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Nakhon Pathom is located in Bangkok Metropolitan Area in Thailand – Part 1




Nakhon Pathom is located in Bangkok Metropolitan Area in Thailand.

Overview of Nakhon Pathom

• The world’s tallest stupa is known to be located here.
• Nakhon Pathom is one of the central provinces of Thailand.
• Nakhon Pathom is the capital city of this province.
Neighboring provinces are:
– Suphan Buri
– Ayutthaya
– Nonthaburi
– Bangkok
– Samut Sakhon
– Ratchaburi
– Kanchanaburi
• This province is about 56 km from Bangkok.
• Nakhon Pathom Province is home to the Phra Pathom Chedi.
• This is a chedi that was commissioned by King Mongkut.
• It was completed by King Chulalongkorn.
• The chedi constructed completed in 1870.
• The chedi reminds the long vanished Dvaravati civilization. This civilization once flourished here.
• Nakhon Pathom is where Buddhism first came by tradition to Thailand.
• The province is known for its fruit orchards.
• Nakhon Pathom is situated on the alluvial plain of central Thailand.
• It is drained by the Tha Chin River. This river is a tributary of the Chao Phraya River.
• The capital city of Bangkok encompasses Nakhon Pathom’s provincial border.
• Nakhon Pathom is also popular for many of its dishes.

History of Nakhon Pathom

• It was situated by the sea.
• This city prospered during the Dvaravati civilization.
• Nakhon Pathom is considered the first city to possess influences of Buddhism and Indian civilizations.
• This is according to the archaeological findings.
• The findings of Phra Pathom Chedi and remains in the city area tell us that the city was a center of civilization in that era.
• People of various races settled in Nakhon Pathom.
• The river caused a drought.
• This forced the people to migrate.
• They settled on the banks of river.
• These communities developed into towns.
• The new town came to be known as Nakhon Chaisi or Sirichai.
• Nakhon Pathom was deserted for hundreds of years.
• This was until the reign of King Rama IV. He travelled to Nakhon Pathom. He found the Phra Pathom Chedi. He regarded the chedi to be the largest pagoda of all. He ordered that a bell shaped Chedi be built to cover the former Chedi.
• The neighboring area was also renovated. He also ordered a water canal be dug. This was to facilitate commuting.
• The canal was known as Chedi Bucha canal.
• King Rama V ordered the town be relocated from Tambon Thana, Amphoe Nakhon Chaisi, to the Phra Pathom Chedi. From then this province had been there.
• Nakhon Pathom Province covers an area of 2,168 square kilometres or 542,081.6 acres.

It is divided into 7 administrative districts:
– Amphoe Muang Nakhon Pathom
– Amphoe Buddhamonthon
– Amphoe Sam Phran
– Amphoe Nakhon Chaisi
– Amphoe Bang Len
– Amphoe Kamphaeng Saen
– Amphoe Don Toom
• Most of the areas are plains with no mountainous land.
• Plateaus are present in the west east of Amphoe Muang and Amphoe Kamphaeng Saen.

The plains along the Tha Cheen River are the location of:
– Amphoe Nakhon Chaisi
– Amphoe Sam Phran
– Amphoe Bang Len
• These fertile lands provide agricultural area for people.
• Most of the residents earn their living from:
– Agriculture
– Plantations
– Farming
– Growing food crops
– Fruit orchards
– Nakhon Pathom is well known for pomelo
– Nakhon Pathom is also known as the sweet pomelo town.

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 Bus
• BKS public buses leave from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal.
• The trip costs 40 baht in first class.
• It takes about an hour.
• Buses go every 10 minutes from 4:10 AM until 9:30 PM.
• There are also 2nd class buses to Kanchanaburi every 15-30 minutes.
• There is a non-stop minibus service between Bangkok’s Victory Monument and the Big C Superstore in Nakhon Pathom.
• There is a drop off directly in front of Phra Pathom Chedi.
• The Victory Monument is far more convenient than the Southern Bus Terminal.

2. By Train
• The State Railway of Thailand operates daily trains to Nakhon Pathom.
• Trains from Bangkok’s Thonburi Train Station to Kanchanaburi or Nam Tok stop at Nakhon Pathom along the way.

3. By Car
• From Bangkok, drive on the old route of Petchakasem Road passing Aom Noi, Aom Yai, Sam Phran to Nakhon Pathom.
• Or drive on a new route from Bangkok, passing Buddhamonthon, Nakhon Chaisi to Nakhon Pathom.
• The new route is Highway No. 338.
• It originates on Pinklao Road.
• The elevated part from Pin Klao Bridge to Buddhamonthon 2 Road is toll free.
• It cuts down travel time considerably.

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 Pathom

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

Images and photos of Thailand – Nakhon Pathom

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at lonelyplanet.com
Images at tripadvisor.com

Videos of Thailand – Nakhon Pathom





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