Saraburi has been an important city since ancient times. It is assumed to have been established approximately in 1549 during the reign of King Maha Chakkraphat of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. It is assumed that the king had ordered to combine some parts of Lop Buri and Nakhon Nayok together and set up Saraburi province with an aim to be a centre for mobilizing the citizens during times of war. Therefore, from the Ayutthaya period, the story of Saraburi has usually related to battles and wars. As for the origin of the word "Saraburi", it is assumed that due to its location near a swamp called "Bueng Nong Ngong", when the town was established a combination of "Sa" (a swamp) and "Buri" (a town), it was suggested and the town was named "Saraburi".
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 or Phahonyothin Road, pass Wang Noi District, Nong Khae District, Hin Kong Sub-district to the intersection of the elevated bridge of Saraburi. Turn left into Mittraphap Road or go straight on to the centre of Saraburi.
From Bangkok, there are both normal and air-conditioned buses of the Transport Co., Ltd. from the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, several times a day. For more information, please contact Tel. 0 2936 2852-66 or www.transport.co.th.
From Bangkok's Victory Monument, a minibus going to Saraburi costs 100 baht. It stops at Saraburi's bus station, which is just around from the train station. To get to the minibus stop at Victory Monument, walk on the raised walkway to the right of the BTS Station, across (above) the first major road )to Din Daeng) then take the steps down on the right. Over the back is a line of minibuses. In front they go to Ayuttaya, then other places, and right at the end is the one to Saraburi.
From Lopburi, a nearby City, one will cost you B34.
There are daily trains from Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) to Saraburi, several times a day. Trains from/to Bangkok's main Hualamphong Train Station station take about 2 to 2.5 hours. Some trains stop at Kaeng Khoi Station and Muak Lek Station. For more information, please contact the State Railway of Thailand at Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4444 (Ticket reservations can be made by telephone 3 days in advance but not exceeding 60 days.) or at www.railway.co.th.
There are tuktuks and motorcycle taxis. Agree on the fare before boarding.
There was only one 7-11 noted in the City and this is at the Bus Station.
Please note: There are two markets in this City - one is in the street as you walk from the bus station to the right several hundred metres, and another across the railway line, in the streets opposite the railway station. Both are referred to in this article - the first one regarding hotel locations, and the second regarding where to get breakfast.
From the middle of November until the end of February (Thailand's 'Winter'), a remarkable show of sunflowers can be seen in Ampoe Tha Mowang.
28 kilometres north of Saraburi's downtown district is Wat Phra Buddhabat (วัดพระพุทธบาท). Wat Phra Buddhabat is one of six royal temples in the country called Ratchavoramahavihan (ราชวรมหาวิหาร), which means it is in the uppermost echelon of Thai temples.
There are some nice easy circuit hikes in Nam Tok Sam Lan ("3 Level Waterfall")
Nam Tok Jet Sao Noi ("7 Girls Waterfall")
The Flower offering tradition
The Flower offering tradition since era began Buddhist tradition. People believe that make merit with flower to the monks will receive many blessings. This ceremony is held in the afternoon and this ceremony is in Amphur Phra Puttabat, Saraburi. Globba is flowers that bloom in july these causes are people offer Globba flower to the monks. There are various colors such as yellow, white and rare purple. Moreover people believe that who offers the purple globba will receive more blessing than who offer other colors. Globba offering with joss stick and candle, then people will wait on the roadside due to offering globba to the monk. After that, people believe that who will go to worship the Buddha statue in the temple for seven times will go to the heaven after their death.
On Saturdays and Sundays, a trustworthy Thai rice wine called Sato can be purchased from roadside vendors in Ampoe Nong Kae.
Everything in Thai, but does a good stir fried mixed veg with pork or chicken with a large bottle of Chang beer for B150.
Along the main Bangkok to Lopburi road as you approach the railway line, is a line of shops which make delicious pastries - some meat filled, and very cheap.
If you are in a hotel which does not do breakfast, head to the market area, in the streets opposite the railway station, and there are a few restaurants as well as coffee/tea shops there. If you are not a coffee drinker, try the Thai tea. They use condensed milk to give it a unique flavour.
The sign is only in Thai. It is in Pahonyothin Road From the bus terminal turn right into the main road and walk to the end, several hundred metres. You will walk past the market on your right as you go. Turn right at the T intersection. Right hand side nearly to the rail crossing is a four storey pink hotel. Very 1960's. Now a Chinese cheapie. Traces of former glory remain but decrepit - lift doesn't work - fixtures hanging off the walls etc. Very large rooms. Fan only. Not very clean but quiet and relatively cool B190.
Across the tracks from the Railway Station is a kids playground, and the hotel is behind this. Reception is vacant but the desk advertises Room B280. Upstairs.
From the bus terminal turn right into the main road and walk to the end, several hundred metres. You will walk past a market on your right as you go. The hotel is across the T intersection. You will have to walk another couple of hundred metres to the right to get an overhead walkway (traffic is feral in this city!) Hotel is very worn and dated, and at B850 for a basic room, with another B140 for breakfast, is rather overpriced. The room is clean, aircon good, but is dark and gloomy. No view out of the window. Hot water in the shower is up and down like a pair of honeymooners! Reception are very good though, and of a high standard. The breakfast is a comprehensive Thai/Western buffet. Use of the gym is free.
As at Oct 2015 it appears that this hotel may have been renovated, at least in front so this will be a better option than the gloomy back part.
This hotel is on the road to Lopburi (Pahonyothin Road),just across the river and next to a temple. There is a large blue sign on top, and everything is in Thai. It is B590 for an aircon room, which is quite good - antique furniture, hot water, bar fridge, TV and has a lift. Is a bit of a rabbit warren, but is OK. Little English spoken, and there is no restaurant, but the railway street eats and market restaurants are less than a kilometre distant. In the Reception you can get beer and snacks at reasonable prices. Credit cards are not accepted here.
It is on the left hand side about 100 metres before you come to the river from the railway station and is about 100 metres along the Soi on the left hand side. Phone 036 211196. From the outside it appears to be about a B250 to B500 hotel, with both fan and aircon rooms.
From the bus station, there are buses and minibuses to near anywhere.