Amphoe Mueang (อำเภอเมือง)
King Naresuan the Great Shrine (ศาลสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมห���ราช)
Located at Noen Hom Intersection, Tambon Ban Phra, 9 kilometres north of Prachin Buri by Highway No. 320, the roundabout of King Naresuan the Great Shrine is on the right hand side. Another route is from Nakhon Nayok by Highway No. 33 at Km 158. The shrine houses a standing statue of King Naresuan the Great to commemorate his camping at Prachin Buri on the way from Ayutthaya to Cambodia in 1589. People in Prachin Buri and nearby provinces normally come to pay respect.
Phrakhru Uthai Thammathari (Seng Sukhito) Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์พระครูอุทัยธรรมธารี (เส็ง สุขิโต)
Adjacent to the King Naresuan the Great Shrine (towards Sa Kaeo province), this museum houses prehistoric archaeological finds, various artefacts and art objects from neighbouring countries, as well as, reproduction of antiquities. There are about 900 pieces of these archaeological objects such as bronze bangles, pottery, ceramics, Buddha images in various positions, Thai coins, ancient coins from the neighbouring countries, spur disc supports, etc. Open daily (including holidays) from 8.30 a.m.- 4.00 p.m.
2nd Infantry Division, Queen’s Guard (กองพลทหารราบที่ 2 รักษาพระองค์ฯ)
Located at the Phomyothee Camp, Tambon Ban Phra, this Queen’s Guard Unit offers many activities such as golfing, horse riding, and shooting. For further information, the 9-hole golf course, Tel. 0 3747 1439 ext. 7032. The horse-riding club, 30th Cavalry Battalion, Phomyothee Camp, is located along Highway No. 320 at Km. 159. Open daily from 7.00 - 9.00 a.m. and 4.00. - 6.00 p.m. It offers a 20-hour basic riding course. Contact Tel. 0 6394 1619, 0 3747 1190 or www. geocities/ Phomyothee. The shooting club offers a shooting range for pistol and rifle (to both members and non-members). Open daily from 8.00 a.m.- 4.30 p.m., Tel. 0 6536 2279. For further details, contact Civilian Affairs, Tel. 0 3721 1439 ext. 63315.
Yusuksuwan Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์อยู่สุขสุวรรณ์)
It is located on Thanon Prachintakham, Tambon Dong Khilek, 50 kilometres from town. Covering an area of approximately 17 rai in the property of Khun Narong Yusuksuwan, this museum houses everyday objects from the past. Many collector’s items feature various pressure lanterns, coins, banknotes, different types of cabinets like teak cabinets, dressing tables, and fans using kerosene. Another interesting item is the 70-year old lottery (Thailand’s first issue). Open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m. Admission fees for adults and children are 60 and 30 Baht, respectively. For further information, Tel. 0 3721 1345.
Wat Kaeo Phichit (วัดแก้วพิจิตร)
The temple is located on the right bank of the Bang Pakong River, Thanon Kaeo Phichit, Tambon Na Mueang, Prachin Buri, 2 kilometres east of the town. Being the very first Dhammayutika Buddhist temple in Prachin Buri, it was built in 1879 by a Prachin Buri millionaire who was a wife of Khun Pramunphakdi. In 1918, Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr (Chum Aphaiwong) constructed a new ordination hall (Phra Ubosot) to replace the old dilapidated one. The unique characteristic of this hall is the combination between the Thai, Chinese, European, and Cambodian art. The principal Buddha image, built in 1919 by Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr, was granted the name “Luangpho Aphaiwong” or “Luangpho Aphai” by King Rama V to commemorate Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr himself. The Phra Ubosot houses fabric banners with religious paintings such as the Ten Jatakas by the royal artists of King Rama VI. The exterior showcases the Ramayana stucco reliefs. Certain religious riddles were introduced by Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr - - a clock that never tells noon or exact time at the entrance archway, or the single lion at the window (a governing riddle). In front of the Phra Ubosot houses a concrete building – the Dhamma School – with a dome-shaped stupa in the Greek or Roman style. Moreover, within the compound, the temple also features a Holy Scriptures library, and 3 – facet pavilion (Sala) at the pier with a shady environment. Open at 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. For further information, Tel. 0 3721 2795, 0 1481 1740, 0 1650 0327.
Prachin Buri Cultural Centre (ศูนย์วัฒนธรรมจังหวัดปราจีนบุรี)
Situated on the bank of the Bang Pakong River, Prachin Anuson Road, near the District Auditorium, this centre was built by Phra Prichakonlakan (Sam-ang Amattayakun) in the reign of King Rama V. Its architecture is a mixture of the Thai and western style. After having undergone renovation and been registered as an ancient monument by the Department of Fine Arts, it is currently the Prachin Buri Cultural and Red Cross Offices.
Prachin Buri National Museum (พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ ปราจีนบุรี)
Located some 200 metres behind the City Hall, this archaeological museum displays artefacts discovered within the eastern region and neighbouring provinces like Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Nakhon Nayok, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi, Trat, and Rayong. The museum mostly displays important artefacts discovered from the ancient city of Mueang Si Mahosot. There are two zones; downstairs displays the archaeology of Prachin Buri, Nakhon Nayok, and special exhibitions. While upstairs displays the archaeology of Thailand, prehistory of the Eastern region, celadon found under water from Ko Khram, Chon Buri. The museum displays important artefacts discovered from ancient cities in the Dvaravati Period such as Buddha images, Hindu statues, Shiva Linga - Hindu phallic symbol of creative power, lintel, and bronze tools. Thai arts in various periods since the prehistoric until Rattanakosin period (King Rama V) are also displayed for comparative study. Moreover, temporary exhibitions on special occasions have been on display. The museum service hours are Wednesday -Friday, and holidays, 9.00 a.m - 4.00 p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. The admission fee is Baht 30. More details are available at Tel: 0 3721 1586.
Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Building (ตึกเจ้าพระยาอภัยภูเบศร)
The building is located 2.5 km. from town in the Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital on Prachin Anuson Road (Highway No. 3069). Its architecture is a 2-storey Renaissance building with the front porch featuring a central dome. Stucco reliefs in a floral design ornate the outside walls, doors and windows. The inside is decorated in a Western style. It was constructed by the personal budget of Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr in 1909 as a residence for King Rama V on his next royal visit to Prachin Buri. Unfortunately, His Majesty passed away in 1910. King Rama VI and his family stayed here instead during his royal visit in 1912. It can be seen that the owner never did stay in this building at all. The building used to serve as the administrative office of the hospital. While downstairs featured the examination room, medicine room and operating room, upstairs served as the women’s ward. It was in full operation until 1969 when the present administrative office was completed. In 1990, the Department of Fine Arts registered the Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Building as an ancient monument. It was officially opened on 24 June, 1996, as the Abhaibhubejhr Thai Traditional Medicine Museum, the centre for collection of Thai traditional books, herbs, medicine, and local medicine. It is also a study centre for research and dissemination of knowledge on the local's lifestyle related to local herbs and medicine. Downstairs features the building’s history, Thai traditional books, Thai medicine, local medicine, as well as, samples of ancient Thai medical tools like the medicine cabinet, herb grinder, slate, and sorcerer’s knife. While upstairs features Thai folded books, medicine books, and grinding stones from Dvaravati period. Open daily from 8.30 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, a pilot hospital on Thai medicine, won the 4th Thailand Tourism Award (2003) in the category of tourism promotion and development project. This particular winning project on “Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital’s Health Tour” features herbs, traditional Thai massage, steam bath, herbal compress, acupuncture, as well as, by- products in the forms of medicines and cosmetics. For further information, Tel. 0 3721 1088 ext. 3166 or 0 3721 6164. Also, a good bargain herb products shop is located downstairs. Open daily from 8.30 a.m.- 8.30 p.m., Tel. 0 3721 1088 ext. 3166 or www.abhaiherb.com Wat Sa-nga Ngam (วัดสง่างาม)
This temple is located in Tambon Bang Boribun. To get there, proceed along Highway No. 3069 and at Km. 7, go 1 km further. Wat Sa-nga Ngam was granted consecrated boundaries on 10 April, 1917, and the Ubosot, where devoted Buddhists duck under and pass through it for good luck and pray to recover from their illnesses, was officially constructed on 12 March, 1971. Since the temple ground was likely to be flooded, a problem for monks in performing their ceremonies, during July - August of every year, the whole Ubosot was lifted and underwent major renovation on 15 February, 2002. This was when the ducking ritual and gilding the statue of Luangpu Phio, a former abbot (Phrakhru Silawisutthachan), began. It was subsequently spread by word of mouth. For further information, Tel. 0 3721 4490, 0 6097 5803.
