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Ratchaburi

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  • Ratchaburi National Museum
    4 stars

    Definitely worth visiting if you are in town, the museum has quite a comprehensive collection of artefacts and displays detailing the history of Ratchaburi, from the stone age through to modern days. Unusually, just about all the exhibits are captioned in English that actually makes sense, ... read more

  • Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat
    3 stars

    The prang is believed to date back to the 10th or 11th century but has been modified since. More recently there has been a substantial renovation, with many archaeological finds (sometimes concreted to the ground) displayed within the greater grounds. The wat is quite pleasant and worth ... read more

  • Khao Wang
    2.5 stars

    King Rama V had the place built to welcome a group of Portuguese envoys, and he himself only stayed there once. The palace was converted to a monastery during the reign of Rama VII (1925 to 1935). About 30 monks are cloistered there today living a particularly strict Buddhist existence -- they ... read more

  • Khao Ngu
    3 stars

    Khao Ngu (meaning Snake Mountain in Thai) has long been popular with Thais as well as hundreds of chubby monkeys, which you can feed bananas or corn for five baht a pop. Buddhist artwork in one of the caves, Phra Phutthachai Tham Reussii, dates back to the seventh century and includes an ... read more

  • Khao Chongpran
    3 stars

    Within its bowels is a cave called Phra Non. It comes alive from between 17:30 and 18:30 each evening, as thousands upon thousands of bats flap on out for the night's exploits. They pour out in a line that looks a bit like pollution puffing from an environmentally-unfriendly factory, as the sun ... read more


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