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Phu Khae Botanical Garden  Established in 1941 as the first Royal Forest Department Botanical garden ever, it sprawls over an area of 300 ha of which 100 ha is natural vegetation and forest. It also features a literary garden, comprising 35 species of plants which are mentioned in Thai literature. It also contains a medicinal garden.

This Botanical Garden is located in Phu Khae district, 17 kilometres from town along the

Saraburi-Lop Buri route (Phahonyothin Road). It collects various kinds of plants for study

and breeding. The vast expanse of garden and the flowing stream are suitable places for

relaxation. The garden is open daily from 08.00-18.00.


Tham Si Wilai  A cave in which resides the Phra Phutthanaowarat Buddha image from the Chiang Saen period. The cave also features stalagmites  and stalactites.


Sao Ronghai   A gigantic post made from a hardwood tree known as Takhian, which is believed to possess a female spirit called Takhian Thong. This post was submerged under water at this sub-district for more than 100 years until in 1958, the locals brought it out of the water and kept it in the shrine.


The Golden Buddha Image  A Buddha image in the meditation posture. The Fine Arts Department examined it and analysed that it is 70% gold. Therefore, the locals named it Luangpho Thongkham, the Golden Buddha image.


Wat Phayao is located on the bank of the Pa Sak River, Mu 1, Tambon Sala Rithai. At the back of the temple is the Pak Bang – Saraburi Road, passing by the golden Buddha image of the Ayutthaya period. The image originally resided at a deserted temple in Uthai District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. Later, King Rama I the Great ordered to take it to reside as the principal Buddha image of Saraburi. The golden Buddha image is the most revered by the people of Saraburi.

This golden Buddha image of Wat Phayao is considered as one of the major sculptures of Ayutthaya period. It is believed to have been constructed during the reign of either Somdet Phra Borommatrailokkanat or Somdet Phra Ramathibodi II. Also, it is believed that the casting of the Buddha image from liquid gold into a gigantic one cannot be done by normal human beings. Only a king who possesses royal charisma would have been able to have constructed a Buddha image like this.The golden Buddha image of Wat Phayao processes fine characteristics of proportionate body and elegance, sitting in the meditation posture presenting courage and strength. The believers built a wihan with a cruciform plan as a residence for the Buddha image to enhance its dignity and honour to the people of Saraburi.To get there: Take the Saraburi – Ban Yang Route and turn right at the opposite site of the Pa Sak River Bridge and proceed further for 100 metres. The overall distance from Mueang district of Saraburi is about nine kilometres.










Saraburi Province, Thailand, Places to visit

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