Wat Bot (วัดโบสถ์)
Located in Tambon Wat Bot, the temple is on the west of town. It was built in 1278 on the bank of the Prachin Buri or Bang Pakong River and covers an area of 45 rai. There are 3 Buddha images along the bank; namely, Phra Siri Mongkhon Nimit (the walking Buddha), Phra Sapphasitthi Nawa (the Buddha sitting in the European style), and Phra Maha Chinasaiyat (the reclining Buddha). The temple is peaceful and shady.
To get there: Proceed along Thetsaban Damri Road to Suwinthawong Road Intersection (Highway No. 319). Change to Highway No. 3071 and proceed for another 4 km.
Bamboo Garden (สวนพันธุ์ไผ่)
Supervised by the Department of Corrections, the garden is located in Tambon Noen Hom with an area of about 300 rai. It has a wide collection of bamboo species for research and breeding. One area is allocated as a training centre – cut bamboo, growing vegetables, building furniture - for good behaviour inmates. Various young bamboo plants are available for sale on the roadside in front of the garden. Operating hours are between 8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m., Tel. 0 3721 9904, Fax. 0 3721 2661.
To get there: From Highway No. 33, turn left at Noen Hom Intersection (King Naresuan the Great Shrine Circle). Proceed along Highway No. 3077 (Noen Hom - Khao Yai route) for 10 kilometres (the same route to Khao Yai National Park) or 20 kilometres from town.
Namtok Heo Narok (น้ำตกเหวนรก)
Located on the Prachin Buri - Khao Yai route, Namtok Heo Narok is part of Khao Yai National Park, which covers the area of Prachin Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Saraburi provinces. It is a gigantic and beautiful waterfall 60 metres in height and a steep cliff. The water, running to the valley down below, is very vigorous during the rainy months. It can be reached by a 1 km. trekking trail. There is a path from the upper level down to the lower level for a better and more beautiful view. To get there: Proceed from Prachin Buri via Suwannason Road to Noen Hom Intersection (King Naresuan the Great Shrine Circle). Turn left to Highway No. 3077. At Km. 21-22, turn right and proceed for another 40 km. to the waterfall.
Chakkraphong Dam (อ่างเก็บน้ำจักรพงษ์)
The reservoir is an earth dam of 16.50 metres high and 740 metres long. From the entrance to the dam on the left, there is an 11-kilometre road up to the top of the mountain for viewing the scenic atmosphere. At Km. 7-8, there is a 150-metre long wonder hill. If you stop your car and leave it in neutral gear, the car seems to run up hill because of illusions affected by the surroundings.
To get there: From Noen Hom Intersection, turn right to Highway No. 33 for about 3 kilometres, turn left at the sign to the dam, between Km. 160-161, for about 2 kilometres.
Namtok Khao Ito (น้ำตกเขาอีโต้)
This not-so-high waterfall in Tambon Ban Phra is a popular tourist attraction, which runs through rocks at different levels. Surroundings are full of timber forests. There is plenty of water only in the rainy season. The waterfall is on the same route to the Chakkraphong Dam but is 1 kilometre further.
Namtok Than Rattana (น้ำตกธารรัตนา)
Located in Tambon Noen Hom, about 100 metres from Noen Hom - Khao Yai route (Highway No. 3077) at Km. 16 and some 25 kilometres from Mueang Prachin Buri District Office. This waterfall, running through the valley, has plenty of water during the rainy season.
Amphoe Ban Sang (อำเภอบ้านสร้าง)
Bats at Wat Bang Krabao (ค้างคาวแม่ไก่วัดบางกระเบา)
Wat Bang Krabao is located on the Ban Sang - Bang Taen Road, Tambon Bang Krabao, about 6 kilometres from Ban Sang District Office. Luangpho Chat, a famous Buddhist monk, resides here. The highlight of this temple is the spectacular sight of thousands of bats living on the trees. Tel. 0 3727 1475
Amphoe Si Mahosot (อำเภอศรีมโหสถ)
Ton Pho Si Maha Pho (The Great Bodhi Tree) (ต้นโพธิ์ศรีมหาโพธิ)
The country’s oldest and largest bodhi tree is located in Wat Ton Pho Si Maha Pho, Tambon Khok Pip. It was recorded that 2000 years ago, the seedling stock of this bodhi tree was brought from Buddhgaya, India. The tree is about 20 metres in circumference, 30 metres in height, and 25 metres in diameter. Legend has it that Phrachao Thawanampayadit, the ruler of Mueang Si Mahosot during the Khmer empire sent his representatives to Nakhon Patuliputra in India for a branch of the Pho tree, under which the Lord Buddha had sat during his enlightenment. Thereafter, the branch had been planted at this Wat Ton Pho Si Maha Pho. This Pho tree has been the symbol of Prachin Buri. On Visakha Puja Day, there will be a fair to commemorate this Pho tree. To get there: Situated some 22 kilometres off Prachin Buri along Suwinthawong Road. Proceed along the Prachin Buri - Phanom Sarakham route (Highway No. 319). At Km. 129 turn left for another 1 kilometre.
Currently situated in the Wihan in front of the Si Mahosot District office, this 1.63-metre greenish sandstone Buddha image in a standing posture and giving the sermon, believed to be from the 7th -9th Century or Dvaravati Period, was discovered at the leprosy settlement, Camilo Hospital, to the south of Mueang Si Mahosot.
Sa Morakot Archaeological Site (กลุ่มโบราณสถาน สระมรกต)
Situated in Wat Sa Morakot, Tambon Khok Thai, this gigantic complex of Buddhist ancient monuments, lying on top of one another since the 9th – 13th Century, comprises of laterite and brick architectures – with only the bases left. The most fascinating attraction is Thailand’s largest and oldest Lord Buddha's Footprints (รอยพระพุทธบาทค���่) - - like a human’s - - carved on the natural laterite floor. Also, there is the Wheel of Dhamma in the middle of both soles and a carved cross sign. At the centre features a hole for putting a pole, which is believed to be a Chatra or umbrella. These footprints are believed to date back to the Dvaravati until Lop Buri period. Next to it lies the holy well (บ่อน้ำศักดิ์สิทธิ์), where many Buddha images and artefacts were discovered. The water from the well was humbly offered to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej for use in the celebration of his record reign “Raja Mangala Bhisek” -- the day on which he had reigned longer than any of his predecessors. Moreover, there is a rectangular pond called Sa Morakot (สระมรกต), which is part of the Sa Morakot ancient monument featuring a laterite building surrounded by a boundary wall. The building is believed to be an ancient hospital or Arogayasala. As for Sa Morakot, it is 115 metres wide, 214 metres long, and 3.50 metres deep, with a total area of about 25 rai. It is assumed that this pond was dug as a reservoir and the laterite was used to build the architecture. Also, there are the “Sa Bua La” pond, and Si Mahosot Building – an exhibition centre on Mueang Si Mahosot ancient town, which is open daily to the public.
