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Prachin BuriPrachin Buri used to be a very prosperous town with beautiful waterfalls and canals which are very popular among nature adventurers.

In the old days, Prachin Buri had a long history of civilization of about 800 years ago, since the Dvaravati period. The ruined town of Muang Si Mahosot at Tambon Khokpip, Amphoe Mahosot was discovered. At Ban Khok Kwang, Amphoe Si Mahosot, east to Mueang Si Mahosot, there was an ancient community at the same period as Muang Si Mahosot.

Through the traces of the ancient towns, there were discoveries of historical venues that were used for religious purposes and historic materials such as Buddha images, earthenwares, and pottery. It was also recorded that the center of civilization has been moved to the present coast of the Bang Pakong River. There were many administration alterations, from town to Monthon, and Changwat (Province) at present.

In general, Prachin Buri has plain areas and highlands. There are hills and mountains in the north adjacent to Dong Phaya Yen Mountain ranges. In the south and east, there are plains and forests. Low-lying plains suitable for agriculture are in the west of the province

Climate

Prachin Buri has an alternative climate of both dry and damp. Tropical rain in the southeast monsoon season causes damp and rain throughout the season. Northwestern wind in cool season causes dryness. There are 3 different seasons: rainy, during June October ; cool, during November – February; and dry, during March – May. The average temperature of the year is approximately 27 – 30 degree Celsius or 83 – 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Prachin Buri Attractions

Prachin Buri Art, Culture & Heritage

King Naresuan the Great ShrineLocated at Noen Hom Intersection, 8 kilometres north to Prachin Buri by Highway No.320, this shrine houses the image of King Naresuan the Great in a standing position to commemorate his camping at Prachin Buri on the way from Ayutthaya to Cambodia. People in Prachin Buri and nearby provinces normally pay respect to this shrine.

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Ton Pho ( Banyan Tree ) at Wat Si Maha PhoThis oldest and largest Banyan tree of the country is located in Wat Ton Pho Si Maha Pho. It has been recorded that, 2000 years ago, the seedling stock of this Pho tree was brought over from Buddhakaya. The tree is about 20 metres in circumference, about 30 metres in height, and about 25 metres in diametre.From the legend, Phra Chao Tawa Nam Payadit, the ruler of Muang Mahosot had sent his representatives to Nakhon Patulibut of India for a branch of the Bany tree, under which the Lord Buddha had sat during his enliganhtenment. Thereafter, the branch had been planted at this Wat Ton Pho Si Maha Phot. This Banyan tree has been the symbol of Prachin Buri. On Visak Puja Day, there will be a fair to commemorate this Banyan tree. From Prachin Buri town, use Highway No.319 to Phanom Sarakam for 32 kilometres, turn left for 1 kilometre.

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Chao Phraya Abhaibhubate BuildingThe building is located in Chao Phraya Abhai bhubate Hospital on Prachin Anuson Road. It was constructed by the budget of Chao Phraya Abphaibhubate in 1909 as a residence for King Rama V on his royal visit to Prachin Buri. Its architecture is a 2-storey Renaissance building with the front porch featuring a central dome. Floral design ornated the outside walls, doors and windows. The inside is decorated in a western style.

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Prachin Buri National MuseumLocated about 200 metres at the back of Prachin Buri City Hall, this archeological museum is set to be the center of artefacts in 7 provinces: Prachin Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Chacherngsao, Chonburi, Chantaburi, Trad, and Rayong. The Museum displays important artifacts discovered from ancient cities in Davaravati Period. Thai arts in various periods were also displayed for comparative study, including artefacts found under sea water from Koh Kram, Chonburi. Moreover, the temporary exhibition at special occasions has been on display. The Museum service hours are during 09:00 – 16:00 hrs., everyday except monday-tuesday and special holidays. The admission fee is 150 baht. More details are available at Tel: 0-3721-1586.

