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Si Racha (ศรีราชา) is in Eastern Thailand, between Bangkok and Pattaya, and is the gateway to the island of Ko Si Chang.

Understand

Si Racha, (Siracha, Si Racha or Siracha), Chonburi Province. Si Racha district is about one hour's drive from Bangkok. Si Racha's port and nearby Laem Chabang, the largest port in the country serving the eastern seaboard industrial provinces. Pattaya is 30 km south. 10 km north of Si Racha is Bang Saen, a seaside resort popular with locals. Chonburi Province is one of the more industrialised provinces of Thailand, although most of the province is hilly, agricultural plantations.

Many Japanese and Korean expat workers live in the area and work on the nearby industrial estates. The town itself has a newly redone waterfront, but doesn't have much in terms of sandy beaches.

Get in

Most buses between Bangkok and Pattaya that run along Sukhumvit Rd stop at Robinson's or at Tukcom.

Get around

See

  • Saithip Butterfly Garden, 79/5 Moo 11 Bangpra-Khaokheow Rd (km10 km off of Hwy 36 in Bang Phra, Si Racha), +66 99 365339. Daily, 08:30-15:30. Covers an area of 15 hectares and is Asia's largest butterfly garden. One hundred species of butterflies. A bee museum and an orchid farm, which is next door, are also worth visiting. 100 baht/adult, 60 baht/child.

Do

Festivals

  • Ancestral Spirits Ceremony Festival. April. This festival is based on an old custom of the people from Chonburi. It is held every year between 19-21 Apr on Ko Loy Sri Racha. Activities include a parade, traditional folk costume, spirit ceremonies, demonstrations, and lots of local delicacies.

Buy

The town has a Robinson's department store and a cinema.

Eat

Si Racha is famous in Thailand for its seafood, served with a fiery chili sauce known as nam prik si racha (น้ำพริกศรีราชา Si Racha spicy sauce).

Drink

Sleep

There are a few guest houses for 200 baht/night on the stinky waterfront.

Go next

Routes through Si Racha
BangkokChonburi  N SRT Eastern Line icon.png S  Pattaya
BangkokBang Saen  W Thai Highway-3.svg E  Laem ChabangTrat




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