To get there: From Prachin Buri, proceed along Suwinthawong Road. Use Highway No. 319 (Prachin Buri - Phanom Sarakham route) for about 23 kilometres, then turn left and proceed for another 500 metres.
Si Mahosot Ancient Town (โบราณสถานเมืองศรีมโหสถ)
Located at Ban Khok Wat, Tambon Khok Pip, this oval or rectangular shape with round edge ancient town dates back to the Dvaravati period, covering an area of about 700 rai. Remains of the moat, mound, and more than 100 interesting ancient monuments such as various architecture, knolls, ponds, and wells are found scattered in the area. Most of the archaeological finds are related to Hinduism such as shrines, graven images, and Shiva Linga. The most important venue is the complex in the centre of town (กลุ่มโบราณสถานกลางเมือง). There were Hindu shrines estimated to have been built in the 13th Century, with the base made of laterite, while the top is made of brick. A laterite well, believed to be from the 6th- 7th Century, was found behind this site. Many artefacts found were from the Lop Buri, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and Rattanakosin Periods such as sculptures of gods and pottery. Also, there is Phukhao Thong (ภูเขาทอง)- a round-shape stupa from the Dvaravati Period. Another venue is the Ancient Monument No. 25 (โบราณสถานหมายเลขที่ 25), a Hindu shrine with a laterite rectangular base believed to be from the 6th Century. Sa Kaeo Ancient Monument (โบราณสถานสระแก้ว) is a square pond measuring approximately 18 metres wide, dug deep into the natural laterite floor, with a stairway of 4 metres wide and some 13.60 metres long in the west leading down into the pond. It is located to the southwest of Mueang Si Mahosot. On the walls of the pond, there are bas-reliefs showing animals from myths such as elephants, Makaras, lions, pig, Kinnaree, and snake. It is believed that the water from this pond is sacred, and was used in many religious ceremonies by the kings of Mueang Si Mahosot. The pond is believed to be from the 5th - 6th Century.
To get there: Located some 20 kilometres from Prachin Buri. Use Highway No. 319 and turn left at Km. 130 for Highway No. 3070. Proceed for another 1 kilometre. The ancient town with scattered architectural remains is located on the right hand side. It is accessible via many connected routes.
Amphoe Si Maha Phot (อำเภอศรีมหาโพธิ)
Royal Handwriting Monument (อนุสาวรีย์ลายพระหัตถ์)
Located at the Si Maha Pho Royal Handwriting Park, Tambon Nong Phrong, under the supervision of the Mueang Kao Municipality and Mueang Kao Sub-district Administration Organization, this inscription of the royal initials was made during the visit of King Rama V to Prachin Buri in 1908. The inscription was made on a laterite artefact from the Lop Buri Period, dating back to the 7th - 8th Century.
To get there: This monument is about 1.5 kilometres from Si Maha Phot District Office - - on the way to Ban Khok Khwang, just opposite the Lum Mueang entrance.
Lum Mueang (หลุมเมือง)
Located in Soi Thetsaban 10, Tambon Si Maha Phot, this is a place with about 48 holes or “Lum” of different sizes dug deep on laterite ground. The date of the digging is unknown. During his royal visit on 18 December, 1908, King Rama V assumed that the holes were mortars for mixing cement for architectural decoration. But some elderly believed that these holes were meant for a local game known as "Lum Mueang".
Phan Hin Ancient Monument (โบราณสถานพานหิน)
Situated at Ban Khok Khwang, Tambon Nong Phrong, this large square Phan Hin ancient monument is made solely of laterite. It is 15.50 metres wide on each side, and 3.5 metres high, with 4 porches. It is assumed that the building was a shrine for the Hindu God, Vishnu, built during the 7th - 9th Century in the reign of King Jayavarman I of Chenla. The shape of a sculptural pedestal found in the centre of the ancient remains is similar to a tray or “Phan” in Thai. Therefore, the place has been called "Phan Hin” or stone tray since. In addition, a carved round laterite base was also discovered. King Rama V paid a royal visit in 1908.
To get there: It is about 1 kilometre from Si Maha Phot District Office -- on the way to Khok Khwang, and then proceed for another 600 metres.
Amphoe Prachantakham (อำเภอประจันตคาม)
Namtok Than Thip (น้ำตกธารทิพย์)
Located at Ban Noen Hin Tang, Tambon Nong Kaeo, the waterfall runs through different rocky levels. At some point, it passes a wide rock terrace, and some points are a deep pool. People can swim here. There is a rock terrace for recreation. The left side of the stream is quite steep. The forest is still very intact contributing to tranquility and a suitable retreat.
To get there: From Prachin Buri, proceed along the Prachin Buri - Prachantakham route (Highway No. 3452), a total distance of 16 kilometres. On to Highway No. 33 and all the way to Prachantakham Intersection. Another option is to proceed along the Noen Hom Intersection, turn right onto Highway No. 33, and follow all the way to Prachantakham Intersection. Take a left turn onto Thanon Rho Pho Cho and follow all the way to Km. 9, where the Than Thip Waterfall’s entrance sign is eventually visible. Proceed for another 9 kilometres.
Namtok Som Poi (น้ำตกส้มป่อย)
Located at Ban Khao Noi, Tambon Bu Fai, this not-so-high waterfall runs through cataracts at different levels. The stream stretches some 400 metres and there are pools suitable for swimming.
To get there: From Prachin Buri, proceed along the same route as Namtok Than Thip onto Thanon Rho Pho Cho. At Km. 14, take another turn and proceed for some 2 kilometres further to the waterfall.
Namtok Takhro and Namtok Salat Dai (น้ำตกตะคร้อและน้ำตกสลัดได)
Located at Ban Takhro, Tambon Bu Fai, Namtok Takhro is some 500 metres from the Takhro border checkpoint. This waterfall has wide rapids and there is a suspension bridge spanning across it. The left side features a hill while the right hand side features a timber forest –a relaxing stop. There is a 2-kilometre path to the beautiful Namtok Salat Dai (น้ำตกสลัดได). Must contact a guide officer from the Safeguard Unit 10 of Khao Yai National Park, located near the Takhro Waterfall, beforehand.
To get there: From Prachin Buri, proceed along the same route with Than Thip and Takhro Waterfalls onto Thanon Rho Pho Cho at Km 16.
Amphoe Kabin Buri (อำเภอกบินทร์บุรี)
Kabin Chaloem Rat Park (อุทยานกบินทร์เฉลิมราชย์)
Located on the side of Highway No. 33 (Prachantakham - Kabin Buri) at Km. 206 - 207, this large park/swamp occupies an area of approximately 900 rai. During October - May, thousand of grebes migrate from Siberia. Open to the public from 6.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Mueang Thong Kham Ban Bo Thong Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์เหมืองทองคำบ้านบ่อทอง) Intended as a knowledge and cultural hub, this museum is located at Tambon Bo Thong along Highway No. 33 (Kabin Buri – Sa Kaeo route). It features history of gold mining, archives, as well as, mine-related objects such as artefacts, or local tools. Exhibitions inside displays the history of the gold mine such as underground mining, and separating the ores. Also, there are showcases displaying surveying tools, furnaces, different types of ores, ancient factory, storage ground, and a number of preserved mines like Kwan mine, Mak mine, Maduea mine, Sam-ang mine, Khi Lek mine. Tourists can learn from actual places.
