Nonthaburi Province is in Central Thailand.
Nonthaburi city (นนทบุรี) is the provincial capital of Nonthaburi Province.
The land of elegant palaces, magnificent royal garden, Koh Kret’s famous pottery, notably old and beautiful temples, delicious durian and gorgeous city hall.
Situated in the center of Thailand, Nonthaburi is one of the five neighboring provinces of Bangkok which are Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon and Pathum Thani. Covering an area of 622.303 square kilometres and separated into 2 parts by the Chao Phraya River, Nonthburi is administratively divided into six Amphoes: Mueang Nonthaburi, Pak Kret, Bang Kruai, Bang Yai, Bang Bua Thong and Sai Noi
The long history of Nonthaburi dated back 400 years to the era of Ayutthaya Kingdom. Firstly known as Tambon Ban Talad Khwan and noted for its fertile soil and plentiful water where a lot of orchards nest along side the Chao Phraya River, this tambon has been promoted to Nonthaburi City in 1549 under the reign of King Mahajakrapat.
In 1665, King Narai the Great had noticed that the river has changed its own route and it might consequently have a negative effect to the city’s security. Hence, the fortifications have been established at the delta of Om River where the city pillar has been built as the symbol of the new foundation of Nonthaburi. At the time of Rattanakosin Kingdom, King Mongkut has had Nonthaburi moved to the entrance of Bang Sue Canal in Tambon Ban Talad Khwan where later in the reign of King Chulalongkorn, the city hall has been founded and lasted till 1928. In the same year, King Pokklao has initiated the idea of building a new city hall at Rajawitthayalai Ban Bang Khwan, Tambon Bang Tanowsri on Pracharaj I road along side the Chao Phraya River which nowadays belongs to the Ministry of Interior Affairs. The building, constructed in a European style, has become one of the ancient remains of Thailand while the current city hall is situated on Rattanathibet Road.
The province comprises 6 amphoe:- Bang Bua Thong, Bang Kruai, Bang Yai, Mueang Nonthaburi, Pak Kret, and Sai Noi.
- Nonthaburi city - the provincial capital
- North: Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani
- South: Bangkok
- East: Bangkok and Pathum Thani
- West: Nakhon Pathom
- Phibun Songkhram Road, between the foot of Rama VI Bridge and Sri Phon Sawan Theatre intersection
- Pracharaj I Road, between the city hall and Sri Phon Sawan Theatre intersection
- Tiwanon Road, between Wat Lanna Bun triangle and Patumthani Pier
- Ngamwongwan Road, between Kae Lai intersection and Kasetsart University intersection
- Nonthaburi I Road, between the city hall and Tiwanon Road
- Chaengwattana Road, between Pak Kret intersection and Lak Si intersection
- Bang Kruai-Sai Noi Road, between Rama VI Bridge and Amphoe Sai Noi
- Bang Bua Thong-Taling Chan Road, between Bang Bua Thong-Taling Chan intersections
- Bang Bua Thong-Suphan Buri Road, between Bang Bua Thong-Suphan Buri intersections
- Krungthep-Nonthaburi Road, between Tao Pun triangle and Wat Lanna Bun triangle
- Rattanathibet Road, between Kae Lai intersection and Bang Bua Thong-Taling Chan Road
From Bangkok to Nonthaburi, there are several buses run by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA)
- Number/Line 69 (Victory Monument – Sanambin Nam)
- Number 104 (Victory Monument – Pak Kret)
- Number 24 (Victory Monument-Prachaniwej 3)
- Number 63 (Victory Monument-Nonthaburi)
- Number 66 (Southern Bus Terminal-Prachaniwej)
- Number 30 (Southern Bus Terminal -Nonthaburi)
- Number 70 (Sanam Luang-Prachaniwej)
- Number 203 (Sanam Luang-Nonthaburi)
- Number 33 (Sanam Luang-Pathum Thani)
- Number 64 (Sanam Luang-Samsen-Nonthaburi Road)
- Number 90 (Yan Sinkha Phahonyothin-Bang Phun Pier)
- Number 134 (Yan Sinkha Phahonyothin-Amphoe Bang Bua Thong)
- Number 114 (Lam Luk Ka intersection-Nonthaburi)
- Number 117 (Huai Khwang-Wat Khema)
- Number 127 (Krungthon Bridge Amphoe Bang Bua Thong)
- Number 128 (Krungthon Bridge-Bang Yai)
- Number 32 (Wat Pho-Pak Kret)
- Number 51 (Bang Pho Pier-Pak Kret)
- Number 52 (Bang Sue railway station-Pak Kret)
- Number 65 (Tha Tian – Wat Pak Nam)
- Number 97 (Monk Hospital-Nonthaburi)
There are also daily express boats or Chao Phraya express boats between Wat Ratcha Singh Khon Pier, Amphoe Yanawa and Wat Toei Pier, Amphoe Pak Kret District from 6 am. to 6 pm., leaving the pier every 20 minutes For more information, please contact Chao Phraya Express Boat Co. Ltd. Tel: 0 2222 5330 or 0 2225 3003 or 0 2623 6001-3 or www.chaophrayaboat.co.th
Wat Khemaphirataram Rajaworawiharn
is situated on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River, in Tambon Suan Yai, ‘Wat Khema’ was built in the early Ayutthaya period. It was renovated in the reign of King Rama II and IV of the Rattanakosin period and was considered as a royal monastery. Since then, the temple has been renamed ‘Wat Khemaphirataram Rajaworawiharn’. The major attractions at Wat Khema are its big pagoda enshrining the lord Buddha’s relics and the Buddha’s image of the Ayutthaya period as well as Tamnak Daeng Building, and Phra Thinang Monthian Hall.
