The artsy feel hit you as soon as you step into Ratchaburi town. Along the Mae Klong River, the mainstream that runs through its center are punctuations of art installations. But Ratchaburi has so much more to offer. From the well preserved grand leather puppetry, religious arts and contemporary ventures that sum up the creative characters of this small town. The following are the key art scenes of Ratchaburi.
Ratchaburi National Museum This beautiful 1920s building of the former town hall was turned into the Museum in the late 1980s and from then on has become the major attraction for Ratchaburi. Comprehensive exhibits from geology, archaeology, and arts. A perfect start to get to know this small town. Tao Hong Tai Ceramics Factory Ratchaburi’s iconic destination, the almost century-old Tao Hong Tai has been the province’s magnet for tourism. Enjoy their creative products, art exhibition, museum run coffee shop.
Nang Yai Wat Khanon, Photharam, who would have imagined that the best place to watch the rare and exquisite performance of Thai traditional grand puppetry would be at this temple. The performance is still going on every weekend. Their UNESCO-recognised puppetry museum is also worth a thorough visit. Jipathapun Ban Khu Mua Museum A homage to Thai-Vietnamese ancestors living in Ratchaburi, this museum exhibits a good collection of this unique cultural heritage that harks as far back as the Dvaravati Period (6th – 11th century).
Attractions near Ratchaburi
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
This iconic century-old floating market is known the world over and is also perhaps Thailand’s most photographed destination. The market is available every day from early in the morning until early afternoon.
Koi Ki Old Market
Believed to be much older than Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Koi Ki Old Market still preserves the traditional Ratchaburi’s riverside way of life. Old, untainted lifestyle juxtaposes with new artsy ventures with a weekend walking street available.
Wat Nong Hoi
This is a Thai-Chinese temple with highlights being the giant Guan Yim statue perching on top of the hill and the much-revered Luangpho Yai Buddha image. Panoramic views, especially during the sunset.