Nonthaburi Travel Information

This province is located directly northwest of Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River and is actually a suburb of Bangkok. In most parts it is as urbanized as the capital, and the boundary between the two provinces is nearly unrecognizable.

Nonthaburi is situated in a fertile basin and is full of fruit and flower plantations as well as historical temples. It is worth taking a trip to explore the authentic and very colorful central market. Well spaced and not nearly as chaotic as some of the larger markets in downtown Bangkok, Nonthaburi market has a wide range of fresh produce and is certainly worth visiting if you want to see a traditional Thai market. At least an hour can be spent wandering and taking in the sights, colors and smells of the new, interesting and tasty foods you're bound to discover. At the rear of the market there is a group of food stalls. The market is also adjoined by a couple of street markets.

Wat Chaloem is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The area was once home to a fortress known as Pom Thamthim, which was built by King Narai in 1665. The fort was mostly demolished in order for the wat, which was ordered by King Rama III in honor of his mother and grandparents, to be built. The wat is certainly worth visiting as the setting is comfortable and lacks the glitz that is laid on so heavily at some of Bangkok's other wats.

The main temple comes complete with welcoming red carpet and photos of the King, who visited in January 1993, and the seated Buddha proudly wears a sash which was a gift from the King. The detailed designs on the walls were hand-painted by Chinese artists, and the exterior doors and window shutters display cheerful rabbits. To the north of the main compound is the monk's residential section. The compound sports a somewhat surreal artificial garden and the adjacent park is a real treat. Tranquil, clean and well maintained with lakes, trees and lots of green, this is an excellent spot to relax.