Ang Thong (อ่างทอง) is a city in the Chao Phraya Basin region of Thailand, and the Capital of the Province of this name. The city and surrounding area is noted for huge reclining Buddha, courageous heroes, court dolls, famous wickerwork, drum-making region, and double reclining Buddha.
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.
There are many routes from Bangkok. Three options are:
Transportation Co., Ltd. provides daily transportation services between Bangkok – Ang Thong. There are both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses leaving Northern Terminal Bus Station on Kamphaeng Phet II Road. For more information, please contact 0 2537 8055, 0 2936 2852-66, 0 2936 3603.
A minibus from Suphanburi will cost you B40, and drop you near the centre of the city, close to the multi lane roundabout.
From Bangkok, minibuses go regularly from Victory Monument, and cost B100.
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. Another 100 metres on the left is the entrance to the huge market, and another 200metres on the right is the Ang Thong Hotel.
There are street eats close to the centre of town, particularly near the market.
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.
ANG THONG HOTEL - โรงแรมอ่างทอง.
Is close to where the minibuses from Suphanburi and Bangkok arrive. If coming from BKK, it is about two hundred metres on the right 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. Room with aircon, TV, hot water and bar fridge is B400. There are many TV channels, including several English ones. Fan rooms also available cheaper. There is a restaurant near reception which does a very good "cow tom" (rice porridge, with pork) for breakfast, with two cups of tea, for B50. Across the road to the left about 100 metres, is the city market, where everything conceivable is sold!
To Suphanburi or BKK - minibuses are regular and relatively cheap.