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Singburi was a great city in Thai history for the heroic act of the villagers of Bang Rachan in battle. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, about 142 km from Bangkok, it has an area of around 841 sq km. Geographically, it is a basin where three rivers: Chao Phraya, Noi, and Lopburi, flow through. Somdet Khrom Phraya Damrong Rajanuphab described the city that Singburi is an ancient and large city with a fortress, a royal palace, and Wat Maha That. One important thing is the reclining Chakkrasi Buddha image which is larger than the others in Thailand. It is an imitation of the Indian Buddha image, like the one at a cave in Yala province. Singburi was called by different names: the city of Singha Rachathirat or the city of Singha Racha. The city sits by Chakkrasi, the large river, 200 Sen (Thai measurement equivalent to 40 m) away from the Chao Phraya River. Since the Chakkrasi River has been shallow, the city of Singburi has become a mysterious city. The city of Singburi was established as Singburi province in 1895 during the reign of King Rama V.
Among the charms of Singburi, many roads in the town of Singburi are named after the heroes of the Bang Rachan village, such as Nai Thaen, Nai Dok, Nai In, Nai Mueang, Khun San, etc. Besides, there are a great number of Buddhist temples, both of the old and new ages.
From Bangkok, there are two routes:
Route I: Take Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road) and, at Km 52, switch to Highway 32 (Asian Highway), past Amphoe Bang Pa-in in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. Then, change to Highway 309, past Ang Thong to the town of SingbBuri, a total distance of 135 km.
Route II: Take Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road), past Amphoe Wang Noi in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Amphoe Nong Khae in Saraburi, and Lopburi. From Lopburi, take Highway 311, past Amphoe Tha Wung and drive towards Singburi, a total distance of 179 km.
The Transport Company Limited on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road operates an air-conditioned bus service from Bangkok to Singburi every day. For more information, call Tel. 0 2936 2852-66, or visit www.transport.co.th. Furthermore, a private operator âSo Wiriya Tour Company Limitedâ offers a daily bus service. For more details, call Tel. 0 2512 2565, or contact the Singburi office at Tel. 0 3651 1259.
Minibuses from around other cities stop at the bus terminal in the centre of town.
There are no tuktuks here, just motorcycle taxis and the very occasional samlor (bicycle taxi). But the city is quite small, and very easily walked around.
The main road is Kunsak Road, to the right of the bus station about 100 metres. All street names are in Thai and the above is ถนนขุนสรรค. As you leave the bus station,turn right,and then left into this road, two hotels are on the right hand side from here, and also at the end of the road, about 1Km distant, where the main road from Lopburi is (to the right).
Right in front of the Thanachart bank,on the other side of the street,there is the Southeast Steak.It doesn't serve only steak.Excellent service.You will see their large glass windows.
In the morning, there is a street stall next to the 711 opposite the market in the main road, and you can get a good rice porridge with pork for B20. If you want, they will break an egg into it (is quite nice as the porridge cooks it). If you want tea or coffee, then directly across the road is a stall which sells it (Thai orange tea)
Further along the main road, there is a KFC and Mister Donut.
The name is written in Thai. It is the closest hotel to the bus station. Leave the bus station, go to the right, and after about 100 metres you are on the main road(which is Kunsak Road). Turn left into it and the hotel is on the opposite side of the road some 20 metres along. Is a fairly old and worn hotel, but is comfortable. No hot water in the shower and no restaurant onsite. Has aircon rooms for B360, and fan rooms for B260. Phone 036511752 No English spoken at all
As at March 2016, the hotel was advertising aircon rooms with TV from B320, and similar fan rooms from B160.
A little further along the road is the Chaiphaya Hotel. Looks to be about the same standard as the above hotel.
This hotel is at the end of the main City street, about 500 metres from the bus station, and on the corner of the main road from Saraburi. It is quite a decent hotel for the price of B499 for a double room,with aircon, hot water, multichannel TV, bar fridge and lift. As at Nov 2016, they were offering aircon rooms as cheap as B390. Rooms a little worn, but clean.
From the bus station, buses and minibuses go to BKK, and surrounding cities and towns.
There is a non aircon bus to Lopburi costing B18, and this goes regularly.