Sangkhla Buri Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by davidjo
  • Sunrise Over Mon Bridge
    Sunrise Over Mon Bridge
    by somsakmah
  • Three Pagoda Pass
    Three Pagoda Pass
    by somsakmah

Sangkhla Buri Things to Do

  • THE LONGEST WOODEN BRIDGE IN THAILAND

    One of the reasons to visit the town is to admire the wonderful wooden bridge (the longest in Thailand at 1500 ft long) that was constructed by the Mon people so they could reach the town from their villages. Since this photo was taken the Mon built a second bridge that is lower, because the original bridge was destroyed by a storm and as far as i...

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  • Sangkhlaburi Night Market

    Sangkhlaburi started this night market recently and so far it has been an instant success. The night market is on every Saturday night, in front of the Sangkhlaburi Hospital. The street is turned into a "walking street", i.e. no cars allowed. Here, one can see stalls selling food, souvenirs, clothes, women accessories and jewellery, and...

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  • Chedi Buddha Khaya

    This shrine is really part of Wat Wang Wiwekaram (see my other post) but because it is geographically in a different location, I choose to setup a new post. This shrine was built by the Mon people and completed in 1989, and HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was present for the enshrining ceremony. The chief attraction here is the 59-meter-tall...

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  • Wat Wang Wiwekaram

    This is the most important temple in Sangkhlaburi and is also known as the Mon Temple. Some websites list this temple as the pride of the Mon people. This temple was the residence of the Mon's chief abbot Luang Pho Uttama (who passed away in 2006 at the age of 97). A statue of Luang Pho Uttama can be found in the main prayer hall.Another chedi...

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  • Thai-Myanmar Border of Sangkhlaburi

    At 3-Pagoda Pass, there is a small border pass between Sangkhlaburi, Thailand and Myanmar. Foreigners are NOT allowed to pass. (This photographer tried asking the border guards but was advised not to.)However at sunset, one can see scores of burmese nationals - mostly women - making their way back to Myanmar from Sangkhlaburi. I was told that they...

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  • Sangkhlaburi's Morning Market

    While this may not really be classified as a tourist attraction, the morning market is still a good place to visit and view the way of life of the residents of this town. The market itself is not very big, and is sandwiched between the 2 streets Thetsaban 1 and Thetsaban 2. One can see, just like other towns in Thailand, monks walking around...

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  • Huge Buddhist Statues At Wat Somdet

    Not much literature is available on this temple called Wat Somdet, but one cannot miss it. Anyone driving to Sangkhlaburi town (from the direction of Kanchanaburi/Bangkok) will see a huge reclining buddha on the left and 9 big buddist statues in sitting positions on the right. This is a temple built by the Mon tribe and inside you can see a picture...

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  • The Selfless Animal Sanctuary Of...

    NOT the usual tourist destination, but for dog lovers who have a little bit of time to spare in Sangkhlaburi, do drop by and either volunteer some time or make a donation. This Animal Sanctuary aims to provide temporary shelter for dogs who are injured, ill treated or abandoned by their owners, then find a new home or return to the streets after...

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  • Historical Three-Pagoda Pass

    Three Pagoda Pass, or Phra Chedi Saam Ong in Thai, is a historical border crossing at the Tenasserim mountain between Thailand and Myanmar. This pass has great historical importance because it is through this pass that the Burmese invaded Thailand, and vice versa. During World War II the Japanese build the infamous Death Railway through this pass....

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  • Longest Wooden Bridge In Thailand

    The Mon Bridge is the longest wooden bridge in Thailand, spanning 850 meters across the Songkhla river. A few websites put the length as 400 meters, but I think 850 meters is more accurate. This bridge connects the Mon village on one side and the town of Sangkhlaburi on the other, facilitating travel between both sides of the river, although...

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  • take thai dance or making tofu lesson

    Scenn teaches simple folk dances in a few fun filled lessons. Depends of your ability, my partner took 1 hour to learn and i took 1 hour per day for 3 days. Anyway we could give a mini performance for an audience Scenn arranged.The Tofu took us a bit longer. Half a day for the milk then wait to see the result of tofu the next day.Then we took more...