How to get there: The easiest way is to go there by bus. For more information about the bus’s line, please call 184. Taking the minibus Rewadi-Wat Pak Nam is also a good option. Another possibility is the ferry. Take the Chao Praya Express boat then get down at Nonth Pier and then make connection with the bus number 203.
This monastery in Tambon Bang Phai possibly named Wat Sarikho in the late Ayutthaya period was built in Ceylonese Style by skillful craftsmen. The most notable spots of this temple are the glass Ubosot and the boat-shaped monk cells in a pleasantly shady area that tranquility is absolutely accessible. For more information, please call 0 2447 0799.
How to get there
- By car -Go along Rattanathibet road and cross Rama V Bridge. Then keep left, there will be a sign of direction to Wat Sangkhatan. Turn left at this sign and carry on around 2 kms.
- By ferry- Take the ferry boat at Nonthaburi Pier to Bang Sri Mueang Pier, then get on the minibus heading to the temple.
Constructed in 1807 in Tambon Bang Phai, Wat Chotikaram’s old name was Wat Sam Chin. The most beautiful spot of this monastery is Viharn Song Rong where not only the walls, but also floor and ceiling are covered with splendid mural paintings.
How to get there: Use the same direction of Wat Sangkhatan. It is easy to go there by following the signs of direction.
Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Worawiharn This royal monastery in Soi Chalerm Phra Kiat 15,
Built in 1847 by order of King Rama III, was dedicated to his majesty the king’s grandparents and mother. Located in a very peaceful and shady area, the temple has completely reflected King Rama III’s most favorite style that combines Chinese art in constructing the monastery. Therefore, the main shrine hall or Ubosot is decorated with beautiful stucco using Chinese porcelains on the gable and door as well as window frames at the outside while gorgeous mural paintings ornament perfectly inside the edifice. The temple’s biggest Buddha image made from Bronze named ‘Phraphuttamahalokaphinanthapatima’ is enshrined in the Ubosot. Other buildings such as Phra Wiharn Luang, Wiharn Sila Khao, Phra Chedi or pagoda in Ceylonese form, Kan Parian Luang which is a hall for sermons in a mixture of Thai and Chinese architecture are also considered as the remarkable sites of this monastery.
Kanchanaphisek Park (Utthayan Chalerm Phra kiat)
This 40 acres public park commemorates King Bhumibhol or King Rama IX’s golden jubilee. Not only Kanchanaphisek Park offers tranquility for those who look for a pleasantly shady place to rest and relax, but it is also home to various plants and aquatic animals. Opened daily free of charge from 5.30 am. to 6.30 pm. The most remarkable building in the park is ‘Wimansarannawamin’ constructed in Thai style in the middle of the pond. At the end of this pond locates the governor’s original official residence behind of which there is a reserved orchard full of durians, mangoes, mangos teens, jackfruits and etc.
How to get there:
- By car Go along Bang Kruai-Sai Noi road and turn left to Nonthaburi Pier where the signs of direction can be seen along the road. If coming from Bangkok, cross Phra Nang Klao Bridge to Bang Plu intersection. Then turn left, pass Wat Suan Kaew, and follow the signs of direction.
- By boat Take the long-tailed boat heading to Khlong Bang Yai, leaving Nonthaburi Pier every 20 minutes. It will take only 5 minutes to arrive the park.
King Narai the Great of the Ayutthaya period has had this monastery built in Mon style. The Ubosot’s wall is finely decorated with the paintings of the Ayutthaya period which remains nowadays Nonthaburi’s oldest mural paintings. Besides, the hall of sermons houses a beautiful pulpit dating back the Ayutthaya era as well. It is hence totally worth for a visit of archaeological studies. How to get there:
- By car- Cross Phra Nang Klao Bridge then carry on to the second traffic lights. Next, turn left to Bang Kruai, pass Wat Suan Kaeo and head to Bang Kruai-Sai Noi. The signs of direction can be seen on the way to the temple.
- By ferry -Take the ferry at Nonthaburi Pier to the opposite site, then get on the minibus
Bang Yai-Tha Nam near Wat Chalerm Phra Kiat
The Museum of Anthropology Being Thailand’s first museum of the natural history, this museum situated behind the old city hall was established in 1961. The exhibition of the history of earth, plants, animals and human being is on the first floor while the display on antiques, Buddha images and willow ware, for instance, is on the second floor. The opening time is from 8.30 am. to 4.30 pm. (closed on Sunday, Monday and the national holidays) Free of charge. The museum serves also as Nonthaburi’s public library. How to get there:
- By bus- There are many possibilities in taking bus such as number 63, 97, 203, or air conditioned (Por. Or.) buses number 9 or 126.For more details on bus line, please call 184.
