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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. Turn left into Mittraphap Road or go straight on to the centre of Saraburi.
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.
From Bangkok's Victory Monument, a minibus going to Saraburi costs 100 baht. It stops at Saraburi's train station.
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.
From the middle of November until the end of February (Thailand's 'Winter'), a remarkable show of sunflowers can be seen in Ampoe Tha Mowang.
28 kilometres north 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")
On Saturdays and Sundays, a trustworthy Thai rice wine called Sato can be purchased from roadside vendors in Ampoe Nong Kae.