Photo: Home to a solid night market.

Things to see and do

Ratchaburi National Museum
By the river on Woradet Rd, Ratchaburi
T: (032) 32 1513

This interesting, 1988-opened museum is housed in what was originally the large pink town hall, built in 1922. 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 ... Read more about Ratchaburi National Museum .

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat
Woradet Rd around 1.5km to the west of Ratchaburi

Known for its prang, which was styled in ancient times after Angkor Wat, this temple is about a 1.5 kilometre walk to the west of the night market. 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 ... Read more about Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat .

Khao Wang
3km to the south-west of central Ratchaburi on Si Suriyawong Rd

This pretty yellow wat at the top of a low hill had its beginnings as a king’s palace back in 1877. 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 -- ... Read more about Khao Wang .

Khao Ngu
7km west of Ratchaburi on Khao Ngu Rd

At Khao Ngu you’ll find caves cut into the sides of a series of staggering limestone mountains that rise out of the otherwise flat scenery. 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 ... Read more about Khao Ngu .

Khao Chongpran
17km from Ratchaburi

About 10 kilometres past Khao Ngu is another limestone mountain called Khao Chongpran, which is home to millions of bats. 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 ... Read more about Khao Chongpran .

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