I’ve been doing road trips around Thailand for about 18 years or so now. I love the freedom of having your own wheels and being able to stop where and when you want. Having a car also helps in reaching those places which are not so easily accessible by public transport. However, my car was getting a bit old and I felt it too risky to go on any long road trips. I was also worried about breaking down in the middle of nowhere. So, for the last few years I’ve been doing safe one and two day trips. Now I’ve finally bought a new car and can start my road trips again. The first one was a three day, two night trip to Ratchaburi. I tweeted the following photos live during the trip.
All set for first road trip in my new car. I'm doing a 3-day 2-night tour of Ratchaburi. No hotels booked. Flexible trip. The way I like it. pic.twitter.com/gYie8NFZ9J
The most famous tourist attraction in Ratchaburi Is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Open every day.
My best advice is to arrive at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market by 8am at the latest. You will then enjoy it more. Boats cost about 600 Baht pic.twitter.com/12oJXporur
If you plan to arrive at Damnoen Saduak after 10am then it might be a good idea to pack a gas mask and ear plugs. Fumes are bad in places pic.twitter.com/87FGDBbcYW
Video clip of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market that you WON'T see on a TAT website. If you come here, best to finish your boat ride BEFORE 9am pic.twitter.com/MBl2wOKp36
A 5 minute walk north of Damnoen Sanduak Market is Laotukluck Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำเหล่าตั๊กลัก).
Just a 10 minute walk from the chaos of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market I spotted this butcher on a boat selling to locals. Dead quiet here pic.twitter.com/rBmDP0KfNM
It's very pleasant to explore the area around Damnoen Saduak. Some of the canal paths go far in each direction. Quiet & locals very friendly pic.twitter.com/qRKn5gcYPb
There are several homestays at Laotukluck Floating Market as well as bike tours & food demonstrations. I'll be back to explore more pic.twitter.com/N5j5wkEqjJ
The Blooms Orchid Park in Ratchaburi has a nicely laid out garden. You can also visit the orchid lab & nursery
Ratchaburi National Museum is open Wed-Sun, 9am-4pm. It was originally built in 1922 as the city hall.
Ratchaburi National Museum is 100B for foreigners. All exhibits are bilingual. I politely requested Thai price (20B) & it was kindly granted pic.twitter.com/mXhxiuvROq
Tonight I'm staying at Eitanic Resort just outside of Ratchaburi. 650B including breakfast.
Army Engineer Museum in Ratchaburi. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.
Old steam engine and carriages on display opposite the Army Engineer Museum in Ratchaburi.
Walking Street along the river in Ratchaburi. Open Friday to Sunday, 5pm-10pm.
Wat Kongkaram in Ratchaburi dates back more than 200 years. Of particular interest are the murals.
Wat Khanon Nang Yai in Ratchaburi is famous for shadow puppets. There is an interesting museum & weekend shows
Shadow puppet shows at Wat Khanon in Ratchaburi are free. Saturday at 10am & Sunday at 11am. Visit the museum first for background history pic.twitter.com/eWGyuOZlDb
Giant Seated Buddha at Wat Khao Khiew-Khao Sadet
Kao Cha Ngum, Photharam District, Ratchaburi #Thailand.
Khao Bin Cave in Ratchaburi. Depth of cave is 300m with 8 chambers. Open daily from 8am-5pm. 20 Baht
Khao Ngu Stone Park in Ratchaburi. Open every day. Free entry.
From the top of Khao Kaen Chan there are some fine panoramic views of Ratchaburi on a good day.
Tao Hong Tai d Kunst Art Gallery and Coffee Shop along the waterfront in Ratchaburi. Open Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm.
Good morning from Ratchaburi. This is my third and last day. There's a lot to see and do here. I'm really only scratching the surface pic.twitter.com/aEbDPhYdk9
Chao Por Lak Muang. Every province in Thailand has a city pillar shrine. This is the one in Ratchaburi.
The old city gate in Ratchaburi (ประตูเมืองโบราณ ราชบุรี)
Wat Mahathat Worwihan in Ratchaburi. It's Khmer style prang was built in the 13th C. Free entry.
Drone photos of Wat Mahathat Worwihan in Ratchaburi ภาพมุมสูง วัดมหาธาตุวรวิหาร ราชบุรี
Tao Hong Tai ceramics factory (เถ้าฮงไถ่) in Ratchaburi. Garden & factory open to the public. Free entry.
Sacred Heart Church in Ratchaburi is a 100 year old Catholic Church. There's a nearby cemetery.
Lak Ha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำหลักห้า) in Ratchaburi. A quiet community on the banks of Damnoen Saduak Canal.
Tom Yum noodle soup at Lak Ha Floating Market. 20 Baht. Yes you head right, $0.60/£0.46. And it was a good helping. Enough to fill me up pic.twitter.com/0PMADoeF9x
Damnoen Saduak Canal is about 32 kilometers long and connects Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram. It was built during the days of no highways pic.twitter.com/UrGfHW4sfL