Am thinking of making a short-ish trip up to one or both of Nakhon Nayok and Uthai Thani in the next couple of weeks, and wondered if anyone had visited (whether recently or in the more distant past)?
I realise this is less trodden ground than elsewhere, but if anyone has any experiences worth sharing I would love to hear.
Less trodden? You've got that right.
I used to live and work in Prachinburi, just down the road from Nakhon Nayok, and work took me there on quite a few occasions. I can almost guarantee that if you see another foreigner there, he or she will be a plant manager or engineer at some stainless steel factory, or will be employed in the agro-chemical industry, or married to a Thai. Few to none will be there merely for pleasure and/or curiosity.
There's not much to the place in terms of things to see and do, but you'll definitely be immersed in normal people doing everyday things, and the usual terrific night markets, etc. But depending on when you go, you could catch one of the incredible agricultural fairs that they have. Farmers from all over the nearby provinces bring in the best of the best of their fruit for competitions, judging, and selling. Mah-phrang, durian, mangosteen, rambutan, to name a few. These events are big parties, and you won't get better fruit anywhere in the country.
Been to Uthai Thani, but really can't remember anything about the place. You'll probably love it.
Durian? Really? Wow! There is a reason finer hotels don't allow that stuff. More power to you if you can eat it. Bigger hit than a nicotine patch I'm told.
Anyway, those night markets in non-tourist towns have great food and cheap too. Definitely worth a look if you find yourself off the beaten path. For those cities that don't have backpacker-specific places to stay, the Thai businessman-level hotels are usually pretty decent choices with good amenities and typically cost in the 300 to 500 baht per night range.
If you go, write up a trip report so we can read all about it. Cheers.
Uthai is great provide, very beautiful but tiny amount of tourist support, you will need your own car at a minimum. BUT it is very beautiful especially the limestone karst's and next to the mountains.
#4 Tigress has been a member since 31/12/2013. Posts: 5