Ang Thong

Ang Thong Province Central Thailand

Ang Thong Province (The Golden Bowl) is situated Central Thailand and lies North of Bangkok. It is totally flat plain which is well suited for rice growing.

Therein is the clue to it's name of 'The Golden Bowl' for the rice farming is a major part of the province's economy and has made it one of the wealthiest provinces in Thailand.

The Chao Phraya River runs through the province - as does the lesser river Noi - and as such provides the water needed for rice growing. The river Noi was instrumental in halting advancing Burmese armies in days gone by.

The province is also known for native handicraft work - notably moulded dolls and wicker work.

Ang Thong Province is home to over 200 temples - one of which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in Thailand measuring Fifty metres from head to toe.

Reclining Buddha at Wat Khun Inthapramun Ang Thong Central ThailandWat Khun Inthapramun

Unfortunately, this Buddha - magnificent as it is - has rather stolen the limelight from the rest of this interesting province.

The rivers which run through the province, are the lifeline for an extensive network of hand made canals, which in themselves, feed the rice fields, and also act as a communication line between many who live and work here.

A canal boat trip will open your eyes to this interesting area of Thailand.

There are seven districts (Amphoes) in Ang Thong, being - Amphoe Mueang Ang Thong | Wiset Chai Chan | Sawaeng Ha | Pa Mok | Pho Thong | Chaiyo | Samko.