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Photaram , A time machine to return back to 50 years ago

Let 's turn the clock backward 50 years ago , and enjoy vintage city

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Have you ever imagine how was Thai people’s life 50 years ago ?It is very difficult to find the place where you can touch that kind of feeling in a big capital city like Bangkok , but if you want to turn the clock backward 5o years ago , let’s go  out of Bangkok together around 1.5 hr.
Blink Blink !!Now we are here at Photaram city .
The most recommended public transport to come to Photaram is a train.
You can easily take a train from Bangkok ,and get off at Photaram station . The station is located in the center of the market  , so you can easily find the food and homestay to rent. Before searching for the homestay or resort , you can enjoy taking photo with the train station for keeping it as memorial that once you visit Photaram.
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picture credit : http://www.oknation.net/blog/littlebackpack/2014/10/01/entry-2

Firstly , let me give some brief historical information about Photaram.
The elder generation narrates the story that there were many Bodhi trees in the past  near Mr’s Dam house. Therefore ,  people named this area as a BHO - TA- DAM. ( Bho = Bodhi tree , Ta = grandpa , Dam =  name of the owner’s house mentioned above ) There were many ethnic groups of people staying together in this area such as Chinese who had a  good reputation in trading , and Mon who relocated  from Myanmar. Chinese pronounced the name of this district as   "Bo- Jai - Lam” , while Mon was calling this area as a “ Pot-Ha-Ram”.There were a conflict about how to say the name of this area. Once Phraya Pakdeedindan  was appointed to be a Ratchaburi governor , he solved this conflict by giving a new name  “Photaram”  which means city of the  Bodhi tree in the monastery.
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Bodhi tree , symbol of Photaram city
picture credit : http://portal.rotfaithai.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=6399&start=10

After stepping out from the train station , I suggest you to go to book the resort  for keeping your backpack and your stuff.

I would love to recommend you to stay in  " Ban Suk Phan Photaram ".

 " Ban Suk Phan Photaram ".

Ban Suk Photaram used to be a school , and it was renovated  becoming a homestay in  Thai style surrounded with  green environment recently. The minimum price is started with 600 bath , and it is located far from the train only 100 meters. You can look for further information at https://www.facebook.com/%E0%B8%9A%E0%B9%89%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%B8%E0%B8%82%E0%B8%9E%E0...
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Ban Suk Phan photaram
photo credit : oknation

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photo credit : Fb page Ban Suk Phan Photaram

After keeping your back , it is time to roam around the city.

The charming of Photaram city is the old style architecture where there are people living inside ,and the friendliness of the people here.You will never concern about losing the way because this is a very small city and people will always help you if you have any problem about finding the place.
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Wooden town house in Photaram

The first place where is a must to visit is an old cinema in the centre of  market.

In the past , this is a place for entertain people after finishing hard work. Also, this cinema was only the place where people could update about the new movie . Due to the advance of a technology and changing of people life style , this cinema was closed permanently. Only the memory remains nowadays.
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great wooden house scenery to take a photo

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The old cinema , heart of Photaram

The next place is the old  townhouse made from the wood.

According to the urbanization ,  a new generation like to build the cement house . However , it is very easy to see wooden house at Photaram. Some houses was adapted to be a cute coffee shop or a restaurant to give a service to a tourist.  Along this road , you can enjoy photo exhibition telling a story about Photaram. This road was a place for filming  the  famous Thai series “ The rising sun “.

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The Rising Sun road

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A cute coffe shop

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Antique showroom restaurant

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Photo exhibition telling story about Photaram

It is time to find some snack to fill up your stomach. Nothing better than sweets.

There is a very old and famous bakery shop in Photaram named Pet Bekery. This shop is very well-known among locals because the unique taste and cheap price. You can find variety kind of pastry such as chocolate cake , coffee cake , apple tart etc. You probably buy one whole cake ,and share among your friend.

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