General Information about Sangkhlaburi
Sangkhlaburi is split into two parts, a Thai one and a Mon part called Wangka. The two parts are connected by a wooden bridge. Built by Mons, it is the most famous image of Sangkhlaburi . Many minorities, Burmese essentially settled down in the region. They are tolerated but do not have the same rights as normal Thai citizen and their movements are controlled. You will see many checkpoints and notice that as a westerner, you will never be asked to show your papers because one thing is for sure, you are not Mon.
This political context aside, those who love beautiful authentic places and nature, will love to stay in Sangkhlaburi. On Mon side, you will be greeted with smiles and excited or amused hellos in a village where most of the homes are wooden houses. In the morning it is mild, very cool and the whole city and especially the lake are immersed in a thick fog from which emerge the bridge, boats, houseboats... An intriguing but beautiful spectacle that gradually dissipates. One of the most famous attractions in Sangkhlaburi besides the Mon bridge, is the sunken old temple, the only visible witness of the ancient city that was drowned in the water after the construction of a dam. Many boatmen, especially at the bridge, will offer you a ride to go see it. Perched on the mountain Sangkhlaburi area is fresher than most provinces in Thailand and the nights and mornings can be very cool so bring some warm clothes.