Trip to Suphanburi Province in Thailand

May 9, 2011

Suphan Buri is an ancient town rich in culture and historical temples. It is located on the bank of the Tha Chin River, sometimes called the Suphan Buri River by its people. Suphan Buri once was an important border town involved in battles and wars during the Ayutthaya period. Suphan Buri is located some 169 kms. from Bangkok along Highway No. 340.

Sam Chuk Old Market in Suphan Buri

One of the better preserved traditional markets in Thailand can be found in Suphanburi Province. It is called Sam Chuk 100 Year Market and it still has its original wooden shophouses that date back to the reign of King Rama V [MORE].

Buffalo Village in Suphanburi

One way to experience the traditional lifestyle of Thai farmers is at the Buffalo Village in Suphanburi. In Thai it is called “baan kwai”. Thai farmers, and their trusty companions, the buffalo, are considered the backbone of the country [MORE].

Bueng Chawak Aquarium & Zoo

One of the hidden gems of Suphan Buri is Chawak Lake at the northern end of the province. The Bueng Chawak Chalermphrakiat project was initiated back in 1994 to celebrate H.M. The King’s 50th year accession to the throne. The three main projects surrounding the lake are “The Wildlife Extension Center”, “The Garden of Indigenous Vegetables” and “The Exhibition Center for Aquatic Animals” [MORE].

Museum of the Descendants of the Dragon

One of the latest major tourist attractions to open in Thailand is the “Dragon Descendants Museum” in Suphanburi Province. Like the Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan that is shaped like a three-headed elephant, this museum is also a “Wonder of Thailand”. One of those rare places where perhaps the building itself is more interesting and beautiful than the artifacts it holds within. In the case of this museum, the building is in the shape of a giant dragon [MORE].

More ideas for exploring Suphanburi in our Thailand Guidebook.

5 Responses to Trip to Suphanburi Province in Thailand

  1. robythai on May 10, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Wow, what a great place. And what a great place to take photos of. I have to go there too. Great post

  2. Oz Bangkokhooker on July 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Love your work Richard, keep it up!

  3. henrik on December 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Also big thanks from me for all the valuable info.

  4. David on March 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Hello, I read your review of Bueng Chawak zoo and went there. This is my take on getting to the zoo with public transportation because I don’t have a car. : ) Get to the Mo Chit BTS, then a taxi to the Bangkok Bus terminal They don’t actually sell tickets to Tha Chang or Suphanburi because they mostly deal with the big charter buses. We went to two ticket counters and two information desks and they didn’t know where to direct us. If you walk through the bus terminal to the back and turn right, there is a row of seats outside where the minivans stop. Luckily, the first one that pulled up was going to Suphan Buri. Not sure if there’s one going directly to Tha Chang. We arrived at the Tesco Lotus in Suphan Buri and the driver told me to wait for another van going to Tha Chang. We spoke with some other people waiting and they said they were going that direction but the buses are few and far between. They were right. It was an hour before a bus pulled up that wasn’t full and was going north. It was bus 975. He dropped us off at the Doem Bang Nang Buat transport center, which was a little farther north than the bus terminal. I had booked a hotel online at Doembang Villa and part of their service is a free pickup from the transport center. I called him and he picked us up. The next day, the Villa offers free bicycles to guests, so we biked the six kilometers to the zoo. The villa owner said taxi’s don’t come out his way, but I did see one motorcycle taxi taking a lady somewhere. We also called the zoo and they don’t have any transportation there going back to the city. The zoo is on the south side of the lake and costs 30 baht for each person. They no longer allow you to hold a tiger/lion cub, but you can pay some money to sit with an orangutan and feed the giraffes.The crocodile show is at the aquarium, on the north side of the lake. They have a show at 11, 12:30, 2:30, 3:30. We went to the 12:30 show. There were 2 crocodiles in the show and we only saw 1 other one in the enclosure. It’s posted somewhere that someone saw 80 crocodiles. That was not our case. After the show, we bought a ticket to go to the shark aquarium. They feed the sharks at 2 PM. It’s posted that foreigners pay 200 THB and Thais pay 150 THB. The lady gave me a ticket for 150 THB. : ) I was the only foreigner there. There were a lot of Thais, but it was not overcrowded on a Saturday. We left the zoo at 3 PM and the owner of the Villa took us back to the transport center (across the street from a CJ Express). We took minivan 954 going back to the Mo Chit BTS (3.2 hours). Luckily we didn’t have to switch again at the Suphan Buri Tesco Lotus.

    • Richard Barrow on March 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Thanks very much for your report.

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