Chachoengsao Province is divided into 11 districts: Mueang Chachoengsao District, Bang Khla District, Bang Nam Priao District, Bang Pakong District, Ban Pho District, Phanom Sarakham District, Sanam Chai Khet District, Plaeng Yao District, Ratchasan District, Tha Takiap District and Khlong Khuean District.
The name "Chachoengsao" is assumed to have come from the Khmer language word which means “Deep Canal”. Chachoengsao appears for the first time in the royal annals of the Ayutthaya period as the old city since the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat until the reign of King Naresuan the Great which used Chachoengsao to gather troops and also used to be a frontier town.
Chachoengsao is distinguished by being the old town of Bang Pakong waterfront which has Luang Por Sothon Temple or Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan as the center of faith for Thai people.
Natural resources in Chachoengsao are considered to be rich in life. The main forest area is Khao Ang Ruenai Wildlife Sanctuary which is the last habitat of freshwater crocodiles in Thailand. The estuary of the Bang Pakong River is the place where many dolphins can be spotted every year during November-January.
The provincial slogan is “The Bountiful Bang Pakong River, the Sacred Buddha Image of Luangpho Sothon, Phraya Si Sunthon the Scholar of Thai Language, and the Pristine Ang Rue Nai Forest”.
Tourist attractions in Chachoengsao
There are many interesting attractions in Chachoengsao town and province including important temples, wonderful natural and cultural attractions.
Luang Pho Sothon Temple
Sothon Wararam Worawihan Temple also known as Luang Pho Sothon Temple is an old temple that is invaluable to Chachoengsao. It has most important Buddha image of the province, known as Luangpho Phutthasothon, which is worshiped by the Paet Riu people and visitors around Thailand. It is located on Maruphong Road, about 2 kilometers from the central market.
Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple
Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple is another temple where people are flowing to worship and pay homage to the Ganesha statue, the god of Success which is said to be the biggest in Thailand. Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple is located in the Bang Khla district of Chachoengsao, alongside the Bang Pakong River.
Shrine of Ganesha in Khlong Khuean National Park
This Ganesha is called "Ganesha, standing on the bronze, fulfilling the purpose" and it was built for the purpose of creation to promote tourism in Chachoengsao and Thailand. It also promotes career development, selling crop product and creating local jobs. The total height of the statue including the base is 39 meters and it is considered to be the largest bronze Ganesha image in the world.
Wat Pong Agas
Wat Pong Agas is famous for the Lord Ganesha sitting on a large pedestal. Many famous Buddha statues such as Luang Pho Sothon, Luang Pho Wat Ban Laem, Luang Pho To, Luang Pho Wat Rai Khing, and Luang Pho Wat Khao Takrao are temporarily brought to this temple for the people to worship.
100 Year Baan Mai Market
Baan Mai Market or 100 Year Baan Mai Market is a famous antique market in Chachoengsao. The market has a genuine retro atmosphere because it is set up in an ancient Thai-Chinese community that has been in existence for more than 100 years. The market is located on the bank of the Bang Pakong River. This market is set up on land, unlike the floating markets in the central region.
For more information about this famous local market check here: 100 Year Baan Mai Market in Chachoengsao.
100 Year Khlong Suan Market
100 Year Khlong Suan Market is a popular attraction among tourists. In fact, this market is located nearby a boundary between Ban Pho Subdistrict in Chachoengsao Province and Bang Bo District in Samut Prakan. The villages in that area are called "Khlong Suan Market".
Bang Khla Floating Market
Bang Khla Floating Market is a new floating market that was set up to promote the tourism of Chachoengsao. This place was launched in early 2008 and supported by the Municipality of Bang Khla. Bang Khla Floating Market is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 08:00 to 17:00.
Khum Wiman Din
"Khum Wiman Din" is the name that is hardly known even by most of local people. Khum Wiman Din is a source of production and distribution of various kinds of clay pottery. This place is worth to come as it is where you will see clay items and lovely handmade works in a resort atmosphere.
Suan Palm Farm Nok
Suan Palm Farm Nok is the largest parrot park in Thailand with an area of more than 100 rai of land. It was built to be a learning center and conservation of macaw parrot species but they also house beautiful birds of various species.
Mini Murah Farm
Mini Murah Farm is a dairy farm located in Ban Pho District. It is a fun land for children because there are many animals for children to see and play with. There are also various workshops such as pizza making, milk making, ice making, gardening etc.
How to get there
Buses from Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) to Chachoengsao operate from 05:00 to 21:30.
Air-conditioned buses depart every half hour from Mo Chit Bus Terminal to Chachoengsao (via the motorway route) from 05:20 to 18:00. The journey takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. Buses from Mo Chit Bus Terminal to Chachoengsao also operate via Minburi route with the departures every half hour from 05:00 to 21:30.
There are many minivan services between Bangkok and Chachoengsao available.
Minivans from Morchit Minivan Station to Chachoengsao depart every 20 minutes, from 05:00 to 19:00.
Minivans from Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) to Chachoengsao depart every 40 minutes, from 05:00 to 20:00.
There are trains departing from Hua Lamphong station to Chachoengsao every day, 11 times a day. The first train departs Bangkok Train Station at 05:55 and the last one is scheduled to leave at 18:25.
By private car
From Bangkok to Chachoengsao it is possible to travel in 3 directions:
- By taking the highway 304 (Bangkok-Min Buri- Chachoengsao), the distance is 75 km
- By taking the highway 34 (Bang Na – Trat Road), then turning into Highway 314 (Bang Pakong-Chachoengsao), the distance is 90 km
- By taking the highway 3 (via Samut Prakan - Bang Pakong), then turning into Highway 314, the distance is 100 km
Getting around the city
By public transportation (songtaew)
There are different lines of colored songtaews running around the city as the only mean of public transportation in Chachoengsao. The price is fixed for 8 baht throughout the route. Most of songtaew routes start/end or at least pass through the main city market area.
Routes of public transportation in Chachoengsao:
- Yellow - from/to the train and bus stations, passes Wat Sothorn
- White - from the main city market towards Bang Kaew district
- Blue - from the road in front of Wat Sothorn to the city market
- Red - from the market, across the river and to Don Thong school area
- Orange - from the market, across the river and down the highway
There are tuk-tuks waiting at the bus station and train station that can be chartered to various attractions, including Luang Pho Sothon Temple, Khlong Suan Market, Baan Mai Market and others.
Tuk-tuk can be hailed from anywhere along the streets.
Our half-day trip itinerary for visiting Chachoengsao from Bangkok by public transportation can be found here: Half Day Trip: Chachoengsao.