Open to the public from 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Closed on public holidays. For further information, contact Bo Thong Sub-district Administration Organization, Tel. 0 3746 0037.
Amphoe Na Di (อำเภอนาดี)
Thap Lan National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติทับลาน)
Covering Tambon Bu Phram, Amphoe Na Di, Prachin Buri; Amphoe Pak Thong Chai, Wang Nam Khiao, Khon Buri, and Soeng Sang of Nakhon Ratchasima; and Amphoe Pakham of Buri Ram, Thap Lan National Park occupies an approximate area of 2,240 square kilometres or 1,400,000 rai. It was established as a national park on 23 December, 1981.The attractions in the park include:
- Lan Forest and Recreational Garden (ป่าลานและสวนพักผ่อนหย่อนใจ)
This is the last piece of natural Lan or Corypha palm forest – a rare species of primitive palm – located near the Park's office. Lan trees are in bloom only after 20 years. Their beautiful yellow blossoms will appear during April to June. They, however, die after flowering. The recreational garden, covering an area of 20 rai, is adjacent to the Thap Lan National Park’s headquarters. There are Lan trees and various plants. The atmosphere in the garden is very serene. There are gazebos and a large pond right at the centre of the garden. Besides the Lan forest, the national park is also covered with deciduous dipterocarp forest and evergreen forest of abundant flora and the habitat of wild animals, and a variety of birds.
- Namtok Thap Lan or Namtok Heo Nok Kok (น้ำตกทับลานหรือน้ำตกเหวนกกก)
This beautiful waterfall is about 7 kilometres from Ban Thap Lan and 1 kilometre further on foot. Water is running only in the rainy season.
- Thap Lan Reservoir (อ่างเก็บน้ำทับลาน)
This reservoir is 1 kilometre from Ban Thap Lan. Surrounded by mountains and cool climate, this site is suitable for relaxation.
- Namtok Huai Yai (น้ำตกห้วยใหญ่)
Located to the west end of the Park, this large and beautiful waterfall cascades like a curtain of 50 metres high and 30 metres wide. Water is running all year round but there is no pool for swimming. To get there: Take Highway No. 304 and at Km. 79, go 6 kilometres further. The waterfall is in Amphoe Wang Nam Khiao, Nakhon Ratchasima. In the dry season, it is accessible by car.
- Lam Mun Bon Dam (เขื่อนลำม��ลบน)
An earth dam of 30 metres high, this is where the Mun River takes its source – the Thap Lan forest. A scenic view of the reservoir is available from the dam’s crest.
- Hat Chom Tawan (หาดชมตะวัน)
A 300-metre beach by Lam Plai Mat Dam. Rental boats are available for a tour around it.
At present, no accommodation is available in the Park. Tourists need to bring their own tents. A fee of 30 Baht will be charged per night. For more details, contact the Thap Lan National Park at No. 520, Mu 1, Tambon Bu Phram, Amphoe Na Di, Prachin Buri, post code 25220, Tel. 0 3721 9408 or National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkok, Tel. 0 2562 0760, and www.dnp.go.th To get there: From Kabin Buri, use Highway No. 304 (Kabin Buri -Nakhon Ratchasima route) for 32 kilometres. The Park is 90 kilometres from Prachin Buri and 107 kilometres from Nakhon Ratchasima. The Park’s headquarters is located on the Highway’s roadside.
Kaeng Hin Phoeng (แก��งหินเพิง)
Located at Tambon Saphan Hin, these beautiful and large rapids are in the Sai Yai River. This area is under the responsibility of the Khao Yai National Park Unit 9 (Sai Yai), Amphoe Na Di. It is most popular for the challenging and enjoyable whitewater rafting during the rainy season (July-November) -- the water is very vigorous and flows through different cataracts. After the rainy months, Kaeng Hin Phoeng becomes a large rock terrace. Tourists pass six rapids: Kaeng Hin Phoeng, Kaeng Wang Nam Lom, Kaeng Wang Bon, Kaeng Luksuea, Kaeng Wang Sai, and Kaeng Ngu Hao. A rubber dinghy can take up to 8-10 people and drifts along the Sai Yai River. Tour operators will take tourists to Khao Yai National Park Unit 9 (Sai Yai) and walk 2.5 kilometres to the source. The trip takes about 45 minutes. Then, the rafting starts taking approximately 20 minutes until reaching the end of the journey at Unit 9. Tourists can contact tour agents for whitewater rafting, camping overnight, and resort facilities in Amphoe Na Di.
To get there: Proceed along the Kabin Buri - Nakhon Ratchasima route (Highway No. 304). At Km. 11, go 25 kilometres further. Park at the Park Unit 9, and walk for another 45 minutes.
Suan Nongnuch Camping Resort (สวนนงนุช แคมป์ปิ้ง รีสอร์ท)
It is located at Ban Thung Pho. From Bangkok, take the Rangsit -Ongkharak route via Nakhon Nayok. Turn right onto Highway No. 33 to Kabin Buri Intersection and, then, take a left turn onto Highway No. 304. At Km. 22, you will see the Suan Nongnuch sign. The trip takes about 2 hours. Occupying an area of approximately 2,000 rai, Suan Nongnuch Camping Resort, filled with a variety of flowering plants and exotic gardens, is adjacent to Khao Yai National Park. Many outdoor activities are available for tourists as well. Admission fees for adults and children are 40 and 20 Baht, respectively. Operating hours are from 6.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m., Tel. 0 3740 1371.
Trekking: Many trekking routes are available as follows:
- Trekking in Thap Lan National Park (เดินป่าในอุทยานแห่งชาติทับลาน)
Covering the area of Amphoe Na Di of Prachin Buri, Amphoe Wang Nam Khiao, Amphoe Pak Thong Chai, Amphoe Khon Buri, and Amphoe Soeng Sang of Nakhon Ratchasima, as well as Amphoe Pakham of Buri Ram. Many trekking routes are available such as the Huai Kham Phu, Tambon Kaeng Dinso - Khao Thung. The total distance is 32 kilometres (return) and takes 2 days. Along the route, tourists will see flora like ferns, orchids, field of Kradum Ngoen (Eriocaulon spp.), and fauna such as banteng, Asiatic wild dog, Asiatic black bear, guar, and tiger. Also, there are strange yet beautiful looking stones, reminiscent of a train (Rotfai). Other routes include Heo Nok Kok Waterfall, Huai Yai Waterfall, Thung Tu Rotfai, and Lam Plai Mat Dam. For more details, contact Thap Lan National Park 2 days in advance at P.O. Box 37, Kabin Buri Post Office, Prachin Buri 25110, Tel. 0 3721 9408.
- Khao Samo Pun Route (เส้นทางเขาสมอปูน)
Located in Amphoe Mueang and Amphoe Prachantakham, a total distance of 30 kilometres, which takes about 3 - 4 days. Tourists can choose many starting and finishing points such as Khao Yai National Park Safeguard Unit 12 (Noen Hom), Unit 11, (Khlong Pheka), or Unit 10 (Prachantakham) or use the route to Khao Khiao. Major tourist attractions include Thung Na Pha, Thung Phrommachan, Lan Suriyan, Thung Hin Pratu Mueang, field of ferns, field of wild flowers, as well as waterfalls such as Namtok Hin Tat, Namtok Bang-oen, and Namtok Heo I Am along the route.
- Namtok Som Poi -Tat Hin Yao - Thung Ngu Lueam Route (เส้นทางน้ำตกส้มป่อย ตาดหินยาว ทุ่งงูเหลือม)
Starting from Namtok Som Poi, Tambon Bu Fai, Amphoe Prachantakham, to Namtok Sai Khu, Namtok Kaeng Kritsana, Tat Hin Yao, Thung Na Prang, and Thung Ngu Lueam, a total distance of 10 kilometres, which takes 2 - 3 days for a round trip. If choosing to go via Thung Hin Lek Fai to Namtok Heo I Am, the distance will be 15 kilometres, with a duration of 3 days.