- By Ferry- Take the ferry at Nonthaburi Pier.
This monastery is located in Tambon Tha Sai, on Sanam Bin Nam-Nonthaburi Road. The temple’s old name was Chompuwiweg because of its location on a tranquil hill. Built in the late Ayutthaya era by Mon in 1757, Wat Chompuweg still has the beautiful mural paintings in the Wiharn and Ubosot, as well as the Mon style pagodas constructed by Mon monks in 1917. How to get there:
- By bus Take the bus number 69 or take a minibus from Phra Nang Klao Bridge. For more information, call 184.
Wat Tamnak Tai
Another ancient temple is situated in Tambon Tha Sai on Sanam Bin Nam Road. According to the history, prior to the construction of this monastery, this area used to serve as King Krung Thonburi’s temporary royal pavilion. It is assumed that the Wiharn and the belfry were constructed in 1824 in the period of King Rama III.
The Prathom-Nonthaburi Palace
Built in a mixture of Thai and European in 1919, this palace has belonged to Prince Juthathuttharadilok, a son of King Chulalongkorn. At the first place, this palace found its location in Bangkok till 1984 then was moved to Nonthaburi. Within the same compound, there is another palace where a gilded hall places a more than 100-year-old harp of Prince Juthathutharadilok. For more details, please call 0 2589 7173.
Museum and the Thai Traditional Medical Training Centre
This museum is located in the Ministry of Public Health on Tiwanon Road. The building of three storeys is remarkably built in traditional Thai style designed by a national artist. The second floor serves as an exhibition hall divided into 7 rooms of the history and evolution of Thai traditional medical profession, traditional medical philosophy as well as Thai traditional medicines.
- Room1. Phra Phaisachakuruwaitunyaprapha Hall: the link between buddhist believes and Thai traditional medical profession
- Room2. Thai Traditional Medical Training Hall: the traditional ceremony of showing respect towards traditional medical teachers
- Room3. Evolution of Thai Traditional Medical Profession (from the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Thonburi to Rattanakosin period)
- Room4. Thai Intelligence in the 4 Regional Medical Professions
- Room5. Thai Traditional Massage: history and equipments
- Room6. Thai Traditional Cuisine: right food for right seasons
- Room7. Medicines: traditional and herbal medicines
In the basement area, there are meeting rooms, library, and bookstore. The natural products and healthy food can be shopped on the first floor of the museum which is also the location of the Thai Medical Profession Healthy Centre, Thai Traditional Medical Remedy and Herbal Sauna and Thai Massage Service with the possibility of being member. Opened daily from 8.30 am. to 4.30 pm. Healthy and Treatment Massage for B.200., Feet Massage for B.150. For more details, please contact 0 2590 2606. What’s more, the museum, which is surrounded by a garden of thousand kinds of herbs, sells herbal food, clean and clear from toxic vegetables and herbal medicines. For those who are interested in taking courses in Thai traditional medical profession, body or feet massage can apply to the Institute of Thai Medical Profession Healthy Centre for a certification of the Ministry of Public Health. For more information, please call 0 2591 0598-9.
How to get there:
- By Bus number 97. Please note that the museum is opened daily from Mondays to Fridays, from 8.30 am.-4.30 pm. Please write to the director of the Department for Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine at least 1 week in advance. For more information, call 0 2591 1095.
Amphoe Pak Kret
A big pleasantly shady temple in Tambon Bang Talad is famous for its Lan Phai Anek Prasong considered as a center for Buddhists to attend the religious ceremonies as well as listening to sermons from the abbot every Sundays and Holy days.
Sri Nakarin’s Park A park named after his majesty King Rama IX’s mother. With an area of about 41 acres, it is a huge public park where an enormous pond is surrounded by various plants making the place shady and peaceful for relaxation. Opened daily to public.
How to get there; From Pak Kret Pier, take Tiwanon Road, turn right at the first intersection and carry on around 2 kms.
Montri Tramote’s house or Ban Som Song Saeng
This house on Tiwanon 3 Road, Soi Phichayanan 2, Tambon Talad Khwan belongs to Kru Montri Tramote, notable Thai musician who lived during the reign of King Rama V until King Rama IX. Acclaimed as a national artist in 1985, he composed more than 200 songs including the most famous one called ‘Som Song Saeng’. The house is opened to the public for a study on a simple way of living of Kru Montri Tramote who had applied the buddhist virtues and non-materialism to his life. This warmly pleasant house is still lived by his descendants. But in the same compound, an area is served as an exhibition of Kru Montri Tramote’s biography, works and the whole original copies of his songs including the one firstly composed at the age of 20 and the last one written when he was 91 years old. Nowadays, the house is also opened as a Thai musical school every weekend. Besides, on second Sunday of February every year there will be a ceremony of showing respect to Thai musical teachers which is free of charge.
How to get there: By bus- number 32, 33. For more information, please contact 0 2968 9498 press 0 or 0 2527 5257.
