Chachoengsao is a province in south-central Thailand, east of Bangkok. It’s an agricultural hub centered around the Bang Pakong River, which runs the length of the province. The main town, also called Chachoengsao, sits on the river’s edge. It’s known for the stately Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan temple, which has an important Buddha image, and the huge reclining Ganesha statue at Wat Saman Rattanaram.
Chachoengsao has a history dating back to the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Most people settled by the Bang Pakong River and along canals. “Luangpho Phuttha Sothon” is a centre of faith of the people of Paet Riu. 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 the interior. Until the reign of King Rama V, who changed the administration system, Chachoengsao became a city. In 1916, its status was changed from a city to a province. “Chachoengsao” is a Khmer word which means ‘deep canal’.