About Ban PhaeoTraversed by canals and waterways that have long served as a means of transport and trade, Ban Phaeo is the main hub of the surrounding agricultural farmlands. It lies on the doorstep of two of Bangkok’s most popular floating markets and within a province famed for its salt production.
Things to do
Khlong Damnoen Saduak cuts through the centre of Ban Phaeo, with the canal built in the mid-19th century by King Mongkut. It still serves as the main trade centre today, with a small floating market operating between its wooden stilt houses and the temples of Wat Tham Chariya Phirom and Wat Mai Ratnukul.
Ban Phaeo makes a great base for visiting the ever-popular Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in the neighbouring province of Ratchaburi. You can photograph its boat-based vendors and shop for local souvenirs while soaking up the bustling atmosphere.
If your visit coincides with the weekend, then head to the Amphawa Floating Market which is renowned for its seafood dishes. Feast on freshly cooked prawns on the edge of the canal or jump aboard a traditional longtail boat to explore the surrounding villages and hidden temples.
Interested in Thailand’s Buddhist architecture? Spend a day temple-hopping along the Tha Chin River. Visit ancient Wat Bang Pla, an important site to the local Mon community, and explore the modern Wat Tha Mai that is famed for its amulets and talismans.
Ban Phaeo is around one-hour drive from Bangkok’s city centre and connected by regular buses and minivans. It’s easily combined with a day trip to the Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa floating markets, either by private tour or with a rented motorbike.