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'''Chachoengsao''' (ฉะเชิงเทรา) is the provincial capital of [[Chachoengsao (province)|Chachoengsao Province]], about 50 km east of [[Bangkok]].
'''Chachoengsao''' (ฉะเชิงเทรา) is the provincial capital of [[Chachoengsao (province)|Chachoengsao Province]], about 50 km east of [[Bangkok]].

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Chachoengsao (ฉะเชิงเทรา) is the provincial capital of Chachoengsao Province, about 50 km east of Bangkok.


Get in

By bus

A 1st class bus service connects Chachoengsao directly with Suvarnabhumi Airport (the new BKK).

A variety of bus services run between Chachoengsao and both the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) and the Northern Bus Terminal (Moh Chit) in Bangkok.

By train

Various express and regular trains (including two daily air-con services) leave from Bangkok's Hualamphong station. The regular (3rd class, no air-con) peak hour trains can get extremely crowded, and tickets for these services do not guarantee a seat, so arrive early to avoid having to stand.

Get around

There are not many buses around town (the occasional one around the 2 main roads). The main transport is songthaew and tuk-tuk.

By songthaew

These are covered pick-up trucks with two benches in the back, and indeed the name means "two benches" in Thai. Seen everywhere, to board one just put your arm out and look at the driver, who will stop. Ring the buzzer (located in the roof) to stop anywhere on the route. There is at least one section near the market that they can't stop, so be patient. The driver will pull over, let you out, and then you pay him from the passenger window. Price as of 2007 is 5 baht for students and 7 baht for adults (any distance in one direction).

The different lines are colour-coded; most start/end or at least pass through the main city market area.

  • Yellow - from/to the train and bus stations, down the main road of Sri Sothorn
  • White - from the main city market towards Bang Kaew district
  • Blue - from the road in front of Wat Sothorn to the city market (and beyond?)
  • Red - from the market, across the river and to Don Thong school area in peak times, and beyond at other times
  • Orange - from the market, across the river and down the highway

By tuk-tuk

The guys are genuinely nice. There's no over-charging, no taking you to see any attraction - only genuine transport. Tuk-tuks hang out at the bus/train stations, the 2 main supermarkets in town and the city market area. They can also be hailed from anywhere along the streets. You need to know basic Thai directions (turn left/right) and/or have your destination written or spoken in Thai, but they are very friendly with foreigners attempting to communicate. Basic fare will at 30 baht and usually go no higher than 50 baht (unless the distance is extremely long or a stop-over or return trip).


  • Wat Sothon - reputed to be the largest Wat (temple) in the world. Thousands of Thai people flock to Chachoengsao every week to pay their respects. The bulk of the visitors arrive by special buses each weekend, and the market opposite the Wat flourishes. Early in the mornings, the area is transformed into a huge talad (market) to support the throngs of visitors to the temple, trading in food, refreshments and souvenires. By nightfall, it magically disappears, leaving no trace of having existed. In the following early morning hours it appears again as though magic, and throngs of vendors prepare once again for the onslaught of tourists.



The main city market runs every day with raw and cooked food, clothes and basic needs.

There is a Thursday afternoon/night market which is very popular with the locals. Taking the blue songthaew (out of town) from in front of Wat Sothorn, it's about 300-500 metres. You won't see much of the market from the road as it's down a side street (to the right). You may see an ornate wood lace carving shop on the right.




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