The small, charming sub-district of Sapphaya in Chai Nat has a time stands still kind of vibes. As a province along the Chao Phraya River, Chai Nat played a crucial role during the time when Siam’s main commuting routes were rivers and canals. And this riverside sub-district a major portal spot along the way. Now, some of the classic past of this town is well preserved.
Coming here, observing their century-old all-wooden police station. Built during the heyday of the province, this elevated police station boasts intricate woodcarving, perforated gables that echo the popular tropical architecture of the time. Now listed as Thailand’s registered historical site, this police station is pointed for a complete restoration. Locals come here to observe the premises and also to pay tribute to the much revered ‘Luang Pu Feung’ Buddha image.
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Attractions near Chai Nat
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Wat Klai Kangwon
An ancient temple dating back to the Lop Buri era (9th – 12th century), this once-abandoned temple underwent a major renovation in 1967. Now, it’s a major sacred ground of the province with a very lengthy fence that goes on for more than 5 kilometers.
Chai Nat Bird Park
Considered Asia’s largest aviary, Chai Nat Bird Park, covering over 26 rai, is home to more than 100 species of birds – all with plenty of space, although not total freedom like they would really wish, to fly around and amidst other animals kept in a zoo-like atmosphere.
Wat Phra Boromthat Worawihan
Formerly known as ‘Wat Sri Sa Mueang’ this ancient temple is considered the guardian of the Chai Nat people. Featured here is the Ayutthaya-period architecture and 700-years old much-revered Luangpho Yai.