Chai Nat Province is a small quiet and
tranquil region situated on the eastern banks of Chao Phraya River. It was used
as a military base in ancient times. Chai Nat Bird Park is the most popular tourist
attraction in this region. This park houses almost 100 species of birds who
live and nest in trees and caves. There are several ancient Buddhist temples
and shrines that are known for their exquisite woodcarvings, beautiful stuccos
and intricate murals. The most outstanding among these are Wat Phra Borommathat
Worawihan, Wat Thammamun, Wat Intharam and Wat Karuna, which were built near
the Chao Phraya River. There are a few temples located near the Noi River and
these include Wat Mahathat and Wat Thammikawat.
One of the several significances of this region is
the Khuean Chao Phraya. This was the first dam built in Thailand for
irrigational purposes. This dam is famous for different varieties of
Chai Nat Province is famous for Pomelo
fruit. This fruit has been in existence for almost 100 years in this region.
Apart from growing this fruit, people in this region also make excellent
hand-woven rattan and bamboo products. Annual Straw Bird Fair is the most
popular festival in this region. During the fair, a variety of products made
from are displayed and sold.
Chai Nat is 194 kilometers from Bangkok. Tourists can hire
a car and travel through Ang Thong and Sing Buri to reach Chai Nat. Otherwise,
they can opt for a two and half hour bus journey from Bangkok’s Mochit 2 Bus
Terminal. The bus services are operated daily.