Ang Thong

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Ang Thong (อ่างทอง) is a city in the Chao Phraya Basin region of Thailand, and the Capital of the Province of this name. Ang Thong means "Golden Bowl" in Thai. The city and surrounding area is noted for its huge Buddha (98 metres tall), courageous heroes, court dolls, famous wickerwork, drum-making region, and double reclining Buddha.

Understand[edit]

Ang Thong, a province, which is luxurious of native handicraft like, molded court dolls, firebrick, and wickerwork. It is also the origination of "Li Ke", the native folk song, hometown of Nai Dok and Nai Thongkaeo, the two heroes during Bang Rachan Battle. Ang Thong is also abundant with more than 200 clean, magnificent, and interesting temples, most appropriate for Thai chronological study.

Ang Thong, originally known as Mueang Wiset Chai Chan, is located on the Noi River and the low-lying land of Chao Phraya River. It was an essential frontier outpost of Ayutthaya when fighting with the Burmese. As appeared in several parts of Ayutthaya chronicles, especially, prior to the defeat of Ayutthaya in 1767, the Burmese encamped at Mueang Wiset Chai Chan to attack Ayutthaya causing "Bang Rachan Battle", a noted event recorded in Thai history. Later during the Thonburi era, Mueang Wiset Chai Chan was moved to a new site on the left bank of the Chao Phraya River at Ban Bangkaeo and was named "Ang Thong" since its location was a fertile basin similar to a water and rice bowl of the country.

Ang Thong is a small province located at the lower part of central Thailand as large as 968 square kilometers. Topographically, almost all of the Ang Thong area is low plain with two important rivers crossing the province, i.e. Noi River and Chao Phraya River. Ang Thong is administratively divided into 7 districts: Amphoe Mueang Ang Thong, Amphoe Wiset Chai Chan, Amphoe Sawaeng Ha, Amphoe Pa Mok, Amphoe Pho Thong, Amphoe Chaiyo, and Amphoe Samko. Borders are Sing Buri to the north, Ayutthaya to the south, Ayutthaya and Lop Buri to the east and Suphan Buri to the west.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

There are many routes from Bangkok. Three options are:

  • Take the Phahonyothin Highway (Highway No. 32) from Bangkok and turn onto the Asian Highway, passing Amphoe Bang Pa-in, Amphoe Bang Pahan in Ayuttaya and then Ang Thong. Total distance is about 105 kilometers.
  • Take the new road and cross Somdet Phra Pinklao Bridge until you reach Talingchan. Then turn onto Highway No. 340, passing Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, until you reach Ang Thong. Total distance is about 150 kilometers.
  • Take the Bangkok-Pathum Thani Highway, passing Amphoe Pak Kret. Then take Highway No. 3111, passing Amphoe Bang Sai, Amphoe Sena, and Ayutthaya. Then take Highway No. 3263 and follow by Highway No. 309, entering Amphoe Pa Mok until you reach Ang Thong. Total distance is about 140 kilometers.


By bus[edit]

There are very few buses from anywhere now, only non aircon buses from surrounding districts.

A minibus from Suphanburi will cost you B40, and drop you at the bus station.

From Bangkok, minibuses go regularly from Victory Monument, and cost B100. These stop at the bus station.

From Lopburi a minibus goes every 30 minutes and costs B50.

Other minibuses come from Mo Chit, Rangsit,and Saraburi.

Get around[edit]

The only in town transport noticed was the usual motorcycle taxis, with the occasional tuk-tuk to be found in the market (very close to the city centre roundabout). But, the city centre is easily walked around. As you come from BKK, you cross the river and some 400 metres later arrive at the city centre roundabout.

Directly across the roundabout, a little to the right is the bus station.

About 100 metres to the left of the roundabout is the entrance to the huge market. A further 200 metres along this road on the right is the Ang Thong Hotel. (this is the road to Suphanburi.)

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  • Wat Muang (วัดม่วง). Means Purple Temple.

It is located 10Km towards Suphanburi on the main road to there, and is on the left hand side. As you come to it you will see this gigantic Buddha statue a couple of hundred metres from the road.

It is very interesting, with a mix of Thai Buddhism, as well as Chinese Buddhism, and a good deal of the Hindu religion. Many Thai Temples include the Hindu religion since Theraveda Buddhism seems to have a great deal of this within it. In addition to the gigantic Buddha statue, inside the Temple which is quite beautiful, you will see numerous small statues, many of which include Ganesha and other Hindu images.

Outside there are other areas containing statues- one of these has groups of both Chinese and Hindu statues. There are also historical statues, in particular, the wars between Burma and Thailand and these are quite graphic, and are within a large area.

In addition also are statues of souls suffering in hell for their misdeeds, different groups of these, and a display of a judge judjing two rather distressed souls, with a scribe either side writing down the proceedings. A potential executioner is there also.

Regrettably, everything is written in Thai - including the description of who these miscreants are, and the evil they have done as well as the punishment they are undergoing.

Totally fascinating, whatever your personal belief, and a good way to understand some of the culture. Well worth a couple of hours of your time.

To get here, take a Suphanburi minibus from the bus terminal and tell the driver where you want to get off. Will cost you B20. To return, cross the road from where you got off, and flag down a returning minibus.

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  • Street Eats These are close to the centre of town, particularly near the market. From the Ang Thong Hotel, cross the road and go left. You will see three entrances to the market over some 200 metres.There are street eats in each. The third one has the greatest range. All have tables and chairs so you sit out back and eat. Everything is in Thai, but there are only a couple of stalls which do spicy food, and these are salad dishes (Tom Yam). For breakfast, there is a stall even further along from these - turn into the main shopping road and at the next market entrance on your right, there is a stall a little way along on your left. They serve Joke Moo Sai Kai(rice porridge with added egg). Well worth eating and costs B20. For your tea and coffee, there is a stall to the left of the Ang Thong Hotel a short distance away.

Also to the right of the Ang Thong Hotel, about 100metres, is a good restaurant, which is particularly good with fish. Everything is written in Thai, so you must bluff your way through. Fried mixed veg with pork, and a large bottle of Chang beer was B120.

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  • ANG THONG HOTEL - โรงแรมอ่างทอง.

Is close to the bus station, some 300 metres to the right and on the same side of the road. If coming from BKK, it is about two hundred metres on the left from the city roundabout away from the direction of BKK. The hotel name is written in Thai only. It appears to be about the only hotel in town, and is rather worn, but clean. It appears to have been renovated outside, but is not inside at all.

Room with aircon, TV, hot water and bar fridge is B400. As at June 2016, there was no hot water in the shower in the morning. Fan rooms also available cheaper. There was a restaurant near reception but it is now closed. Across the road to the left about 100 metres, is the city market, where everything conceivable is sold!

Get out[edit]

To Suphanburi, Lopburi or Bangkok - minibuses are regular and relatively cheap.



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