Ang Thong is a small province located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River having an area of 968 square kilometers. It is a low basin of sandy soil having much rain during the rainy season. Ang Thong is only 108 kilometers along the Asian Highway from Bangkok. It is administratively divided into seven Amphoes: MuangAngThong, Chaiyo, Pa Mok, Pho Thong, Sawaengha, Wiset Chai Chan and Samko.
ANG THONG's ATTRACTIONS
Wat Chaiyo Worawihan This monastery, located 18 kilometers from Amphoe Muang, houses Phra Maha Phuttha Phim which is in the attitude of meditation. It was built bySomdet Phra Phutthachan (To Phrom Rangsi) of Wat Rakhang during the reign of King Rama IV. This Buddha image is highly respected by inhabitants of Ang Thong Province and the neighbouring provinces especially for those who collect small Buddha images. They have the in depth knowledge that the amulets called "Somdet Wat Chaiyo" are very popular and very difficult to be located.
Reclining Buddha of Wat Khun Inthapramun This 50 meters reclining Buddha is housed in Wat Khun Inthapramun, Amphoe Pho Thong, 11 kilometers from the township. The monastery is located in the open air of the rice fields having no roof due to the Wihan housing the image being in ruins. In front of this image lies a statue of a man who, according to the legend, is Khun Inthapramun, a revenue officer who secretly took away the official money to enlarge the original 40 meters construction of the image. When the king heard about that and interrogated him where from he obtained the money he did not answer and was whipped to death, thus originating the name of this monastery as Wat Khun Inthapramun.
Wat Pho Thong This monastery is located in Amphoe Pho Thong, nine kilometers from the Amphoe Office. Here Prince Uthumphon (Khun Luang Ha Wat) resided during his second monkhoodperiod. He caused the construction of a place of interest,e.g.,Kham Yat Hall as his residential compartment. Amphoe Pho Thong is famed for the beautiful craftsmanship in inventing the wicker-ware items of special Dok Phikun design which are usually bought by the tourist as souvenirs.
Wat Phra Phuttha Saiyat Pa Mok This monastery is a royal grade monastery (Wora Wihan) located at Amphoe Pa Mok,18 kilometers from Amphoe Muang. There is a very old Reclining Buddha image which is 22.58 meters long. It is found in the royal record that King Naresuan also stopped over to convene his troops and pay homage to this Reclining Buddha prior to leading the army to fight King Maha Uparacha of Burma.
Ban Bang Phae Drum Making Village This village is located in the vicinity of Amphoe Pa Mok and accessible by the road passing the Municipality Office which is parallel to the Yang Mani Irrigation Canal, after which one enters the village situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. Drums produced in this village vary the small souvenir size to the very large temple size.
Wat Sa Kaeo This monastery, originally named Wat Sa Kae and built in 1699, is located 15 kilometers from Ayutthaya along Highway 309 (AyutthayaAng Thong route) with a left turn into the monastery. Wat Sa Kaeo partly serves as an orphanage for a large number of children. Also situated within the precincts of the monastery is "Samakkhi-samakhan," a cloth weaving project under royal demand under the Ministry of Industry. Many kinds of cloth are woven here such as cotton, long simple skirt, loincloth, etc.
Ban Bang Sadet Miniature Doll Centre under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. This is a small village where people manage to improve their standard of living by making miniature dolls as an additional occupation under the royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. The Dolls are on display at the sermon hall of Wat Tha Sutthawat and also available at Chitralada shops.