Ang Thong Travel Guide
Ang Thong is famous for its enormous reclining Buddha images, historic figures, famous wickerwork and beautiful temples. It is often forgotten by tourists who prefer to make their way to the beach or into the jungle.
The entire province is very flat with no mountains, forests or beach and is home to one of the country’s most prevalent agriculture communities. The main city was moved after the Burmese pillaged Ayutthaya and the name has also changed. Ang Thong is important historically and geographically, with the distant ancestors of the current community having fought to save their country from Burmese invasion.
There are many sights to enjoy here, with many of the attractions being temples which house large Buddha images and models. Wat Ratchapaksi and Wat Suwansewariyaram are home to two of the country’s largest reclining Buddhas. The City Pillar Shrine is also a must-see, as is Ban Bang Sadet, a craft museum displaying thousands of hand-crafted dolls. Ban Phae is an historic drum making village located just out of town and should also be visited if you have time.
Getting There & Away
Ang Thong is just over 100kms outside of Bangkok and easily reached by road. There are regular buses from Bangkok and Ayutthaya, with journeys from Bangkok taking a little over 2 hours. If you are driving from Bangkok, you need to follow Highway 1 before turning onto Highway 32. Pass through Amphur Muang Pa-In, Ayutthaya and Amphur Bang Pahan and you will come to Ang Thong.
Things to Do
Ang Thong Attractions
- Ban Khu Mueang
It was here where archaeologists discovered ruins of an ancient city, which is believed to have existed during the dvaravati period (7th century ad).