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Nakhon Si Thammarat is a city/town situated in Southern Thailand – Part 2

Nakhon Si Thammarat is a city/town and is capital of the province and district with same name. It is situated in Southern Thailand.It is approximately 610 km (380 mi) to the south of Bangkok. It is on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula. This was the administrative center of southern Thailand.

Places to see in Nakhon Si Thammarat

3. Phra Phutthasihing
• King of Lanka ordered this image which is considered sacred in 157 AD.
• It was brought during the King Ramkhamhaeng’s reign to Thailand.
• The hall was originally the Buddha image.
• This image was set in the hall of the palace of Chao Phraya Nakhon (Noi).

4. Ho Phra Isuan
• This is a historical site.
• This site is of the Brahman religion.
• It has a Shiva Linga on display.
• It has a symbol of Shiva which is the Brahman god.
• There are also plenty of bronze images.
They are:
– Siwa Nattarat image
– Phra Uma
– Phra Phikkhanet

5. Ho Phra Narai
• It is another Brahman place of worship.
• This is opposite to Ho Phra Isuan.
• God Narai is displayed in a gray sandstone image.
• The image is wearing a hat and holding a conch in the right hand.
• It was discovered in the hall.

6. Phra Wihan Sung
• This building encloses plaster images.
• It has a fat clay core.
• The images are known to belong to the 23rd-24th Buddhist century.
• This is from the late Ayutthaya period.

7. The Thai-style monks residence of Wat Wang Tawan Tok
• There are 3 houses.
• These houses have a pointed roof.
• They are connected to the other.
• The Siam Architects Society named these houses.
• There are exquisite Nakhon Si Thammarat designs.
The designs are on the:
– Walls
– Doors
– Windows
– Vents

8. Wat Chai Na Meditation Center
• Meditation courses are held for Thais and foreigners. The famous monk Phutthathat Bhikkhu established the center as a branch of his monastery in Surat Thani.

9. Chinese buildings at Wat Pradu and Wat Chaeng
• These buildings were built in the early Rattanakosin period.
• They house the ashes of Phraya Nakhon.
• It is believed that even the ashes of the King Taksin the Great are also housed here.

10. Chedi Yak
• This is the province’s second-tallest pagoda.
• It is known as the second tallest after Phra Borom That pagoda.
• Khotkhiri who was a wealth Mon is known to have built the pagoda.
• He built this pagoda when his employees took refuge in the city somewhere in 1003.

11. Residence of Ok Ya Sena Phimuk (Yamada Nagamasa)
• This is a house of a Japanese volunteer soldier.
• He was living in the Ayutthaya period.
• This was the time of the reign of King Songtham.
• He was rewarded for his contributions to the palace.
• He was appointed Ok Ya Sena Phimuk.
• He later served as a lord of Nakhon Si Thammarat, somewhere in 1629.

12. Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum
• Many artifacts that were found in 4 southern provinces are kept in display here. The four southern provinces are:
– Nakhon Si Thammarat
– Phatthalung
– Surat Thani
– Chumphon
• There is a good collection of rare books.
• These important books were sent by the National Library in Bangkok for locals to study.

13. Wirathai Monument
• This monument is made out of blackened copper.
• The locals know this monument by the names Cha Dam or Chao Pho Dam.
• It was erected to honor Thai soldiers.
• These soldiers belonged to southern Thailand.
• They died fighting an invading Japanese force in World War II on December 8, 1941.

14. Arts and Culture Centre of Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat Institute
• This is the center of information.
• It provides information on archaeological sites discovered in the province.
• The stone inscriptions found at Khao Chong Khoi and artifacts from the ancient community at Wat Mok Lan are the most important artifacts of the place.

Best time to visit / climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

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How to get there?

1. By car
• Take Highway No. 4.
• Take the road on the Bangkok-Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon route.
• Then take Highway No. 41.
• Go past Surat Thani-Thung Song until arriving in Nakhon Si Thammarat or Amphoe Phun Phin in Surat Thani.
• Then take Highway No. 401.
• Go along the coast to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
• The total distance of 780km.

2. By plane
There are two airlines operating flights between Bangkok and Nakhon Si Thammarat. They are as follows:-
• Nok Air airline
• Air Asia
• Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport

3. By train
• There are rapid and express trains.
• They depart from Bangkok Railway Station to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
• The timings are at 5:35PM and 7:15PM respectively.
• The train takes from 12-14 hours.
• Trains leave the NST Terminal for Bangkok daily.
• Timings are at 1pm and 3pm.
• The NST is in the west, centre of the town.

4. By bus
• Regular and air-conditioned buses of the Transport companies depart from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal.
• The trip takes about 12 hours.
• Air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok
They leave at the following times:
– VIP Bus: 5:15PM and 7PM Standard
– 1 Bus: 9AM, 6PM and 8.30PM
– Standard 2 Bus: 6:40AM, 6PM, 8PM and 10PM
Travel within the province is easy with mini-bus service around the city.
Transport to nearby provinces includes:
– Vans
– Taxis
– Buses
– Trains

Some Travel Books about Thailand

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