Category: Nonthaburi Province

Nonthaburi is situated in a fertile basin on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. this abundant town is full of fruit and flower plantations as well as historical temples. The town is only 20 kms. from Bangkok and is conveniently accessible by road or river. Nonthaburi has been found in history as a part of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It was once consolidated with Bangkok in 1943 and was re-established as a province in 1946. Nonthaburi occupies an area of 622 square kilometres.

Nonthaburi is administratively divider into six districts: Muang Nonthaburi, Pak Kret; Bang Bua Thong and Sai Noi.

Wat Sao Thong Thong

Wat Sao Thong Thong

THAI NAME: วัดเสาธงทอง
LOCATION: Pak Kret District in Nonthaburi Province
GPS: 13.913653 100.483085

Wat Sao Thong Thong is on the Northern side of Koh Kret. Around the temple’s ordination hall there is a cluster of chedis built over 100 years ago. To the extreme right, the Phra Thutangkha Chedi, the largest in Pak Kret district, is circular in shape with 12 indented corners and sits on a square base. It dates back to the Ayutthaya period. It is surrounded by 12 smaller chedis. In front of the ordination hall there are two chedis. The left one is shaped like a star fruit, the right one is circular. A little to the left of the ordination hall is a tall takian tree with a shrine to the tree spirit Nang Takian and a shrine to twin statues of Kuman Thong.

Wat Sao Thong Thong

Wat Sao Thong Thong


Wat Sao Thong Thong

Wat Sao Thong Thong

Old City Hall

This was constructed during the reign of King Rama Vl in a European architectural style with fine carved teak wood decorated all over the building. The front area of the city hall facing the Chao Phraya River is used as a rest area for the public.

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat

This royal temple is located on the western side of the river in Tambon Bang Si Muang, Amphoe Muang. It was constructed under the royal command of King Rama lll to the dedication of his mother and grandparents who resided in this area. The temple was built in a mixed Thai and Chinese architectural style with bricks from the demolition of an old fortress at the mouth of Khlong Om. It houses a number of shrines and some extremely beautiful paintings on the chapel walls. Beautiful scriptures have been added to the gable, door and window frames of the chapel.

Wat Khema Phirataram

This riverside temple, located on Phibun Sonaqkhram Road, is 2 kms. south of the town centre. It was built during the Ayutthaya period and was later renovated in the reigns of King Rama II and IV of the Rattanakosin era. The main pagoda called “Phra Maha Chedi” contains Lord Buddha’s relics. There are buddha images of the Ayutthaya period enshrined in the ubosot.

Wat Prasat

This temple is on the Bang Kruai-Bang Bua Thong Road or 2 kms. from the river bank in Tambon Bang Krang, Amphoe Muang. The ubosot is of the Ayutthaya style having sophisticated craftsmanship. The carving designs on the gable of the niche and the mural paintings in the ubosot maintain special characteristics of the Nonthaburi school of arts.

Wat Chonprathan Rangsarit

This is a Thammayutti monastery located in the vicinity of Tambon Bang Talat, Amphoe Pak Kret. Every Sunday and Buddhist holy day, its pleasant compound is always crowded with Buddhists who come to the offer food to the monks and listen to the sermon given by the abbot, Phra Thap Wisuthi – Methi. (Panya Nandha Bhikku)

Wat Ku

This temple is located in the vicinity of Tambon Bang Phut, 4 kms. from Amphoe Pak Kret. It was constructed at the time when the Mon people, led by Phraya Cheng, migrated into the Kingdom during the reign of King Taksin of the Thonburi era (late 18th century). There is a building constructed to commemorate King Rama V’s Queen Sunantha who drowned in a shipwreck. Her body was temporarily placed in the temple prior to transfer into Bangkok.

Ko Kret

This is a tiny island in the Chao Phraya River, accessible by boat from Wat Sanam Nua, not far from the Pak Kret District Office. On it live a community of craftsmen famous for their distinctive style of pottery which dates back many centuries. Ko Kret pots are known for their fine, red-black glazed surface and intricate design. The islanders are the descendants of the Mon people, and they have managed to retain the skills of their forefathers.

Wat Paramaiyikawat

This ethnic Mon style temple is located on Ko Kret. It was constructed by the Mon immigrants during the Thonburi period and was later restored in the reign of King Rama V. The temple houses wall paintings, a marble reclining Buddha image crafted in the Mon style and a chapel decorated with delicate stucco work on the doors and windows.

Bang Sai Garden

This orchid farm is situated only 2 kms. from Pak Kret Intersection along Chaeng Watthana Road. Orchids of several kinds and colours, as well as often decorated plants are available for gardens. Call 583-8231 for more information.