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Yusuksuwan MuseumThe museum exhibits a collections lamps and other old items of various uses such as wares, toys, books and household appliances. The museum is surrounded by the well-arranged garden. The address : 135 Prachintakam Road, Dongkilek, Amphoe Mueang, Prachinburi. Open daily during 09.00 – 17.00 h. Entrance Fee : Adult 150 Baht , Child 100 Baht. For more information call : 0 3746 5300, 0 3746 5333 Fax : 0 3721 1345

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Sa Morakot Archaeological SiteSituated in Wat Morakot, Tambon Kok Thai, these are the the gigantic Buddhist sites. The most fascinating attraction is the largest and oldest Lord Buddhas Footprints which were carved on the natural laterite floor. Also, there are the Wheel of Dhamma in the middle of both soles. These Footprints were dated between 13th to 15th centuries B.E.How to go thereBy OTHERFrom Prachin Buri, proceed along Suwinthawong Road. Use Highway No. 319 (Prachin Buri – Phanom Sarakham route) for about 23 kilometres, then turn left and proceed for another 500 metres.

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Si Mahosot Ancient TownSi Mahosot Ancient Towns Located at Ban Khok Wat, Tambon Khok Peep, these sites were constructed in the Davaravati Period, with oval shape, and the area of about 700 Rai. There are moats, earth walls, and more than 100 interesting ancient venues. Most of the archeological materials are related to Hinduism.How to go thereBy OTHERLocated some 20 kilometres from Prachin Buri. Use Highway No. 319 and turn left at Km. 130 for Highway No. 3070. Proceed for another 1 kilometre. The ancient town with scattered architectural remains is located on the right hand side. It is accessible via many connected routes.

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Prachin Buri Places of Worship

Wat BotThis temple is located on the west of town, on Bang Pakong River coast. Starting from Thetsaban Damri Road to Suwinthawong Road (Highway No.319), go straight to Highway No.3071 for 4 kilometres. There are 3 Buddha images along the coast named Phra Siri Mongkhon Nimit, the walking Buddha; Phra Sapphasit Nawa, the sitting Buddha; and Phra Maha Chin Saiyat, the reclining Buddha. The atmosphere in the temple is quiet and very shady.

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Wat Sansi’s Bird ParkLocated in Tambon Wat, the park is the place for various kinds of thousands birds. The best season to watch the birds is during July to April. The accessibility to the park is by using the same road to Wat Bot but taking the right turn at the intersection. The park is 18 kilometres from town.
Wat Kaeo Phichit The temple is located on the right coast of Bang Pakong River in Prachin Buri Municipal Area, 2 kilometres east to town. Being an old and major temple, the place was built in 1879 by a Prachin Buri millionaire. In 1918, Chao Phraya Abhaibhubate (Chum Aphaiwong) constructed a new chapel (ubosoth) which had an architectural design of mixed arts styles of Thai, Chinese, European, and Cambodian. The significant attractions are the Ramayana mural paintings on the exterior of the chapel, while the interior are ornated by the paintings of the legend in Buddhism by the royal artists of King Rama VI. In front of the chapel is a concrete building with the style of Greek or Roman dome. Moreover, within the compound, the temple also features a holy scriptures library, and 3- facet meeting hall (sala) at the pier with shaded atmosphere.How to go thereBy OTHER

Thanon Kaeo Phichit, Tambon Na Mueang, Prachin Buri, 2 kilometres east of the town.

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Prachin Buri Nature & Wildlife

Kaeng Hin PhoengThese rapids are in the Sai Yai River, which originates in Khao Yai National Park in Amphoe Na Di. There is a strong whirlpool that requires quite an effort by skilful oarsmen to clear the hazard. The trip takes one hour through the rapids before running into smooth water about 2 hours towards the end of the journey. Raft riding is possible here during the rainy season from June to October. Kaeng Hin Phoeng rafting trips are organised by resorts in Na Di district.

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Thap Lan National ParkCovering Tambon Bu Phram of Na Di, Prachin Buri; Pak Thong Chai, Wang Nam Khiao, Khon Buri, Soeng Sang of Nakhon Ratchasima; and Pakham of Buri Ram, this park has the area of about 2,240 square kilometres or 1,400,000 Rai. It has been established on the 23rd of December 1981. The attractions in the park areHow to go thereFrom Kabin Buri, use Highway No. 304 (Kabin Buri -Nakhon Ratchasima route) for 32 kilometres. The Park is 90 kilometres from Prachin Buri and 107 kilometres from Nakhon Ratchasima. The Park’s headquarters is located on the Highway’s roadside.

