One of the best parts about visiting Thailand is to sample some of its colourful culture and Buddhist delights. The choice of temples throughout the Kingdom is merely breathtaking. Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan is located in the eastern region of Thailand in the Chachoengsao Province and is one of the most revered temple complexes in this part of the kingdom.
There are supposedly over 40,000 Buddhist temples in Thailand alone. The figure is simply staggering. Over 90% of the Kingdom’s population are Buddhists, which means every part of society (in some way) linked to religion.
Visiting the Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan
Wat Sothon Wararam is the main temple in the Chachoengsao region and dates back to the time of Ayutthaya when the city was the capital of Thailand before Bangkok.
The temple sits next to the Bang Pakong River and is home to various Buddha images such as the revered image of Luang Pho Sothon. You will find this image in the chapel that built with the design style of the Rattanakosin period in Thai history. It thought that this chapel is the largest of its kind in Thailand.
The story of the temple that Luang Pho Sothon was one of three brothers that had to run away from Ayutthaya for various reasons. As they floated along the river, many of the people living in the town tried to encourage the brothers to come on land to stay at their temple. They ignored most of the invites until they accepted the offerings from the Chachoengsao people.
The image of Luang Pho Sothon is 1,65 meters in width and 1.48 meters in height. If you are travelling to the temple, we would recommend you visit in the week, because at weekends the place is packed with people from Bangkok who make the pilgrimage to see the image.
Touring the Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan
Scattered around the temple grounds, you will find a host of souvenir stores and food and drink vendors where you can get a snack. We recommend you try out the favourite sweet treat called Khanom Jaak. Behind the temple, you will also be able to book a boat tour from the pier that will take you on a journey of the local markets.
Also, make sure you check out the building that is located next to the chapel to see some cool traditional Thai dancing.
The temple is open from 7 am to 4:30 pm in the week and from 7 am to 5 pm on the weekend and also on public holidays. Make sure you are wearing proper clothing when visiting the temple. Sleeveless shirts and shorts are not permitted, no short skirts for women as well.
If you are staying in Bangkok, a trip to Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan will take approximately 3 hours. However, if you are holidaying in Pattaya, Chon Buri or Rayong, the journey will take you half the time. If you are interested in Thai Buddhism, this will make for the ideal day trip.
Visiting the Wat Saman Rattanaram
Located in Chachoengsao province, Wat Saman Rattanaram is exactly the place where you can see Hindu deities highly respected by Thais. This temple sits on an island surrounded by waters of Bang Pakong River from every side, but you will hardly notice it unless you have a flying drone with a camera.
Wat Saman Rattanaram influenced by Hindu and a lovely place to discover. Many beautiful images of Hindu deities at Wat Saman Rattanaram. Ganesha one can find the four-faced Phra Phrom, which is the Thai representation of the deva Brahma.
A giant sculpture of Indra sitting on the back of his elephant Erawan and Phra Rahu. Two Naga serpents by the river’s bank and among other carvings.
Map & More
Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan
Address: 134 Thep Khunakon Rd, Tambon Na Muang, Amphoe Mueang Chachoengsao, Chang Wat Chachoengsao 24000
GPS Location: 13.671939, 101.070591
Wat Saman Rattanaram
Address: Thanon O Bo To Chachoengsao 2012, Kon Kaeo, Amphoe Mueang Chachoengsao, Chang Wat Chachoengsao 24000
GPS Location: 13.6762932 ,101.081399