Chai Nat Tourist Information
Chai Nat established during the Ayutthaya period, was an important town several times as a base to confront the Burmese army. The Burmese were defeated every time, thus originating the name of Chai Nat (place of victory).
Chai Nat occupies an area of 2,469 square kilometers and is administratively divided into six Amphoes: Wang, Hankha, Manorom, Samkhaburi, Sapphaya, and Wat Sing.
CHAI NAT's ATTRACTIONS
Wat Thanmamun This monastery, located at the foot hill area of Thanmamun Hill on the bank of the Chao Phraya River,Tambon Thanmamun, Amphoe Muang Chai Nat, is eight kilometers from the township. It has been established since the Ayutthaya period. The main attraction is a standing Buddha in the attitude of peace named "Luang Pho Thammachak" which is highly respected by the people. There is an annual celebration fair.
Chai Nat Bird Park This is located 2 kilometrers on the Asian Highway outside Chai Nat near Phlong Hill, Tambon Khao Tha Phra. The park is located on an area of 375 rai with huge bird cages, swimming pool, scenery hall, gardens,suspension bridge, and souvenir shops.
Chao Phraya Dam It is eight kilometers from Chai Nat township where the road branches off at Khung Bang Kabian, Tambon Bang Luang, Amphoe Sapphaya. It is a large dam having a total length of 238 meters and a height of 14 meters. It was completed in the year 1956.
Wat Karuna Located near the Chao Phraya Dam, it house a revernd Buddha image highly respected by Chai Nat inhabitants. The name of that image is Phra Phuttha Maha Sila or Luang Pho Hin Yai, This wat is regarded as the monastery of the dam.
Wat Phra Boromthat Chai Nat This monastery is accessible through the road branching off from the Chao Phraya Dam on the right to Amphoe Sankha Buri; by following the old road one can see it on the right hand side.
Chai Nat Muni National Museum This is located within the precincts of Wat Phra Borommathat. The museum puts on display several kinds of artifacts discovered within Chai Nat Province including Buddha images of different gestures. Thai and Chinese ceramics, as well as various types of votive tablets with an expectation that the museum will eventually become the votive tablet centre with most tablets in the country.
Straw Bird Fair This annual fair is organized by making good use of straw, a by-product in rice farming. Various species of huge straw birds will come perching on elaborately decorated floats during the straw bird procession slated for early February of each year. After the competition, all straw birds will be displayed in front of the Chai Nat City Hall. Local products and agricultural crops will also be available in the fair.