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Ratchaburi (ราชบุรี) is the Capital City of the Province by this name in Western Thailand.


Ratchaburi is the land of the Mae Klong Basin civilization with the foggy Tanao Si Mountains. It is one province in the west of central Thailand which is full of various geographical features; for example, the low-lying land along the fertile Mae Klong Basin, fields, and Tanao Si Mountains which lie in to east stretching to meet the Thailand-Myanmar border.

From legend and historical evidence, it is assumed that Ratchaburi used to be one of the civilized kingdoms of Suvarnabhumi in the past, from the reign of the Great King Asoka of India, who announced the Lord Buddha's teachings through this land around 325 B.C. The central town of ruling power of Suvarnabhumi was Nakhon Pathom which was called "Dvaravati" at that time. In addition, Ratchaburi was also the meeting point of ancient tradesmen and the gateway to Burma. Therefore, Ratchaburi is one of the most crowded cities with different races. Nowadays, Ratchaburi is full of many interesting things; history, ruins, ways of life, culture, hand-crafted and moulded works, basketry, tides and mountains, and beautiful nature waiting for us to visit.

Ratchaburi province has an area of 5,196 square kilometres.

In the eastern part of the Province is the Damnoen Saduak Market, much favoured by tourists. Minibuses from Bangkok "do the rounds" as there is more than one of these markets.

In the north of the Province is Amphoe (district) Ban Pong, where the Death Railway of World War Two began construction. This started about 5Km from Ban Pong town at Nong Pladuk. The town itself is detailed in a separate article named Ban pong.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • Old route: Take Phetchakasem Road or Highway 4, passing Bang Khae-Om Noi–Om Yai–Nakhon Chai Si–Nakhon Pathom–Ratchaburi.
  • New route: Take Highway 338, from Bangkok–Phutthamonthon–Nakhon Chai Si and turn into Phetchakasem Road near Amphoe Nakhon Chai Si about 16 kilometres, before arriving the city of Nakhon Pathom. Then, drive along Phetchakasem Road and go straight to the city of Ratchaburi.

By bus[edit]

The Transport Company Ltd., provides buses from the Southern Bus Terminal to Ratchaburi everyday. The first-class and second-class air-conditioned buses depart many times a day, taking about 2 hours to get to the province. For more details, please contact the Ticket Room at Tel. 0 2894 6122 or, or contact Ratchaburi Group 76 (Ratchaburi) Company Limited at Tel. 0 3233 8439, 03232 2776, 0 3232 5152, 0 3233 8276. For first-class air-conditioned buses (Ratchaburi), please call Tel. 0 3233 7787. Buses depart every 20 minutes. (The first trip from Bangkok leaves at 06.00 a.m. and the last trip leaves at 11.00 p.m.) (The first trip from Ratchaburi leaves at 4.00 a.m. and last trip leaves at 09.00 p.m.)

In addition, buses from Ratchaburi Bus Station to other neighbouring provinces, such as Nakhon Pathom, Kanchanaburi, Samut Songkhram and Phetchaburi, are available.

A non aircon bus from the neighbouring province of Samut Songkhram, taken from the in town bus station there, will cost 45 baht and take 1.5 hours. It drops you off at the in town Tesco Lotus.

A minibus from Samut Sakhon will cost you B100 and stops at the intown market. You can ask to get out earlier as it comes along the road towards the clocktower (to the right of which is the railway station), and the in town bus station a few hundred metres further along on the left.

By train[edit]

The State Railway of Thailand provides trains leaving Bangkok Railway Station Hua Lamphong and Thon Buri Railway Station (Bangkok Noi) everyday, which takes about 2 hours. For further details, please contact the Travelling Service Unit, Bangkok Railway Station at Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4444 or call Thon Buri Railway Station at Tel. 0 2411 3102 and Ratchaburi Railway Station at Tel. 0 3233 7002 or

Note that there are two railway stations here, one near the city centre, and one to the north on the way to the ring road.

Get around[edit]

This is quite a large and well spread out city, so walking is not much of an option.

Most travellers who visit Rachaburi get around by private vehicle.

There are tuktuks and motorcycle taxis here. Agree on the fare before you board.

The in town bus station for local buses is next to the Tesco Lotus in the middle of town. This is on Khathatorn Rd (ถนนคฑาธร). The clocktower is to the right as you look out from here,about a kilometre distant.

The main bus terminal is on the ring road well outside town, to the west of the city centre.

There is also a regular bus to Bangkok leaving from next door to the Numsin Hotel (see below)

There is a railway station, where trains from BKK head south.There are actually two train stations here, one near the city centre, and one to the north, about half way to the ring road.

