossing the province, i.e., the Noi River and Chao Phraya River. Ang Thong is administratively divided into 7 districts: Mueang Ang Thong, Wiset Chai Chan, Sawaeng Ha, Pa Mok, Pho Thong, Chaiyo, and Samko. Borders are Singburi to the north, Ayutthaya to the south, Ayutthaya and Lopburi to the east and Suphanburi to the west.
Three options from Bangkok are:
- Take the Phahonyothin Highway (Hwy 32) from Bangkok and turn onto the Asian Hwy, passing Bang Pa-in, Bang Pahan in Ayuttaya and then Ang Thong. Total distance is about 105 km (65 mi).
- Take the new road and cross Somdet Phra Pinklao Bridge until you reach Talingchan. Then turn onto Hwy 340, passing Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Suphanburi, until you reach Ang Thong. Total distance is about 150 km (93 mi).
- Take the Bangkok-Pathum Thani Hwy, passing Pak Kret. Then take Hwy 3111, passing Bang Sai, Sena, and Ayutthaya. Then take Hwy 3263 and Hwy 309, entering Pa Mok until you reach Ang Thong. Total distance is about 140 km (87 mi).
The Transportation Co., Ltd. provides daily transportation between Bangkok-Ang Thong. There are both air conditioned and non-air conditioned buses leaving Northern Terminal Bus Station on Kamphaeng Phet II Rd. For more information, contact +66 2 5378055, +66 2 936 2852-66, or +66 2 9363603.
- Unknown (Behind Wat Thong Khong on the Chao Phraya River). If you like adventures and good food, try to find this place (and when you do, enter its info here). This is an old restaurant known for its pad Thai made the old-fashioned way, with the noodles fried in a mixture of tamarind juice and sugar over a wood fire that is not too hot. Once the cooked noodles are on the plate, pieces of sour star fruit or raw mango are sprinkled on top. Besides its well known pad Thai, the shop also offers Thai-style kui tio moo, which contains only ground pork, either in a sour-spicy tom yum broth or "dry", without broth.