The Land Of Fruit And Thai Life

Damnoen Saduak

Location: Amphoe Damnoen Saduak
This is the area best known to the eyes of the overseas visitors. Around 1866, King Rama 4 ordered that a 32 kilometers long canal be dug at Damnoen Saduak. This canal would connect the Mae Klong River at Bang Nok Kwak with the Tacheen River at Bang Yang lock, Tambon Krathum Ban in Samut Sakon. There are many small tributaries that flow off of this watercourse, which was not completed until the reign of King Rama 5. A lot of Chinese people have now settled in this area, because in the past they labored with the Thais to build this canal. The excellent quality soil beside the canal is very fertile and suitable for growing many kinds of fruit and vegetables. The area is famous for its strains of sweet white Malacca grape, Chinese grapefruit, mangoes and coconut.. Nowadays the area hosts the Damnoen Saduak Sweet Grape Festival each year.

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Ban Pong

Location: Amphoe Banpong
During World War 2 this town used to be a Japanese soldiers camp, and it is here that Kilometer stone 0 marks the start of the infamous Death Railway at Nong Pladuk Station before it and the soldiers reached Burma. Ban Pong is also the hub of one of the biggest bus operations in Thailand. Many people call this town “Detroit Muang Thai” or “Thai Detroit”.

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Bo Khlueng Hot Spring

Bo Khlueng Hot StreamLocation: Amphoe Suan Phueng
Located 5 kilometres beyond Amphoe Suan Phueng and another 10 kilometres along an access road, the stream is full of mineral water and is believed that it can be used for skin treatment. The water flows all year round from the Tanaosi Range. Its temperature ranges between 50-68 degrees Celsius. On the route to the hot stream, a 3 km. branch road leads to Namtok (waterfall) Kao Chon, which consists of 9 cascades. The falls are plentiful during the late rainy season.

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Floating Down The River In The Footsteps Of Kings

Floating Down The River In The Footsteps Of Kings

Location: Amphoe Damnoen Saduak
In the past, once the canals had been dug, King Rama 5 decided he wanted to known more about the lives of the people who resided along the banks. So he look a fast dugout boat and traveled down the river by himself. His route has become part of history, and yet another example of the King’s care for the lives of his subjects, who in return show their great love and respect for the monarchy. If you follow this route, you will come across more of the attractions of Ratchaburi.

Starting from the wharf of Damnoen Saduak Canal, you pass the grape vineyards, have a chance to taste the coconut milk from the young coconuts before passing various agricultural plantations. See the traditional Thai Houses at waterside. Quench your thirst with a glass of delectable fresh coconut nectar. Fill yourself with traditional Thai noodles sold from boats. On this route, you will pass the winner of the “Best in Damnoen Saduak” award, the owner selling his delicious noodles from a boat moored alongside the river. Pass in front of Chotikaram temple and Ban Jek Huat, or Jek Huat’s house. During his reign, King Rama 5 used to come, visit and dine with the common folk along the river. From here, you proceed past Lad Phi Market before coming back to the hub of the central Damnoen Saduak market.

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Phu Nam Rawn Pongkrating

Location: Amphoe Ban Kha
There is a hot spring located in the park at Chalern Prakeat Thai Prachan. The temperature in the pond is 65 degrees centigrade. If visitors to the spring clap their hands, a stream of bubbles will gush into the air. The place is open for tourists who wish to bathe at the spot where the cool water from the Tanawasri Mountains meets the hot water which flows the spring.

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Sub Toey Waterfall

Location: Amphoe Ban Kha
Situated about 6 kilometers from the Amphur Sub-district. It is about 2 kilometers from the top to bottom level of this nine-level waterfall. On the way you can see all kinds of herbs, wild orchids and ferns.

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The Pha Chee Tributary

The Pha Chee Tributary
Location: Amphoe Ban Kha
A newly-formed and little-known amphur Sub-District located west of Ratchaburi town center, its area extends to the Thai-Burmese border. There are many outstanding, unspoilt and natural places which can easily infatuate tourists and distract them from their planned itineraries.

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Chong Phran Mountain

Chong Phran Mountain

Location: Amphoe Photharm
This hill is located in Tambon Tao Pun, Amphoe Photharam, 17 kilometres north of Ratchaburi along the Khao Ngu-Boek Phrai route (Route No. 3089). The roadside hill has 2 interesting caves; Tham Phra Non housing more than 100 Buddha images and Tham Khangkhao or Bat Cave, which is home to some three million bats. As the sun sets over the horizon, they all disperse on their search for food and the mountain looks like a volcano disgorging thick black smoke.

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