attractions
Utthayarn Pla Fish Sanctuary
Location: Amphoe Nakhon Chaisri
Fish Sanctuary, located at Mu 1, Tambon Haui Plu. The place is a natural fish sanctuary, which is the habitat of various species of fish typical to the Tha Cheen River. The Fish Sanctuary can be reached via an access road 11 Kms. from the intersection at Nakhon Chaisi District Office. Rose Garden Country Resort & Thai Cultural Village Location: Amphoe Sam Pran
This tourist attraction is located on Petchakasem Road 32 Kms. from Bangkok. It is located adjacent to the Nakhon Chaisi River and occupies an area of 137.5 Rais (about 55 acres). There are a multitude of beautiful floral displays of great variety. Thai-style houses; parts of the area are hotel, lodges, and golf course. It also features an attractive Thai cultural show that commences daily in the afternoon. It is open daily from 08.00-18.00.

How To Get There:
By Car: take Phetkasem Road, drive to Km.32 marker, a sign of the garden will be on the left;

By Bus: take a non-air conditioned bus line number 123 from Tha Chang, get off at the Rose Garden or take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal (old route) on Petchakasem Road (Bangkok-Aom Yai-Sam Phran-Nakhon Pathom) or take a 2nd class air-conditioned bus of Bangkok-Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok-Ratchaburi, Bangkok-Bang Li lines or take a non air-conditioned bus of Bangkok-Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok-Ratchaburi, Bangkok-Suphan Buri lines. Location: Amphoe Sam Pran
Situated in the Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom Province, the Sireeruckachati Herb Garden serves as a collection and conservation center for study and research of medicinal plants available in Thailand. Within an area of 4 acres, plants are grown in grasshouses, decorative gardens and forest gardens. Each plant is accompanied by its names and usage. The garden is opened daily to public from 7.00 am. to 5.30 pm. For group tour that needs a tour guide, please contact: "The Committee on Growing Medicinal Plant Project; Faculty of Pharmacy, 447 Si Ayutthaya Road, Bangkok 10400; call 0-2644-8696 or visit www.pharmacy.mahidol.ac.th Open Study Centre Location: Amphoe Sam Pran
Open Study Centre or College in the Palace, located alongside Salaya-Bang Phasi Road, Tambon Salaya. The centre mobilises an ancient school of Thai arts called “Chang Sib Mu” or “The Ten Master Crafts”, the Thai arts that stem from local wisdom and expertise that Thais managed to retain from their forefathers. “Chang Sib Mu” means a group of craftsmen who creates art in the ancient Thai style by hand, such as: painting, carving, mould-casting, plastering, casting, puppet mastering, lathe mastering, upholstering, etc. The centre exhibits pieces of works of made by students of arts. Souvenirs made by the students are also on sale. Location: Amphoe Sam Pran
It is located at 38/9, Buddha-monthon VII Road. The entrance is opposite Rajavidhyalai College for which you have to go in another one kilometre. The Garden houses masterpieces of arts created by Madam Misiem Yip Intsoi for educational purposes. It is also available for organizing temporary exhibitions in an out-door gallery style and open-air art gallery for artists to exhibit their works. Wat Lampaya Floating Market
Location: Amphoe Bang Lane
Wat Lampaya Floating Market It is situated in front of Lampaya temple, on the Tha Cheen River. The floating market was initiated by the Tambon Lampaya Cultural Council and Lampaya temple. It is a centre of trade for fruits and vegetables as well as agricultural produces including rattan ware, woven cotton, dyed cotton, and inexpensive food. Local food like noodles with beef, Thai desserts, and steamed curried fish patty, are sold by local vendors who do their trade in their boats. In front of the temple is another haven for the various species of fish including big catfish-like fresh water fishes, black ear, and giant gourami. The cruise services along Tha Cheen River are also available. Several types of boats cater to the needs of the visitors, which include:

- Ancient rowing boat: cruising along Tha Cheen River: leaving from Wat Lampaya, paying homage to Chao Mae Thabthim Shrine, the most revered shrine of Tambon Lampaya. The trip costs 20 Baht/person. It takes around 30 minutes;

- Towed boat: a round trip along Tha Cheen River: departing from Wat Lampaya to Wat Sukvatanaram. Feeding fish can be done in front of Wat Lampaya. The trip costs 50 Baht/adult and 20 Baht/child.

- Passenger boat: leaving from Wat Lampaya to Wat Bang Phra (Wat Luang Pho Pern). The trip takes two and a half hours. An adult fee is 50 Baht, a child fee is 20 Baht.

This floating market is open only on Saturdays and Sundays, from 06.00-15.00.

Thai Song Dam group Location: Amphoe Bang Lane
It is located at Ban Ko Rad, Tambon Bang Pla, which is 9 Kms. south of Amphoe Bang Len, via the Bang Len-Don Toom route. The village is home to Thai Soang or Thai Soang Dum (Thai Soang usually wear black dresses) or Lao Soang, who migrated from Ban Nong Prong, Amphoe Khao Yoi, Petchaburi, who have a distinct culture and tradition of their own. The village also features interesting handicraft like weaving and rattan ware. Location: Amphoe Sam Pran
Don Wai Market, situated in Tambon Bang Kratuek. Behind the Don Wai temple is a market that still retains an appearance of a market dating back to King Rama VI period. The old building is made of wood and located on the banks of the Tha Chin River. Food vendors travel by boats to sell their goods here. Agricultural produce are sold daily from 07.00-18.00. Boats are available for rent for scenic river trips. The Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo
Location: Amphoe Sam Pran
Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo, located on the Phetkasem Road at Km.30 marker, 1 kilometre before the Rose Garden. It occupies an area of 130 Rais (about 52 acres). There are various kinds of animals on display and show. There are daily elephant shows, elephant ride around the compound, elephant musical shows, crocodile-wrestling shows, and magic shows.
Open : Daily from 8 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Tel : 0 2295 2938-9, 0 3431 1971, 0 2429 0361-2 www.elephantshow.com

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