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  • Mon Wooden Bridge

    This is supposingly the longest wooden bridge for pedestrian and vehicle to the Mon Village from the town, but now a new concrete bridge has been build and no vehicle and drive on this bridge anymore.

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  • The Three Pagoda

    The Three Pagoda marks the final border to Myanmar. This three pagoda was first build with stones being stack up to mark the border with the burmese by King Rama I. These pagoda are no taller than 8ft in height with a diameter no larger and 6ft. There is a also a Thai-Japanese peace temple with an old rail track in front of this temple. This is...

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  • Floating houses

    Most of the small villages and settlements along the lake shores have floating houses: very picturesque.Some of them work also as guesthouses.

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  • The wooden bridge

    This is the longest wooden bridge in Thailand. It crosses a section of the lake, leading to as small village inhabited by Mons (a Burmese tribe).It is about one hour pleasant walk from Sangkhlaburi and definitely worth a visit.

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  • The lake

    The huge Khao Laem Lake is artificial and exists only since 1983 when a dam was built on the Khwae Noi river.It is possible to rent boats or canoes and explore the lake on your own.

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  • Three Pagodas

    Thats where the name of the "Three Pagodas Highway" comes from. Three little saint Pagodas in the small village at the border crossing

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  • one of the longest wooden bridges in...

    This bridge is very special. It's going across the lake, about 200 metres. It is 30-40 metres above lake level and while walking on it you can see the water underneath your feet, because the wooden planks are built in a distance of about 50 cm. At first you are a little scared, but since there are many Thai people safely crossing the bridge, I...

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Sangkhla Buri Restaurants

  • Steamed Snakehead fish!

    This is quite a big restaurant (comparatively in Sangkhlaburi) at one corner of Thetsaban 2 street. Their most famous dish, at least that's what the waiter said to me, is the steamed snakehead fish with soy sauce, which is known for their strong fishy smell as well as good nutrition on the other. Ginger is used to get rid of the fishy smell but for...

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  • Riverside Dining

    This place is just next to the Songkhalia River, on the way to 3-pagoda pass, but I couldn't find the name or address of this eatery. There are about 4-5 different restaurants here. Basic straw shelters are built along the Songkhalia River and diners sit on the mat to eat. Standard Thai food is served here. Some of the locals also jump into the...

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  • Tasty Vegetarian Cakes, anyone?

    For a bakery that doesn't use ingredients such as eggs and garlic (in order to be vegetarian), the quality of their cakes and brownies is fantastic. This bakery is part of a charity organization called Baan Unrak Children's Home, providing shelter and education for homeless children in Sangkhlaburi. Profits from the sales of their food is channeled...

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Sangkhla Buri Warnings and Dangers

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    by yellowstar Written May 19, 2003

    There is only one bank in Sankhla Buri. I would recommend to bring enough money to be able to stay in the village for a few days without withdrawing money.
    The bank doesn't accept ec-cards. they only give you an advance on your credit card.

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Sangkhla Buri Off The Beaten Path

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    by yellowstar Written Feb 21, 2003

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    One of the three border-crossings from Thailand to Burma is located here.
    Sometimes they just shut down the border because of political differences. For tourists it's not obvious.
    Anyway, if it's closed it's not funny to cross it anyway. I did, because of a sign "tourists welcome". Suddenly a Burmesian soldier ran out of a house with a gun in his hands and held it towards me - giving me the uncontradictary sign to not move further... He raised his hand and showed clearly that I should better get back on the Thai side quickly... When I returned to Thailand a Thai soldier looked at me and told me in poor English that I should better not cross the border... He could have told me before.

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Sangkhla Buri Favorites

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    by yellowstar Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Rent a motorbike and drive around the area! It's worth it. You will see snakes crossing the street. You will see little, tiny villages and the way people live here - away from too many western influences.
    I came across a procession (picture). I still don't know exactly what it was.

    Fondest memory: In one of those tiny villages I suddenly had a flat tire. No western around to help me. A Thai came up to me and showed me - all without understandable words - a little garage where I could let it repair. Two about 14 year old guys were the owner of this garage and repaired it for 60 baht. This price was probably a rip off, but I thought it was cheap and was relieved when I could return to my guesthouse...

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