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Nakhon Pathom
About Nakhon Pathom

Nakhonpatom is a province 58 km. from Bangkok.  It is claimed as one of the oldest cities and the center of civilization in the Dvaravati Kingdom.  The city’s area is 2,168.327 sq.km. with 7 districts.  Wat Phra Pathom Chedi Rachavaramahaviharn is the royal temple locating the biggest and highest stupa of Thailand.  The stupa is also the symbol of the city.

Visitors can go visit Wat Rai Khing in Amphur Sampran.  The temple houses the Buddha image in the attitude of subduing Mara or ‘Luang Pho Wat Rai Khing’.  There is a market every Sunday.  With the shady and pleasant area, people can take a walk and feed thousands of fish. In the temple, there is a museum exhibiting antiques in this local area.

For those who love flowers, you can go to Sampran Riverside which is the garden in Amphur Sampran near Nakorn Chaisri River.  There are many species of flowers and performances from local people.

 

Every 1-7 of September, you are invited to join Nakornpathom Food and Fruits Festival at Phra Pathom Chedi’s area.  There are local and agricultural products to purchase, such as pomelos, coconuts, guavas, bananas, sweet sausages, crispy pork, and pork floss.

How to go

From Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal on Boromrajajonnani Road there are two bus services.
Old Route (Bangkok-Aom Yai-Sam Phran-Nakhon Pathom):
There are several lines of 2nd class air-conditioned buses: Bangkok-Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok-Ratchaburi, and Bangkok-Bangli. There are also 2 lines of non air-conditioned buses: Bangkok-Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok-Ratchaburi, and Bangkok-Suphanburi.
New Route (Bangkok-Buddhamonthon-Nakhon Chaisi-Nakhon Pathom):
There are 2 lines of 1st class air-conditioned buses: Bangkok-Nakhon Pathom and Bangkok-Dan Chang (blue bus).

For more information, contact the Southern Bus Terminal on Boromrajajonnani Road. Non air-conditioned buses - tel: 0 2434 5557-8 and Air-conditioned buses - tel: 0 2435 1199.

The State Railway of Thailand operates daily trains from Bangkok to Nakhon Pathom. There are regular trains departing throughout the day for the two hour ride from Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station to Nakhon Pathom. For more information contact Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Railway Grand Station tel: 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020

From Thonburi’s Bangkok Noi station to Kanchanaburi’s Nam Tok station it is possible to get off at Nakhon Pathom. Until recently, this twice daily service was a provided for the benefit of commuters, but because a portion of the line is part of the historic ‘Death Railway’, built by WWII prisoners of war during Japanese occupation, rates for foreigners have been set higher than for ordinary commuters, though its still an enjoyable way to make the day trip to Nakhon Pathom. For more information contact the Thonburi Railway Station tel: 0 2411 3102.

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Phrabat Somdej Phra Monkut Klao Chaoyuhua Museum (Sanam Chan

The palace was constructed by command of King Rama VI in the year 1907 when he was the Crown Prince. The construction of this palace was inspired by the renovation of Phra Pathom Chedi which were to the satisfaction of King Rama VI. The King saw that Nakhon Pathom was an ideal place for a leisurely stay due to the magnificent landscape.

Phrabat Somdej Phra Monkut Klao Chaoyuhua Museum (Sanam Chan

Phra Pathom Chedi

Phra Pathom Chedi, the largest pagoda in Thailand. Phra Pathom Chedi is the official provincial symbol of Nakhon Pathom. The present Phra Pathom Chedi was built during the reign of King Rama IV in 1853, under his royal command, the new Chedi was constructed to cover the former Chedi of which the shape was of an upside down bell shape with a Prang top.

Phra Pathom Chedi
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