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Fish Park at Wat Khoi  Is located at the Noi River in front of Wat Khoi, Mu 1, Tambon Pho Rang Nok, 12 kilometres from Ang Thong province.  Take Ang Thong Wiset Chai Chan route, on Highway No. 3151 Km 27-28, you will find the signboard of the Fish Park at Wat Khoi, then turn right to take a short cut along irrigation canal for about 2.3 kilometres. Fish at Wat Khoi have been abundant for 50 years since Phrakhru Sukitwichan (Luangpho Khem) was an abbot.  Later in 1985, Phrakhru Sorakitchaton, the present abbot had the place renovated.  With the coordination from the Office of Amphoe Pho Thong Fisheries, this venue was declared as a fish sanctuary.  The police  see that the fish are not disturbed.  At present, there are various species of fish living together over 50,000 e.g., sawai (genus Pangasius), rad (gouramy), thepo (genus Pangasius), buek (Pangasianodon gigas), tapian (carp), etc.  Fish foods are available for visitors to enjoy feeding them.  Beverage stalls are also available.

Within Wat Khoi compound, another attraction is an ancient Thai - style teak temple hall of religious instruction built on eight-angle pillars.  Under the temple hall, various kinds of antiques are exhibited e.g., boats from China such as towing boat, sculling boat, Thai-style gondola, and covering boat.  Collections of tools and equipment used in growing rice

e.g., carts, wheels, and plough handles are also displayed.  Aqua culture harvest equipment like bamboo fishing trap can also be found.  Besides, there are Mondop, Wihan, Chedi, ubosot, monks' compartment, praying hall, historic remains of ancient classroom and antiques from foreign countries e.g., ancient lamp from Washington D.C., ancient clock from Paris, and teak monastic cabinet from China in the reign of King Rama V, or ancient cradle.  Neighbours in this area established Coarse Rice Production Centre in a form of cooperatives for distribution to the public.  Local museum displays various kinds of ancient boats e.g., towing boat and sculling boat, and farmers' equipments e.g., stone mortar, hand rice mill, rice winnowing basket, etc., which clearly review life style of the Thai people in the central region.

Bats at Wat Chantharam  Wat Chantharam is an old temple locating in Ban Chang, Mu 5, Tambon Khok Phutsa, about four kilometres to the west of Pho Thong District Office. Take Pho Thong Sawaengha Road for about one kilometre and then turn left for another three kilometres.  Inside the precinct of this temple is crowded with trees, which have become habitats for numerous basted birds for centuries. These bats look for food at night, whereas during daytime, they hang themselves upside down along the black-colour branches to be seen from distance. Visitors can enjoy visiting them in every season.

Wat Plotsat  Is located in Ban Hae, Mu 4, Tambon Ban Hae, about seven kilometres from the downtown of Ang Thong province, taking Highway No. 3501 Km 3 - 4.  In the temple compound, there is a tower made of brick, whose unique summit is covered with Ceylon-style Chedi pagoda seen from a distance.

Ang Thong Province, Attractions from the fish park at Wat Khoi to the Bats at Wat Chantharam

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