If you are walking - from the intown bus stop, and facing away from the Tesco Lotus - go left to the traffic lights and turn right into Kraipetch Road (ถนนไกรเพชร). Another road along is another set of traffic lights, and on your right is a 711 nearby. There are street eats here with tables in the evening. Walk further along Kraipetch Rd and you will come to the minibus stop which provides regular minibuses to Bangkok and Phetchaburi, then there is the Araya Hotel on your right, which looks about backpacker standard from the outside, and then a little further is the Numsin Hotel on your left, next to where go the buses to BKK. At the end of the road a couple of hundred metres further you will see the railway line. The road which runs along this is Rotfai Road (ถนนรทไฟ), which means "railway" in Thai.

In the street parallel to Kraipetch Rd (to the left) is the main shopping strip, this is Ammarin Road(ถนนอัมรินทร์). The night market is in this road. In the street next removed from this one is the river road Woradet Road (ถนนวรเดช).

By Train[edit]

Although travelling by train is most economical, it is quite slow. However, it makes sense if you continue by train from Bangkok as you avoid switching from the metro and/or taxi, arriving directly at the train station. It takes as much as 3.5 hours, but the bus takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours and you have to add one hour to get to the station.

Trains run through Ratchaburi in both directions multiple times every day, but you'll need to make sure the window of availability matches the direction you're headed. For example, as of May 2015:

. Trains running North back to Bangkok pass through from 02:44 (AM) to about 08:13 (AM) with only two afternoon trains, one at 16:00 and another at 17:41, the latter of which is smaller and often packed to the gills with people making the last train back from Hua Hin and the surrounds. If you don't catch the 17:41 train, you've got to wait until 02:44 (AM) or find another way out (bus or minivan).

. Trains running South, to Hua Hin (and often beyond), pass through every hour or so all day and night from 09:46 (AM) until 21:50, with one late night train that passes through at 00:52 (AM).

Note that trains are notoriously late (usually by one or more hours), especially passing through headed North back to Bangkok, but often enough headed South as well. As you walk through the ticket office waiting area onto the platform, turn right headed toward the blue switching box and walk until you see a large whiteboard on the right next to the station master's office door. The delayed arrival times are listed here and kept pretty up to date - you can always ask at the ticket window (or download the confusing, but accurate SRT Android app).

By Minibus/Van[edit]

Minibuses/Vans to Bangkok and Petchaburi can be taken at regular intervals about 200 metres back towards the in-town bus station from the Numsin Hotel on Kraipetch road, on the other side of the road.

To Phetchaburi is 40 baht.

. Hua Hin There is a minibus departing half hourly from Rotfai Road, near the intersection with Kraipetch Road (to the left as you leave the latter). There is an overhead bridge, so walk over this, and go to the stop opposite the 711 about 100 metres further. Costs B140 and stops at the Hua Hin Clocktower.

. Bangkok You can go there either by bus or minibus. The minibus leaves from Kraipetch Road, some 200 metres to the right on the other side of the road from the Numsin Hotel and costs B80.

By Bus[edit]

An aircon bus goes from Kraipetch Road to the immediate left of the Numsin Hotel and goes to the Southern Bus terminal.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Floating Market (Damnoen Saduak)

This is covered under a separate article by this name. It is in the east of the province in the Amphoe (District) next to the City one.

  • Khao Chong Pran Cave Bat. Far away from Potharam about 9 kilometers to the west. The millions of bats fly out of the cave, a black plume every evening at about 5:30 pm in the summer, bats will fly to the east. During the winter, bats will flying to the westward. This place is located in the Amphoe (District)immediately to the north of the city.  edit
  • Boa Kleung Hot Spring. Travel about 5 kilometers from Suan Phueng. It is a hot water spring that originates from the mountains of Tenasserim. The water flows throughout the year. Hot water is pure. The temperature of water about 120-136 degrees Fahrenheit. This is located in the Amphoe (District) at the extreme west of the Province ,close to the Myanmar border. Suan Phueng appears to be the closest town. It is on Road 3087, close to where it terminates.  edit
  • Khao Ngoo Adventure Park, 0 2211 5053, 0 9777 1620. activities that include rock climbing, flying fox, via ferrata. Please note that the current writer could not locate this place.  edit
  • Museum Wat Khanon Nang Yai. Thailand’s cultural treasures, including several valuable arts from Thailand-oriented design pattern painting. This is north of the city, off highway 4 (the main road to Bangkok), in the Amphoe immediately above the city one.  edit

