Sa Kae Krang River
Uthai Thani is a province abundant in natural resources, such as forests
and wildlife. The Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve here was even proclaimed a Natural
World Heritage Site because of its pristine jungles, forests, plains, streams, and most
importantly, a number of rare and endangered animals.
Visitors can also see the different lifestyles of Uthai Thani locals, such as the
life of raft residents on the Sakae Krang River, a waterway that has been a lifeline
for the people of Uthai Thani since ancient times. Life on and around the river eventually
grew from a small community into the major province that it is today, although some residents
continue to live upon the river, both the source for their livelihoods and as a means for
The most striking indication of the bond between the people and the river occurred in 1906,
when King Rama V visited the Northern provinces and stayed in Sakae Krang village, where the
monk Phra Khru Uthai Tham Nithet (Chan) built twin rafts to receive the king. In addition, at
the end of the Buddhist Lent, Buddhists from many regions congregate at the foot of Khao Sakae
Krang in Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri for a major merit-making tradition called Tak Bat Thewo.
This festival has been held in Uthai Thani
since ancient times.
||: Nakhonsawan and Chainat
||: Chainat, Supanburi and Kanchanaburi
||: Kanchanaburi and Tak
|Distances to Other Provinces
|Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts
|Nong Kha Yang
Festivals & Events
Tak Bat Thewo Tradition
Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri
This religious event of Uthai Thani is organised in the evening of Ok Phansa
(end of Buddhist Lent) on the first day of the waning moon of the eleventh lunar month
at Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri. It is also in line with the Buddhist chronicles when the
Lord Buddha returned to earth from heaven and gave Dharma. On the day of Tak Bat Thewo,
500 monks will walk down from the top of Khao Sakae Krang to receive offerings from
residents and visitors to the ceremony, which creates an amazing spectacle and has
made this tradition become well known nationwide.