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Chachoengsao

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Chachoengsao is a town in Eastern Thailand.

Understand[edit]

Chachoengsao, Paet Rio, has an old history back to the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat in the Ayutthaya period. Most of the people have settled by the Bang Pakong River and along canals. "Luangpho Phuttha Sothon" is a centre of faith of the people of Paet Rio. In the past, Chachoengsao was a fourth class city under the Ministry of Defence. During the reign of King Rama I, it was attached to the Ministry of Interior. Until the reign of King Rama V who changed the administration system, Chachoengsao became a city in the Prachin Buri Circle. In 1916, its status was changed from a city to a province. "Chacheongsao" is a Khmer word which means a deep canal. The name "Paet Rio" comes from the story that the city once teemed with giant snake-head fish; up to 8 cuts were required on the sides in making sun-dried fish.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Bangkok, there are three routes:-

  1. Take Highway 304 (Bangkok – Min Buri – Chachoengsao), a total distance of 75 km.
  2. Take Highway 34 (Bang Na – Trat Road) and change to Highway 314 (Bang Pakong – Chachoengsao), a total distance of 90 km.
  3. Take Highway 3 (past Samut Prakan and Bang Pakong) and change to Highway 314, a total distance of 100 km.

By bus[edit]

There is an air-conditioned bus service from the Northern Bus Terminal on Kamphaeng Phet II Road during 5.20 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. The bus leaves every 30 minutes. The travel takes about one hour and 20 minutes, using the Motorway. For more information, contact the Chachoengsao Transport Company Limited (Kamphaeng Phet II Road) at Tel. 0 2936 4041, 08 9748 1349, or the Northern Bus Terminal (Kamphaeng Phet II Road) at Tel. 0 2936 2852 – 66 ext. 311, 442.

Additionally, visitors can travel from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai). There is a bus service during 5.00 a.m. – 9.30 p.m. For further details, contact the Chachoengsao Transport Company Limited (Ekkamai) at Tel. 0 2712 1018, 08 9749 1336, the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) at Tel. 0 2391 2504, the Chachoengsao Transport Company Limited (Chachoengsao) at Tel. 08 9752 9200, or the Chachoengsao Bus Terminal at Tel. 0 3851 4482.

A 1st class bus service connects Chachoengsao directly with Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.

A variety of bus services run between Chachoengsao and both the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) and the Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok.

A minibus goes from Victory Monument in Bangkok, some 200 metres along Phaya Thai Rd, under the BTS line.Buy your ticket at the relevant window. Costs B100, and stops first at the city bus station, then goes on to the University (close to Wat Sothon Temple). It terminates at the end of Maruphong Rd, with the University on one side of the road, and the military base on the other.

A minibus comes from Chonburi, along the main street of that city. Chachoengsao is the first main stop on its route, and it stops at the bus station (and possibly further along in this spread out city). Cost is B50.

By train[edit]

Various express and regular trains (including two daily air-con services) leave from Bangkok's Hualamphong station. The regular (3rd class, no air-con) peak hour trains can get extremely crowded, and tickets for these services do not guarantee a seat, so arrive early to avoid having to stand.

By train[edit]

A train service is available from the Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Chachoengsao. There are 11 trains a day. The first train departs at 5.55 a.m. and the last train leaves at 6.25 p.m. For more information, call Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4334, or contact the Chachoengsao Railway Station at Tel. 0 3851 1007, or visit the website: www.railway.co.th.


Get around[edit]

This city is well spread out. The main shopping strip is along the river, immediately to the north of the main through road across the river.There does not appear to be any hotel in this area.

Heading back in the Bangkok direction along the above main road, is the train station about 2km distant, followed about another km with the bus station, on the road off to the left of the hospital. Going south along the river from the city strip (Maruphong Rd), is the University where the road ends about 1Km along. From the end of this road, turn right and you will see Wat Sothon Temple a few hundred metres distant on the left. From the railway station, the city centre is about 2km to the left, and the bus station about 1Km to the right. About 300 metres to the left of the station, and on the opposite side of the road is New Sisothon Rd. After 2Km you come to the University at the end of this road on the left. Wat Sothon is a couple of hundred metres to your right. Note that New Sisothon Rd (or New Srisothon), and Sisothon (or Sri Sothon)Rd are not the same road. The "old" one is to the right of the train station. It is actually highway 314 in that direction.


There are not many buses around town (the occasional one around the 2 main roads). The main transport is songthaew and tuk-tuk.

By songthaew[edit]

These are covered pick-up trucks with two benches in the back, and indeed the name means "two rows" in Thai. Seen everywhere, to board one just put your arm out and look at the driver, who will stop. Ring the buzzer (located in the roof) to stop anywhere on the route. There is at least one section near the market that they can't stop, so be patient. The driver will pull over, let you out, and then you pay him from the passenger window. Price as of 2007 is 5 baht for students and 7 baht for adults (any distance in one direction).

The different lines are colour-coded; most start/end or at least pass through the main city market area.

