18 Things to Do in Uthai Thani. Try Local Food, Explore Popular Attractions

18 Things to Do in Uthai Thani. Try Popular Local Food, Explore Natural Attractions

For anyone looking for a place to visit not far from Bangkok, that is quiet, populated by charming locals, delicious food, and affordable prices, Uthai Thani is another option that we would like to offer.

And if you don’t know where and how to start? We have consolidated a list of things to Do in Uthai Thani for you to consider.

Wat Tha Sung (Wat Chantaram)

วัดท่าซุง (วัดจันทาราม)

This most famous attraction was founded in 1863, or 30 years before the establishment of Ayutthaya, by Luang Por Pan, who traveled on a pilgrimage to this area and eventually built a temple here (different from Luang Pho Pan at Bang Nom Kho Temple at Ayutthaya).

During the reign of King Narai the Great, Phraya Chan returned from the battle of Chiang Mai to look for his wife. When she could not be found, he decided to be ordained at a temple. Upon being appointed as the temple’s abbot, he changed the temple’s name to “Wat Chantaram”, according to his name.

The name “Wat Tha Sung” (Wat = temple, Tha = pier, Sung = log), originated from the olden days when the area was populated with a lot of forests, and wood was usually transported along the river.

Wat Tha Sung was greatly developed by Phra Brahmayan (Luang Pho Rue Si Ling Dam). The temple’s area is vast and has several spots to practice Dharma and visit.

The property is so extensive that it’s not so suitable for walking. Thus, if you don’t have a private car, it’s better to take the temple’s shuttle bus.

Among some of the temple’s noteworthy highlights include;

Crystal Sanctuary

Wat Tha Sung (Wat Chantaram) Crystal Sanctuary
Wat Tha Sung (Wat Chantaram) Crystal Sanctuary
Wat Tha Sung (Wat Chantaram) Crystal Sanctuary

With a length of 100 meters long, and which photos may not be able to convey the actual grandeur. The actual sanctuary amazingly glitters, and structure itself enshrines a replica of Phra Phuttha Chinnarat and the still-perfect physique of Phra Brahmayan (Luang Pho Rue Si Ling Dam).

The Golden Castle

Wat Tha Sung (Wat Chantaram)
Wat Tha Sung (Wat Chantaram)
Wat Tha Sung (Wat Chantaram)

It was built in 1993 as a royal tribute for King Rama IX when he completed his 50 years of reign. The structure is decorated with gold, and the doors are adorned with deities and exquisite Thai patterns.

Wat Tha Sung (Wat Chantaram)
Wat Tha Sung (Wat Chantaram)

Prasat Thong Kanchanapisek has 3 floors, and the upper floor houses several Buddha images. Visitors can go up and look around without any charge. On busy days, the temple efficiently organizes queues to ensure an orderly visit.

Location
Nam Suem, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
The Golden Castle
• 08.00 – 16.00
Crystal Sanctuary
• Daily 09.00 – 11.30 hrs. and 14.00 – 16.00 hrs.
Admission
• Free
Contact Information
• Website: http://www.watthasung.com

Reference
https://tatcontactcenter.com
https://thai.tourismthailand.org
http://www.watthasung.com
http://www.watthasung.com

Hup Pa Tat

Hup Pa Tat
Thank you for the model from the ‘Tiew Tid Din

Hup Pa Tat, a unique site, originated from a limestone mountain that is over 245 million years old.

It was gradually eroded by the rain and eventually collapsed in the middle causing the plants and animals that used to be above to fall and be surrounded by limestone hills, thus becoming an ecosystem that has not changed since hundreds of millions of years ago.

Hup Pa Tat
Hup Pa Tat

After walking up the hill through dark caves and then coming out from the other side, going downhill will take you to a ‘Tat’ tree forest, palm trees that grow freely in nature. Visitors will also find strange-looking stalactites and stalagmites.

Hup Pa Tat

Hup Pa Tat is considered a tourist attraction in Uthai Thani that is fun to take lots of photos and gives a sense of a little adventure similar to stepping into Jurassic Park.

Location
Thung Na Ngam, Lan Sak District, Uthai Thani
Opening Hours
• Daily 08.30 – 16.00 hrs.
Admission
• Thais: Children 10 baht, Adults 20 baht
• Foreigners: Children 100 baht, Adults 200 baht
Contact Information
Tham Prathun Conservation Area
• 056-989-128, 056-988-9127, 084-819-7855

Reference
https://travel.trueid.net

Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri

วัดสังกัสรัตนคีรี

Wat Sangkat Ratana Khiri, is a temple that comprises two parts, one at the foothills, and the other on top of Khao Sakae Krang.