The Horn Museum
A great collection of horns as well as antiques is displayed in this private museum located at 27/8 Mu 6, Pracharaj Rd., Tambon Talad Khwan. Inside the museum, there is an exhibition of horns and antiques dating back 100 years to 16 million years ago, particularly the horns of the herbivore and cannibal in Thailand. The most distinguished horn is the 2-metre-long mammoth’s ivory found in the northeastern part of Thailand. Opened on weekend from 9 am. to 4 pm. The admission fee for adult is 100 baht and 50 baht for children. For more details, please call 0 2526 2681, 0 2968 5956 Fax. 0 2526 5741.
The Lame animals Aid Foundation (fostered by Luangta Maha Bua)
Being nowadays a home of 800 dogs and 150 cats, the foundation situated at 15/1 Mu 1, Soi Phramahakarun, Tiwanon Rd. is pleased to accept any kind of donations such as money, newspapers, rice and etc. Besides, there are also several projects, for example; ‘To extend the cats & dogs lives, it takes only one bath per day!’, ‘I want Daddy and Mommy Project’. What’s more, on every last Sunday of April, the annual fair where an auction of the stars’ belongings and the show of dog stars will be held. For more details, please contact 0 2584 4896, 0 2961 5625 Fax. 0 2961 5305.
This Mon style temple located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River in Tambon Bang Pud was constructed in the Thonburi period. Inside the old chapel, the walls are finely decorated with paintings in Mon style. The temple is known as the area where the shipwreck of King Rama V’s queen took place. Therefore, a palace has been built to commemorate her death. Her body was temporarily placed in the monastery before Lying-in-State in Bangkok. The ship was salvaged later and kept in the dock near Wiharn’s edifice enshrining a big reclining buddha. There is also a pavilion constructed as another remembrance to her death imitating Phra Thi Nang Aisawanthippaya Asna in Bang Pa In Palace.
How to get there:
- By car-From Pak Kret Pier, turn left into Soi Wat Ku on Sukhaprachasan Road. Pass Wat Bang Pud Nok and Suan Thip around 3 kms, the temple will be on the left.
- By boat- Rent a boat at Pak Kret Pier and head towards north around 3 kms. It will take 10 minutes to see Wat Ku Pier on the right.
Wat Saeng Siritham Floating Market
A floating market on Rattanathibet-Tha It Market Road, Tambon Tha It intends to promote the local products from the vicinity of the temple as well as from Ko Kret. This floating market is a wonderful place for relaxation not far from Bangkok. Opened on weekend and national holidays from 6 am. to 5 pm. For more information, call 0 2962 5391, 0 2584 4778.
This tiny island has reached its prosperous time since the Ayutthaya era. Therefore, most of the temples were established in the Ayutthaya style. Lived by the descendants of the Mon people who have had a permission to install here during the reign of King Krungthonburi, Ko Kret was also the destination of another wave of Mon immigrants in the period of King Rama II. The favorite transportation of the islands are bicycles and motorbikes.
Interesting sites on Ko Kret
This old monastery located in Ko Kret and constructed in Mon style architecture is the only place where Mon sacred scriptures are kept. A wooden castle lying the former abbot Mon coffin clearly seen at the temple’s pier is considered to be a perfect landmark. King Rama V who has had the Ubosot decorated with imported Italian materials according to his majesty’s the most favorite style has, by the way, initiated the praying in Mon at this monastery in order to continue the Mon tradition. In the Ubosot is the location of the principle Buddha image whose face was considered by King Rama V to be very charming and lively as if it was real. Another main attraction of the temple is a Mon style marble carved pagoda enshrining the Lord Buddha’s relics. In addition, this pagoda is a replica of Phra Tat Chedi Mutao in Hongsawadi, Myanmar.
This is the venue where the 9.5 metres long reclining Buddha of the late Ayutthaya period is enshrined. The edifice’s outside is decorated with King Rama V’s emblem. Nonthaburi’s Buddha image named ‘Phra Nonthamunin’ enshrined here behind Phra Wiharn was formed in the late Ayutthaya period. Besides, a charming marble Buddha image offered to King Rama V by a Burmese named Sang Sew Sun is placed in front of the Viharn. Opened daily from 9 am. to 4 pm.
Wat Poramaiyikawat Museum
The museum displays various interesting items such as votive tablets, crystal ware, porcelains including ‘hem’, a master piece of art made by Colonel Chatwat Ngamniyom. Some say that Hem must be created by Mon who had an inspiration from the coffin of the Lord Buddha. Dried remain will be put in the normal hem coffin but the hem of monks is different with a tiny window where the body can be seen from outside. Opening time is Monday to Friday from 1 pm.–4 pm. and 9 am.- 4.30 pm. on weekend. For more information, please call 0 2584 5120.
Wat Sao Tong Thong
This long-dated temple used to be called ‘Wat Suan Mak’ is the site of Amphoe Pak Kret’s first primary school. Behind the chapel, the tallest pagoda of Pak Kret was constructed in the Ayutthaya style. Inside the chapel, the gorgeous ceiling paintings finely decorate the edifice. Another name of the temple in Mon is ‘Pia Arlart’.
