Chainat Attractions, Attractions in Chainat, what to do in Chainat, Chainat Sightseeing

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Chainat Attractions
Historical Sites
Khun San Monument
Location : Sankhaburi District
Khun San monument is located in front of Sankhaburi district office, the monument is an important historical site to learn Thailand's cultural heritage. Khun San or Hero of the Noi River is one of the Bang Rachan folk leaders who fought against the Burmese during the Ayutthaya period. He was the first volunteer from Sankhaburi district dating back 223 years ago. It is taken for granted that he was a Sankhaburi resident. The statue is 2.5 metres high, standing in front of the Sankhaburi district office.
Religious Sites
Wat Phra Borammathat Worawihan
Location : Mueang District
Wat Phra Borammathat Worawihan
Wat Phra Borammathat Worawihan
Wat Phra Borommathat Worawihan is an old temple and an archaic temple of Chainat which located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple is a 2nd class royal temple and it has been a national treasure since the early Ayutthaya period. There is the beautiful 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.

How to get there
Wat Phra Borammathat Worawihan located at Baan Tai Muang, about 4 kilometers away from town along highway no. 340 and 3183.
Wat Thammarnun Worawihan
Location : Mueang District
Wat Thammarnun Worawihan is the main temple of Chainat was constructed during the Ayutthaya period. The temple is located on hillside of the bank of the Chao Phraya River, just 8 kilometers from the town of Chainat. The temple enshrines Luangpho Thammachak, a standing Buddha image in a posture of persuading relatives not to quarrel, with a lotus-shaped base. The Buddha image is a mixture of the late Chiang Saen period to early Sukhothai and Ayutthaya styles. Other attractions are the boundary marker, which is made from red sandstone in the Ayutthayan style, around the ordination hall or Phra Ubosot. Two fairs to worship the image are held in May and October.
Wat Intharam
Location : Sapphaya District
Wat Intharam Worawihan was built in 1847 by the King Taksin during the period of Ayutthaya, which dates back to 100 years ago. The originally named is Wat Bang Yi Ruea and Wat Suan Plue or Wat Bang Yi Rua Thai. 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.

How to get there
Wat Intharam Worawihan located on the left bank of the Chao Phraya River in Taluk, Sapphaya District, approximately 12 kilometres east of Chainat.
Wat Karuna
Location : Sapphaya District
Wat Karuna is the primitive temple which located near the Chao Phraya Dam. This temple houses a large sandstone Buddha image namely Phra Phutthamaha Sila or Luang Pho Hin Yai, which is highly revered by the local people of Chainat.
Wat Pak Khlong Makham Tao
Location : Wat Sing District
Wat Pak Khlong Makham Tao or known well as Wat Luang Pu Suk is an old temple which offers beautiful stunning views of The Tha Chin river and it is enshrined of the small famous Buddha Image “Luang Pu Suk”. The temple situated at the mouth of Khlong Makham Thao which runs into the Tha Chin River.

Other attractions are Luang Pu Suk's traditional Thai style residence, as well as, the mural paintings depicting the story of the Lord Buddha made by H.R.H. the Prince of Chumphon, the father of the Thai navy. The lettering of the captions of the paintings is in ancient Khmer script. The wall on the southern end sees paintings which stated that they were written in the year 1890.

How to get there
The temple is situated 25 kilometers from the town of Chainat. Drive through the Wat Sing district route, through highway no. 3183 at Km. 36-37.
Wat Mahathat
Location : Sankhaburi District
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat is an old temple of Mueang Phraek or Mueang San which located by the Noi River, 20 kilometres southeast of Chainat. The temple was an ancient city dating back to the Dvaravati period. Sankhaburi had been also an important fort town of the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Kingdoms. 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.

How to get there
Wat Mahathat located about 20 kilometres from the town of Chainat along route no. 340 (Suphanburi - Chianat).
Wat Phra Kaeo
Location : Sankhaburi District
Wat Phra Kaew situated in Phraek Si Racha district or about 23 kilometres off the provincial town of Chainat. Wat Phra Kaew 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 La Wo 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 Luang Pho 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
Location : Sankhaburi District
Wat Song Phi Nong is located 300 meters from Wat Phra Mahathat. Legend has it that Chao Sam, Chao Ai and Chao Yi, they are siblings. Chao Sam incited Chao Ai and Chao Yi against each other for wrest 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.

