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An hour’s drive through the countryside brings you to Chachoengsao, a 16th-century riverside town known for its temples, Chinese shrines and floating food market. It's worth the trip just to see the massive, garishly painted statue of a reclining Ganesha, the Hindu deity with an elephant’s head and four arms, outside the Wat Saman Rattanaram temple. The Ganesha measures 22 meters (72 feet) long and 16 meters (52 feet) high. The oldest temple here is Wat Sothon, built in the late 1700s. Bangkok residents often come to worship in front of its gilded Buddhas.

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