Just a hundred kilometres away from Bangkok, Suphanburi, also known as "Suphan", is an ancient town rich in natural and historical heritage. The province was once an important border town involving battles and important wars during the period of the Ayutthaya kingdom. So, today, travelling around the province is like drifting through historical novels. Historical evidence leads you to travel to the past such as Don Chedi Monument, Wat Khao Khuen whose abbot played a significant role in Thai history, U Thong National Museum, etc. Furthermore, various natural wonders such as Phu Toei National Park, Bueng Chawak Aquarium, as well as the famous local-style cake Sali Suphan always impress visitors.
Artefacts and archaeological evidence shows that Suphanburi is history dates back to 3,500-3,800 years ago. Archaeologists found artefacts from the New Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. And since then, culture had been inherited in the area.
Within an hour from Bangkok, Suphanburi is accessible via many routes; namely,
Scheduled bus and air-conditioned coaches leave the Northern Bus Terminal at Mo Chit II daily for Suphanburi, call Tel. 0 2936 2852-66 ext. 311 or 442 for more information. Buses to Suphanburi also leave from the Southern Bus Terminal, on Boromma Ratchachonnani Rd. Check the bus schedule at Tel. 0 2435 1199, Dan Chang Tour Co. Ltd., Tel. 0 2435 2727, Tha Chang Tour Co. Ltd., Tel. 0 2435 7502. and air-conditioned coach at Tel.0 2884 9522 or visit the website www.transport.co.th
From Kanchanaburi, non aircon buses leave the bus station regularly and take about 2 hours for the 90Km trip. Cost is B50.
If you take a minibus from Mo Chit bus station, it will cost you B100, and terminate at the city bus terminal. It goes via Ang Thong, and takes a couple of hours. It is at the far left (outside) of the ground floor at Mo Chit. Minibuses to many places come to here, stop and collect passengers, then head out of the terminal.
A train leaves Bangkok Station daily for Suphanburi at 4.40 p.m. and reaches the province at 7.32 p.m. On the return trip, the train leaves at 5.00 a.m. and reaches Bangkok at 8.10 a.m. For more details, call the service centre at Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4334 or visit the website www.railway.co.th.
The main mode of transportation is tuktuk. You'll see them throughout the city, as well as sitting outside of the bus station. You can expect to pay 50 baht for about anywhere in the city. You can also get a songtaew to neighboring districts. There is very little english spoken as Suphan is not frequently visited by foreigners but the people are friendly and commonly a young Thai versed in english will help you if they see you struggling.
If you are dropped at the Tesco Lotus by your minibus, look for a songteow on the same side of the road as the Tesco Lotus.It is yellow, and will drive along before turning left into the city, the main road of which is parallel with the bypass road about a kilometre distant. You can get off at the bus station which is about a Km along the main road on the left.
If you want to walk there, it is about a kilometre. From the Tesco Lotus, walk to the left as you leave it, about 200 metres, past a Chevy dealer, then 4 businesses, and take the first turn to your left. About 700 metres along you meet the main city road. The bus station is about 50 metres to the right on this road, and the Mind Hotel some 30 metres on the left.
Suphanburi. Recently, it doesn’t has civilization and tourist attractions. There are variety of attractions. That travelers have discovered. Historical images. Interesting stories of the past. The construction of the Buddhist religion. Beautiful and valuable to workship. Or new attractions. Built for tourists of visit. Enjoy the splendor dazzled waking mine and a study of young people. In addition to the foregoing, Suphanburi is also a land with natural waterfalls, lakes, forest or else. And lifestyle of more than 10 tribes operated as clearly stated this land.
Shrine town (dragon heaven) has a large dragon sculpture. It was about 1300-1400 years ago. Dragon heaven – It’s a village simulated from “Lijiang Town” which is an ancient city of thousand years. Bung-Cha-Wak aquarium – A large lake. Over an area of approximately 2700 acres. It is a collection of beautiful fish and rare fish species. Aqua landlocked freshwater aquarium, the largest in Thailand. Sam-Chuk market – It is a major water trade ancient. Along the west bank of the Tha Chin River.
Suphanburi has so many products such as jasmine rice, Bamboo furniture. Moreover, the best seller of Suphanburi is Sali dessert. Sali-Ekachai has the originally delicious Sali dessert (Suphanburi). Sali is famous from its both taste and smooth. The highlight of Sali-Ekachai is that there are many taste such as jasmine, orange, pandan, coffee, etc. Address: 222/2 Moo 5 Suphanburi-Bang Bua Thong Rd. Amphoe Mueng Suphanburi 72000 Tel: 035-525111
There are cheap street eats along the main road, and a good cheap breakfast of Cow Tom (boiled rice soup with chicken/pork - VERY filling!) just to the left of the Mind Hotel. And very cheap. Also, in the evening, there are two restaurants to the right of the abovementioned hotel, up the street some 30 metres distant on the right. The Gai oo - restaurant (ไก่อู) about 50 metres along this road, does very good fried mixed veg with chicken/prawns and a large bottle of Chang for B90/100. Ask for "beer Chang koowat yai, pat pak rooam gai/gung". They do have an English menu but it is hard to decipher.
Beer bars Chaba Café is the most popular Pub & Restaurant, staffed by pretty hostesses. Café is opened on 5.00 PM to 2.00 AM (Monday-Sunday). Nightclubs 24 bars and Pheoni They are the most popular about nightclubs. They is packed out with nightclubs playing mostly commercial, pop and electronic music.
The hotel is a little worn, but at the price, who is complaining! It was Ok as at July 2013, and the same price. There are few TV channels, all in Thai. Phone number is 035 523588/9.
There are other hotels in town, one being the Vasidee Hotel, which is opposite the bus station to the right as you look at it. Looks to be about a B800 hotel with a nightclub in the front.
Along the end of the main road in town (the main road is about 2km in length) and at the right hand end as you leave the bus station (to the north as you come into the city), is the Suphanburi Thani Hotel. As you look to the north, the road (T intersection) goes to Chainat on the right. Across the road, a little to the left and over to the rear a little is a large light brown building. This is the hotel. It looks to be the pick of the upmarket and therefore higher priced hotels in town.
From the bus station, non aircon buses go to Kanchanaburi regularly for B50.
Also minibuses go to Ayuttaya from here regularly. Buy your ticket at the ticket window first. Cost B50/B80 - seems the "Farangs" pay the extra. (the writer was given the Thai price first time as he spoke to them in Thai, the second time he had to pay the Farang price)
To Nakhon Sawan, a bus goes from the bus station site 487 (look upward to the number at each site - this one is at the end on the left). Costs B90, and wanders everywhere on the way there. It is non aircon and takes 4 hours. Stops at Chainat (distant)bus station on the way.