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Sangkhlaburi

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Country rank: 11 out of 31 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: Kanchanaburi Province


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Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: November to March (Read More)

Nearest Airport: bangkok (Check Flights)

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"Dense jungles and charming temples"

Sangkhlaburi Tourism

Sangkhlaburi is a high altitude city at the ends of Thailand, just 25 kilometers from Burma border. It has the beautiful Vajiralongkorn Lake (Khao Laem) where most travellers take a boat ride, rest and enjoy the day. Most part of the city is covered by dense forests and limestone ranges. Sunken temple and Temple Wat Mon are the two unique and spectacular temples which should be a must visit in Sangkhlaburi.

Sangkhlaburi is a culturally diverse area with Karen, Mon, Thai and Burmese settlers. A lot of Burmese residents face inequality issues because they are not Thai citizens, but still everyone manages to live cooperatively. The weather being cool because of the high altitude and presence of the Vajiralongkorn lake, it adds an increased charm to this destination. It is divided into the 'town centre' and 'Mon village', both of which are connected by the second longest hand-made bridge in the world, the 'wooden bridge'. A seven hours journey from Bangkok will get you to this stunning beauty. Sangkhlaburi remains one of the favorite tourist attractions of Thailand.

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Around 45 years ago, the valley of Sangkhlaburi belonged to the Mon community entirely. Later in 1984, much of the village got submergedunder water and then it got divided into two parts, the town centre and Mon village, linked by the famous wooden bridge. It was founded by Luang Phor Uttama in 1949 who fled from Burma with many Mon families along with him.

Sangkhlaburi is not very popular when it comes to nightlife in comparison to other cities of Thailand. It doesnt have the fancy western style pubs and bars. Some guesthouses have pubs insidethem, but they're usually low-key. The local restaurants sell cheap beer and wine, so you can pick drinks up from there and enjoy it near the lake side. Western bar is one bar that has foreigners and good alcohol.

The Karen locals brought along with them the authentic Karen clothes which are woven and sewn in Sangkhlaburi now. Scarves, clothes, bags and many more things are woven by the women here. These act as beautiful souvenirs for tourists. There is a great local market between Thetsaban 2 and Thetsaban 1, many food shops and coffee shops too.

Some of the hotels in Sangkhlaburi accept credit and debit cards. But most guesthouses and local vendors accept only cash.

Sangkhlaburi has only one bank and ATM, the Siam Commercial Bank. So all the money exchanges can be done here. To be on the safer side, you should exchange currency in Bangkok before travelling here.

A daily budget of 600-700 Baht would be enough to travel in Sangkhlaburi. This would include 200 Baht on food, 100 Baht on alcohol or coffee, 100 Baht for getting around, 100 Baht for shopping, and 100 Baht for tourist entry fees.

Buddhism is the key religion followed in Sangkhlaburi.

Sangkhlaburi being a famous tourist destination, there arent many clothing restrictions. You can dress as you please according to the weather, however, it is advisable to cover yourself appropriately while visiting a temple. All the settlements of Sangkhlaburi are very calm people and extremely friendly to guests in their city. So good behaviour is desired from the tourists in return. Tipping is not a compulsion, although, good services should be appreciated.

The common language spoken in Sangkhlaburi is Thai, with a small population speaking Mon too. Most of the hotels and guesthouses have staff who can communicate in English. However, some local vendors and drivers might speak only Mon or Thai. So learning a few basic phrases can help you communicate better. A Mon local might understand very little, so an easy word to remember is 'Dangoon' for 'Thank you'.

Sangkhlaburi being multi cultural with Mon, Karen, Thai and Burmese population, it has a variety of authentic food options. The market sells some really famous boat noodles and pumpkin custard. English menus are rare here, however when in Sangkhlaburi, it is best advised to dig into the local Thai and Karen food, which is served best at the See Daeng restaurant.


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