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Also known as Paet Riu, Chachoengsao is located around 100 km from Bangkok and is best-visited on a day trip or to break the trip to somewhere else. Established around the mid 16th Century during the Ayutthaya era, Chachoengsao was initially used as a recruiting ground for the armed forces but today it's primarily an animated market town with a very famous temple.

Scenically set on the Bang Pakong River, 24 km upstream of the river mouth, Chachoengsao is best known as home to the bustling Wat Sothon -— if you're in town on the weekend, don't miss it.

Chachoengsao also seems to have a disproportionate number of food stalls for its size making it easy to spend much of the day sampling market and street food. Otherwise it's a typical Thai market town with a couple of attractive shop front lined streets and some good examples of traditional housing.

Its river setting is scenic and an afternoon stroll down the boardwalk is a pleasant way to round off the day, making this a suitable destination for those looking for a slice of "real Thailand" -- though be warned, very little English is spoken.

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Text and/or map last updated on 28th October, 2015.

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Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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