วัดสังกัสรัตนคีรี
วัดสังกัสรัตนคีรี

The temple at the foot of the hill features a large courtyard and a chapel that enshrines a sacred Buddha image.

วัดสังกัสรัตนคีรี
วัดสังกัสรัตนคีรี
วัดสังกัสรัตนคีรี

The highlight of the temple on the mountain top features “Siri Maha Maya Kudakarn”, a stunning Thai-style pavilion (mondop) that enshrines a replica of the Buddha’s footprint from Wat Chantharam in Ratchaburi.

In front of the mondop, is a large bell, which was built in 1900 during the reign of King Rama V. At this point, visitors are able to take in a bird’s eye view of Uthai Thani.

วัดสังกัสรัตนคีรี
วัดสังกัสรัตนคีรี
วัดสังกัสรัตนคีรี

In addition to the Thai architecture, there is also a Chinese-style temple, which is quite out of place.

If you want to worship, you can drive up and park on the hill as there is sufficient space. Or if you want to test your strength you can walk up the 449 steps. Just as a precaution, don’t forget to bring along medicine for sprains too ^^

วัดสังกัสรัตนคีรี

On the 1st day of the waning moon of the 11th month of each year, the temple also has a tradition of presenting offerings to 500 monks walking down the stairs from the top of Sakae Krang Mountain, where they will descent the temple to receive alms in the courtyard in front of the sacred Buddha image.

Location
Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• 24 hours
Admission
• Free

Reference
https://th.wikipedia.org
https://www.papaiwat.com

Offering Alms by the Waterside

ใส่บาตรริมน้ำ อุทัยธานี

A simple tradition that takes place every morning, in which a monk rows a small boat across the Sakae Krang River from Wat Uposatharam Temple (Wat Bot) to receive alms from the local community at the market’s pier.

So if you are interested, you don’t have to make any advance preparations, as you can buy anything from the market itself.

Location
The pier near the Sakae Krang Square.
Time
• Daily at 07.00 hrs. It is highly recommended to arrive by about 06.45 hrs.

Trok Rong Ya Walking Street

ตรอกโรงยา

An old community that used to be bustling with opium dens. It has now transformed into a walking street featuring a wide variety of food and characterized a retro atmosphere from old houses on both sides of the road.

A compact replica opium den is hidden in a small alley, which also houses many other delicious restaurants, such as Sirikul Bakery, or Jay Nok Chicken Noodles.

Anyone who would prefer a less-crowded leisurely ambiance, should come during the day, or even better on days where no walking street event is organized.

Location
Rat Uthit Alley, Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• Saturdays 16.00 – 20.00 hrs.
Contact Information
• FB: TrogRongYaWalkingStreet

Baan Jongrak

บ้านจงรัก
บ้านจงรัก

An old house built during the reign of King Rama V. The ground floor houses a small café decorated with cartoon models and various toys and sells coffee, desserts, and ice cream.

บ้านจงรัก

The second floor is a museum displaying the owner’s ancestors’ belongings, where each item telling its own stories from the past.

บ้านจงรัก

And as soon as the owner lowers the lights from the ceiling, I can see it glowing dimly and illuminating a kind-hearted man sitting and writing at the large table in the corner of the room. The cool night breeze blows the thin curtains back and forth. Uthai Thani at such a time is enviously serene.

Orn: “Towards the end, I didn’t understand what you were saying. Did you think it up by yourself?”
Me: “Yes”
Orn: “Wow, what are you writing about?”

I believe that anyone who has visited Baan Jongrak, would also experience some images from the past superimposed into one’s mind.

Location
Si Uthai Road, Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• 08.00 – 17.00 hrs.
• Closed on Wednesdays – Thursdays
Pricing
• ฿
Contact Information
• FB: banjongrakuthai

Sakae Krang River Cruise

ล่องเรือแม่น้ำสะแกกรัง
ล่องเรือแม่น้ำสะแกกรัง

A long-tail boat cruise along the Sakae Krang River, passing through some of the houseboats that have decayed over time. Some of them have been renovated with bright colors. Cool breeze.

ล่องเรือแม่น้ำสะแกกรัง
ร้านป้าแต๋ว อุทัย

The first destination is the floating shop of “Aunt Taew Uthai”, a famous souvenir shop, whose highlights include large dried fishes, and delicious chili paste, at very affordable prices.

ล่องเรือแม่น้ำสะแกกรัง

From Aunt Taew, the boat turned back 360 degrees, and we saw views of Khao Sakae Krang, high above the city of Uthai Thani. I only had a few seconds to take a picture of it. The boat turned around and the view changed.

