Exploring the Natural Spectacle and Exuberant Local Scene of Ratchaburi, Thailand

Ratchaburi, a province just west of Bangkok, prides itself in its profusely breathtaking natural attractions and affluent history. It is home to some spectacular waterfalls, hot springs, and the famous Damnoen Sanuak floating market.

Exploring the Natural Spectacle and Exuberant Local Scene of Ratchaburi, Thailand

Ratchaburi, a province just west of Bangkok, prides itself in its profusely breathtaking natural attractions and affluent history. It is home to some spectacular waterfalls, hot springs, and the famous Damnoen Sanuak floating market.

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Ratchaburi has been named by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) as one of Thailand’s secondary destination that has a plethora of ancient cultural history and stunning natural attractions.

Nestled 80 kilometers west of the capital city, Ratchaburi offers both a rich cultural history and bounteous expanse of natural beauties. It’s home to gorgeous mountain ranges, stupendous caves and breathtaking waterfalls, as well as some of the country’s best floating markets. No doubt, it’s the perfect destination for a day trip or weekend escapade away from the bustling scene of Bangkok.

For the history buffs out there, Eat Vacation recommends visiting the Ratchaburi National Museum. Formerly a town hall built in 1922, the museum showcases plenty of noteworthy arts and exhibits found in Ratchaburi throughout the centuries – even going back to the Stone Age. When walking through this historical edifice, one would be transported across the diverse geological and ecological makeup of the province. Meanwhile, the Nang Yai Museum is situated in a traditional Thai house. It displays 313 traditional Nang Yai puppets, all of which are carved and modeled after popular Ramayana characters.

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has identified Ratchaburi as one of Thailand’s 55 secondary destinations that is both rich in ancient history and natural attractions.

If you want a unique culinary adventure, head to the infamous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market for a glimpse of the local milieu. Built on a vast network of makeshift rafts and wooden boats over the Mae Klong River, one could spend hours mulling over various types of exotic fruits, fresh vegetables and delicate snacks.

In terms of natural attractions, Ratchaburi has an array of them. Visit the Chaloem Phrakiat Thai Prachan National Park and Khao Prathap Chang Wildlife Sanctuary for a gleam of local wildlife and luscious flora. It houses several amazing nature trails, waterfalls and even rustic on-site accommodations. The Chom Phon Cave, named so by King Rama V the Great himself, is a wondrous exhibit of grand stalactites shaped like epaulets.

Ratchaburi National Museum
Ratchaburi National Museum brings its amazing history together all under one roof.

Beholding the splendid Kao Chan, or nine-level Waterfall, Eat Vacation was awestruck at how graceful and palatially the water cascades all the way from the ninth level down to the central valley. Visitors seeking a rewarding challenge could embark on a two-hour hike towards the top of the waterfall, which offers a magical spectacle during monsoon. Before wrapping up any trip to Ratchaburi, be sure to drop by one or two of its multifarious temple ruins. Some of the most notable ones include Wat Mahathat Worawihan, Wat Khanon and Wat Nong Hoi, among countless others.

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