Ratchaburi province has turned into a hotbed of tourism, becoming prominent with sightseers who are looking to visit somewhere distinctive, in Thailand. Ratchaburi is also known for the Damnoen-Saduak Floating Market, where merchants offer handicrafts, food, and souvenirs, from customary wooden boats, which float on the khlongs, or narrow canals.
Ratchaburi is a relaxing getaway town, with multiple museums, royal residences, and great restaurants. In addition, you can visit the nearby Bo Khloung Hot Spring, the Khao Chon Waterfall, with its nine, terraced levels, and Khao Ngu Stone Park. Here’s a list of seven ultimate things to do, in Ratchaburi.
1. Get to know the city at Ratchaburi National Museum
Frequently touted as Southeast Asia’s greatest historical centre, Thailand’s National Museum is home to an amazing, though once in a while dusty, collection. Also, this site is one of the most refreshing museums, in Bangkok. The greater part of the historical centre’s structures were built in 1782, as the royal residence of Rama I’s emissary, Prince Wang Na. Rama V turned it into a historical centre, in 1874, and today there are three exhibitions, spread out throughout a few structures. When you visit, you’ll notice a few of the buildings being revamped.
Ratchaburi National Museum
Address: 55 Ammarin, Tambon Na Muang, Amphoe Mueang Ratchaburi, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70000, Thailand
Price: from 3 USD
Opening Hours: 9am - 4pm.
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2. Visit the old King's palace at Khao Wang
Phra Nakhon Khiri is a must-stop in Phetchaburi, and sits on a hill, above the city. The name Phra Nakhon Khiri means Holy City Hill, however, local people know it better as Khao Wang, which means mountain with royal residence. This is an amazing place, which offers an extraordinary perspective of the city beneath and the mountains beyond. The climb is fairly simple, but at the same time, it’s hot here, so be prepared to sweat it out a bit.
The garden is stunning, serene, and calm. The local monkeys can be aggressive so don’t encourage them and keep your belongings close. Here, as in many places in Thailand, they are known to snatch water bottles, food, cameras, and particularly, bags.
King's Palace At Khao Wang
Address: Khlong Kra Saeng, Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi 76000, Thailand
Price: from 1 USD
Contact: +66 32 425 600
Website: Khao Wang (in Thai)
3. Explore the caves of Khao Ngu
The caves of Khao Ngu exhibit a renowned figure of Buddha and are considered the most established confirmation of an archaeological period in Ratchaburi, which dates back over 700 years. There are three fundamental caves in the area, which all contain Buddha statues. In addition, you can climb the hilltop to enjoy spectacular mountainous views. It’s a truly staggering perspective from the top, and you can, without much of a stretch, see back to Ratchaburi and the farmland surroundings.
Continue onward and you’ll discover more caves that look rather rundown. A Buddha statue is revered here, as well. The celebration of this cavern is held each year, in late September or October. Observe the 7th-century Buddhist work of art in one of the caves, named Phra Phutthachai Tham Reussii. It also incorporates an engraving in Sanskrit, which reads: “The value of the recluse with Gupta”. In the event that you get worn out exploring the caves, take a seat somewhere and just observe the caves and the swarms of monkeys.
The Caves At Khao Ngu
Address: Khao Ngu Park, Tambon Ko Phlap Phla, Amphoe Mueang, Ratchaburi
Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm.
Website: Khao Ngu Caves
4. Watch football at Mitr Phol Stadium
Thai people love football and, whenever you visit a sports bar on the weekend, you will see them crowded in front of a TV, watching English Premier League. In addition, they cherish their own football teams, and Ratchaburi province is home to the Ratchaburi Mitro Phol Football Club, aka the “Dragons.” Be prepared to be swept away by the energy of 10,000 enthusiastic people, who visit the stadium to support their favourite team in the Thai Premier League. Watching a game of football in a local stadium will give you an authentic Thai football experience.
Mitr Phol Stadium
Address: Huai Phai, Mueang Ratchaburi District, Ratchaburi 70000, Thailand
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5. Dine out at Krua Mon Khai Restaurant
Krua Mon Khai Restaurant features delightful Tom Yum, pleasant staff and speedy service. Be that as it may, many individuals arrive before the actual opening time, since they take a break at 3 pm. Heavenly food options worth trying include the omelette bun, black rice, and the sweet and sour fish.
Despite the fact that the restaurant lacks air conditioning, the food is definitely delectable. The fish dish is enough for four people and costs only 350 THB (10.25 USD). Don’t be surprised when one of the staff serves you drinks you didn’t order. For instance a sugarcane juice or butterfly pea beverage, which are both pleasant to try. Before leaving, visit the gift shop, where you can get souvenirs, vegetables and natural products.
Krua Mon Khai Restaurant
Address: Suan Phueng, Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi 70180, Thailand
Contact: +66 86 173 5762
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6. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak is a renowned floating market, flaunting a timeless snapshot of exotic Thailand. This market is situated 100 km (62.1 miles) from downtown Bangkok and is easily reachable. Rent a private vehicle or take a guided tour to the market. Drive towards Samut Songkram Province and along the way, enjoy listening to stories with cultural context. Also, visit the coconut farm and learn about how sugar is created for authentic Thai desserts.
Once you arrive at the market, take to the water on a traditional long tail Thai boat and shop from hundreds of similar boats, selling souvenirs, local produce, and delicious Thai food.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Address: Damnoun Saduak, Ratchaiburi, Damnoen Saduak 70130, Thailand
Price: from 32 USD
Opening Hours: 7am - 7pm.
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7. Alpaca Hill
Alpaca Hill features the opportunity to get very close to this hairy herd of animals. Alpaca Hill is Thailand’s first alpaca farm and a great place where visitors can get a close-up look at these delicate creates. This little petting ranch allows for a great learning experience, for both children and adults. Take the reasonably priced VIP tour, for 280 THB (8.20 USD), which will take you around 28 destinations within the farm, on a guided visit. Awesome and supportive staff guarantee the most out of your time at Alpaca Hill and you will always remember the memories you build, here.
Address: 357 Moo8, Phapok-Tako Land Rd, Suanphung Ratchaburi 70180, Thailand
Price: from 7 USD
Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 5pm.
Contact: +66 81 145 9565
Website: Alpaca Hill
Ratchaburi unveils an authentic Thai experience
From Buddhist temples and caves to hot springs, splendid mountains and authentic Thai food, Ratchaburi has it all. When visiting Thailand, plan at least a three-day trip to this tropical haven, which offers plenty of opportunities to keep you entertained.