Category: Nakhon Si Thammarat Province

Nakhon Si Thammarat, the second largest province of the South and the land of predominant Buddhism during the Srivijaya Period, is 780 kms. from Bangkok. It occupies an area of 9,942 square Kilometers consisting of high plateau and mountains in the west then sloping down towards the east and becoming a basin along the coastline of the Gulf of Thailand. In addition to its great history, Nakhon Si Thammarat boasts pristine verdant jungles abundant with luxuriant vegetation and is also noted for picturesque beaches and beautiful waterfalls.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is administratively divided into 21 districts and 2 sub-districts: Amphoe Muang Nakhon Si Thammarat, Amphoe Bang Khan, Amphoe Chalome, Phra Kiat, Amphoe Cha-uat, Amphoe Chawang, Amphoe Chian Yai, Amphoe Chulabhorn, Amphoe Hua Sai, Amphoe Khanom, Amphoe Lan Saka, Amphoe Na Bon, Amphoe Pak Phanang, Amophoe Phipun, Amphoe Phra Phrom, Amphoe Phrommakhiri, Amphoe Ron Phibun, Amphoe Sichon, Amphoe Tha Sala, Amphoe Tham Phannara, Amphoe Thung Song, Amphoe Thung Yai King Amphoe Chang Kland, and King Amphoe Nop Phitam.

Wat Phra Mahathat

This was originally an old monastery of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Situated in the heart of the city, it is believed to have been constructed during the Srivijaya Period in compliance with the idea of the Mahayana Buddha school. An extensive complex is centred on the 77-metre pagoda which houses Buddha relics brought from Sri Lanka some 1,700 years ago. The temple’s museum exhibits art objects found in the region.

Old City Wall

The wall is 460 metre wide and 2,230 metre long. It was first constructed during the period of Phraya Si Thamma Sokarat and later renewed twice during the Ayutthaya Period.

Chedi Yak

This giant pagoda near the Municipal Office was built in 1003 by a wealthy Mon and his followers. Its size comes secondly to the biggest one at Wat Phra Mahathat.

Giant Swing

Located in the heart of the city on Ratchadamnoen Road. The current structure is a replica of the Giant Swing in Bangkok, but smaller in size. This is an important monument of the Brahman religion which was first introduced in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Ho Phra Isuan

Ho Phra Isuan and Ho Phra Narai Both shrines represent the glory of the Brahman religion. Ancient idols of Hindu gods cast of bronze, once enshrined there, are now kept in Wat Phra Mahsthat’s museum.

Sa Lang Dap

According to history, this is the pond where the slaughterer washed his sword after slaughtering Sri Praj, a great poet of Ayutthaya. It is situated behind the Stree Kalyani Si Thammarat School.

Ban Nang Talung Suchart Subsin

Mr. Suchart Subsin has become well known as a shadow puppet performer and maker, and has obtained many national awards for his excellent skills. He opens his home. at 110/18 Soi, Si Thammasok Road, to the people who are interested in puppetry in the hope of reviving Nang Talung or “shadow puppet play ” many shadow puppets from Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand as well as farming tools are on display.

National Museum

Located in the west part of the town on Ratchadamnoen Road, the museum houses various artifacts including the kettle drum from the Dong Son Culture, exquisitely hand-woven bags made from the clinging vine called Yan Lipao, and an unusual collection of folk craft including walking sticks, clothing and nielloware.