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Chachoengsao is a province in Eastern Thailand, not far from Bangkok City. Mueang Chachoengsao or Chachoengsao town, also called Mueang Paet Riu by locals, is the capital of the province.

Chachoengsao is distinguished by being the old town of Bang Pakong waterfront which has Luang Por Sothon Temple or Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan as the center of faith for Thai people.

Natural resources in Chachoengsao are considered to be rich in life. The main forest area is Khao Ang Ruenai Wildlife Sanctuary which is the last habitat of freshwater crocodiles in Thailand. The estuary of the Bang Pakong River is the place where many dolphins can be spotted every year during November-January.
Chachoengsao, which is about 60 kilometers from Bangkok, is another province to visit in Thailand because there are many unexpected hidden places.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Chachoengsao is during the cool season from November to February. However, the rainy season is also a good time to visit, especially in June and July, when the rain is likely to only be for a few hours each day.

Check the below table for the general idea of Chachoengsao weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 32.6 26.6 21.9
Feb 33.4 28.3 24.2
Mar 34.3 29.4 25.4
Apr 35.3 30.4 26.3
May 34.9 30.3 26.3
Jun 34.2 29.7 26.1
Jul 33.4 29.1 25.7
Aug 33.5 29 25.6
Sep 33.1 28.6 25.1
Oct 33.1 28.4 24.7
Nov 33.3 28.2 24
Dec 32.8 27 22.4

Chachoengsao’s current weather and 7-day forecast


There are many interesting attractions in Chachoengsao town and province including important temples, wonderful natural and cultural attractions. 

Luang Pho Sothon Temple

Sothon Wararam Worawihan Temple also known as Luang Pho Sothon Temple is an old temple that is invaluable to Chachoengsao. It has most important Buddha image of the province, known as Luangpho Phutthasothon, which is worshiped by the Paet Riu people and visitors around Thailand. It is located on Maruphong Road, about 2 kilometers from the central market.

Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple

Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple is another temple where people are flowing to worship and pay homage to the Ganesha statue, the god of Success which is said to be the biggest in Thailand. Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple is located in the Bang Khla district of Chachoengsao, alongside the Bang Pakong River.

Shrine of Ganesha in Khlong Khuean National Park

This Ganesha is called "Ganesha, standing on the bronze, fulfilling the purpose" and it was built for the purpose of creation to promote tourism in Chachoengsao and Thailand. It also promotes career development, selling crop product and creating local jobs. The total height of the statue including the base is 39 meters and it is considered to be the largest bronze Ganesha image in the world.

Wat Pong Agas

Wat Pong Agas is famous for the Lord Ganesha sitting on a large pedestal. Many famous Buddha statues such as Luang Pho Sothon, Luang Pho Wat Ban Laem, Luang Pho To, Luang Pho Wat Rai Khing, and Luang Pho Wat Khao Takrao are temporarily brought to this temple for the people to worship.

100 Year Baan Mai Market

Baan Mai Market or 100 Year Baan Mai Market is a famous antique market in Chachoengsao. The market has a genuine retro atmosphere because it is set up in an ancient Thai-Chinese community that has been in existence for more than 100 years. The market is located on the bank of the Bang Pakong River. This market is set up on land, unlike the floating markets in the central region.

100 Year Khlong Suan Market

100 Year Khlong Suan Market is a popular attraction among tourists. In fact, this market is located nearby a boundary between Ban Pho Subdistrict in Chachoengsao Province and Bang Bo District in Samut Prakan. The villages in that area are called "Khlong Suan Market".

Bang Khla Floating Market

Bang Khla Floating Market is a new floating market that was set up to promote the tourism of Chachoengsao. This place was launched in early 2008 and supported by the Municipality of Bang Khla. Bang Khla Floating Market is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 08:00 to 17:00.

Khum Wiman Din

"Khum Wiman Din" is the name that is hardly known even by most of local people. Khum Wiman Din is a source of production and distribution of various kinds of clay pottery. This place is worth to come as it is where you will see clay items and lovely handmade works in a resort atmosphere.

Suan Palm Farm Nok

Suan Palm Farm Nok is the largest parrot park in Thailand with an area of more than 100 rai of land. It was built to be a learning center and conservation of macaw parrot species but they also house beautiful birds of various species.

Mini Murah Farm

Mini Murah Farm is a dairy farm located in Ban Pho District. It is a fun land for children because there are many animals for children to see and play with. There are also various workshops such as pizza making, milk making, ice making, gardening etc.

As mentioned, most visitors usually only come to Chachoengsao on a day trip. However, there are still a few good value accommodation options if you are keen to stay longer. Malone Maranatha is a Moroccan style hotel that seems quite luxurious but is only around THB700 per night. Or, there’s the JK Living Hotel and Service Apartment and The Chill Classic House, both of which are very close to the train station and the main part of town. For something a little more upmarket, The Brown House is a hotel, gift shop and coffeehouse all rolled into one, and the friendly staff here will make sure to help you with day trips and restaurant recommendations.

For a small town, Chachoengsao has a very large number of food stalls, so there’s plenty of opportunity to try some cheap and delicious Thai food. The markets also have food vendors selling Thai snacks, and there are several good quality Thai restaurants on the riverfront (Ruen Romsai food, the main choices are Japanese shabu shabu (Mushroom Suki & Shabu, Super Shabu, and Teddy Shabu Shabu), or Italian and steaks at Sadudee 23.
Over by Wat Sothon, there are lots of small Thai restaurants with outdoor seating, and in the morning there is a large market selling snacks and refreshments to the temple visitors.

Get in

By car

From Bangkok, there are three routes:

  • Take Hwy 304 (Bangkok – Min Buri – Chachoengsao), a distance of 75 km.
  • Take Hwy 34 (Bang Na – Trat Road) and change to Hwy 314 (Bang Pakong – Chachoengsao), a distance of 90 km.
  • Take Hwy 3 (past Samut Prakan and Bang Pakong) and change to Hwy 314, a distance of 100 km.

By bus

There is an air-conditioned bus service from the Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) on Kamphaeng Phet II Road between the hours of 05:20–18:00. The bus leaves every 30 minutes. The journey takes about one hour and 20 minutes, using the motorway. For more information, contact the Chachoengsao Transport Company Limited (Kamphaeng Phet II Road) at Tel. +66 29 364041, 08 9748 1349, or the Northern Bus Terminal (Kamphaeng Phet II Road) at Tel. 0 2936 2852 – 66 ext. 311, 442.

Additionally, visitors can travel from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai). There is a bus service from 05:00-21:30. For further details, contact the Chachoengsao Transport Company Limited (Ekamai) at Tel. 0 2712 1018, 08 9749 1336, the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) at Tel. 0 2391 2504, the Chachoengsao Transport Company Limited (Chachoengsao) at Tel. 08 9752 9200, or the Chachoengsao Bus Terminal at Tel. 0 3851 4482.

A 1st class bus service connects Chachoengsao directly with Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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By train

Train service runs from Bangkok's Hualamphong station to Chachoengsao. There are 11 trains a day. The first train departs at 05:55 and the last train leaves at 18:25. For more information call Tel. 1690, +66 2 2204334, or contact the Chachoengsao Railway Station at Tel. +66 38 511007.

Get around

There are not many buses around town (the occasional one around the two 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 five baht for students and seven 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 two 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).

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