Wat Phai Lom
This monastery built in the late Ayutthaya period and called by Mon people ‘Pia To’ has a charming chapel.
The temple has a beautiful small chapel that remains nowadays in a very good condition absolutely worth for visiting.
Kwan Aman Considered as the Mon Cultural Centre
This pottery museum is notable for its large collection of the distinctive ancient Mon design ceramics. Mon people have always been skillful in pottery since their settlement in the delta of Irawadi River. Later, at the time of Mon’s installation to Thailand during the Thonburi era, pottery has become since then Nonthaburi’s oldest handicraft and symbol with the notably beautiful characteristic Mon design. Opened every day from 9 am. to 5 pm. For more information, please call 0 2584 5086, 0 2583 4134.
The Dessert Canal (Khlong khanom wan):
The local people living in the compound of the dessert canal as well as other canals around Ko Kret earn their living by selling several traditional Thai home-made desserts and sweets. Tourists can also enjoy the show on how to make Thai desserts and shopping all the sweetmeats as souvenirs from Khlong Khanom Wan. How to get there:
Take the ferry at Wat Sanam Nua (not far from Pak Kret Pier) or Wat Klang Kret Pier where the boat will be on service from 5 am. to 9.30 pm.
Sample of Ko Kret Tour
- Take the ferry from Wat Sanam Nua to Wat Poramaiyikawat Pier to worship Nonthaburi’s Buddha image then take a look around Rama V Museum.
- Walk from Wat Poramaiyikawat to Mu 6 and Mu 7, enjoy the walking tour and the shopping of various style of pottery then visit the museum of Kwan Aman Pottery
- Drifting along the river from Wat Sao Thong Thong Pier to Ko Wat Yai Sawang Arom in Tambon Om Kret. Feed the fish in front of the temple. In addition, various kinds of aquatic animals are reserved in this area. Before leaving, don’t forget to taste the Sweet-Scented Coconuts which are on sale here.
- Go downstream to the south then turn right to Khlong Bang Bua Thong or Khlong Khanom Wan admiring the beautiful scenery of the Dessert Village and shopping sweetmeats as souvenirs
- Drifting back to the mouth of the canal where the chimney of the first brick kiln of Thailand can been seen. Pass Ban Kret Trakan then head north for Wat Chim Phli Pier and shop for agricultural products. Carry on with the walking tour starting from Wat Chim Phli to the Assembly of Pottery Craft. Take a look at the demonstration of how to make a pottery and end the tour with shopping for porcelains before getting back to Wat Klang Kret by ferry.
The boat will be leaving the pier every single hour from 9 am. to 5 pm. for the tour of Ko Kret. The ticket fare is 50 Baht per person. There is also the possibility of renting a boat at the price of 500-4,000 Baht depending on the distance and the size of the boat. It will take around 1 hour and a half for the whole trip. For more information, please contact Wat Poramaiyikawat Pier at 0 2584 5012.
Amphoe Bang Kruai
Established in the reign of King Barommagot of Ayutthaya period in the form of argosy, the temple is famous for its notably world’s biggest sworn-boat chapel. For more details, please contact 0 2447 5121, 0 2883 9277
Wat Pho Bang O
Situated on Bang Kruai-Sai Noi Road, Tambon Wat Chalo, this monastery dating back the Ayutthaya period has been restored in the reign of King Rama III. Noted for its charming combination of Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin architecture, the temple is totally worth for visiting. For more information, call 0 2447 5831
How to get there:
- By car - cross Phra Nang Klao Bridge and go along to Bang Bua Thong intersection. Then, turn left and carry on to Bang Kruai around 17 kms. After passing Wat Chalo, turn right at Amphoe Bang Kruai Office and go straight on about 500 metres, the temple will be on the right side. Another route can be taken starting from Rama VII Bridge, pass the Eelectricity Generating Authority of Thailand and head to Bang Kruai. Carry on to the intersection, then turn right at the sign of direction to Wat Chalo and go straight on around 1 kilometer.
- By Ferry- take the ferry that leaves Ta Chang Pier (Tha Chang –Bangkok Noi- Bang Yai) every 30 minutes from 6.30 am.-11 pm. The best time for tourists is 8.30 am.-3.30 pm. The temple will be easily noticed on the left side.
Wat Sak Noi
This is an abandoned temple around 700 metres from Wat Pho Bang O. There’s only the ruin of a more than 100-year-old Wiharn left. For more details please contact the abbot of Wat Pho Bang O at 0 2447 5831
Another deserted temple, is located on the bank of Khlong Wat Sak Yai. According to the edifice’s style, this monastery should have been established in the reign of King Narai the Great of the Ayutthaya period. The ancient remains of Wat Phleng that still can be observed are the enormous heart-shaped stones that mark the boundary of the temple and the tiny belfry.
Amphoe Bang Yai
Wat Suan Kaew
This is renowned for the Suan Kaew Foundation for the social development and the quality of living improvement of the impoverished persons such as Rom Pho Kaeo Project, Nursing Home Project, Nursery Day Care Project as well as supermarket.
