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Khao Chong Phran This hill is located in Tambon Tao Pun, Amphoe Photharam, 17 kilometres north of Ratchaburi along the Khao Ngu - Boek Phrai route ( Route No. 3089 ). The roadside hill has two interesting caves; Tham Phra Non housing more than 100 Buddha images and Tham Khangkhao or Bat Cave, which is home to some 3,000,000 bats. As the sun sets over the horizon, they all disperse on their search for food and the mountain looks like a volcano disgorging thick black smoke.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market ( see separate article in this under F to K Items, Floating Markets and also under A to E Items, Damnoen Saduak ) In the past, daily commerce in Thailand was conducted mostly along rivers and canals ( or Khlong's in Thai ). Bangkok’s water network was busy and served as the principal means of communication causing Bangkok to be called as the  - Venice of the East by early European visitors.

Today Bangkok’s floating markets may not be quite so vibrant. The best known floating market is at Damnoen Saduak, some 109 kilometres southwest of Bangkok or about two hours drive. It is a must - see destination and probably visited by nine out of every ten tourists who visit Thailand. Every morning, hundreds of boats crowd the market area. Most of them are paddled by women with picturesque straw hats. Visitors can find everything from vegetables and fruits to freshly-cooked noodle and souvenirs at this lively market.

The best way of appreciating the floating market is to join it, to take a boat ride through the vendors to savour the smells and sounds as well as the sights. A little effort spent in getting away from the popular haunt and exploring along the back canals is rewarded by other scenes of a traditional way of life that has scarcely changed over the years. A boat can be hired at 300 Baht per hour ( the fare should be settled before beginning the trip ).

To visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market can be combined with a tour of the great Chedi

in Nakhon Pathom, the Rose Garden’s Thai Village or the Samphran Elephant Ground and

Zoo, which are on return to Bangkok. The trip can be arranged through a travel agency or a tour

service counter in most of the hotels in Bangkok.

How to Get There

Drive from Bangkok along Highway No. 4 ( Phetkasem Road ), then turn left at Km. 80 and

continue for another 25 kilometres along the Bang Phae - Damnoen Saduak Road. Public

buses depart from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal to Damnoen Saduak every 40 minutes from 05.50 hrs. onwards. The fare is 80 Baht for air-conditioned bus Tel. 0 2435 5031  0 2435 5031 Get off at the last stop and then take a local bus to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. The most suitable time to visit the market is from 08.00 - 12.30 hrs.

Pong Yub - is located at Ban Tha Kheay, turn left about five kilometres before the town centre and go

straight ahead for further five kilometres. The subsidence of the ground has created a steep cliff similar

to the one in Pae Muang Phi in Phrae Province.

Ratchaburi Province Page 4, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Ratchaburi Province Page 4, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Ratchaburi Province Page 3, Wat’s to visit and the Museum Ratchaburi Province Page 5, Interesting places to visit