Well for all the fans that love the North of Thailand I want to show you something!
Let’s head off to see what Suphan Buri has for a RIPper wanting a little more peace and quiet than what a city like Chiang Mai offers but wants to be closer to Central Thailand. Chiang Mai with its growth and being a major tourist destination is quickly losing some of its charm.
So what are some more options? What does it cost and what is it like to live in Suphan Buri? Can living only a little more than two hours from Bangkok really give us the quality of life we want? Can a category 1 RIPper (Retiree In Paradise) live well in Suphan Buri? Well I am off to find out. We will see what the upsides and downsides are to living in a smaller Thai town in the Central area of Thailand are. Here is a little intro about Suphan Buri and its history and some things that have put Suphan Buri on my radar screen as a place to retire to. So join with me as we dig in and explore what Suphan Buri has to offer! Suphan Buri is one of the central provinces of Thailand.
The word Suphan originates from the Sanskrit word Suvarna meaning gold, and the word buri from Sanskrit Purī meaning town or city. Hence the name of the province literally means City of Gold.
The terrain of the province is mostly low river plains, with small mountain ranges in the north and the west of the province. The southeastern part with the very low plain of the Tha Chin River is paddy rice farming area.
A long time ago Suphan Buri was called U Thong, and was the home city of Prince U Thong, the founder of the Ayutthaya kingdom. King Khun Luang Pha Ngua finally gave it the current name. Suphan Buri was an important border city, and also the location of several battles with the neighboring Burmese.
There are many temples and shrines, museums and historical sites located around Suphan Buri.
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