Opened on weekday from 10 am. to 4.30 pm. and weekend from 9 am. to 4.30 pm. Closed on Wednesday. Tel. 0 2595 1945-7, 0 2595 1444 Fax. 0 2595 1222; for donations, call 0 2921 5602-4 or www.suankaew.or.th.
How to get there: Cross Phra Nang Klao Bridge and go straight on to the second traffic light. Then turn left and carry on around 2 kms. to find the temple. Another option is to take the ferry from Nonthaburi Pier to Bang Sri Mueang Pier, then take the minibus to the temple. The fare rate is 8 Bath/person.
Established in the late Ayutthaya period, Wat Amphawan is famous for the sacred scriptures hall surrounded by water, which represents the most perfect Thai architecture.
How to get there:
- It takes only 5 minutes by the long-tailed boat from the pier in front of Amphoe Bang Yai Office.
- Take Bang Bua Thong-Talingchan Outter ring road, and then turn left at Tambon Bang Muang if coming by car
Amphoe Sai Noi
Wat Seni Wong in Tambon Nong Prao Ngam
This is a pleasant temple surrounded by several big shady trees and abundant with aquatic animals. The monastery has been built uniquely with the combination of Thai-Chinese-Mon architecture. Besides, Mon style has also been used when establishing ‘Chedi Som Prathana’ or ‘the wish came true Chedi’ enshrining the Lord Buddha’s relics.
Sai Noi Floating Market
Travelling to the market by boat along a canal to see how some ordinary Thais live and enjoy the variety of food, fruits and plants offered for sales with reasonable price.
Opened only on weekend from 8 am. to 5 pm. The tour of Wat Sai Yai and Coconut farm by boat accompanied by local youth guides is also proposed from 9.30 am. to 4 pm.
How to get there;
- By car- Take Bang Bua Thong-Taling Chan road then turn left to Bang Kruai-Sai Noi Road. Go straight on around 13 kms. towards Sai Noi Floating Market
- By van-(T. 8) Pata Pinklao –Sai Noi or The Mall Ngamwongwan-Sai Noi
- By Ferry -Take ferry with guide from Nonthaburi to Sai Noi Pier
Wat Sai Yai
(Close to Tambon Sai Noi Municipal Office) 65 Ban Sai Yai, Sai Noi-Ton Chueak Road, the monastery built in 1867 enshrines nowadays a golden Buddha image.
- Bang Rak Noi Agricultural Center An orchard of durians, mangosteens, mangoes is opened to public for visiting and tasting the delightful local fruits. The 20 minutes to 1 hour tour will be joyfully ended with the shopping for these delicious fruits as souvenirs from Amphoe Sai Noi. For more information, please call 0 2903 5766
- Home Stay (Kamnan Ad) 15 Mu 3, Tambon Ko Kret with the magnificent view of the Chao Phraya River; B 200/person Tel. 0 2584 5220, 08 9004 8836
Festival and Events
- Mon Songkran Festival at Ko Kret, Amphoe Pak Kret, one week after April 13 with a caravan and shows of traditional Mon playing and entertainment
- Nonthaburi Fruits &Fairs This annual fair is held during Mid April-beginning of June in front of the old city hall to celebrate the abundance of local fruits such as durian, mangosteen and mango as well as flowers and plants of Nonthaburi.
- Tam Bun Tak Bat Phra Roi Pat Ceremony: This annual ceremony is an old tradition continuously held every November in Amphoe Bang Kruai along side Khlong Bangkok Noi with the participation of several temples such as Wat Thai Charoen, Wat Bang Krai Nok, Wat Utthayan and Wat Bang Krai Nai.
- Mon classical Dance Dating back long time ago, the traditional Mon dancing accompanied by the Mon gamelan remains till today as an invaluable heritage to the descendants of Mon at Pak Kret, Phra Pradaeng and Pathum Thani.
- Chon Prathan Golf Course (Opposite Chon Prathan Department) on Tiwanon Road, Tambon Pak Kret, Tel: 0 2583-6060-9 ext 269, 0 2962 3686 opened daily at 6 am. to 5 pm.
Local and Souvenirs
Khlong Phra Udom Agricultural Group of Housewives Mu 1, Khlong Phra Udom, Amphoe Pak Kret sells dried banana, deep fried banana, tamarind in sugar and herbal shampoo Tel. 0 2960 0033 (supported by the Office of Pak Kret Provincial Agriculture Tel. 0 2960 0033)
- Nonthaburi Public Relations Office 0 2580 0751, 0 2589 7615
- Pak Kret Municipal 0 2960 9704-14
- Amphoe Pak Kret 0 2583 8326, 0 2583 9878
- Ko Kret Subprovince Organization 0 2583 9544
- Amphoe Sai Noi Office 0 2597 1178
- Phra Nang Klao Hospital 0 2527 0246-53
- Nonthavej Hospital 0 2589 0102-7
- Krua Chuan Chom (ครัวชวนชม) (in front of Khlong Prem Prison) Ngamwongwan Road, Tambon Lad Yao Tel: 0 2589 2060 (Thai Cuisine)
- Krua Peenong (ครัวพี่น้อง) 25/79 (next to Krungthep Bank, Rattanathibet Branch)
- Rattanathibet Road, Tambon Bang Krasor, Tel: 0 2969 8332 (Thai and Chinese cuisine. Opening time 10 am.–12 pm.)