- Namtok Takhro - Namtok Heo Chakkachan Route (เส้นทางน้ำตกตะคร้อ-น้ำตกเหวจั๊กจั่น)
A short route starting from Khao Yai National Park Safeguard Unit 10 (Prachantakham) to Namtok Takhro, and across the suspension bridge to Namtok Salat Dai. The route ends at Heo Chakkachan Waterfall, a total distance of 6 kilometres, with a duration of 2 days and 1 night.
- Khao Yai National Park Safeguard Unit 10 Route (Prachantakham - Namtok Fong Sabu) (เส้นทางจากหน่วยพิทักษ์อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาใหญ่ หน่วยความรับผิดชอบที่ 10 (ขญ.10 ประจันตคาม-น้ำตกฟองสบู่)
The route starts from Khao Yai National Park Safeguard Unit 10 and walk uphill, via Khlong Takhian Phrong, to Namtok Fong Sabu. On the return trip, stop by to visit Namtok Heo Ta Khon Dam, a total distance of 12 kilometres, with a duration of 2 days.
- Namtok Takhro - Namtok Wang Heo - Sai Yai Route (เส้นทางน้ำตกตะคร้อ-น้ำตกวังเหว-ใสใหญ่)
Start from Khao Yai National Park Safeguard Unit 10 and head northeast to the beautiful Namtok Wang Heo. Stop by to visit the dinosaur footprints. On the returning route, pass Kaeng Hin Poeng at Khao Yai National Park Safeguard Unit 9 (Sai Yai), Amphoe Na Di , Prachin Buri. The total distance is about 25 kilometres, with a duration of 3 - 4 days. For further details, please contact Khao Yai National Park Safeguard Unit 10, Amphoe Prachantakham, Prachin Buri.
Whitewater Rafting at Kaeng Hin Phoeng
Contact travel agencies for whitewater rafting as follows:
- Kaeng Hin Phoeng Camping (แก่งหินเพิง แค้มปิ้ง) 185 Mu 12 Tambon Na Di, Amphoe Na Di. Tel: 0 3740 5608, 0 3740 5611, 0 1663 2777, 0 1663 2775, 0 1781 6026 (Abseiling, tower jumping, water skiing and karaoke).
- Kaeng Hin Phoeng Riverside (แก่งหินเพิง ริเวอร์ไซด์) 120 Mu 7 Tambon Samphanta. Tel: 0 1909 6896, 0 9993 4177. Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2918 6067-8, 0 1909 6896, 0 1414 4498 (Abseiling, tower jumping, water skiing and karaoke).
- Camping Site Centre (แค้มปิ้งไซด์ เซ็นเตอร์) 85/46 Mu 6 Bang Yai City, Kanchanaphisek Road, Tambon Sao Thong Hin, Bang Yai, Nonthaburi. Tel: 0 2961 2204-5 (Whitewater rafting at Kaeng Hin Phoeng).
- Paddlers Club (ชมรมคนพายเรือ) 12 Mu 1 Tambon Saphan Hin, Amphoe Na Di. Tel: 0 1304 6849, 0 9250 0689. (Trekking in Khao Yai National Park, tower jumping, abseiling).
- Ban Pa Ngam Resort (บ้านผางาม รีสอร์ท) 201 Mu 4 Amphoe Na Di. Tel. 0 3728 2795-7. Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2435 6923, 0 2424 3476, 0 2433 4884 (Abseiling, whitewater rafting at Kaeng Hin Phoeng, mountain biking, artificial cliff climbing, Pa Ngam flying fox and trekking).
- Nature Traveler Co., Ltd. (บริษัท เนเจอร์ แทรเวลเลอร์) 128/96 Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24, Ramkhamhaeng Road, Hua Mak, Bangkok. Tel: 0 2719 0368-9 or www.nature-traveler.com (Whitewater rafting, cycling, tower jumping and abseiling).
- Wang Taphap Resort (วังตะพาบ รีสอร์ท) 44 Mu 2 Tambon Saphan Hin, Amphoe Na Di. Tel: 0 3728 1315, 0 3745 1204, 0 1663 2656, 0 1983 8335.
- Suan Wanarom (สวนวนารมย์) 72 Mu 5 Tambon Saphan Hin. Tel: 0 2229 4794-5, 0 1489 6215. Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2229 4456 (Cycling and abseiling).
- Suan Saksupha Resort (สวนศักดิ์สุภา รีสอร์ท) 28 Mu 4 Tambon Saphan Hin. Tel: 0 3745 1211, 0 1454 0076. Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2249 8095-96, 0 2361 2831, 0 1996 0758, 0 9832 2946 (abseiling and tower jumping).
- Nuea Fai Camp (เหนือฝายแคมป์) 215 Mu 1 Tambon Samphanta, Amphoe Na Di. Tel: 0 3728 6005-6 (Whitewater rafting).
Bicycling Bring your own bicycle and tour along the routes as follows:
- Khao Yai Grand View Thani Resort to Namtok Khao Ito being a distance of approximately 25 kilometres. Experience the rural lifestyle, bamboo garden, Namtok Khao Ito, Chakkraphong Dam, the Wonder Hill, King Naresuan the Great Shrine, and Phrakhru Uthai Thammathari Museum along the route.
- Sa Morakot Archaeological Site Route starts from the Buddha’s Footprints. View the Si Maha Pho Bodhi Tree, Wihan Luangpho Thawarawadi, Sa Kaeo, Si Mahosot Ancient Town, Ancient Monument No. 25 and return to the starting point.
- Hillside Country Home Golf and Resort (ฮิลล์ไซด์ คันทรี โฮม กอล์ฟ แอนด์ รีสอร์ท) 81/ 25 Mu 12 Tambon Nonsi, Amphoe Kabin Buri. Tel: 0 3721 5492-4, 0 1734 5915. Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2274 7368, 0 2693 4004. It is a 9-hole golf course, open from 8.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
- Phrom Yothi Camp Golf Course (สนามกอล์ฟค่ายพรหมโยธี) Tambon Ban Phra, Amphoe Mueang. Tel: 0 3721 1439 ext: 9999.
Ban Dong Bang Agro-tourism Attractions
Visit Ban Nong Chuang – Ban Nong Kankrao Fruit Streets
- Suan Thidarat (สวนธิดารัตน์) Owner: Mr. Wira Sosuep, 32/4 Mu 3 Tambon Krok Sombun, Amphoe Si Maha Phot, Prachin Buri. Tel: 0 9543 8438.
- Suan Rian Thong (สวนเหรียญทอง) Owner: Mr. Samran Rianthong, 60/6 Mu 16 Tambon Ban Phra, Amphoe Mueang, Prachin Buri. Tel: 0 3740 3807, 0 1782 1145. Produce includes santols, mangosteens, durians and ornamental plants.
- Suan Panya (สวนปัญญา) Owner: Mr. Panya Bamrungwat, 60/3 Mu 16, Tambon Ban Phra, Amphoe Mueang, Prachin Buri. Tel: 0 3740 3134, 0 1949 6977. Produce includes santols, durians, fruit conserve (sugar-boiled banana puree and santol candies).
- Suan Huat Chueng (สวนฮวดจึง) Owner: Mr. Manat Huatchueng, 133/2 Mu 8 Tambon Dong Khilek, Amphoe Mueang, Prachin Buri. Tel: 0 3740 3568, 0 6144 1092.
