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

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, really adding to the value of the museum for non-Thais. The section dedicated to dragon jars (the large ... Read more about Ratchaburi National Museum .

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

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 visiting. To find it, take the road in front of the National Museum and follow it to the west, follow the ... Read more about Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat .

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

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 aren’t even allowed to handle money. It’s quite a centre of activity among Thais who come to make ... Read more about Khao Wang .

Khao Ngu
7km west of Ratchaburi on Khao Ngu Rd

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 inscription in Sanskrit, the merit of the hermit with Gupta. On our last visit the caves were locked, so it ... Read more about Khao Ngu .

Khao Chongpran
17km from Ratchaburi

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 sets behind nearby hills. If you’ve never seen a bazillion bats fly out of a cave, then this is ... Read more about Khao Chongpran .

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