We drifted straight under the bridge, passing by the ordinary-looking green house of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. I silently greeted her even if she wasn’t there.

Location
The pier near the Sakae Krang Square
Time
• As agreed
Prices
• Several pricing range, depending on the service provider. Some boats may only charge 50 baht per person, with a minimum of two persons.
Contact Information
For more information, please contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Uthai Thani Office
• FB: TAT.Uthai
• Tel.: 056 514 651

Sakae Krang Riverside Market

ตลาดริมแม่น้ำสะแกกรัง
ตลาดริมแม่น้ำสะแกกรัง
ตลาดริมแม่น้ำสะแกกรัง

A small market, not more than 400 meters long, located along the banks of the Sakae Krang River. It features a wide variety of food and ingredients to choose from, some of which may seem odd to foreigners.

สะพานวัดโบสถ์

The market is open both in the mornings and evenings, but the items for sale and the atmosphere are different. If had to choose, I think that the morning market is more charming, because in addition to the light and shadow cast by the temple bridge reflecting off the Sakae Krang River, visitors can also offer alms to monks by the riverside.

Location
Sakae Krang Alley, Sakae Krang, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• Daily at approx. 05.00 – 19.00 hrs.
• Bustling in the mornings and evenings

Baanrai Farmer’s Market

ตลาดซาวไฮ่

A chic community market that sells products direct from producers.

Here, one can find a variety of unique vegetables, such as the crispy Burmese fried bananas, Thong Yo (or Mee Si, a Karen dessert) that is to be eaten with sweetened condensed milk, ‘Khanom Ta Kwai’ (a local Thai dessert), coffee, and other savory dishes.

And as for anyone who is looking for cool craftwork, they also have indigo-dyed fabrics, woven bags, or hand-woven fabrics that can be tailored into luxurious silver dresses brimming with aura.

On the day of our visit (Sep 2019), some of the local traders traveled to Bangkok to sell their wares, thus the market looked a bit lonely.

Location
Ban Rai District, Uthai Thani
Opening Hours
• Saturdays-Sundays, 08.30 – 16.00 hrs.
Updated information can be found at
• FB: Organicbanrai

Ancient woven fabrics at Baan Pha Thang

ผ้าทอโบราณ บ้านผาทั่ง

Baan Pha Thang Ancient Weaving Center is a heaven for woven-fabric lovers.

ผ้าทอโบราณ บ้านผาทั่ง

In addition to preserving the fabric and its ancient patterns from Vientiane over a hundred years old as well, they also have a wide variety of attractive products to choose from to the point where our friend on the trip made a large number of purchases.

Products here range from a few hundred baht right up to more than a hundred thousand baht per piece.

ผ้าทอโบราณ บ้านผาทั่ง

The center is also very proud of its eye-catching bedding set which has successfully earned it an award from UNESCO.

Location
Huai Haeng, Ban Rai District, Uthai Thani
Opening Hours
• Daily 09.00 – 17.00 hrs.
Contact Information
• FB: Phatorphatang
• Tel.: 089 270 9683
• It is recommended to call first before your visit as the center may be closed to attend trade shows.

Pa Oun Boat Noodles

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือป้าอ้วน

Considered the best boat noodles that have been in business intermittently for many decades. Recently, the shop has just resumed its business and is as usual overwhelmed with customers.

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือป้าอ้วน

Pa Oun’s boat noodles are already spicily seasoned and come with very tender beef. If you don’t like spiciness, tell them in advance when ordering.

Location
Phon Phibun Uthit Alley, Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• Daily 9.00 – 15.00 hrs.
Prices
• $

Pa Ta Noodle Shop

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวป้าทา

A small noodle shop that looks quite unattractive. But this shop has been selling famous noodles since 1978.

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวป้าทา

Their highlights include clear noodle soup which is a mildly sweet soup seasoned with a little spiciness, soft tender pork, and pure pork meatballs. The offal is perfectly cooked and goes well with the crispiness of their homemade pork crackling.

If you haven’t had enough, nearby you can also find a deep-fried tofu and fried banana shop, that has been selling their snacks for quite a long time.

Location
Si Uthai Road, Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• 10.00 – 16.00 hrs.
• Closed on Tuesdays
Prices
• $

Jay Nok Chicken Noodle Shop

เจ๊โหนก ก๋วยเตี๋ยวไก่

A noodle shop located in Trok Rong Ya, Uthai Thani, has been selling for more than 70 years since their father’s generation.

