Pathum Thani Province combines family-friendly sights and attractions with a rich cultural heritage. Visit centuries-old temples, shop at a historic riverside market and entertain the kids at engaging museums. The province borders Bangkok and is a great base to explore the vibrant Thai capital.
Things to do in Pathum Thani
Pathum Thani Province is dotted with temples that showcase the rich cultural heritage of Thailand. Wat Chedi Thong dates to the Ayutthaya Kingdom and features a soaring stupa flanked by shimmering gold Buddha statues. Wat Chedi Hoy is another famous temple and features a stupa built from purple-hued oyster shells. The temple grounds double as a sanctuary for herons, cormorants, ibis and other birdlife.
Step back in time at the historic Rahaeng Market. The riverside market has been operating for more than 100 years and features family-run stalls housed in traditional wooden buildings. Stock up on farm-fresh produce and try local specialties like fried noodles and coconut ice cream.
See dinosaur skeletons, shimmering gemstones and wildlife dioramas at the National Geological Museum. Engaging exhibits cover a wide range of topics, from space exploration to iron ore mining. The museum garden is dotted with life-size sculptures of dinosaurs.
Learn about fossils, weather systems, human anatomy and more at the National Science Museum. It’s housed in an ultra-modern building and packed with exhibits designed to make science fun. Get creative with hands-on experiments, dig for dinosaur bones and climb into the driver’s seat of a futuristic race car.
From trendy restaurants to hole-in-the-wall noodle houses, Pathum Thani Province is brimming with places to try traditional Thai dishes. Slurp bowls of piping hot “guay teow” noodle soup and enjoy plates of zesty “som tam” spicy green papaya salad. Street stalls tempt passersby with “pad Thai” noodles topped with fried peanuts, crispy spring rolls and colourful “khao neeo mamuang” mango sticky rice topped with a sweet coconut milk syrup.
Getting around Pathum Thani
Taxis are a fast and affordable way to get around Pathum Thani Province. Tuk-tuks can be a good way to beat the traffic, while local buses and minibuses are another option. The province is a 40-minute drive from Bangkok and one hour from Suvarnabhumi Airport.