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Nakhon Si Thammarat is a city/town situated in Southern Thailand – Part 3




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

15. Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin 84 Park
• This park was originally part of Ratcharudi Park suring the reign King Rama V. The park has an:
– open zoo
– bird park
– health park
– lake
• The lake is seen with waterfowls.
• They are known to migrate here at the time from January to March every year.

16. Bang Pu
• This is a place where pottery of high quality is made.
• Here, once only bricks and flowerpots were made.
• Now, the people living here have extended and set up stores.
• These stores display handicrafts for selling in this area.

17. Khao Luang National Park
• This is a national park that has a winding mountain range.
• The highest of the peaks is the Khao Luang peak.
• It is in southern Thailand.
• It stands at an elevation of 1,835 meters above the sea level.
• It has more than 15 streams and rivers.

18. Karom waterfall
• The waterfall is known to have originated in the Nakhon Si Thammarat mountain range.
• This waterfall then cascades down 19 levels.
• The cascades have names like:
– Nan Phung
– Nan Nam Ruang
– Nan Dat Fa
– Nan Soi Dao
• The highest level is at 1,300-1,400 meters.
• Kings and royal family members have known to visit these waterfalls.
• It is marked by the initials of King Rama V and King Rama VI.

19. Ban Khiri Wong
• This is an ancient community.
• This community is known to have settled at the foot of Khao Luang which is in Tambon Kamlon.
• This is a path that goes up the mountain.
• This peaceful village is like a family.
• Their main occupation is growing mixed fruits. They are like:
– Mangosteen
– Rambutan
– Durian
– Sato

20. Khao Luang peak
• This is a peak that features trekking.
• One can trek as well as enjoy nature on the Ban Khiri Wong-Khao Luang peak route.

21. Mueang Nakhon Reception House
• This house was built to receive His Majesty the King and H.R.H. Crown Princess Maha Chakri.
• This was used when they visited the city.
• It is situated in an old fruit orchard of the Thongsamak family.
• They were the ones who built the house for the royal family.
• They built it on the behalf of the city’s people.

22. Wat Khao Khun Phanom and the Khao Khun Phanom Scientific Study Center
• Wat Khao Khun Phanom is a temple.
• It is of historical and archaeological importance.
• The temple has a cave that is lined with a brick wall.
• It is marked with heart-shaped stones.
• This marks the limits of the temple.
• This is similar to those along the city wall.

23. Namtok Phrom Lok
• This is another waterfall and it is a large one.
• It has wide and lovely rock platforms.
• The source is in Nakhon Si Thammarat mountain range.
• It cascades down 4 levels. They are:
– Nan Bo Nam Won
– Nan Wang Mai Pak
– Nan Wang Hua Bua
– Nan Wang Ai Le

24. Namtok Ai Khiao
• Khao Luang is the source for this too.
• The neighbouring area is a dense jungle.
• The locals call the betel Phlu Pak Sai.
• This is so as it has a hot flavor and sweet scent.

25. Ban Plai Uan
• This is in Mu 5.
• Tambon Phrom Lok is at the foot of Khao Luang near Phrom Lok waterfall.
• Most residents tend to fruit orchards here.

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.

Location on Google Maps


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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

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at agoda.com
Hotels at tripadvisor.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Nakhon Si Thammarat

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at lonelyplanet.com
Blogs at travbuddy.com
Blogs and reviews at travelblog.org

Images and photos of Thailand – Nakhon Si Thammarat

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Videos of Thailand – Nakhon Si Thammarat






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