- Suan Sap Prasoet (สวนทรัพย์ประเสริ���) Owner: Mr. Somyot Khumphlai, 60/1-2 Mu 8 Tambon Dong Khilek, Amphoe Mueang, Prachin Buri. Tel: 0 6076 9343.
- Suan Thiap Klang (สวนเทียบกลาง) Owner: Mr. Thewi Thiapklang, 160 Mu 7 Tambon Khok Mai Lai, Amphoe Mueang, Prachin Buri. Tel: 0 3740 5383.
- Suan Sanit (สวนสานิต) Owner: Mr. Sanit Chaodi, 160 Mu 7 Tambon Khok Mai Lai, Amphoe Mueang, Prachin Buri. Tel: 0 5134 8197.
Mangosteen/ Marian Plum Orchards
- Suan Chit Niyom (สวนจิตร์นิยม) Owner: Mr. Kriangsak Udomsin, 29 Mu 2 Tambon Nong Phrong, Amphoe Si Maha Phot, Prachin Buri.
- Suan Sunalai (สวนศุนาลัย) Owner: Mrs. Sam-ang Sunalai 174/1 Mu 9 Tambon Dong Khilek, Amphoe Mueang, Prachin Buri. Tel: 0 3740 3392, 0 9687 0332. Produce includes mangosteens and durians.
Mangosteen/ Durian Orchards
- Suan Yothi (สวนโยธี) Owner: Mr. Yothi Chanrueang, 10/1 Mu 16 Tambon Ban Phra, Amphoe Mueang, Prachin Buri. Tel: 0 3740 3578. Produce includes mangosteens and durians.
Events and Festivals
Makha Purami Si Prachin Festival (งานมาฆปูรมีศรีปราจีน) takes place yearly on Makha Puja Day at Wat Sa Morakot, Amphoe Si Mahosot. In the event, both monks and the public will practice meditation, as well as, pay respect and participate in the candle light ceremony around the biggest and the most ancient Buddha’s Footprints in Thailand with lighted candles, incense and flowers.
The Bang Fai Sky Rocket Festival (งานแห่บั้งไฟ) is organized annually on Visakha Puja Day at Wat Ton Pho Si Maha Pho, Amphoe Si Mahosot. There is the lighting of the Bang Fai sky rocket, the competition of Soeng Traditional Dance in the Sky Rocket Procession, as well as, performances celebrating the event.
Agriculture and Well-known Products of Prachin Buri Fair (งานวันเกษตร และของดีเมืองปราจีน) happens approximately during May-June every year in front of the city hall. In the fair, there are fruits and agricultural product market, fruits and vegetable contests, agricultural competition and demonstration, exhibitions by various authorities, as well as, competition of agricultural vehicles and entertainment celebrating the event.
Whitewater Rafting at Kaeng Hin Phoeng Week (งานสัปดาห์ล่องแก่งหินเพิง) is organized annually around August-September at the 9th Safeguard Unit, Khao Yai National Park, Amphoe Na Di. In the event, there is a rafting competition and an economical whitewater rafting at Kaeng Hin Phoeng.
Traditional Long Boat Races (งานแข่งเรือยาวประเพณี) takes place during the second week of September every year on the Bang Pakong River, in front of the Mueang District Administration Office. There are both traditional long and local boats competing to win Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup.
Loi Krathong Festival (งานลอยกระทง) is organized on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month at the edge of the dam next to the conference hall of the Mueang District Administration Office. There is the Nang Nopphamat Beauty Contest, Krathong procession contest, students’ performances, as well as, performances celebrating the festival.
Local Products and Souvenirs
Talat Nong Cha-om (ตลาดหนองชะอม) is a fruit and vegetable market, as well as, a centre of souvenirs located in Khok Mai Lai Sub-district. It is a marketplace, offering local products and souvenirs of Prachin Buri and other provinces, as well as, a stop for tourists who pass Highway No. 33, at Km. 151. Products at this place mainly include seasonal fruits; namely, durians with thick flesh, soft santols, sweet and scented mangosteens, pomeloes, Ma Fai – Baccaurea ramiflora - and Phai Tong bamboo shoots - Dendrocalamus asper, which at present are available throughout the year. Prachin Buri is a province where Phai Tong bamboo shoots are planted in large numbers. They are of good quality, big and sweet. They can also be cooked into both savoury dishes and desserts. Moreover, there are other preserved products offered such as fruit jams, pickled bamboo shoots, preserved fruits in syrup, fried durian chips, fried jackfruit, and many more. Besides, sellers usually offer products from other places to sell out of the fruit season. Therefore, there is a variety of products in every season. Visitors can drop by and taste the fruits or purchase them as souvenirs to take home. The market is open daily early in the morning until the evening. To get there: From Bangkok, enter Mueang Nakhon Nayok by taking Highway No. 33. Continue for 14 kilometres from the intersection in Mueang Nakhon Nayok to Prachin Buri until Km. 151, Talat Nong Cha-om will be located on the right hand side. If visitors would like to drop by and purchase the products, they have to make a U-turn. They can park on the roadside along the market.
Talat Ban Ngong and Ban Ton (ตลาดบ้านโง้ง บ้านต้น) is along Suwannason Road on Highway No. 33, at Km. 172. It is a market, offering products and furniture made of old wood or bamboo by the Pho Ngam Community, Prachantakham District. Along both sides of Suwannason Road, the people will offer local products created from local intellect and the community’s initiatives for tourists to buy as souvenirs or for resale. This can create additional income to Pho Ngam Sub-district. Since Prachin Buri is a place where a large number and variety of bamboo is planted, the locals will cook the young ones, while the old ones will be woven, used to construct a house or to make equipment and utensils for their daily life, which will create both main and additional income to their families. Therefore, people in the community gather together and make bamboo products into furniture and decorative materials, offering to the travellers such as living room sets, beds, Thai-style shelters with a thatch roof, old wooden shelters, and household utensils such as sieves, food covers in various patterns, and gardening tools such as picket fences, orchid pots, etc.
Ban Thap Lan Palm Leaf Weaving Group (กลุ่มจักสานใบลานบ้านทับลาน) 525 Mu 1, Highway No. 304 (Kabin Buri - Wang Nam Khiao), 30 kilometres from Kabin Buri, Tambon Bu Phram, Amphoe Na Di. Tel. 0 1996 0036. It offers products made of dried leaves of the Lan palm such as bags and hats.
Bamboo Charcoal Contact Mr. Kitti Loetlam at Tel. 0 3728 1824, 0 1813 1935 or M1 Tambon Samphanta, Amphoe Na Di.
Fruits and Agricultural Produce of the province are well-known because they are generally recognized of high quality such as durians, rambutans, pomelos, santols, mangosteens, marian plums, Ma Fai, Long Kong and Phai Tong bamboo shoot. The selling areas are the fruit market at the Nong Cha-om T – junction and at Ban Nong Chuang, Tambon Dong Khilek, Tambon Ban Phra (at the entrance of Wat Nong Chuang), Amphoe Mueang, Prachin Buri.
Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Herbal Products (ผลิตภัณฑ์สมุนไพรเจ้าพระยาอภัยภูเบศร) are produced from Thai herbs with various qualities. They are in easy-to-use forms such as curcuma and mangosteen soap, tamarind facial foam, shampoo, toothpaste, skin lotion, lemongrass mosquito repellent, Salet Phangphon balm, herbal tea and juice and various kinds of medicine from herbs. The products are available in the Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital at Tel. 0 3721 1088 ext: 2137 (open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.) or order for postal delivery at Tel. 0 3721 1523.
