Sriracha was once a sleepy seaside town in Chonburi. Recently, it has emerged as the ideal spot for weekend getaways from Bangkok for leisure travellers and business people alike.
There is no denying that Sriracha has often been overlooked by those seeking the nearest escape from Bangkok. The name ‘Sriracha’ is well-recognised as it is home to the world’s popular hot sauce. However, little is known about what exactly the city has to offer. With the advent of advanced development projects and improved infrastructure, Sriracha has transformed itself into the preferred vacation spot with so much to see and do in one place.
Sriracha is a coastal town located in a charming part of Eastern Thailand where rich cultural history meets modern life. It has everything for every taste and style – from beautiful sea views, a range of attractions, to fresh seafood. Moreover, it is just a quick drive from Bangkok, 1 hour from Suvarnabhumi Airport and 1.5 hours from downtown Bangkok. Apart from tourism, Sriracha is known as the important industrial hub with easy access to Laem Chabang and Eastern Seaboard industrial estates of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
Spending time in Sriracha just for a day or two can be great fun. The city is surrounded by many attractions worth exploring. First, a small island ‘Koh Loi’ can be the first stop to explore this seaside city. It is located just 500 metres away from the mainland linking by a small bridge. Local people and tourists love to worship at the Chinese Temple here. They also come to enjoy a panoramic sunset view and watch sea turtles at the small park.
Next, ‘Koh Si Chang’, the closest island to Bangkok, is everyone’s top pick when visiting Sriracha. Visitors can travel to Koh Si Chang easily by ferry. The trip takes about 45 minutes from Koh Loi Pier. Once they arrive, stop by at Chao Pho Khao Yai Chinese Shrine to worship the Father Spirit and the replica of the Buddha’s footprint. Also, they can take in stunning sea views from the top as well. Read more about attractions in Koh Si Chang here.
From sightseeing to shopping, Sriracha city has got you covered. Those travelling with children can keep their little ones entertained at ‘Sriracha Tiger Zoo’. This largest tiger zoo in Asia is home to over 400 Bengal tigers, crocodiles and many exotic animals. As for golf, there are plenty of golf courses to choose from in the surrounding areas.
Think that’s all the seaside city can offer? Absolutely not! Dubbed as ‘Little Osaka’, Sriracha also features some interesting attractions in the Japanese theme. Be sure to explore ‘J-Park Nihon Mura’ or the Japanese-style community mall that will throw visitors back to the Edo era. So, if you are one of those who love all things Japanese, this place is a must. It also attracts Japanese businessmen living in Sriracha and Japanese food lovers to come and enjoy authentic dishes.
If there is still time, ‘Bang Phra reservoir’ can be the next relaxing stop on your trip. It is a nice place to walk through nature trails amidst greenery and spot various species of plants along the way.
Indeed, Sriracha can serve all types of visitors, whether a solo traveller, a couple, or a family looking to spend quality time with loved ones. And definitely, there is no place quite like Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang when choosing the best hotel to stay in Sriracha. This new seafront hotel features 235 guest rooms and suites on the mainland and the other 40 units including private pool villas on Koh Si Chang. Guests can enjoy ultra-modern facilities, indulge in a range of flavourful food, and relish in fun activities and lots of things to do.
Discover Sriracha at your own pace on the next getaway. This peaceful and less crowded city ensures the ultimate weekend breaks close to Bangkok with plenty of things to see and do throughout the day.
339 Jerm Jom Phon road, Sriracha, 20110 Chonburi
Tel: +66 33 265 888