Prachinburi (ปราจีนบุรี) is the principal city in the Province of this name, usually used as the southern gateway to Khao Yai National Park.
Located about 135 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, Prachin Buri,pronounced "Prajeanburee",a province next to the border, covers a total area of approximately 4,762 square kilometres. Once a prosperous town since the Dvaravati until the Lop Buri period, dating back 800 years ago, proven by traces of ancient towns like Mueang Si Mahosot, located at Tambon Khok Pip, Amphoe Si Mahosot, as well as, another ancient community, built around the same period as Mueang Si Mahosot and situated to the east of it, located at Ban Khok Khwang, Amphoe Si Maha Phot. Through these ruins, discoveries of historical sites used for religious purposes and other artefacts such as Buddha images, statues of deities, pottery, and bronze ware were found scattered in these areas.
It was also recorded that the centre of civilization has been moved to the present location on the banks of the Bang Pakong River. There were many administration alterations, from town, "Mueang Prachin", circle or "Monthon Prachin" in the Ayutthaya period until the early Rattanakosin era, to province or "Changwat Prachin Buri" during the reign of King Rama VI.
Prachin Buri is accessible via many routes from Bangkok:
The Transport Company Limited provides buses from the Bangkok (Northeastern) Bus Terminal on Kamphaeng Phet Road (Mo Chit 2) to Prachin Buri many times daily, taking about 2 hours to get to the province. For further information, contact the Transport Company Limited, Tel. 0 2936 2852-66, 0 2936 3670, 0 2936 2816 (reservation) or visit www.transport.co.th. The Prachin Buri Provincial Bus Terminal, Tel. 0 3721 1292
Buses travel via these two main routes:
A minibus from Nakhon Nayok costs B25 and comes in past the railway station and then into town. If you want to go to the bus station ask the driver and he will divert to there. Cost B25.
A minibus from Rangsit will cost B90. It drops off passengers along the main road.
A train service between Bangkok and Prachin Buri is available 4 times daily: 5.55 a.m., 8.00 a.m., 9.40 a.m., and 3.25 p.m. Trains depart Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) at 5.55 a.m. and arrive in Prachin Buri at 8.55 a.m., while another departs at 8.00 a.m. and arrives in Prachin Buri at 10.41 a.m. For further details, please contact the Travelling Service Unit, Bangkok Railway Station, at Tel. 1690 or 0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4444, or www.railway.co.th.
The city centre itself is laid out in neat and broad blocks. Can be walked around quite easily.
There are many tuktuks, and motorcycle taxis. these are mainly seen at the train and bus stations, but can be taken around town. The bus station is in the centre of town, a block up from the main street. Looking out from the Piamsuk Serviced Apartment hotel lane, it is a block to the left, then a block to the right. From here buses and minibuses go sporadically - BKK, Saraburi and Chachoengsao were the only three noted over a period of one hour. In fact, Saraburi is the only regular one.
There are various minibus stops around the city centre, all within a few blocks of each other.
There are restaurants in the city, not many though. When you locate one (there are a couple close to the Piamsuk Serviced Apartment Hotel). You will get a feed of decent Thai food quite cheaply.
There are no hotels close to the river on the City side.
This is a couple of blocks on the right to the right of the main street (facing away from BKK), and about 100 metres up a laneway. . Unfortunately, the sign is totally in Thai. Rooms are OK, with hot water, TV, bar fridge and aircon,with fan rooms also available. Hotel price is B490. They will take your passport and hold it at reception until checkout. (the writer had no problems here). No restaurant onsite, but you can buy food at the 711 opposite on the hotel road.
Very few buses or minibuses seen here at the bus station at all. The only minibus from here goes to Saraburi via Nakhon Nayok, and costs B25 for the latter.