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Ratchaburi

Ratchaburi means "the land of the king." This province is full of cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes and historical sites. It is located 80 km west of Bangkok and borders Burma to the west, with the Tanaosi Range as a natural borderline. The Mae Klong River flows through the center of town.

The most famous tourist spot in this area is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It shows the people's lifestyle and the importance of the river as a mean of commerce. The vendors paddle their boats up and down the waterways selling and/or bartering their merchandise. Their faces are often shielded from the strong rays of the sun by hats made from bamboo and palm leaves. The markets start very early in the morning until 11:00AM. Nowadays, many tourists from around the world come to visit because it shows an old, fascinating tradition.

The western part of the province is more mountainous, and includes the Tanawsri mountain range. As the mountains are made mostly of limestone, there are several caves containing stalactites. Some caves are inhabited by large colonies of bats, and it is an impressive sight when they swarm out in the evening to feed. Other caves like the Khao Bin are accessible for visitors.

 

 
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