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Prachinburi Travel Guide

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Prachinburi is a sleepy town, usually used as the southern gateway to Khao Yai National Park.

Located about 135 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, Prachin Buri, a province next to the border, covers a total area of approximately 4,762 square kilometres. Once a prosperous town since the Dvaravati until the Lop Buri period, dating back 800 years ago, proven by traces of ancient towns like Mueang Si Mahosot, located at Tambon Khok Pip, Amphoe Si Mahosot, as well as, another ancient community, built around the same period as Mueang Si Mahosot and situated to the east of it, located at Ban Khok Khwang, Amphoe Si Maha Phot. Through these ruins, discoveries of historical sites used for religious purposes and other artefacts such as Buddha images, statues of deities, pottery, and bronze ware were found scattered in these areas.

It was also recorded that the centre of civilization has been moved to the present location on the banks of the Bang Pakong River. There were many administration alterations, from town, "Mueang Prachin", circle or "Monthon Prachin" in the Ayutthaya period until the early Rattanakosin era, to province or "Changwat Prachin Buri" during the reign of King Rama VI.

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