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Nakhon Pathom is located in Bangkok Metropolitan Area in Thailand – Part 2

Nakhon Pathom is located in Bangkok Metropolitan Area in Thailand.
• During the reign of King Rama VI, a palace was built.
• This was constructed at Tambon Sanam Chan.
• It was a temporary residence on his travels.
• Many roads were constructed.
• A large bridge was also built.
• This bridge went over the Chedi Bucha canal.
• This bridge was named as “Saphan Charoensattha”.
• The name of Nakhon Chaisi was ordered to be changed to Nakhon Pathom.
• The name of the prefecture was still called “Nakhon Chaisi”.
• This was called so until the reign of King Rama VII.
• It was after that the calling of the prefecture was ended.
• Nakhon Chaisi is at present one of the districts in Nakhon Pathom.
• The name derives from the Pali words Nagara Pathama.
• This means First city.
• Nakhon Pathom is often called and known as Thailand’s oldest city.
• Nakhon Pathom Province centuries ago was a coastal city on the route between China and India.
• When the Tha Chin River changed its course, the city lost its main water source.
• A museum presents the archaeological record of the city’s history.
• Major settlement of the province included emigration.
• This was at the beginning in the reign of King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, which included:
– Khmer villages
– The Lanna populated
– Lao Song villages
– A major influx of Southern Chinese. This was in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
• Today, Nakhon Pathom attracts people from all over Thailand.
• Bangkok and the Northeastern and Burmese migrant workers are major people visiting the place.
• The province includes industrial zones.
• Many government offices relocated from Bangkok and agricultural and transport hubs.

Places to see in Nakhon Pathom

1. Wat Sisa Thong
• It is the most popular wat.
• It has Rahu followers.
• It has a giant statue of Phra Rahu.
• It is said to be the largest in Thailand.

2. Phra Pathom Chedi
• It towers over the low-rises of central Nakhom Pathom.
• It stands at 120 meters.
• This massive brick stupa is the largest in the world.
• It is also claimed of being Thailand’s oldest Buddhist temple.
• It dates back to the 6th century AD.
• The present structure is mostly the handiwork of King Mongkut and his successors.
• There is no entry into the stupa itself.
• It is known to be the house a relic of the Buddha.
• One can circumambulate the stupa in the inner courtyard.
• Tourists admire the giant golden Buddha on the southern side.
• It is always packed with worshippers.
• Here are many smaller temple halls around the chedi.
• Entrance is theoretically 20 baht.

3. Sanam Chan Palace
• It was earlier known as the summer residence for King Rama VI.
• There is a monument of Yah Leh which was the king’s beloved dog.
• This is placed right in front of the palace.
• The beautiful Silpakorn University campus is attached to the residence where one can wander and enjoy.
• There is a student market selling T-shirts, every Wednesday.
• The cafeteria near the lake provides excellent Thai food every day.
• They are affordable at rock-bottom prices.

What are Administrative divisions?
• The province is subdivided into 7 districts.
• The districts are further subdivided into 105 communes and 919 villages.
• There is one city and 14 townships.
• There are also 102 tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

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.

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