From Nakhon Sawan Province

A province in the Lower North some 240 kilometres from Bangkok, Nakhon Sawan is also known as Pak Nam Pho, the merging point of the four rivers, Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan, forming Chao Phraya. Because of its strategic location, Nakhon Sawan has been a major inland port town and major trading centre for paddy of the country.

Nakhon Sawan is administratively divided in to the following districts: Muang, Khrok Phra, Chumsaeng, Nong Bua, Banphot Phisai, Takhli, Tha Tako, Phayuha Khiri, Lat Yao, Phaisali, Tak Fa, Kao Lieo, Mae Wong, Mae Poen and Chum Ta Bong.

Talat To Rung

or the all night food market, is situated near the bank of the Ping River in town. Crowds of people come and enjoy dishes of their choice at the scores of food stalls offering both main dishes and sweet. One of the largest such facilities in the country, the market offers delicious food at very reasonable prices.

Wat Nong Klap

is an old temple built during the reign of King Rama ll. Under its peaceful and tranquil atmosphere is a huge collection of old indigenous tools, arms and other utensils. The temple is located in Ban Nong Klap of Nong Bua district and can be reached by taking Highway No. 25 (Nong Bua-Chum Saeng).

Khao Tham Phra

Khao Tham Phra is at Mu 8 in Tambon Noen Sala.  Inside are stalactites, stalagmites and Buddha images.  During Songkran Festival locals will take flowers, candles and incense sticks up the 100 steps from the foot of the hill to pay homage to the images.  A great view of Amphoe Krok Phra can be seen from the peak.

Getting There:Take the Nakhon Sawan-Krok Phra road for about 16 kilometers, then turn right onto the Krok Phra-Thapthan road for about 10 kilometers and a left into the cave for about 4 kilometers.  The road is a laterite road.  The total distance from the city is approximately 30 kilometers.

Wat Bang Mafo

Wat Bang Mafo is an old temple built in the late Ayutthayaperiod.  The most striking aspect is the main hall that has unique doors and windows designed by the monk Luang Pho Sun.  Inside is an image of Rachathipok that was given by the king.  The inner walls have murals of a Buddhist tale, while the hall directly opposite has murals of the life of Lord Buddha.  They are the works of ancient artisans. The main Buddha image in the Man Wichai posture is strange in that it also holds a palm-leaf fan.  Under the multi-tiered roof is a lovely replica of Lord Buddhas Footprint.  An annual temple fair is held on the 9th and 10th crescent-moon nights of October.

Getting There: Use the Nakhon Sawan-Krok Phra route.  It is about 3 kilometers from the district office.  The route goes past Ban Hua Hat, which is a handicrafts village that makes basketry of Tambon Dong Chaphlu.  Basketry items are made of bamboo because it is easy to find in the area.

Khao Nor-Khao Kaeo

Khao No-Khao Kaeo is a limestone mountain that has Wat Khao Lo at its foot.  A stairway leads to the cave at the peak where a large Buddha image sits in front.  When King Rama V visited here via the Ping River, he stayed overnight on the mountain.  The province later built a monument to commemorate the occasion.  There are numerous monkeys at the foot of the mountain and you can see plenty of bats that live in the cave flying out to feed in the evening, making a long black line in the night sky.  Khao Kaeo nearby also has a number of bats flying out at night.

Getting There: The mountain is beside the Asian Highway along the Nakhon Sawan-Kamphaeng Phet section in Tambon Ban Khaen.  It is around 45 kilometers from the city and about 18 kilometers from the district center.

Wat Krieng Krai Klang

Wat Krieng Krai Klang is at Mu 5, Tambon Kriang Krai, on the bank of Nan River.  Inside is a Sukhothai-style bronze Buddha image in the Man Wichai posture and an old hall over a hundred years old.  There is also a replica of Lord Buddhas Footprint and a mural of Lord Buddhas life.  The area in front of the temple is inhabited by many monkeys and it is where a crocodile farm can be found.

Getting There:Take the Nakhon Sawan-Chum Saeng road (Highway No. 225) for around 10 kilometers.  Then turn left at the direction sign for about 2 kilometers into the temple.  It is approximately 12 kilometers from the city.  Alternatively, you can charter a boat from Chao Phraya Pier along the Nan River and disembark at Wat Kriang Krai Klang Pier.

Wat Chom Khiri Nat Phrot

Wat Chom Khiri Nat Phrot is on the peak of Khao Buat Nak between the foot of Dechatiwong Bridge and Chiraprawat Fort.  Legend says that when Burmese troops sacked Ayutthayafor the second time, they built this temple to show that they also hold the Buddhism faith.  The most interesting objects here are the replica of Lord Buddhas Footprint and a convocation hall that locals call Bot Thewada Sang.  There is a fair to pay homage and attach gold leaves to the footprint in November.  Boat races are held in conjunction with the fair.

Getting There:Take Highway No. 32 (Asian Highway) to before the foot of Dechatiwong Bridge and turn left into the temple.  It is about 1 kilometer from the city.

Wat Bang Pramung Floating Market

Wat Bang Pramung Floating Market is on the bank of Bang Pramung Canal in front of Wat Bang Pramung, about 14 kilometers from the city on the Nakhon Sawan-Krok Phra road.  Locals will paddle to the market to sell goods and agricultural produce every weekend during 07.00-16.00 hrs.  In addition, there are other services like traditional Thai massage, boat tours of Bang Pramung Canal, tours of orchid farms, and boats and water bicycles for hire.  For more information, please contact Krok Phra District Office at tel. 0-5629-1006.

Getting There: Take the Nakhon Sawan-Krok Phra road for around 9 kilometers, then turn right for about 7 kilometers into Wat Bang Pramung.  The total distance from the city is around 16 kilometers.

Wat Siriwatanawisut

Buddhists and disciples’ group of Rachapatikaram Temple, led by the deputy abbot Prathepmolee, joined in building the Sri Buddha Kaya Stupa on top of the Bodhisattva peak in Siriwatanawisut Temple of Nakhonsawan’s Tha Tako district. The structure and artwork of the stupa is modeled after the Buddha Kaya Stupa in Bihar State of India. It is approximately 16 x 20 meter wide and 28 meters high, the number 28 representing Lord Buddha.

Sri Buddha Kaya Stupa is structure in a dome shape. On the top part of the stupa lies a small bell-shape structure which is beautifully decorated with patterns made of cement. It will house a sacred Buddha relic. Its top-most part is a seven-tiered umbrella made of bronze with a lotus blossom on top, representing the enlightenment

There are three levels in the stupa. The lowest level houses a bronze Metta Santipap (Mercy and Peace) Buddha statue, built to commemorate His Majesty the King 80 Birthday in 2007. The statue is 89 inches wide and 4.19 meters high.

The second level houses the Sri Ariyametrai Srisakayasing Buddha statue, built to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 72 Birthday. It is 109 inches wide and 4 meters high.

The third level houses a model of the jeweled pavilion, rest place of Lord Buddha in the ancient time. Those who wish to play a visit to the pavilion must make an oath of keeping at least one precept as an act of respect to Lord Buddha.