Sing Buri is 142 kms. north of Bangkok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It was established in the year 1895 during the reign of King Rama V through a consolidation of three small riverside towns including Sing Buri, In Buri, and Phrom Buri. The province currently occupies an area of 822 square kilometres and is divided into six districts (Amphoes): Muang Sing Buri, In Buri, Bang Rachan, Khai Bang Rachan, Phrom Buri and Tha Chang.
How To Get There
a) From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) and Highway No. 32 to Sing Buri via Ayutthaya and Ang Thong.
b) From Bangkok, travel to Ayutthaya via Highway No. 32, then proceed along Highway No. 309 to Sing Buri via Ang Thong.
Both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses depart from Mochit 2 Bus Terminal to Sing Buri every day. Call 0 2936 2852-66 for more information.
Festivals Khai Bang Rachan Hero Day
Khai Bang Rachan Hero Day is usually held between February 4-6 at the Khai Bang Rachan Park. Activities include homage rituals to pay homage to the sculpture of Phra Achan Thammachot, historical about the heroes of Bang Rachan accompanied by Light and Sound Presentation, together with local entertainment and exhibition of Sing Buri's products.
Sing Buri Fish-Eating and Red Cross Fair
Sing Buri Fish-Eating and Red Cross Fair Being close to many natural water ways, Sing Buri is well known for abundant fish particularly the Mae La catfish. The province is also where the Khrua Hua Pa recipe originated. The fair features some of Song Buris best culinary creation, usually held in late December each year.
Traditional Boat Race
Traditional Boat Race is held yearly in September on the Chao Phraya River in front of the old town hall. This exciting and colourful event attracts entries from many provinces viewing for the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy.
Bamboo wickerwork and products made from palm leaves are produced at Ban Ranam, Mu 6, Tambon Chi Nam Rai, Amphoe In Buri.
Famous local products of Sing Buri include Khanom Pia or Chinese cake made in Amphoe In Buri .
Mae Sai Chais Salapao
Mae Sai Chais Salapao, with a Guangchow recipe, is available at shops on Wilaichit Road. Pork products including Kunchiang and Mu Yong are good souvenir for the good smell and perfect taste.
Pla Chon Mae La
The snakehead mullet caught in Sing Buri, known as Pla Chon Mae La is noted for its large size and quality flesh. Many local restaurants along Highway No.32 serve delicious fish menus, such as baked fish with broiled vegetables, steamed and grilled fish.
Wat Phra Prang and Ancient Kilns
This ancient site is located in Tambon Choeng Klat, Amphoe Bang Rachan, 17 km. west of the the town. The temple contains an old pagoda of the Lop Buri style assumed to have been constructed during the reign of King Narai the Great. The pagoda measures 15 metres high and has some Buddha images at its base. Not far from the pagoda, 3-4 ruined ancient kilns have been discovered. They were used for firing earthenware during the Ayutthaya period. The kilns were relatively large and once produced jars, bowls, mortars, pots, gable tops, and floor tiles.
In Buri National Museum
This museum is situated inside a temple called Wat Bot. It exhibits several old objects such as King Rama Vs palanquin, large shadow play figures, various styles of Phat Yot (monk ranking ecclesiastical fans), a Green Stone Buddha Image, and an ancient sugar cane crushing machine.
This is an old temple constructed in an unusual style having iron rails as the core of the lower part. The window and door panels of the chapel were carved exquisitely by the best artisan of Sing Buri, a man by the name of Chuen Hathakosol, who devoted 10 years of his life doing this piece of work.
Monument of Bang Rachan Heroes
This is situated in Amphoe Khai Bang Rachan, 13 kms. southwest of the town on Route No. 3032. The statues refer to the villagers of Bang Rachan who bravely fought against the Burmese army in 1765 during the reign of King Ekkathat of Ayutthaya. In spite of many more troops than the villagers, the Burmese had to make eight attacks before the villagers were defeated due to their shortage of weapons.
Wat Phikun Thong
This temple in Tambon Wihan Khao, Amphoe Tha Chang, is 9 kms. from Wat Phra Non Chaksi. Visitors come here to pay homage to the statue of Luang Pho Phae, a famous former abbot of the temple. The temple also houses Thailands largest sitting Buddha image, 23 metres wide and 42 metres high, made of concrete and decorated with golden mosaic.
Wat Pho Kao Ton
This temple is near the Monument of Bang Rachan Heroes. It was the base where the Bang Rachan villagers resisted the Burmese attacks. A replica of the ancient fortress, identical to the original, was constructed. In a chapel, there is the statue of Phra Achan Thammachot, who was both a monk and a leader of the Bang Rachan's heroes.
Old Court and City Hall
These two European style buildings are located on Wilaichit Road by the Chao Phraya River in the town. Both are constructed at the same period, some 90 years ago during the reign of King Rama V. They are still in perfect condition.
Wat Na Phrathat
This temple, first called Wat Hua Muang by the villagers, is located 1 km. west of Wat Phra Non Chaksi. It houses an ancient brick pagoda which was built during the ancient Khmers glory. The pagoda was later renovated during the early Ayutthaya period. This area is assumed to have been the ancient site of Sing Buri.
Wat Phra Non Chaksi
This temple is 4 kms. south of the town along the Sing Buri-Suphan Buri route. It houses a huge Sukhothai-style reclining Buddha image, which is revered by the local people and renowned for its large size, almost 46 metres long.
Wat Sawang Arom
This temple is situated in the town. It is a centre for Buddha image sculpture. The technique was handed down from the Ban Chang Lo School in Thon Buri. A collection of 300 Nang Yai or shadow play figures at this temple is considered the most complete in Thailand.