How to get there
Wat Song Phi Nong located about 20 kilometres from the provincial town of Chainat along route no. 340 (Suphanburi - Chianat) and far from Wat Mahathat about 300 meters
Wat Klai Kangwon (Khao Saraphat Si Charoen Tham)
Location : Hankha District
Wat Song Phi Nong
Wat Klai Kangwon
Wat Klai Kangwon is an ancient temple was built in the Lopburi period (it was called La Wo during on 6th - 11th centuries). Wat Klai Kangwon or Khao Saraphat Si Charoen Tham 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.

How to get there
The temple is located at Ban Chian, approximately 48 kilometres from the provincial town of Chainat. Drive through 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.
Wat Phichaiyanawat (Wat Ban Chian)
Location : Hankha District
It is an ancient temple located at 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 ofthe pond enshrined the principle Buddha image of Luangpho To, which is in the posture of acceptingofferings 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.
Museum
Chainat Muni National Museum
Location : Mueang District
Chainat Muni National Museum
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.
  1. The first floor exhibition presents the history and archaeology of Chainat. The exhibits in this gallery include ornaments of the prehistoric and Dvaravati periods, Buddha images of various styles, and religious objects such as Buddhist text cabinets, Buddhist monks’ belongings, sculptures, ceramics of the Lopburi, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin periods, and Chinese ceramics.
  2. The second floor exhibition features rare collection of decorative wooden votive tablet niches and miniature bronze Buddha images found at various archaeological sites in Thailand, in the Dvaravati, Sri Vijaya, Lopburi, Ayutthaya, and Rattanakosin styles.
  3. At the back of the building on the ground floor is a small collection of folk crafts. To know about the Thai traditional household utensil and cookery visit to this gallery is a pleasure. Visitors can see an assortment of instruments for agriculture occupation, basketry and pottery displayed.
Opening Hours : 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm. (Wednesday - Sunday ) Closed on Monday, Tuesday and National holidays.
Contact : Tel. 0 5641 1467, 08 1828 5115
Natural Attractions
Chao Phraya Dam
Location : Sapphaya District
Chao Phraya Dam
Chao Phraya Dam
The nation's first large dam is located at the bend of the Bang Krabian River, Bang Luang in Sapphaya District. It regulates the flow of the Chao Phraya River as it passes into lower Central Thailand, 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.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Zoos & Amusement Parks
Chainat Bird Park
Location : Mueang District
Chainat Bird Park
Chainat Bird Park
This is located 4 kilometres before arriving in Chainat on Highway no. 1. Chainat Bird Park it's home to 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.

In total, the whole park covers more than 260 rais which is divided into two parts: the main aviary and the outside area displaying more than 60 cages in different sizes to house a wide variety of birds. When it first built in 1983, the giant aviary with 12 m high above the ground and 80m long suspension foot-bridge at the base of Khao Phlong Hill here used to be one of the largest enclosure in South East Asia covering the area of 30 rais. The steep, almost vertical hillside rising about 100 m high made Khao Phlong Hill an ideal location to attach a huge net draped over steel towers down to the ground allow birds to fly freely as if in a natural woodland. This also creates pleasant shade and peaceful environment for the surrounding landscape. Among the many residents, Greater hornbills, Wreathed hornbills and peacocks are the most popular birds at this park, including a collection of bird species, from parrots and macaws, to vultures and hawk, to Flamingo birds and Cassowary.

Chainat Bird Park is also a home for fresh water aquarium featuring rare and nearly extinct species living in the Chao Phraya River such as Siamese Tiger fish, Siamese Rock Catfish, Common Archer Fish, Temmick’s Kissing Gourami, Red-cheeked, Blanc's striped feather back, Sumatran tiger barb and so on. A walk-through tunnel underneath a large fish tank is the highlight of the park's aquarium building.

In addition, the newly built Science Center and Planetarium. Local products such as bird models, wickerwork, and pomelo is available at the shops in the park.
Opening Hours : Daily from 09:00 - 03:00 pm.
Wasan Crocodile Farm
Location : Wat Sing District
It is located at No. 121, Makham Thao. From Mueang Chainat district, 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.
Opening Hours : Daily from 09:00 - 04:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 5646 1104
Other Attractions
Monkeys at Wat Thammikawat
Location : Sankhaburi District
Located in Pho Ngam, Sankhaburi District, 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.