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 go straight to the centre of Saraburi. at Kms. 105 of Phahonyothin Road (Highway no.1) is the beginning of Mitrapap Road(Highway no.2).
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.
There are no longer minibuses from Victory Monument.
They now go from Mo Chit bus terminal and cost B100. You can also catch one at Rangsit and it costs B60.
From Lopburi, a nearby City, one will cost you B35.
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.
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 Amphoe Wangmuang, Amphoe Phra Phuttabat, Amphoe Muaklek, also Amphoe kangkoi.
28 kilometres west 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.
If you are in a hotel which does not do breakfast, head to the bus station area where there are a few restaurants as well as coffee/tea shops. If you are not a coffee drinker, try the Thai tea. They use condensed milk to give it a unique flavour.
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!) Reception are very good, and of a high standard.
The upmarket rooms are B1250 with a credit card, and B1000 cash.Breakfast is an extra B150. Rooms are available for B600. There is no entrance at the front of the hotel, you have to go to the left hand side as you face the hotel, and up the road there, is the hotel entrance about 100 metres along. In the B1000 rooms, which are quite good, is a hot water jug, with tea and coffee (sugar and non dairy creamer also). Also a free hair drier for the ladies.
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. If you want a room without a bar fridge, you will pay B490. There is a "basic" room for B390.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.
There is an apparently backpacker standard hotel opposite the bus station entrance, but the sign is difficult to see because of the picture of the King covering most of it.
From the bus station, there are buses and minibuses to near anywhere.