Thong province is marked with impressive stamps of history and blessings of
Mother Nature. Assisting Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, the most well-known
of it's attractions are the majestic ancient temples, monuments and villages
famous for their traditional skills. Easily reachable from Bangkok, Ang
Thong demands the visitors' attention.
||108 kilometers north to Capital Bangkok
||Through Bangkok and Ayutthaya
There are several tourist attractions in Ang Thong. Get informed about
Mu Ko Ang
Thong National Park
The foremost attraction in the province consists of 42 islands having
limestone hills. The islands are known for strange-looking formations and
nice vacation spots.
Given below is brief information about the prominent ancient temples of Ang
Wat Pa Mok Worawihan:
Situated in Amphoe Pa Mok, 18 kms
away from Ang Thong, the temple hosts an old reclining 22.58 meter long
Buddha idol which dates back to the Sukhothai period. The temple was held
with high regard by the Sukhothai kings.
Wat Ton Son:
Lying on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River near the town,
this ancient temple enshrines an impressive Buddha idol in seated posture.
Wat Sa Kaeo:
Located 15 kms south to Ang Thong, the
temple hosts a center, where various articles made of handwoven fabrics are
produced. Constructed at the end of the seventeenth century, the temple is
also used as a care center for needy orphans.
Wat Pho Thong:
Located in Amphoe Pho Thong, this
monastery was built by Prince Uthumphon as his residence. Later, the
building turned into a monastery.
Sitting in Amphoe Wiset Chai Chan, about 10
kms from Ang Thong town, it is an ancient temple dating back to the
Ayutthaya period. The temple is renowned for it's marvellous murals
depicting rural lifestyle.
Some villages are known for traditional crafts. Consummate skills have
passed from generations to generations. Splendid articles produced by the
villagers become memorabilia for the tourists.
Amphoe Pho Thong:
It is known for producing exquisite
wickerware items, which become the visitors' nice souvenirs.
Amphoe Pa Mok:
The village is known for producing
delicate and intricate dolls, featuring Thai way of life. Popular among the
tourists, they are available on sale at the shops and Wat Tha Suthawat.
Ban Bang Chao Cho:
Located 14 kms from the town, in
Amphoe Pho Thong, the village is known for splendid craftsmanship in
traditional basketry. Bamboo baskets, useful in multiple ways, are made in
various shapes and sizes.
Ban Bang Phae:
Lying along Chao Phraya River, at Tambon
Ekkarat, the village is known for the art of drum making. The villagers
employ consummate traditional skills to make these drums, made of softwood
and cow hide.
Here are some more attractions of Ang Thong town.
City Pillar Shrine
Located opposite the Ang Thong city hall, it is a 'must-see' when visiting
the province. Bedecked with exquisite murals on the four interior walls, the
shrine is a place which commemorates valor and sacrifice.
Located in front of Ang Thong Provincial Prison, the Aquarium exhibits fish
like serpent-headed-amazon, thepo, sawai and rad.
To quench your thirst of being a part of the Ang Thong culture, join the
locals celebrating these festivals and events.
Dragon Parade Procession
event is held in Angthong market every year in December. There is a ceremony
to invite God Kuan-U to the festivities. It is followed by a dragon parade
procession. People test their bargaining skills in various stalls.
City of Rice and Water Bowl Fair
Held in February after harvesting in Ang Thong City Hall, this event,
celebrated by U-Thong people, has a gamut of activities, including
exhibitions, displays, local handicraft sales, cultural shows, stalls, and
various type of contests. The event lasts for several days.
It is held in Amphoe Pho Thong, Amphoe Pa Mok and Amphoe Chaiyo in the
month of October. Famous boats from all over Thailand take part in the race.
Held at a Ban Lakkaeo temple located on the banks of the Noi River, the
song festival is celebrated during the rainy season. Local people assemble
in the temple to celebrate the occasion with singing of boat songs.
How To Reach
Most tourists reach Ang Thong via Bangkok. Various means of reaching Ang
Thong are mentioned below:
Buses ply at regular intervals between Bangkok and Ang Thong town (110
kms). Buses from Bangkok operate from the Northern Bus Terminal. One can
also hire car for the journey. Bus services between Ayutthaya and Angthong
are also easily available. Distance is mere 35 kms. Daily buses are also
available for Kanchanaburi.
One can board a train for Ayutthaya from Hua Lamphong Terminal of Bangkok.
After reaching Ayutthaya board a bus for Ang Thong.
One can use local transport like tricycles and songathews. However, if the
visitor plans to go for sightseeing in rural areas, it is better that he
arranges for his own car from a major tourist destination.