About 100 kms away from our guesthouse in an mountainous landscape, Suan Phueng is situated in Ratchaburi Province and borders with the province of Kanchanaburi.
Suan Phueng is a daytime destination. As soon as the sun sets all shops close.Then Suan Phueng returns to be a sleepy border town. But Suan Phuen has some natural attractions that makes it a pleasurable one-day excursion.
Baan Hom Tien, literally the house of the good smelling candles, is a specialty shop for people who love scented candles. Besides Baan Hom Tien has also some lovely souvenir shops selling a creative collection of souvenirs that reminds the Hippy culture of the 68ers, such as woven panama hats and hand-painted jute bags and much more.
The most popular of The countless floating markets in Thailand is the floating market in Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi.
You will go on a small boat through the busy water canals and stop at small shops with plenty of food and souvenirs.
The floating market opens early in the morning and everything will be closed around 11 a.m.
Therefore we will take you there the day before. In the evening we take you on a boat trip to the fireflies of Amphawa swarming in the trees along the river bank. It is the best place for firefly watching in Thailand.
Scenes at Floating Market Damnoen Saduak
"Ratchaburi" means "the land of the king"
The Tenasserim hills in the west of Ratchaburi Province form the border with Burma. Suan Phueng is located in this area. Ratchaburi was part of Suvarnabhumi, the golden land from "India beyond the Ganges" at the period of the reign of the Great King Asoka of India, who announced the Lord Buddha's teachings around 325 B.C.
In the eastern part of the Province lies Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, much favoured by tourists. In the north of the Province is the district of Ban Pong, where the construction of the notorious Death Railway of World War Two began.
Wat Mahathat Worawihan is located on top of a hill in the centre of Petchaburi and can be seen from miles away. This Royal temple dates back to the late Khmer era. The first structures of Wat Mahathat were built between 8 to 10 centuries ago.
Prachuap Khirikhan is a small fishing town with beautiful lonesome beaches all around. Prachuap is situated 300 kms south of Country Guesthouse.
None of Prachuap's beaches is crowded. Tourists are mostly Thais and they come for the weekend only.
Prachuap was until recently a calm and quiet province town known only by thai nationals. Nowadays some new built hotels and guesthouses welcome their guests, but Prachuap has still conserved the charme of old time Thailand.
Very nice and excellent seafood is served all around in town.