Visiting Suphan Buri

A lesser-visited area for Western tourists, Suphan Buri is about 1.5-2 hours from Bangkok by private car and has some interesting attractions. All trips are customized to your liking, but a day trip from Bangkok could look something like this:

The huge Celestial Dragon “statue” which is also the building that houses the Dragon Descendants museum

The huge Celestial Dragon “statue” which is also the building that houses the Dragon Descendants museum

Suggested Itinerary: Suphan Buri
(timings are approximate)

  • 8:00am: Meet at your hotel in Bangkok

  • 8:00am-10:00am: Drive to Suphan Buri city

  • 10:00am-12:00pm: Explore several Thai-Chinese sightseeing highlights (see below for ideas)

  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: Enjoy a tasty local lunch

  • 1:00pm-3:30pm: Check out other sightseeing highlights in Suphan Buri province like Wat Phai Rong Wua

  • 3:30pm-5:30pm: Drive back to your hotel in Bangkok including a coffee break at a neat local cafe

Pretty gate at the Celestial Dragon Village which celebrates Chinese culture in Thailand and China-Thailand cooperation

Pretty gate at the Celestial Dragon Village which celebrates Chinese culture in Thailand and China-Thailand cooperation

Suphan Buri Highlights

  • City Pillar Shrine

  • Celestial Dragon Village

  • Dragon Descendants Museum

  • National Museum Suphan Buri

  • Wat Phai Rong Wua (“Hell Temple”)

Chinese style Buddha images at one of the temples within Celestial Dragon village

Chinese style Buddha images at one of the temples within Celestial Dragon village

Celestial Dragon Village is home to a small replica Chinese town with several restaurants and shops

Celestial Dragon Village is home to a small replica Chinese town with several restaurants and shops

The entrance to the “Land of Hell” area at Wat Phai Rong Wua. This area is filled with imagery that reminds us why we should be good people and not end up suffering in “hell”

The entrance to the “Land of Hell” area at Wat Phai Rong Wua. This area is filled with imagery that reminds us why we should be good people and not end up suffering in “hell”

Most of the statues in the “Land of Hell” area at Wat Phai Rong Wua are explicit and frightening but frankly really interesting too

Most of the statues in the “Land of Hell” area at Wat Phai Rong Wua are explicit and frightening but frankly really interesting too

An interesting reminder of why we don’t want to end up in “hell”…

An interesting reminder of why we don’t want to end up in “hell”…

It’s not all scary at the massive Wat Phai Rong Wua temple complex, there’s an area focusing on “heaven”, too, as well as this huge white Buddha image overlooking the entire place

It’s not all scary at the massive Wat Phai Rong Wua temple complex, there’s an area focusing on “heaven”, too, as well as this huge white Buddha image overlooking the entire place