Bamboo Furniture is produced in Ban Ngong and Ban Pho, Amphoe Prachantakham into tables, chairs, garden furniture, shelves, etc. These products are sold along the route through the production area (the way to Amphoe Phanom Sarakham).
Grass Brooms’ production areas are Tambon Prachantakham and Tambon Pho Ngam in Amphoe Prachantakham.
Reed Mat is generally produced in Amphoe Ban Sang, especially widely throughout Tambon Bang Plara. It is made of reed plants including Krajut, Kok Sam Liam and Kok Langka. Most of them are woven into large mats for lying on, folding mats and bags. There are both in natural colour and in dyed ones. They are available in shops in Amphoe Ban Sang, Prachin Buri.
Bamboo Products Centre (ศูนย์จำหน่ายผลิตภัณฑ��ไม้ไผ่) is situated approximately 3 kilometres from the King Naresuan the Great Shrine on the way to Aranyaprathet. Various kinds of furniture made of bamboo are offered on both sides of the road, as well as, other products such as brooms, mats, woven products.
Bamboo Woven Handicraft’s production area is in Tambon Prachantakham and Tambon Pho Ngam, Amphoe Prachantakham, while the selling area is 4 kilometres before Amphoe Prachantakham.
Nanthawan Thai Silk (ร้านนันทวันไหมไทย) is located near Wat Bun Koet at 90 Mu 2, Highway 304, Tambon Lat Takhian, Amphoe Kabin Buri. Tel. 0 3745 1238, 0 1576 9932, 0 1782 4480. The shop sells and makes the products of silk in beautiful patterns and colours.
Namphrik Khun Samruai Shop (ร้านน้ำพริกคุณสำรวย) 85-87 Talat Tha Takhro, Tambon Thetsaban, Amphoe Kabin Buri. The shop produces and sells various types of chili sauce. Tel. 0 3728 2343, 0 3728 1294 (7.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.).
- Bang Pakong (บางปะกง) 1/41-43 Soi Roman Uthit (Tel: 0 3721 1363), 70 rooms: 120-400 baht
- Khao Yai Grand View Thani Resort (เขาใหญ่แกรนด์วิว ธานี รีสอร์ท) 74/2 Prachin Buri-Khao Yai Road (Tel: 0 3727 9410-12 Fax: 0 3727 9413 Bangkok Tel: 0 2636 3600), 80 rooms: 1,800-2,000 baht
- King Hotel (คิงส์โ���เต็ล) 65/7-8 Ratdamri Road (Tel: 0 3721 1188-9), 56 rooms: 150-340 baht
- Phattha (พัฒธา) 55 Mu 1 Soi Udomsuk (Tel: 0 37211876, 0 3721 3421), 42 rooms: 450-1,000 baht
- Prachin Buri (ปราจีนบุรี) 21 Cho, Ratdamri Road (Tel: 0 3721 1142), 17 rooms: 90-130 baht
- Rose (โรส) 12/30-31 Ko,Thetsaban Damri Road (Tel: 0 3721 1025, 0 3721 3795 Fax: 0 3721 3792), 50 rooms: 200-800 baht
- Samai Charoen (สมัยเจริญ) 6-10 Soi 3 Na Mueang Road (Tel: 0 3721 1091), 8 rooms: 40 baht
- Suksomchai (สุขสมใจ) 28/1 Cho, Pracharat Road (Tel: 0 3721 1012), 39 rooms: 200-400 baht
- Sup Pailin Hotel (ทรัพย์ไพลิน) 1/1 Thetsaban Damri Road (Tel: 0 3721 3601 Fax: 0 3721 4371), 45 rooms: 500-1,000 baht
- Fuangfa Bungalow (เฟื่องฟ้าบังกะโล) 35 Mu.3, Tambon Prachantakham (Tel: 0 3729 1480), 27 rooms: 250-400 baht
Amphoe Si Maha Pho
- Phai Inn (ไผ่อินน์) 201 Mu 10 Tambon Nong Phrong (Tel: 0 3720 9193), 20 rooms: 260-400 baht
- Tavaravadee Resort (ทวาราวดี รีสอร์ท) 77 Tambon Tha Tum (Tel : 0 3720 8444-70), 182 rooms: 2,600-25,000 baht
Amphoe Kabin Buri
- Pa-Ngam Mountain Lodge (บ้านผางามรีสอร์ท) 532/3-5 Mu 1, Km.12 Highway No. 304 (Kabin Buri-Nakhon Ratchasima Road), Tambon Nong Ki (Tel: 0 3720 4455-7, 0 3720 4536-8 Bangkok Tel: 0 2435 6923, 0 2424 3476, 0 2433 4884, www.pangam.com), 166 rooms: 250-3,000 baht
- Ban Tha-Le Mok Resort (บ้านทะเลหมอกรีสอร์ท) Highway 304 or Kabin Buri-Nakhon Ratchasima Road (Tel: 0 3728 2810-5, 0 1853 7443), rooms: 2,000-9,000 baht, dormitories: 400-500 baht per person
- Kabin Hotel (กบินทร์โฮเต็ล) 63/1-9 Mu 16 Tambon Mueang Kao (Tel: 0 3728 1030), 45 rooms: 150-400 baht
- Kabin Inter (กบินทร์อินเตอร์) 100 Mu 2, Tambon Mueang Kao, 21 rooms: 250-1,200 baht
- Phrom Charoen (พรหมเจริญ) 13 Kabin Buri Municipality (Tel: 0 3728 1375), 55 rooms: 180-400 baht
- Siri Mongkhon (ศิริมงคล) 79 Kabin Buri Municipality (Tel: 0 3728 1095), 59 rooms: 100-400 baht
- Srikabin (ศรีกบินทร์) 128 Mu 8 Tambon Mueang Kao (Tel: 0 3728 1375), 55 rooms: 180-400 baht
Amphoe Na Di
- Suan Nongnooch Prachin Buri Resort Camping (สวนนง���ุชปราจีนบุรีรีสอร์ทแค้มปิ้ง) 391 Mu 2 Tambon Thung Pho (Tel: 0 3740 1373, 0 9666 4553 Fax: 0 3740 1371 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2252 6729), 3 houses: 700-2,500 baht, There are camping and seminar facilities.
- Suan Sak Supha Resort (สวนศักดิ์สุภารีสอร์ท) 28 Mu 4 Tambon Saphan Hin (Tel: 0 3728 2035), 10 houses: 500-2,500 baht
- Kaeng Hin Phoeng Riverside Resort (แก่งหินเพิงริเวอร์ไซด์รีสอร์ท) near Kaeng Hin Phoeng, Tel: 0 1667 5782 Bangkok Tel: 0 2918 6067-8, 0 2540 2971, bungalows and tents: 250 baht per person, 100 baht per tent
Examples of Tour Programmes in Prachin Buri
Route 1 Prachin Buri City Tour (One Day Trip)
- King Naresuan the Great Shrine
- Phrakhru Uthai Thammathari Museum
- Prachin Buri National Museum
- Wat Kaeo Phichit
- Thai Traditional Medicine Museum,
- Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital
- Ban Dong Bang Agro-tourism and Herbal Community
Route 2 Cultural Tour (One Day Trip)
- King Naresuan the Great Shrine
- Phrakhru Uthai Thammathari Museum
- Prachin Buri National Museum
- Thai Traditional Medicine Museum,
- Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital
- Luangpho Thawarawadi
- Wat Ton Pho Si Maha Pho
- Wat Sa Morakot, Sa Morakot Archaeological Site
- Si Mahosot Ancient Town
Route 3 Health Tour (One Day Trip)
- King Naresuan the Great Shrine
- Phrakhru Uthai Thammathari Museum
- Prachin Buri National Museum
- Thai Traditional Medicine Museum,
- Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital
- Herbal Compress
- Ban Dong Bang Agro-tourism and Herbal Community
Route 4 Adventure Tour
- Ban Bo Thong Gold Mine Museum
- Namtok Takhro
- Namtok Than Thip
- Namtok Khao Ito
- Chakkraphong Dam
- Wonder Hill
- Namtok Heo Narok
- Stay overnight at Khao Yai National Park
Route 5 Adventure Tour
- King Naresuan the Great Shrine
- Phrakhru Uthai Thammathari Museum
- Horse riding and shooting at Phrom Yothi Camp (Please contact in advance)
- Whitewater rafting at Kaeng Hin Phoeng
- Thap Lan National Park
- Stay overnight at Kaeng Hin Phoeng or Thap Lan National Park.
