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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,
- Via Amphoe Bang Bua Thong of Nonthaburi Province, tourists can drive directly to the province, a distance of 107 kilometres, which is the shortest route.
- Via Amphoe Lat Lum Kaeo of Pathum Thani province, the route leads to Supanburi, a distance of about 115 kilometres.
- Via Ayutthaya to Suphanburi, the route is 132 kilometres long.
- Via Sing Buri province, Suphanburi is accessible at Amphoe Doem Bang Nang Buat. The route is 228 kilometres long.
- Via Ang Thong province, the road leads to Amphoe Mueang Suphanburi, a distance of 150 kilometres.
- Via Amphoe Kamphaeng Saen of Nakhon Pathom province, Suphanburi is 164 kilometres from Bangkok via this route.
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 B90.
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 minibus from Ang Thong will cost B40.
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.
- Wat Sam Pa Siew (the Buddhist temple with hidden cartoon characters), Soi Sam Pasio 4, Tambon Sanamchai, Chang Wat Suphan Buri, 72000 (Get to Suphanburi first – once there, you’ll want to get a tuk-tuk here – we paid 150 baht for a round-trip ride.), ☎ 035-546-444, . From http://www.oneweirdglobe.com/destination-the-buddhist-temple-with-cartoon-characters-in-it/: "Doraemon, long loved by Japanese, has been a huge hit with Thai schoolchildren as well – thank the artist Rakkiat Lertjitsakun for adding a modern taste to the centuries of tradition. The drawings date from January 2011, and employ the character’s messages of good and evil." free. (14.502621,100.122934) edit
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
- Street Eats
Outside the 711 to the left of the bus station are street eat stalls. These have tables and chairs so you can sit and eat here. Meals are rarely spicy although everything is written in Thai. Just look and point. Buy soft drinks and beer at the 711 and get them to open the beer for you. Also across the road from here near the Vasidtee Hotel is a street eat stall which does a good meal for B30.
A good cheap breakfast of Cow Tom (Rice Porridge with chicken/pork) just to the left of the Mind Hotel. And very cheap. There are also other stalls and restaurants available for this.
- Gai Oo - restaurant (ไก่อู).
Is along the road to the right of the Mind Hotel about 30 metres, and then turn right again. Is about 100 metres along on the left hand side. It 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.
- Mind Hotel. Just a few minutes walk from the bus station; walk out of the bus station, turn left, along this road, after the first intersection, you can see the sign for Mind hotel. Clean rooms with private bathroom, 400 for airco, 250 for fan-cooled room, including; (Thai) TV, towel, soap and toilet paper. Free coffee and cooled water downstairs! 250-400. edit
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.
- Vasidtee Hotel
64/31 Tapeeliang Rd. Phone 0813564136 -directly opposite the bus station. This hotel is quite overpriced for what you get! As at June 2016,the cost was B1200 including breakfast. Reception are friendly and helpful although little English is spoken. There is a lift, but no room Porter to get you to the room. The rooms are rather worn - the woodwork and furniture are chipped and the room smelled of cigarette smoke. The bathroom looks incomplete - few tiles and virtually the entire walls and floor are merely cement. The shower water comes out boiling, and when you try to turn it down a little it comes out freezing - it always reverts no matter how much you try! The floor has a waterproof clear coating, but this is worn to the cement base. Toilet seat was broken. There is a bar fridge, and a snack and drink list, but with no drinks or snacks. American breakfast was stone cold at 7am. Bread had to be put through the toaster three times to get it slightly brown. The restaurant was not open on Friday evening, so you have to go out to eat. You will do far better at a B600 hotel!
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.
- Kanchanaburi from the bus station non aircon buses go regularly for B50.
- Ayuttaya minibuses go from 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)
- 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.
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