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The focus point of Rachaburi is pottery.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Riverside Market (Thai: ???), Between Amarin Road and the river, about 500m West of the railroad track, there are street stalls and the night market, which also opens for breakfast and lunch.. 07:00-24:00. There are street eats around the night market in Ammarin Road, and you can also get a decent cheap breakfast as well as dinner here. Check out the stalls, and select what you fancy. Everything is in Thai, but you can easily bluff your way through. $. (13.5382998,99.8204905) edit
  • Rad-ri Quality & Tasty Food (Thai: ร้าน ราดรี), Southwest Corner Of Kraipetch Road & Rod Fai Road Intersection (From train station, head directly North along Rod Fai Road for 800m (about 10m). Rad-ri will be on your left, featuring a faux-rustic wooden design.), +66 (0)8 5704 2588. 17:00-23:00. Rad-ri is heavy on fish and seafood, but features some non-fish and seafood variations as well. The food itself is very well prepared, uses quality ingredients and costs about 1.5-2x what you might expect to pay at a tham sang or make to order restaurant. Alcohol is available. The menu has English descriptions and the management speaks English well enough to take orders, though if it's busy be sure to ask after your order if it doesn't arrive within 10 minutes as service can be spotty. $-$$. (13.5376643,99.8224038) edit
  • Krua Kwankhao (Thai: ???), (From train station, walk out front entrance, cross intersection (staying to the left) and look for the large open-house restaurant on your left.), +66 (0)81 7050 3034. 11:00-23:00. Very good, popular old school house-style restaurant with a good menu of varied dishes - curries, rice, soups, salads and more. Popular locally and busy most nights, it also features an English language menu, free wifi and karaoke some nights. Great place to wait for your train and have a beer and some food. $-$$. (13.5306126,99.8231928) edit

Along the main road where the in town buses stop are several restaurants.

  • The Container at Ratchaburi, In Time Market, Rat Buri, Ratchaburi, Thailand 70000 (From anywhere in town, head to the clocktower and look for the large outdoor mall with the big Walking Street sign that's inexplicably called In Time Market.), 081 197 9944, [1]. At the back of the patio market, just in front of the lighted football field, sits Container. The entire thing is very HiSo cutesy, but also well done, with the shipping container as the foundational theme of the design. There is patio bar seating, indoor seating and rooftop bean bag seating. The food is generally quite good and not absurdly priced for the quality - cuts of meat are thick and everything is generally well-prepared. It's still a Thai restaurant for the Thai palate, but features a largely fusion/Western menu including pork chops, steaks and so on. Except to spend 200 Baht without alcohol and 300+ with, though beer is on tap and not ridiculously overpriced. All in all a great place, very relaxing and it has a fantastic restroom. $$. (13.5306308,99.8195193) edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hong Fah, Ratsadon Yindee Road, Soi 3 (From Ratchaburi Railway Station, proceed straight out the front of the rail station toward the clock tower in the far distance. Take a right at the first large intersection (Ratsadon Yindee) and continue North until you get just past Ratsadon Yindee Soi 3. Approximately a 10 minute walk.), +66 (0) 3233 7484. checkin: 12:00 (PM); checkout: 12:00 (PM). Old, spare, features only squat toilets (no bum guns) and cold showers. Not cleaned very well, dusty, but doesn't have bedbugs or roaches. Very friendly, no English at all and beds are hard with very worn sheets, blankets and mattresses. Doubles as a short-time hotel, which will explain why there are always 5-6 young women sitting behind the office - but you won't be disturbed by activity within the hotel. At ฿170 for single bed fan room and ฿230 for double bed fan room it's acceptable for *very* budget travelers with any common sense about what to expect based on the above. Streetside rooms can be quite loud if you're a light sleeper, mornings are very bright (get a West-facing room). Bonus, each room comes with a spitoon! ฿170-230. (13.536896,99.82098) edit
  • Numsin Hotel (โรงเรมนำสิน), 2-16 Kraipetch Rd, 032 314790. See "Get Around" for directions. This hotel is located close to the main road through town, and one removed from the main street (to the rear). It is an old hotel and well worn, but clean. The desk staff are very friendly and helpful, and will provide you with a city map if you ask (it is in English and Thai).The stairs are steep (there is no lift). Rooms are fan or aircon. On the Fourth floor they are aircon at 420 Baht. The aircon rooms have multichannel TV including English, hot water, bar fridge and free bottled water. A tuktuk to here from the intown bus station will cost you 40 baht.  edit
  • Golden City Hotel, 76/36 Moo 5, Petchkasem Road, 032317140. This hotel is to the north of the city, just outside the ring road, and appears to be the upmarket hotel in the city.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get Out[edit]

Routes through Ratchaburi
BangkokNakhon Pathom  N noframe S  PhetchaburiButterworth
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