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Nakhon Si Thammarat Travel Guide

Nakhon Si Thammarat, the second largest province of the South and the land of predominant Buddhism during the Srivijaya Period, is 780 kilometres from Bangkok. It occupies an area of 9,942 square kilometres consisting of high plateau and mountains in the west then sloping down towards the east and becoming a basin along the coastline of the Gulf of Thailand.

In addition to its great history, Nakhon Si Thammarat boasts pristine verdant jungles abundant with luxuriant vegetation and is also noted for picturesque beaches and beautiful waterfalls.

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan is located on Ratchadamnoen Road in Tambon Nai Mueang. This is a royal temple of the first class. Formerly named Wat Phra Borom That, this is one of the most important historical sites in southern Thailand and in all of Thailand. According to the legend of Phra Borom That Nakhon Si Thammarat, Prince Thanakuman and Queen Hem Chala brought Buddha relics to Hat Sai Kaeo and built a small pagoda to mark the location. Later on, King Si-Thamma Sokarat established the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat and built a new pagoda. The present pagoda has a distinctive Sri Lankan style, measuring 55.78 metres high (measured by the Fine Arts Department during the renovation of the gold top in 1995). The height from the lotus base to the gold top is 6.80 metres. The top is entirely covered by pure gold. Inside the temple are many buildings of importance, especially the royal building which has beautiful architecture from the Ayutthaya period and the Sam Chom building where the Buddha image attired in royal wardrobe, Phra Si Thamma Sokarat , is housed. There are also the Phra Maha Phinetkrom (the equestrian image) building and the Thap Kaset building, while the Khian and Pho Lanka buildings are used to display artifacts that were donated to the temple by Buddhists.

How to get there

Boundary

North Borders Surat Thani and Gulf of Thailand
South Borders Phatthalung and Songkhla
East Borders Gulf of Thailand
West Borders Trang and Krabi 

 

Distances from Amphoe Muang to Other Districts :
  • Pak Phanang 36 kilometres
  • Cha-uat 71 kilometres
  • Chian Yai 52 kilometres
  • Hua Sai 66 kilometres
  • Chaloem Phra Kiat 22 kilometres
  • Ron Phibun 32 kilometres
  • Chulabhorn 50 kilometres
  • Bang Khan 94 kilometres
  • Chawang 71 kilometres
  • Tha Sala 32 kilometres
  • Sichon 66 kilometres
  • Khanom 100 kilometres
  • Phrom Khiri 21 kilometres
  • Lan Saka 21 kilometres
  • Phipun 93 kilometres
  • Thung Song 55 kilometres
  • Thung Yai 102 kilometres
  • Tham Phannara 107 kilometres
  • Chang Klang 50 kilometres
  • Nopphitam 50 kilometres

Distances from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Nearby Provinces :

  • Surat Thani 134 kilometres
  • Trang 123 kilometres
  • Phatthalung 112 kilometres
  • Songkhla 161 kilometres
  • Krabi 233 kilometres
  • Phuket 366 kilometres

Car

Take Highway No. 4 on the Bangkok-Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon route and then Highway No. 41 past Surat Thani-Thung Song until arriving in Nakhon Si Thammarat or Amphoe Phun Phin in Surat Thani, then take Highway No. 401 along the coast to Nakhon Si Thammarat.



Bus

Regular and air-conditioned buses of the Transport Co. and private companies depart from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal. The trip takes about 12 hours. Air-conditioned buses, varying in 3 types, leave Bangkok at the following times:

VIP Bus: 5.15 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Standard 1 Bus: 9 a.m., 6 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.

Standard 2 Bus: 6.40 a.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

For more information, contact tel. 0 2435 1199-200 (air-conditioned buses). Nakhon Si Thammarat Bus Staiton tel: 0 7534 1125.

Travel within the province is easy with mini-bus service around the city. Transport to nearby provinces includes vans, taxis, buses, and trains.



Train

There are rapid and express trains departing from Bangkok Railway Station to Nakhon Si Thammarat at 5.35 p.m. and 7.15 p.m. respectively. For more information, contact tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or call Nakhon Si Thammarat train station at tel. 0 7535 6364, 0 7534 6129.



Air

PB Air provides daily flight services from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat. For more information, contact their Bangkok office at tel. 0-2261-0220 5.

Thai Airways has daily flights connecting Bangkok with Nakhon Si Thammarat. For more information, contact their Bangkok office at tel. 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000, the Nakhon Si Thammarat Office tel. 0 7534 2491, 0 7534 3874, or view their website at www.thaiairways.com

Nok Air offers three daily flights from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat. Call 1318 or book online at www.nokair.com

 
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