:: SARABURI

Saraburi , the province of historical sites, the holy footprint, the beauty of nature, and famous food, is located some 108 kilometres from Bangkok. Travelling to and around Saraburi could be made in one day

:: Attractions

Phra Phutthabat contains the Buddha's Footprint and is one of the nation's most sacred places of worship. According to legend, the Footprints (one is in Sri Lanka) showed where Lord Buddha had walked upon the Earth. The 5-ft long footprint lies in an ornate shrine. Religious worshippers flock to the temple every year to present their offerings.

Slightly south of that is Phra Phutthachai. Literally meaning "Buddha's Shadow”, a faint Buddha image painting can be seen on the face of the cliff. A staircase leads to the top of the cliff and the hike is made pleasant by the shady surroundings. This site is also frequented during the pilgrimage to Phra Phuttabat.


On the same route to Phra Phutthachai, Khao Sam Lan (30,000 Hills) National Park contains picturesque mountain forests and several scenic waterfalls.

The Muak Lek Waterfalls is situated 37 km east of the provincial town. The water originates from a natural forest river in the Khao Yai National Park. It features a suspended wooden bridge connecting the 2 banks.

The Jed Sao Noi (7 Small Girls) Waterfall is also located in Muak Lek District. The fall cascades over many tiers into a wide, shady pool that is ideal for swimming.

:: City attractions

Phra Phutnirokhantrai is the Buddha image of the East enshrined in Chaturamuk Hall. It is one of the most important Buddha images that His Majesty King Bhumibol granted to the Saraburi people.

Phu Khae Botanical Garden is located in Phu Khae district, 17 kilometres from town along the Saraburi-Lop Buri route (Phahonyothin Road). It collects various kinds of plants for study and breeding. The vast expanse of garden and the flowing stream are suitable places for relaxation. The garden is open daily from 08.00-18.00.

Khao Sam Lan National Park covers 4 districts: Mueang, Kaeng Khoi, Nong Khae, and Wihan Daeng and occupies an area of 44 square kilometers. It was declared a national park on June 2, 1981. October to January (winter season in Thailand) is the best time to visit. Located 16 kilometres south of the town along the Bangkok-Saraburi route Highway No. 1 (Mittraphap Road), it is accessible by routes along Km. 102 or Km. 104. The National Park can also be reached by taking the bus to Saraburi town, and then renting a van or a local truck to the park.

The park has mountains of various sizes and plains in the valley. The highest peak is Khao Khrok which is some 329 metres high. Visitors can see a clear view of the town and neighbouring districts from here. The park is also home to pheasants, jungle fowls, barking deer, monkeys, wild boars, and birds of various species, especially Princess Sirindhorn Bird or the White-eyed River Martin. Khao Sam Lan National Park offers several waterfalls: Sam Lan waterfall is a wide stone plateau that falls down 3 levels and is similar to stairs. Pho Hin Dat waterfall (¹éÓµ¡â¾¸ìËÔ¹´ÒÉ) is 300 metres from the park office and has a wide stone plateau and a single-level waterfall which is suitable for swimming. Ton Rak Sai waterfall (¹éÓµ¡µé¹ÃÒ¡ä·Ã) is some 300 metres from the park office and 500 metres from Pho Hin Dat waterfall , and originates from the same stream as Pho Hin Dat waterfall. The lively stream flows through Pho Hin Dat waterfall before running into Ton Rak Sai waterfall , a 7-metre one-level waterfall. Touring around these attractive waterfalls can be made within 2-3 hours on walking trails where visitors will not have to use the same trail on their return.

In addition, there are other splendid waterfalls that can be reached by walking for some distance from the park office: Khao Daeng waterfall  (800 ms.), Kuak Ma waterfall  (2 kilometres), Krok I Wo waterfall (3 kilometres), and Nang Chon waterfall (6 kilometres)

The park offers camping sites for eighty persons (visitors must bring sleeping bags by themselves). For visitors who bring their own tents, the park accommodates campsites. Call the National Park Division, Royal Forestry Department, Bang Khen at 0-2561-4292 ext. 724-725, 0-2579-5734 and 0-2579-7223.

 

World War II Memorial of the Japanese Army (Khao Daeng)  is located in Khao Sam Lan National Park, next to the south of Wat Phra Phutthachai. There are bomb craters from made by Japanese forces in World War II.

Wat Phra Phutthachai is on Khao Patthawi in Tambon Nong Pla Lai. It can be reached by taking the same route as Khao Sam Lan National Park. At Km. 102, there is a 5-km. access road and then follow the road sign.

It enshrines Phra Phutthachai or the picture of Lord Buddha appearing on a cliff wall. A cone-shaped structure or Mondop was built to cover the picture. Stairs were built from the temple area to the Mondop and go onward to the cliff that is over the Mondop. There are interesting prehistoric paintings on the cliff: behind the door area, there are drawings of animals (deer). Beside the door, there are pictures of hands and symbols. The west of Phra Phutthachai is the Ascetic Cave, where there are paintings of chickens, Buddha images and symbols.

The Cho Po Ro cliff wall has large, sophisticated drawings like the paintings of the prehistoric period that were found at Pha Taem in Ubon Ratchathani. The drawings were painted with wood oil, dating from 3,000 years ago.

They represent the communication symbols of the same group and presumably were ritual mediums and reflect the beliefs of people of those times.

Crocodile Farm and Zoo  is on the same route to Wat Phra Phutthachai and located near the east of Khao Phra Phutthachai. The farm consists of a crocodile breeding pond and has various species of animals such as deer, monkeys, and birds.

Tham Si Wilai is in Wat Tham Si Wilai at Tambon Na Phra Lan, some 22 kilometres from Saraburi town. The cave houses Phra Phutthanaowarat, a Buddha image of the Chiang Saen period as well as beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. From here, visitors could appreciate scenic views of mountain ranges.