Ratchaburi Travel Guide, Ratchaburi Travel Information, Ratchaburi Thailand

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Ratchaburi Province
Ratchaburi, a glorious town during the Dvaravati period, is located on the bank of the Mae Klong River. The provincial area abounds in natural attractions and historical sites. It is located 80 kilometres west of Bangkok and borders on Myanmar to the west having the Tanaosi Range as a borderline.

Ruesi Khao Ngu Cave
Ruesi Khao Ngu Cave

This province in Western Thailand has a varied topography; from the fertile level ground around the basin of the Mae Klong River where the economy relies on all kinds of crop, vegetable and plant cultivation, to the high mountain ranges of the Tanawsri Mountain in the west, along the Thai-Myanmar border. The neighboring province to the north is Kanchanaburi, in the east are Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon and Samut Song Kram, While in the south is Phetchaburi Province.

From historical sources, antiques and other archaeological finds that have been uncovered, it appears that Ratchaburi, in addition to bordering Myanmar, was also formerly a commercial port where many traders would meet.

So you can see that Ratchaburi is a land of rich and varied culture and origin, much of which has been preserved and can still be seen today. Amongst the things of interest are the history, the way of life, the culture, beautiful handicrafts, and the natural beauty including caves, streams, forests and mountains. Something to interest visitors from every comer of the world. We challenge you to come and not be impressed.
North : Kanchanaburi
South : Phetchaburi
East : Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Nakhon Pathom
West : Myanmar
Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
Wat Phleng 12 km Damnoen Saduak 42 km
Photharam 20 km Ban Pong 43 km
Pak Tho 26 km Ban Kha 57 km
Bang Phae 28 km Suan Phueng 60 km
Chom Bueng 27 km    
Festivals & Events
Ratchaburi Tourism Fair
When: February - March
Where: City Hall of Ratchaburi
Ratchaburi Tourism Fair is held every year, in the fair include demonstrations of famous handicrafts such as jar making and "Sin Tin Chok" cloth weaving, the selling of OTOP products and agricultural produce, and folk art and cultural performances by local tribal groups.
Sweet Grape and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Week Fair
Sweet Grape and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Week Fair
Sweet Grape and Damnoen Saduak
Floating Market Week Fair
When: March - April
Where: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Sweet Grape and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Week Fair is held to introduce agricultural produce, especially grapes which most people grow in Damnoen Saduak. Grape is famous for its sweetness and good taste. This fair features the beauty contest of Thida A-ngun Wan and the competition of quality agricultural products.
King Rama V’s Visit Remembrance Festival
When: July
Where: Wat Chotikayaram
King Rama V’s Visit Remembrance Festival is held to commemorate King Rama V’s unofficial visit to Ratchaburi. In festival, there are exhibitions to commemorate the king’s kindness, cultural performances and local products for sale. All participants are dressed in traditional costumes in the style of the King Rama V Period, and there is a costume competition.
Khao Ho or Ang Mi Thong Festival
When: August
Where: Suan Phueng District
Khao Ho or Ang Mi Thong Festival
Khao Ho or Ang Mi Thong Festival
Khao Ho or Ang Mi Thong Festival is a Su Khwan ceremony or the blessing ceremony for happiness and longevity in life. Normally, this ceremony is often held on the full moon day of the ninth lunar month, but if some families are not convenient, they can change to any day in the ninth month. Karens believe that the ninth lunar month is a bad time when ghosts and evil hunt and eat "Khwan" -spirit -of people, so those people may get sick or die. In the ceremony, people boil "Khao Ho" which is sticky rice molded and wrapped in a cone shape; then they will boil it like Khanom Chang. In the past, they ate Khao Ho by dipping it in honey but at present they often dip it in sliced coconut. On the day they boil Khao Ho, the Su Khwan Ceremony will be held, too. It starts with poking a wooden plate and blowing a Khaen for entertainment; then the elders in each family will tie red threads on the children’s wrists and give a blessing for good luck.