Khun San Statue
Khun San is one of the Bang Rachan folk leaders who fought against the Burmese
during the Ayutthaya period. It is taken for granted that he was a Sankhaburi
resident. The statue is 2.5 metres high, standing in front of the Sankhaburi
This is an old temple of Mueang Phraek or Mueang San which was an ancient
city dating back to the Dvaravati period. Sankhaburi had been also an important
fort town of the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Kingdoms. It is located by the Noi River,
20 kilometres southeast of Chainat along Route No. 340. The temple houses
ruined chapels with seated Buddha images and a distinguish Lop
Buri style chedi with a fluted spire like the petal of a star apple.
This is an old temple, about 100 years old, Located by the Chao Phraya River in Tambon Taluk,
Amphoe Sapphaya, 12 kilometres east of Chainat. Outstanding old structures in the temple include
twin belfries and a hall for keeping scriptures. The latter, situated in the middle of a pond,
has been constructed with elaborate decorative designs.
This is an old temple situated at the mouth of Khlong Makham Thao,
which runs into the Tha Chin River at Amphoe Wat Sing, 25 kilometres northwest of Chainat.
The shady temple offers pleasant scenery and houses mural paintings
made by Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the father of the Thai navy.
This hillside temple is located on the bank of the
Chao Phraya River, 8 kilometres from Chainat. It was constructed during
the Ayutthaya period and enshrines Luang Pho Thammachak, a standing
Buddha image with a mixture of the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya styles. Two
fairs to worship the image are held in May and October.
This is an old temple on the bank of the Chao Phraya
River. Located 4 kilometres from the town, it can be accessible by Route
Nos. 340 and 3183. There is an old pagoda housing Lord Buddhas relics.
It had been originally constructed with laterite in the Khmer period and
was renovated in the Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin periods.
Within the precincts of the temple is the Chainat Muni National Museum
which displays several kinds of artifacts discovered in the town including
Buddha images of different postures, as well as Thai and Chinese ceramics.
It also exhibits various types of votive tablets.
Situated at Mu 10, Tambon Phraek Si Racha, which is about 23 kilometres off the provincial
town of Chai Nat, Wat Phra Kaeo is another ancient temple housing a beautiful square-based stupa.
Within the temple ground also houses a high stupa in a harmonious blend of the Lawo and late
Dvaravati styles, as well as a relic chamber with a recessed base in the Sukhothai and Sri
Vijaya styles. In front of the stupa stands a Buddha image hall known as Wihan Luangpho Chai,
where a delicately carved sandstone lintel was found at the back of the image.
This lintel depicts an image of the God Indra riding the elephant named Erawan
inside a stylized shelter in a distinctive Khmer style, which dates back to more
than 1,000 years ago. It is believed that at the decline of the Khmer empire,
someone must have taken this artefact from somewhere and carved the Buddha image
out of it. However, the head of the elephant is overturned, its trunk pointing
upward, as a riddle that in order to be enlightened like the Lord Buddha
“one must overcome greed, hatred, and ignorance to find true happiness.”
Wat Song Phi Nong
It is located 300 metres from Wat Phra Mahathat. Legend has it that Chao Sam,
one of the three siblings, incited the other two siblings named Chao Ai and Chao
Yi against each other for the throne. Both Chao Ai and Chao Yi died and Chao Sam became the ruler.
Chao Sam then built one prang and one chedi for his late brothers. Both are presumed
to have been built 600 years before the establishment of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
Wat Klai Kangwon or Khao Saraphat Si Charoen Tham
It is located at Tambon Ban Chian, 48 kilometres from the provincial town of Chai Nat.
Proceed via Highway No. 3211 onto Hankha Intersection. Take a left turn for another 4 kilometres
and the temple is on the right hand side. Turn right about 1.7 kilometres further and you will
come across a concrete fence measuring 5,000 metres in length enclosing the temple.
An ancient temple dated back to the Lop Buri period, Wat Klai Kangwon was deserted
for sometime but has later undergone major restoration in 1967. On top of the hill
sees ruins of an ordination hall and the Lord Buddha’s footprints, as well as,
a panoramic view of the area. There is the annual Tak Bat Devo ceremony,
which literally means offering of food to Buddhist monks. The celebration
is an imitation of Lord Buddha’s descent from heaven, and takes place after the Buddhist Rains Retreat.
Located near the Chao Phraya Dam, this temple houses a large sandstone Buddha image namely
Phra Phutthamaha Sila, which is highly revered by the local people of Chainat.
It is an ancient temple located at Tambon Ban Chian, 38 kilometres from the provincial town of Chai Nat.
Proceed via Highway No. 3211 to Km. 2 - 3. It is presumed to have been built in the mid-Ayutthaya period,
dating back to at least 300 years ago. The ordination hall or Phra Ubosot built in the middle of
the pond enshrined the principle Buddha image of Luangpho To, which is in the posture of accepting
offerings from an elephant and a monkey. Made of stucco, the image is sitting in the European
style and measures 4.54 metres in height. It is presumed that while creating Luangpho To’s image,
the city was in turmoil from a war with the Burmese, who marched through this area.
The annual gild ceremony or covering the Buddha image with gold leaf takes place
during Magha Puja Day and the Loi Krathong Festival.
Chainat Muni National Museum
Located within the temple grounds of Wat Phra Borommathat Worawihan,
this archaeological museum is a 2-storey adapted Thai-style building.
Downstairs displays celadon Buddha images, tools, and ornaments from
the Dvaravati to Rattanakosin
period. Most of these displayed artefacts were given by Venerable Phra Chai Nat Muni
(Nuam) Suthatto, former Ecclesiastical Provincial Governor of
Chai Nat, who was the collector and had handed them over to the Fine
Arts Department. While upstairs displays various Buddhist votive tablets
from the Dvaravati to Rattanakosin period.
The museum service hours are Wednesday – Sunday from
9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Closed on Monday, Tuesday, and national holidays.
Chao Phraya Dam
The nation’s first large dam is located at the bend of the Bang Krabian River,
Mu 3, Tambon Bang Luang. With a total length of 237.5 metres and a height of 16.5 metres,
this reinforced concrete dam is built across flowing water and consists of 16 spillways.
There is a 14-metre-wide Watergate, where small or big marine craft can pass through.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit presided over the
opening ceremony on 7 February 1957. Chao Phraya Dam is beautiful and during
January - February, the reservoir over the dam site is the habitat to thousands
of waterfowl. Water is released from the Northern region to the Central
lower basin and the Gulf of Thailand for the purposes of irrigation,
agriculture, conservation of marine animals, and generating hydroelectric power for the province.
Chainat Bird Park
This is located 4 kilometres before arriving in Chainat. Birds of more than 100 species live
in a huge cage which maintains a natural environment. The park also has an aquarium which has
a collection of various kinds of freshwater fish found in the Chao Phraya River.
Local products such as bird models, wickerwork, and pomelo is available at the shops in the park.
Wasan Crocodile Farm
It is located at No. 121, Mu 3, Tambon Makham Thao. From Amphoe Mueang Chai Nat,
proceed along the Chai Nat - Wat Sing route (Highway No. 3183) at Km. 24 and the
crocodile farm is on the right hand side. There are different kinds of animals such
as crocodiles, tigers, rays, and various bird species. It is free of charge.
More details are available at Tel. 0 5646 1104.
Monkeys at Wat Thammikawat
Located in Tambon Pho Ngam, Amphoe Sankhaburi, this temple is 38 kilometres south of Chainat along Route
No. 311 (Chainat - Sing Buri
route). Its pleasant area
next to the Noi River is home to a number of monkeys.