Not being tourist-focused is not always a bad thing. Suphanburi Tourism is the perfect example of this. It isn’t much touristy in town but there is enough to keep you excited. This makes for the perfect escape from backpackers and tourist tracks.
Suphanburi: Happy Town
Suphanburi is the hometown to my long-time friend and p’sao (Thai big sister) – Fern. This is how I first came to Suphanburi when invited to meet her family. Fern is an enthusiastic ambassador of “Happy Town” and its small-town sentiment. She constantly promotes Suphanburi tourism. Suphanburi is her much-loved sanctuary from the daily grind of Bangkok City. She is proud of her town and rightly so. Suphanburi is affluent, clean and seemingly crime/sleaze free. Overall it’s a really nice place to be.
The Banharn-Jamsai Tower in Suphanburi
The tower offers perfect panoramic views of Suphanburi and is central to Suphanburi Tourism. Banharn Tower is named after the billionaire Governor who built it – Banharn Silpa-Archa a former Thai Prime Minister. Located at Chaloem Phatthara Rachini Park the tower can be seen from anywhere in the city.
Dragon Descendants Museum in Suphanburi
The dragon descendants museum was built at the City Pillar Shrine (Chao Pho Lak Muang) with the intention of boosting Suphanburi Tourism. The area is now better known for the giant Dragon Temple and complex of Chinese Temples. This is another of Governor Banharn’s projects. The name “Dragon Descendants” can be misleading. The Dragon symbolizes China and the museum showcases Chinese history and culture through the dynasties and most importantly the integration and relevance of Thai-Chinese in today’s Thailand.
The streets surrounding the central Banharn Tower come to life with night hawkers and street food stands. Great food at tiny prices.
Morning Fresh Markets
The morning brings fresh markets to central Suphanburi and to the banks of the Tha Chin River. Monks circle the streets with alms bowls and hawker food vendors pop up on street corners.
Travel From Bangkok to Suphanburi?
Minibus: Minivans Leave Bangkok’s Victory Monument Terminals from 7:00AM onwards and the Journey takes roughly 2 hours. Tickets cost around 120 Baht.
Bus: Buses leave Bangkok’s Mo Chit Terminal regularly throughout the day.
Getting Around in Suphanburi?
If you have time to learn the Songtaew route this will be the cheapest option. Otherwise, tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are the handiest mode of transport and still relatively cheap. Then there is the Grab rideshare App. Suphanburi is small so trips around the central areas rarely go higher than 40 baht. If outside the central area e.g. Dragon Temple, it will be around double this.