By train the journey from Cha Am to Ratchaburi is scheduled to take just over an hour.
Train Times from Cha Am to Ratchaburi
There are 2 daily train services from Cha Am to Ratchaburi.
- The fastest train from Cha Am to Ratchaburi is Train #168 departing from Cha Am at 01:49, and arriving 1 hours 17 minutes later in Ratchaburi at 03:06.
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Ratchaburi Railway Station
About Travel to Ratchaburi
The Central Region of Thailand has its own distinct culture and traditions and Ratchaburi is a great place to experience it. Unlike Bangkok which is a thriving commercial centre where development, and migration, has radically changed the way people live, in Ratchaburi the pace of life is a lot slower and local people has maintained a much stronger link to the traditional culture and way of life of the people of Central Thailand.
The major tourist attraction in Ratchaburi is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a modern creation, the development of which was strongly encouraged by the Tourist Authority of Thailand from the 1970s onward. The appearance of the market in a James Bond Film from 1974 had a massive impact on the development of tourism in Thailand after the end of the Vietnam War.
Nonetheless, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the two other less busy floating markets in Ratchaburi, Amphawa Floating Market and Tha Kha Floating Market, are modern incarnations of a long tradition of canal and river markets in Thailand. Road transport only became the main from transport in Thailand over the course of the first half of the 20th Century. Before that good and people were predominantly transported by water and markets were established on the waterways for the sale of those goods.
Modern day markets like Damnoen Saduak Floating Market now mostly sell food products to tourists, rather than wholesale agricultural products, however, it’s still a good representation of the past and the canals themselves are interesting.
Wat Mahathat Worawihan
For visitors interested in seeing a traditional Central Thailand style temple, then Wat Mahathat Worawihan is one of the best places to go. Wat Mahathat Worawihan was established in either the 10th or 11th Century and is one of the longest continuously functioning temples in Thailand.
The people of the Khmer Empire of Cambodia, whose capital city at the time was Angkor Wat, occupied much of Central Thailand in the 10th and 11th Centuries, including Ratchaburi. The original temple reflected Khmer, rather than Thai, architecture and religious beliefs. Wat Mahathat Worawihan has been altered and rebuilt many times since it was founded, but elements of Khmer culture, particularly the large central Prang towers, now coexist with the more traditional features of a Thai temple.
Caves in Ratchaburi
Outside of the town itself, Ratchaburi Province has two well known caves which attract lots of domestic tourists but not so many foreign visitors in part because these caves are difficult to reach by public transport.
The first of these caves is Khao Bin Cave, 25 km by road to the west of Ratchaburi Train Station. Khao Bin Cave has 8 chambers with impressive stalagmites and stalactites.
Also popular are the caves near Wat Khao Chong Phran, 30 km to the north of Ratchaburi Train Station. At dusk every evening large numbers of bats (hundreds of thousands) fly out from these hillside caves. It’s an amazing spectacle.