- Dairy Queen Riverside (แดรี่ควีนริมน้ำ) 27/4 Mu 3, Rattanathibet Road at the foot of Phra Nang Klao Bridge, Tel: 0 2921 8670-5 (Daily Dinner Cruises from Phra Nangklao bridge to Sang Hi Bridge, departure time at 8 pm. ; B 90/person and B100 /person on Friday and Saturday
- Phra Sangha-Rojjana (พระสังข์-รจนา) 62/1 Mu 8 Rattanathibet Road; Tambon Bang Krasor Tel: 0 2580 6061
- Fai Thong (ไฝทอง) 211/151 Tiwanon road, Soi 22 Tambon Bang Krasor Tel: 0 2588 2346, 0 2950 7219 Opening time 11am.–11pm. (Thai cuisine, particularly the northeastern part)
- Mae Sri (แม่ศรี) 62/4-5 Mu 8 Rattanathibet Road, Tambon Bang Krasor Tel: 0 2580 2916 (Chinese Cuisine)
- Rim Fang (ริมฝั่ง) (Clock Tower, Nontaburi Pier) 235/2 Mu 4, Pracharaj Road, Tambon Suan Yai Tel: 0 2525 1742, 0 2967 4302 (Thai & Chinese Cuisine; Opening Time: 10 am.–10 pm.)
- Raja Vimarn Loi Nam (ระชาวิมานลอยน้ำ) 13/2 at the foot of Phra Nang Klao Bridge, Rattanathibet Road, Tel: 0 2594 3978-9
- Victory House (วิคตอรี่ เฮาส์) (opposite to The Mall Ngamwongwan) 21/8/5-6 Ngamwongwan Road, Tambon Bang Khen, Tel: 0 2588 4905 (Bakery; Opening Time 8 am. – 9 pm.)
- Juan Thong (สวนอาหารจวนทอง) (Close to Siam Jusco Rattanathibet Department Store) 30/27 Rattanathibet Road, Tambon Bang Krasor Tel: 0 2580 4589 (Thai Cuisine)
- S&P (เอส แอนด์ พี) (Bang Lum Poo Ngamwongwan) Ngamwongwan Road, Tambon Bang Krasor Tel: 0 2580 2201; (Opening Time 7 am.–9.30 pm.)
Amphoe Pak Kret
- Hong Seng (or sometimes called Rimnam) right at the Pakret pier serves the best freshwater cooked Thai food. It's given 5 star rating on the tase of the food, 4 stars on service, and 3 stars on pricing. When getting there, try ordering Koong Pla (Shrimp in sour and spicy source), Kung To Kratiem Prik Thai (Shrim fried in garlic and peper), Tom Yum Pla Kang (Kang fish in hot and spicy soup),.... Anything guarantee delicious. reservation is required as he restaurant get filled up especially during the weekend. Open till 2:00 PM on Tue-Thur, 6:00PM on Friday and weekend.
- Kej Kaeo (เก็จแก้ว) 50/833-836 Chaeng Watthana Road, Tambon Ban Mai Tel: 0 2984 0155-6 (specialty in southern thai cuisine)
- Ko Kret (เกาะเกร็ด) Ko Kret Islands, close to Wat Chim Phli 105/2 Mu 1, Tambon Ko Kret Tel: 0 2960 8788 (Thai Cuisine ; Opening Time 10 am. to 11 pm.)
- Cow Boy (คาวบอย) (Ko Kret Islands, close to Wat Phai Lom) 15 Mu 6, Ko Kret Islands. Tel: 0 2960 8309 (Beverages)
- So. Kung Phao (ส.กุ้งเผา) (close to Ministry of Justice) 91/62 Chaeng Watthana Road, Tambon Khlong Klua Tel: 0 2583 3332, 0 2584 2220 (Seafood and Northeastern thai cuisine; Opening time 10 am. – 11 pm.)
- Suan Thip (สวนทิพย์) 17/9 Soi Chaeng Watthana-Pak Kret 3, Sukhaprachasun 2 Road, Tambon Bang Phud, Tel: 0 2583 8748, 0 2583 4540-2 Fax: 0 2583 3746 (Thai Cuisine; Opening time 11 am.–11 pm.)
- Sunee Pla Khang (สุนีย์ปลาคัง) (Mu Ban Lan Thong’s entrance) 100/947 Tiwanon Road, Soi 28 Tambon Bang Phud, Tel: 0 2583 1520 (Thai Cuisine; Opening time 10 am. – 10 pm.)
- 50-50 (opposite to Chol Prathan Hospital) 78 Mu 1, Tiwanon Road, Tambon Bang Talad. Tel: 0 2962 5785 (Thai & Vietnamese cuisine; Opening time 10 am. – 11 pm.)
- Muean Fhan (เหมือนฝัน) 15/8 Chaeng Watthana Road (Opposite to Mueang Thong Thani) Amphoe Pak Kret Tel. 0 2573 7381 (Thai cuisine)
- Yai Thai Khrua Thai (ย้ายท้ายครัวไทย) 59/49 Mueang Thong Thani 3, Chaengwatthana Road, Amphoe Pak Kret Tel: 0 2574 5735 Opening time 10.30 am. – 9.30 pm.)
