This is one of the most impressive temples that I have visited during my time in Thailand. It’s located around35 Km’s from Bangkok going towards Chon Buri., so very easy to get to down the main highway.
Chachoengsao or Paet Rio is a province in the Central region. It has an old history back to the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat in the Ayutthaya period. Most of the people have settled by the Bang Pakong River and along canals. “Luangpho Phuttha Sothon” is a center of faith of the people of Paet Rio. In the past, Chachoengsao was a fourth class city under the Ministry of Defence. During the reign of King Rama I, it was attached to the Ministry of Interior. Until the reign of King Rama V who changed the administration system, Chachoengsao became a city in the Prachin Buri Circle. In 1916, its status was changed from a city to a province. “Chacheongsao” is a Khmer word which means a deep canal. The name “Paet Rio” comes from the story that the city once teemed with giant snake-head fish; up to 8 cuts were required on the sides in making sun-dried fish.
I watched a monster fish documentary on the Discovery channel and it appears that Bang Pakong river is home to huge fresh water sting rays weighing in at a 100 Kg’s plus. I think that I will give the swimming a miss this time.