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Uthai Thani (อุทัยธานี) is the main city in the Province of that name in Lower Northern Thailand.
Uthai Thani is a province abundant in natural resources, such as forests and wildlife. Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve was proclaimed a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site on 13 December 1991. The reserve has jungles, forests, plains, many streams, and most importantly, number of rare and endangered animals.
Due to the verdant nature of the area, Uthai Thani is a province with unspoiled natural tourist destinations that are of interest to tourist everywhere. Furthermore, visitors can see the different lifestyles of locals, such as the life of raft residents on Sakae Krang River, a waterway that aided the birth of the province and which has been a lifeline for its people since ancient times. It is also where provincial trading has flourished. Life revolving around the river eventually grew from a community into the major province that it is today.
The most striking indication of the bond between the people and the river since the old days is that in 1906, when King Rama V visited Northern provinces and stayed in Sakae Krang village, the monk Phra Khru Uthai Tham Nithet (Chan) built 2 twin rafts to receive the king. This clearly showed the importance of the river and the lifestyle of the people living off it in that period.
In addition, at the end of the Buddhist Lent, Buddhists from all directions congregate in the province for a major merit-making tradition called Tak Bat Thewo at the foot of Khao Sakae Krang at Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri. This festival has been held in Uthai Thani since ancient times.
Not too many tourists seem to come here at all. To get in by bus from Nakhon Sawan, there is a non aircon bus leaving regularly from the bus terminal(one is at 10.30) and it takes about 1.5 hours for the approx. 50Km trip. The bus station is at the edge of town, but the main road in is pretty well the only road as the city is quite small and very easily walked around.
If you are driving, you can come across from Singburi, and at the 4 way intersection where is Chainat on the right, continue ahead, and you will go through Ban Wat Sing (Lion Temple Town) then arrive at the City.
This city is easily walked around, but there are tuktuks and motorcycle taxis at the bus station. Agree on the fare beforehand.
From the bus station: From the front, go to the left and after about 100 metres, you will turn left into the main road. This road is about 1Km long and terminates at the clock tower. Not a great deal was noticed beyond this point in any direction.
Along this road, about 300 metres along on your left is the market.
This interesting Temple is some 10 Km along the road towards Manorom. It is quite famous in Thailand and really beautiful inside. There is very much crystal which makes the Temple really shine, and because of all the reflection, it appears to continue forever. Opening hours are restricted 9am to 11.30, and 2pm till 4pm.
There is a decent looking hotel at the southern end of the City as you come via the Chainat bypass road from Singburi.