is located on the bank of Bang Pakong River, 24 kilometers upstream
from the mouth. It is believed to be a new town established in
the Ayutthaya period around the year 1549 during the reign of
King Maha Chakkraphat for armed force recruitment purposes. Chachoengsao
town was first found in the historical records during the reign
of King Maha Thammaracha when Thailand was in a weak situation
due to being defeted by the Burmese. Phraya Lawaek, a Khmer king,
saw that it was his good opportunity to locate Thai people to
be his work force.
He, then, led his army by land and water transportation
to forcefully take away a huge number of people from Chanthaburi,
Rayong, Chachoengsao, and Nakhon Nayok.
or as commonly called "Paet Riu", is some 100 kilometers
east of Bangkok occupying an area of 5.351 square kilometers.
Its area is a low basin suitable for cultivation, especially rice,
which is an economic crop providing the principal income to the
province. Chachoengsao is administratively divided into nine Amphoes
and two King Amphoes : Muang, Bang Khla, Bang Nam Prieo, Bang
Pakong, Ban Pho, Phanom Sarakham, Sanam Chai Khet, Plaeng Yao,
Ratchasan, King Amphoe Tha Takiap and King Amphoe Khlong Khuan.
Sothon Wararam Worawihan
This monastery houses Phra Phutthasothon or, as commonly called
by the local folk, "Luang Pho Sothon". This is a very
sacred Buddha image and is most revered by the people. The image
in the attitude of meditation having a lap width of 165 centimeters
and it is 198 centimeters in height. Wat Sothon is on the river
bank in Amphoe Muang approximately 2 kilometers south of Sala
Klang (the City Hall).
Legend says that there were three bronze cast Buddha images
floating down from Prachin Buri and they appeared at Sampathuan
Country of Chachoengsao. The villagers, after recognizing the
situation, tied the three images with ropes and tried to pull
them out of the water but they did not succeed. The three images
continued floating downstream. The big one later appeared at
Ban Laem of Samut Songkhram where the people of Ban Laem enshrined
him at Wat Ban Laem.
The small one appeared and was enshrined at Wat Bang Phli of
Samut Prakan. The medium sized one, Luang Pho Sothon, appeared
in front of Wat Sothon. The people helped and put their efforts
to pull it up from the water but they did not succeed the first
time. Then a man having good mind power built up a small shrine
for a ceremony paying homage to Phra Phuttha Sothon; they invited
him and pulled him up to be enshrined at Wat Sothon successfully
as can be currently seen. There are two annual fairs celebrating
Luang Pho Sothon; one falls on the middle of the 12th lunar
month and the other on the middle of the 5th lunar month.
Somdet Phra Si Nakharin Park
This is located in front of the Chachoengsao City Hall with a
total area of about 90 rai. The park is arranged like a local
garden with a large swamp in the middle surrounded by various
types of trees.
at Wat Pho Bang Khla
Wat Pho Bang Khla is located 17 km. along the Highway 304
- Kabin Buri route) with another 6 kilometers turn to Highway
3121 to Amphoe Bang Khla. Thousands of fruit eating bats, or flying
foxes, hang crowdedly on several big trees within the monastery.
Hin Son Development Study Center
It is on Phanom Sarakham - Kabin Buri Road between Km. 51 and 52 near Tambon Khao Hin Son and Tambon Ko Khanun, Amphoe Phanom Sarakham, and occupies an area of 1,929 rai (about 770 acres). Khao Hin Son is a hill having white sandy rocks thickly dotting the landscape and is one of the beautiful places in Chachoengsao. Within the area of the center are Phra Bowon Shrine; King Phra Pin Klao Monument located in the botanical garden zone; fast growing tree garden zone; crop cultivation experimental plots; fishery and livestock demonstrations; occupational training at the Special Folk Arts and Crafts Center under H.M. the Queen's patronage.
The royal idea of the present king originated the establishment of this Khao Hin Son Development Study Center.