  • Yellow - from/to the train and bus stations, down the main road of Sri Sothorn
  • White - from the main city market towards Bang Kaew district
  • Blue - from the road in front of Wat Sothorn to the city market (and beyond?)
  • Red - from the market, across the river and to Don Thong school area in peak times, and beyond at other times
  • Orange - from the market, across the river and down the highway

By tuk-tuk[edit]

The guys are genuinely nice. There's no over-charging, no taking you to see any attraction - only genuine transport. Tuk-tuks hang out at the bus/train stations, the 2 main supermarkets in town and the city market area. They can also be hailed from anywhere along the streets. You need to know basic Thai directions (turn left/right) and/or have your destination written or spoken in Thai, but they are very friendly with foreigners attempting to communicate. Basic fare will start at 40 baht and usually go no higher than 70 baht (unless the distance is extremely long or a stop-over or return trip). From the bus station to the university is B70.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Wat Sothon (วัดโสธรวรารามวรวิหาร) "http://www.eugenegoesthailand.com/?p=350" - reputed to be the largest Wat (temple) in the world. Thousands of Thai people flock to Chachoengsao every week to pay their respects. The bulk of the visitors arrive by special buses each weekend, and the market opposite the Wat flourishes. Early in the mornings, the area is transformed into a huge talad (market) to support the throngs of visitors to the temple, trading in food, refreshments and souvenirs. By nightfall, it magically disappears, leaving no trace of having existed. In the following early morning hours it appears again as though magic, and throngs of vendors prepare once again for the onslaught of tourists.
  • Wat Saman Rattanaram (วัดสมานรัตนาราม), Bang Kaew District, Moung, Chachoengsao., [1]. This temple is situated on the bank of Bang Pakong river. There are two "Ganesha"Temples. This one with the pink Ganesha, is some distance north of the city. To get there, is along the city strip (see above), but the signs are confusing, because the other Ganesha Temple is in the same direction. There is a nice "Sleeping, pink, big, Ganesha" or Pra Pikkanet (พระพิฆเนศ). There are also several large statues of other Buddhist/Hindu images. Parking is free and no admission fee. To get to here and return, hire a tuktuk in the city. Cost B400.  edit

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Buy[edit][add listing]

The main city market runs every day with raw and cooked food, clothes and basic needs.

There is a Thursday afternoon/night market which is very popular with the locals. Taking the blue songthaew (out of town) from in front of Wat Sothorn, it's about 300-500 metres. You won't see much of the market from the road as it's down a side street (to the right). You may see an ornate wood lace carving shop on the right.

Banmai Market is a one hundred year old indoor market. Only open on Saturdays and Sundays. Here you can find traditional Thai crafts, a range of Thai food and drinks, and children's toys among other things. It makes for a nice trip out, but be sure to wear something cool, it can get a bit hot.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Little Pizza & Steak (ลิตเติ้ล พิซซ่า-สเต็ก), 15 Suan Somdet road (Near goverment building center (ศูนย์ราชการ) and Suan Somdet (สวนสมเด็จฯ)), 081-5886381. 11.30 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.. Italian restuarant with some Thai foods.  edit

There are good street eats close to the Big C on New Sisothon Rd. Buy your beer at the nearby 711 (get them to open it for you), then choose what you want to eat, and take a seat at one of the tables to the rear of the food stall.

There are also several restaurants along this road, some look to be bars also.

Drink[edit][add listing]

For a bar with a buzzing but comfortable atmosphere go to Chaun Bar (Chaun meaning 'Spoon' in Thai), located on the same road as Wat Sothon. With an entertaining live band performing from around 8pm till late.

The big night club of Chachoengsao is called Dome. Patronised by people of all ages, Dome has a mixture of dance music and a live band every night, playing both Thai and foreign music. Grab a couple of friends and a bottle of Blend (cheap Thai whiskey) and you're good to go. Open 9pm-3am.

Due to the proximity of the local university, Chachoengsao town centre contains a variety of bars all along New Sri Sothon Road which are relatively busy during the week and become more busy nearing the end of the week. It's not difficult to find somewhere to your tastes, unless those tastes are 'quiet and peaceful'.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Bangpakong Park, 422 Marupong Rd, 0 3851 2501. The hotel address is actually that of the university, within which grounds it is located. The actual hotel entrance is in New Sisothon Rd close to where this road ends. To get to it from the BKK minibus stop, which is at the end of Marupong Rd.Go right on the road as you face the military base,walk about 300 metres (towards the huge temple on the left), and then turn right into the next road (New Sisothon Rd). The hotel is about 50 metres on your right, with a sign right up top of the hotel. From the bus station a tuktuk will cost B70. Aircon and quite good, with a lift. Hot water, bar fridge and TV. Breakfast (buffet) is included in the price of B600. Little English is spoken.  edit
  • Yenjit Resort. Is on Highway 304 about 1Km from the bus station, and a short distance to the left of the train station on the opposite side of the road.There is English on the sign. The hotel is some 200 metres along a laneway, and consists of bungalows. The ones on the right are old but are clean, with aircon, bar fridge, TV and hot water. A basic breakfast is included. The bungalows in the middle are newer and more upmarket. Cost is B500/600 for the basic ones and B850, B1200 for the others. About 100 metres to the right of the entrance road is a decent restaurant with English menu. Fried rice with chicken/pork is B100 with a bottle of Chang beer.  edit

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Bangkok - take a bus from the bus station, or a minibus from Marupong Rd (see above).
  • Pattaya - a minibus goes from the bus station on a regular basis. It goes through Chonburi on the way there.
  • Rayong - the Pattaya minibus above continues on to Rayong, taking some three hours in total. It terminates beyond Soi 39 (bus station road) along the main road in Rayong, so if you want to get off at the bus station, tell the driver beforehand.


Routes through Chachoengsao
Bangkok  W noframe E  PrachinburiAranyaprathet
Bangkok  N noframe S  ChonburiPattaya




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