One Day Fun
Bangkok – Prachin Buri Route
Cycling tour amidst the nature, learning traditional Thai medicine, enjoying the Prachin Buri city tour and relaxing in the nature.
Cycling along Khao Ito and taste Nong Chuang and Nong Kankrao’s fruits. Gather a cycling group for exercising in the morning with the Khao Ito Cycling Club. Cycle along an asphalt road around the dam or cut through the forest to the sightseeing spot on the mountain. Every route is indicated by clear signs. If visiting during the fruit season in April, a cycling trip to taste various kinds of fruits will be organized in the orchards at Ban Nong Kankrao and Ban Nong Chuang. Fruits to taste are guava, mango, rose apple, jackfruit, santol, and Mayong Chit abundant in the orchards. Visitors can taste them in any orchards they prefer. Contact the Khao Ito Cycling Club at Tel. 0 9340 3711, 0 7913 7323. Renting a bicycle costs 100 Baht per hour, 300 Baht a day. Witness the lifestyle of the herbal gardeners of Ban Dong Bang, the producers of herbal raw materials for the Abhaibhubejhr Hospital. Experience the transformation of herbs in the up-to-international standard building. Ban Dong Bang Herbal Community. (Please contact in advance) at Tel. 0 9269 2643, 0 7087 5039.
Enter Prachin Buri city. Learn the story of the medical intellectual at the Thai Traditional Medicine Museum, Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Building, a beautiful ancient building constructed in the reign of King Rama V. Pay respect to the statue of its owner located in front. Listen to the story of the past concerning this European style establishment. Read the traditional Thai medicine recipes. If you have enough time, experience the foot massage for comfort at the Massage and Herbal Steam Centre. Taste healthy lunch dishes such as mushroom spicy salad or self-serviced Khao Rat Kaeng lunch at the canteen for health. Purchase herbal Abhaibhubejhr products from lozenges, inhalant, herbal tea to beauty products such as shampoo, skin lotion, etc. Then, visit Wat Kaeo Phichit by crossing the Prachin Buri River to the eastern side. Witness the magnificent Ubosot of the temple perfectly combing the Thai, Chinese, European and Khmer arts presenting through the Thai-style of Cho Fa (a gable finial) and Bai Raka (crockets), Chinese dragons in green stucco relief on the pillars of the gable, columns, paintings of male and female Europeans under the eaves around the outside walls of the Ubosot, as well as, the Khmer-style entrance archway. Pay respect to the main Buddha image containing precious gems in the eyes and the Unalom – “Unaloma” in Pali referring to the auspicious mark symbolizing wisdom on the forehead of the Buddha image. Tour around the temple compound and witness the European style of structures presenting Greek art which was once the Pali Dhammavinaya School constructed during the similar reign of the Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Building.
Bangkok – Chachoengsao – Prachin Buri
Explore the historical land and study the nature from traditional Thai medicine. A route for those interested in the historical and cultural story. Learn from the past through the ancient archaeological remains. Admire the intellectual of the traditional Thai medicine, remaining in the way of life until the present time.
The travel route starts at Mueang Paet Rio. Pay respect to the Buddha image of the city at Wat Sathon Wararam Worawihan. Cover the Luangpho Sothon Buddha image with gold leaf. Admire the new Ubosot on the edge of the Bang Pakong River. At the landing stage, there is the shuttle long-tailed boat service to the market in the city and cruising service along the Bang Pakong River. Contact Tel. 0 3851 4333, 0 9666 4266. Pray for luck and prosperity at Wat Chin Pracha Samoson, a temple in the Mahayana sect. Pay respect to the three Buddha images made of paper from China.
Arrive at Si Mahosot Ancient Town, Prachin Buri. Pay respect to the Buddha’s Footprints. Follow youth guides who can clearly recite the story of the archaeological site, especially at the Buddha’s Footprints, or Phra Phutthabat Yukhon, believed to be the oldest ones. Conduct the correct method of paying respect to the Footprints by not throwing any coins into them. Visit the sacred well nearby. Si Mahosot Ancient Town can be visited everyday. The youth guides will lead the tour only on Saturdays and Sundays without any charge.
Pass the centre of Prachin Buri to see the lifestyle of Ban Dong Bang Herbal Community. This group of quality herb planters will supply the raw material for the Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital. (Please contact the community in advance) at Tel. 0 9269 2643, 0 7087 5039. Take a herbal route into the hospital to witness the Thai Traditional Medicine Museum in Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, taste a free herbal drink everyday and purchase a variety of Abhaibhubejhr herbal products.
Bangkok – Chachoengsao – Prachin Buri – Nakhon Nayok
This route leads you to tour the 4 provinces. Admire the art in the Thai and Chinese temples and taste good quality fruits in the well-known fruit district.
Wander along a small market on the edge of Khlong Suan at the connection area of Samut Prakan and Chachoengsao. Join the political talks around the coffee table at the coffee shop owned by a friendly old Chinese man. Enjoy a light breakfast consisting of fried popovers, soy milk or taste Hoi Cho and traditional style of winged bean salad. Pay respect to the Buddha images in 3 temples and witness the art of 3 nations. Before passing Mueang Paet Rio, visitors should pay respect to Luangpho Sothon, the Buddha image of the city revered by people around the country. Admire the new Ubosot presenting the skills of Thai craftsmen through the magnificent and unique architecture. Experience the atmosphere on the edge of the Bang Pakong River at the landing stage. There are also shuttle long-tailed boats to the market in the city and touring cruises along the Bang Pakong River at Tel. 0 3851 4333.
View the Chinese art at Wat Chin Pracha Samoson from the gigantic Thao Chatulokkaban – the guardian deities - at the entrance gate to other Chinese deities. Pay respect to the paper Buddha image from Shanghai. Witness the splendid Ubosot adorned with art from various countries at Wat Kaeo Phichit on the edge of the Prachin Buri River, as well as, two European style structures. Relax at the landing stage near the river, whose eaves and gable are adorned with the skillful fretwork of floral patterns, constructed since 1932.
Taste the “Thun Klao” breed of Mayong Chit. Enter the orchard in Nakhon Nayok and visit the “Thun Klao” breed of Mayong Chit orchards. View the selection process of the ripen ones, whose size is as big as a palm. Taste its natural sweetness. The impressed ones can purchase it to plant by themselves. The farmers are pleased to provide advice. Sweet marian plums and Mayong Chit season is during March - April. Please contact in advance to Suan Bunsom Kankaset at Tel. 0 3738 2501, 0 1377 3945.
Before returning home, drop by to purchase trees at the Ongkharak Ornamental Plants and Flowers Centre Khlong 15 at pleasure. Encourage the children to buy a plant for themselves or ask planting suggestions from the sellers who are always pleased to answer. During March-April every year, there is a contest of ornamental and flowering plants open to the public.
--(WT-en) globe-trotter 01:35, 3 February 2010 (EST)