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Namtok Khao ItoThis waterfall in Tambon Dong Khilek is a popular tourist attraction which run through rocks at different levels. Only during the rainy season that there is water. Surroundings are full of forests. The waterfall is on the same route to Chakkraphong Reservoir but is 700 metres further.

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Namtok Than RattanaLocated in Tambon Noen Hom with the distance about 100 metres from Noen Hom – Khao Yai Highway, and about 25 kilometres from Muang District Office, this waterfall has plenty of water during the rainy season.

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Namtok SompoiSituated in Ban Khao Noi, Tambon Bu Fai, this waterfall has the stream of about 400 metres long which runs pass rocks, with suitable areas for swimming. Using the same route to Takhro Waterfall, turn left at 14th kilometre, for about 1.5 kilometres.

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Namtok Takhro and Namtok SalatdaiBoth waterfalls are located in Ban Takhro, Tambon Bu Fai . Takhro Waterfall is wide with suspension bridge, with the hills on the left, while on the right is the forest which is suitable for relaxation. From Takhro Waterfall, there is a walkway along the stream for another 2 kilometres to Salad Dai Waterfall. On the way, there are many areas for swimming. To go to Salat Dai Waterfall, tourists should contact the escort officer at 10th Ranger Unit of Khao Yai National Park at Takhro Waterfall. From Prachin Buri town, use Highway No.3452 (to Prachantakham) for 16 kilometres, turn right to Highway No.33 to Prachantakham Intersection, and turn left into an access road. Or from Noen Hom Intersection, turn right to Highway No.33 to See Yaek Prachantakham, and turn left to the access road ford for 16 kilometres, and walk for about 500 metres more to Takhro Waterfall.

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Namtok Than ThipThis waterfall is in Ban Noen Hin Tang, Tambon Nong Kaeo. The stream runs pass different levels of rocks whereby some areas are suitable for swimming. The surrounding forests are naturally fascinating. Travel to the waterfall by using the same route to Takhro Waterfall, and turning left at 9th kilometre, for about 9 kilometres.

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Prachin Buri Suburban Living

Si Mahosot Ancient TownSi Mahosot Ancient Towns Located at Ban Khok Wat, Tambon Khok Peep, these sites were constructed in the Davaravati Period, with oval shape, and the area of about 700 Rai. There are moats, earth walls, and more than 100 interesting ancient venues. Most of the archeological materials are related to Hinduism.By OTHERLocated some 20 kilometres from Prachin Buri. Use

Highway No. 319 and turn left at Km. 130 for Highway No. 3070. Proceed for another 1 kilometre. The ancient town with scattered architectural remains is located on the right hand side. It is accessible via many connected routes.

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Prachin Buri Recreational & Entertainment

Bamboo GardenSupervised by the Department of Corrections, the garden is located in Tambon Noen Hom with the area of about 300 Rai. This place has the collection of various kinds of bamboo to study. From Highway No.33, turn left at Noen Hom Intersection to Highway No.3077 (Noen Hom – Khao Yai) for 11 kilometres or 20 kilometres from town.

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Ton Pho ( Banyan Tree ) at Wat Si Maha PhoThis oldest and largest Banyan tree of the country is located in Wat Ton Pho Si Maha Pho. It has been recorded that, 2000 years ago, the seedling stock of this Pho tree was brought over from Buddhakaya. The tree is about 20 metres in circumference, about 30 metres in height, and about 25 metres in diametre.From the legend, Phra Chao Tawa Nam Payadit, the ruler of Muang Mahosot had sent his representatives to Nakhon Patulibut of India for a branch of the Bany tree, under which the Lord Buddha had sat during his enliganhtenment. Thereafter, the branch had been planted at this Wat Ton Pho Si Maha Phot. This Banyan tree has been the symbol of Prachin Buri. On Visak Puja Day, there will be a fair to commemorate this Banyan tree. From Prachin Buri town, use Highway No.319 to Phanom Sarakam for 32 kilometres, turn left for 1 kilometre.

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