Their highlight is the clearly sweet and salty soup, with a slight spiciness, thick chicken joints, and feet. Suitably delicious from its long history.

เจ๊โหนก ก๋วยเตี๋ยวไก่

But our favorite is the pig’s trotters, which is known for its soft, flexible and bouncy skin. This item usually sells out quickly. So, if you arrive late, you won’t get to taste it.

Location
Rat Uthit Alley, Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• Daily 9.00-14.00 hrs.
Prices
• $

Hia Chai Porridge Shop

ข้าวต้มเฮียใช้

A la carte restaurant which is a favorite for those who stay up late. They have both steamed and boiled rice to accompany several tasty dishes.

ข้าวต้มเฮียใช้
Stir-fried salted crispy pork (หมูกรอบ)

What we particularly recommend is the stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts and the stir-fried salted crispy pork.

ข้าวต้มเฮียใช้
Dried shrimp salad (ยำกุ้งแห้ง)

And for anyone who likes ginger-based dishes, you will like the dried shrimp salad that uses large, dried shrimp and is fully loaded with young ginger.

Many people say that this restaurant is slow especially when it is packed with customers. Fortunately, we went early when there were not too many customers around. Service was not too slow.

Location
Tha Chang Road, Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• Daily 18.00 – 01.00 hrs.
Prices
• $ – $$

Sirikul Bakery

สิริกุล เบเกอรี่

The shop is among some of the well-known places to go for Uthai Thani’s delicious custard bread. Their bread is dry and comes with a thin crust and a not-too-overly sweet juicy filling. Although the shop is not well known to tourists, it is a shop that is highly recommended by locals.

Location
Maha Rat Alley, Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• Daily 08.00 – 17.30 hrs.
Prices
• $

Jay Porn Grilled Meatballs

ลูกชิ้นปิ้ง เจ๊พร

Although we can find grilled meatball shops everywhere in Thailand, but to find a shop that uses good quality meatballs at an affordable price, delicious full-flavored dipping sauce with fragrant tamarind and dried chili, is a task that’s not easy to find.

ลูกชิ้นปิ้ง เจ๊พร

Most importantly, the shop also has a special menu that sells out very quickly, namely grilled pork that uses grilled pork made the old-fashioned way. It contains less fat, and is naturally soft. Once you have tasted it, you won’t be able to stop.

Location
Located at Witthayu Intersection Circle, in front of Soi Sri Uthai 20
Opening Hours
• Daily, approx. from 16.00 hrs. onwards
Prices
• $

Thai Dessert Cafe

ทัย (Thai Dessert Cafe)

What better way to escape the afternoon heat than with an iced coffee and delicious Thai desserts.

ทัย (Thai Dessert Cafe)

Thai Dessert Cafe, is a sweet attractive café that offers hard-to-find Thai desserts, such as Ja Mongkut, Dara Thong, Phaka Krong, and many others, which are rich in coconut milk. Most of them feature a smooth texture and is perfectly sweetened.

ทัย (Thai Dessert Cafe)

The reason their desserts are so delicious is partly because the shop got its recipe from a teacher in the palace, i.e. when Princess Chakri opened a class on how to make Thai desserts for the Uthai Thani locals for free.

During the evenings, the shop will transform from its chic atmosphere into a restaurant and bar.

Location
205 5 Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• 10.00 – 16.00 hrs., 18.00 – 22.00 hrs.
• Closed on Mondays
Prices
• $ – $$
Contact Information
• FB: Thaicafe.Uthaithani

Cafes in Uthai Thani

The naughty cat at Prize Coffee

For coffee lovers, Uthai Thani also features several nice hidden cafes, all of which are mostly managed by the owners themselves.

Prize Coffee
Prize Coffee
มาลิณีคาเฟ่ (Marine Cafe)
Marine Cafe
Craft Coffee Slow Bar
Craft Coffee Slow Bar

Most of them can offer expert advice on coffee and have a wide variety of coffee beans to choose from. What’s your favorite bean, how do you like it roasted, just consult the barista.

Recommended cafes to visit: Prize Coffee, Marine Cafe, and Craft Coffee Slow Bar.

Location
• Prize Coffee: 53/5 Si Nam Seum Road, Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
• Marine Cafe: 333, Hat Thanong, Mueang Uthai Thani District
• Craft Coffee Slow Bar: 217 Tha Chang Rd, Uthai Mai, Mueang Uthai Thani District
Opening Hours
• Most of the cafes are open daily from early morning until 16.00 hrs.
• Marine Cafe is closed on Mondays.
Prices
• $ – $$

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