- Wachiraprakarn Utthayarn Restaurant (อุทยานอาหารวชิรปราการ) 55 Mu 7, Soi Wat Ku, Chaeng Watthana Road, Tambon Bang Phud Tel: 0 2582 2233, 0 2582 2244 (4 regional thai cuisine Opening time 10 am.–12 pm.)
Amphoe Bang Kruai
- Sai Kee Pochana (ไสกี โภชนา) 11/13-14 Bang Kruai-Sai Noi Road, Tambon Wat Chalo, Tel: 0 2883 8451-2 (Opening time 8 am. – 8 pm.)
Amphoe Bang Bua Thong
- Thongthiraj (ทองธิราช) 87, Mu 6 Rattanathibet Road, Tambon Bang Rak Yai, Tel. 0 2921 3001-4 (Thai and Chinese cuisine; opening time 10.30 am. – 10.30 pm.)
Room rates in this document can be changed, please contact the hotels before any reservation
- Golden Dragon (โกลเด้น ดรากอน) 20/21 Ngamwongwan Road, Bang Khen (Tel: 0 2589 0130-41) 114 rooms: B700 – 2,500
- Cheow Hattha Phong Grand de View (เชี่ยวหัตถพงษ์ แกรนด์ เดอ วิว) 9/37 Soi Ngamwongwan 23, TambonThasai (Tel: 0 2591 7720-9 Fax: 0 2952 8819) B 500 – 1,000
- T.K. Palace (ที เค พาเลส) 54/7 Soi. 15 Chaeng Watthana Road, (4 kms. from the airport) (Tel: 0 2574 1588 Fax. 0 2574 2622) 140 rooms: B 1,000-5,000
- Nonthaburi Palace (นนทบุรี พาเลส) 3/19 Mu 1, Nonthaburi 1 Road, Tambon Suan Yai (Tel: 0 2969 0160 Fax: 0 2969 0171) 168 rooms: B 800-3,500
- Park Inn Hotel (ปาร์ค อินน์ โฮเต็ล) 30/11 Rattanathibet Road, Tambon Bang Krasor (Tel: 0 2589 9225-9) 50 rooms: B 550
- P.S.P. Service Apartment (พี เอส พี อพาร์ตเม้นท์) 140 Mu 7, Soi Phiboolsongkram 9, Phiboolsongkram Road, Tambon Suan Yai (Tel: 0 2966 6431-4 Fax: 0 2966 5414 press 0) 90 rooms: B 500-700
- Richmond Hotel (ริชมอนด์ โฮเต็ล) 69/783-787 Rattanathibet, Tambon Bang Krasor (Tel: 02591 7854-63 Fax: 0 2580 9879) 160 rooms: B 800-1,400
- Regent Ngamwongwan (รีเจ้นท์ งามวงศ์วาน) 288/16 Ngamwongwan Road, Soi 9, Tambon Bang Krasor (Tel: 0 2952 500 Fax: 0 2952 7348) 170 rooms:B 450-650 50 Apartments: B 2,500-3,500
Amphoe Pak Kret
- Ban Ing Nam (บ้านอิงน้ำ) (Cross Nuan Chawi Bridge) 14 Mu 3, Tambon Klong Phra Udom (Tel: 0 2584 5690, 0 9082 1028) www.thairiverhouse.com e-mail: email@example.com 6 rooms: B 490-690 (2 meals of breakfast and dinner offered for B 90 /person)
- Eastern Lakeside (อีสเทิร์น เลคไซด์) 50/492 Mu Ban Mueang Thong Thani 3, Chaeng Watthana Road,Tambon Ban Mai (Tel: 0 2503 2062-81 Fax: 0 2503 2061) 143 rooms: B2,054-8;500
Amphoe Bang Yai
- Baan Mai Hom (บ้านไม้หอม) 41/4, Mu 6, Tambon Bang Yai (Tel: 0 2449 7833-4, 0 2449 7836-9 ต่อ 101 Fax: 0 2449 7835) www.baanmaihom.com, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 11 houses: B 1,400-3,800 บาท
- The Thai House (Soi Mu Ban Munthana) Khlong Bang Mueang, 32/4 Mu 8 Tambon Bang Mueng (Tel: 02903 9611, 0 2997 5161 Fax: 0 2903 9354) www.thaihouse.co.th., e-mail : email@example.com 7 rooms: B 1,200-1,400
What to do and not to do on the tour of monasteries, museums and ancient remains
- Study in details and information about the place prior to go
- Dress and Act properly
- Take off the shoes before entering the edifice
- Contact an expert or a local person to provide information
- Don’t break any ruins, antiques, relics or ancient remains
- Don’t walk into any reserved area or step on any ancient buildings
- Don’t t ouch the buildings, especially the wall paintings or sculptures
- Don’t bring back any parts of the ancient remains or antiques
- Don’t take any pictures without permission
- Take pictures without flash to prevent the light from ruining antiques
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