Most tourists in Thailand either go to Chiang Mai and the north or the islands of the South. Central Thailand isn’t as enticing. I myself, when traveling through Thailand a few years ago, only stopped off at Sukothai and Ayutthaya.
To be honest, this is fair. The middle of Thailand isn’t as interesting or relaxing as the tourist hotspots. And it’s so hot. But there are some cool places in central Thailand, with tons of history and cultural sights.
One such place is Suphanburi (just called Suphan by the locals.)
Nahia Chai (LIFESTYLE AND SPIRIT OF THAI FARMERS LEARNING CENTER)
It’s an insult to call someone a buffalo in Thai but the weird thing is that actually buffalos are super rad. Here, you can feed or pet them and explore an open air museum, plus see all kinds of rice growing and get harvested.
Giant Mungkorn (Dragon)
Behold. The world’s biggest dragon statue. Inside is a museum, but it was too expensive so I can’t tell you if I liked it. Still with all the great statues (including the coolest horoscope statues I’ve seen in Asia) and pagodas and fish ponds and temples, I spent 2 hours here. The Dragon lights up at night too.
Hell Market at Wat Phra Loi
There is a great market here, one of the best I’ve been to in all of Thailand, scattered through the woods. But behind the market is the craziest thing you’ll see all week.
Wat Sampa Siw aka Doraemon Temple
Adding new characters is a great idea. The murals here are like a mystery, with characters hidden amongst the traditional motifs.