Ratchaburi Province abounds with local attractions and historic sites dating back to the Dvaravati period when it was known as the City of Kings.
It is located on the bank of the Mae Klong River 100 kilometres from Bangkok with its border extending all the way to Burma in the west and is renowned for the production of large ceramic dragon jars and for its floating market.
The river makes an excellent place to enjoy a leisurely lunch and you'll appreciate the cool breeze there as well.
Famed for its fine clay, which is the prime ingredient for successful ceramics, Ratchaburi has for a long time been the major producer of large Chinese-style water jars distinguished by their dull brown glaze and flowers or dragons in mustard yellow.
These were commonly used for dipping showers. At one time, the jars were piled by the hundreds on to barges and towed up the canals for sale in Bangkok. One can occasionally still see a barge being loaded along the quay.
Nowadays, Ratchaburi boasts 59 ceramic factories, where craftsmen still fashion traditional water jars. However, local potters have branched out these days, producing ceramics of startling beauty, and many international ceramic companies have their factories in Ratchaburi.
The Floating Market at Damnoen Saduak District is the towns most well known and popular attraction.
Unfortunately it is now inundated with bus loads of tourists, but if you have not been before it still makes an interesting trip which can be added to your tour by request.
In order to beat the crowds try to get there for first light and avoid the weekends if possible.
As well as selling a wide range of fresh produce, noodles and desserts from their boats, owners also hire them out for trips down the canals to local villages where coconut sugar is produced.
A short detour on the way to Ratchaburi will enable you to enjoy what is surely Thailand's most beautiful street called Thanon Utthayan or Aksa Road where every lamp post is adorned with a kinaree from Thai mythology.
A quick stop in the beautiful Puttomonton Park will allow you time to feed the fish and turtle, which will be your good deed for the day.
One Day Tour Ratchaburi
Tour departs Bangkok 8:00 am
Includes stops at
- Aksa Road
- Thailand's most beautiful road
- Puttamonton Park
- feed the fish and turtles
Lunch beside the Mae Klong River
After lunch visit
- Ceramic Factory
- watch artists at work
- traditional ceramic styles
- nouvelle ceramic styles
Late afternoon will see a return to Bangkok.
Two Day Tour Ratchaburi & Ampawa
Tour departs Bangkok at 7:30 am
Includes visits to
- Ceramic Factory visit in Ratchaburi
- Lunch beside the Mae Klong River
- Afternoon free to stroll around Ampawa
- Night time boat trip to see fireflies
Optional early start to offer food to monks.
After breakfast, program includes
- Palm Sugar Plantation
- Benjarong Porcelain Factory
- Lunch at King Rama II Memorial Park
- Wat Bangkae Noi Teakwood Carvings
- Coffee Time at the Coffee Factory
Late afternoon return to Bangkok.