Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok
Attraction Type: Eco Tourism, National Parks, Historical Parks, Beaches
Close to: Ratchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan
Location: Central Thailand
Pictures and information in the web: Petchaburi
Last Visit: September 2008
First Photo: Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park
Second photo: Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park
Third photo: Petchaburi city
Forth photo: On the way to Petchaburi
Fifth photo: Cha Am Beach
Nakhon Pathom is a province located only 56 km outside Bangkok on the west.
Name: Nakhon Pathom
Attraction Type: Architecture, Wat-Temple, Buddha Image, Zoo
Close to: Bangkok, Kanchnaburi and Suphan Buri
Location: Central Thailand
Capital: Nakhon Pathom
Pictures and informations in the web: Nakhon Pathom
Last Visit: September 2007
First Photo: Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom
Second photo: Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom
Third photo: Sanam Chan Palace in Nakhon Pathom
Forth photo: Rose Garden in Nakhon Pathom
Fifth photo: Sampran Elephant Ground and Zoo in Nakhon Pathom
You can take a special tour train from Bangkok railway station that goes all the way to Namtok in the north. This train stops at 4 places (Nakhon Pathom, town with the biggest pagoda in thailand, Bridge at River Kwai, Kachanaburi, Namtok).
Starts from 6am, reaching Namtok at 12+, break until 2+ and back to Bangkok by 7pm. It may sounds a long trip, but because we got to stop and look around the towns and sights, it didn't felt long at all. Cost 800 baht (or was it 700?) for a non aircon seat. the natural wind was cool enough in the mountains.
Best part: has got to be the bridge at river kwai. we got to walked on the tracks on the bridge, and then our train went over the very same tracks as it continued north. Namtok as well - the waterfall and bamboo trees there have a zen feel.
Located in the center of Nakhon Pathom, approximately 56 kilometers west of Bangkok, the Wat Phra Pathom may house the oldest Buddhist structure in Thailand. According to the legend a chedi was erected during the period of a Mon-kingdom in the 2nd century. Although the structure has a similar style to the Sanchi Chedi in India which was built in the reign of King Asoka. This would date the place back to the year 539 AD. You cannot see the original chedi because it has been encased by the new chedi and nobody is allowed inside. However, some ornaments, statues and other objects from different periods are on display along the outside of the chedi.
The present Phra Pathom Chedi was built during the reign of King Rama IV in 1853, under his royal command, the new Chedi was constructed to cover the former Chedi of which the shape was of an upside down bell shape with a Prang top. The construction of the new huge Chedi was completed in the reign of King Rama V in 1870 AD. Today this is the largest chedi in Thailand and one of the largest in the world. In all, it took 17 years to build.
Nakorn Pathom, which looks similar to Johor Bahru with many Thai shophouses along its main expressway, features the largest and oldest pagoda of Thailand and the famous Rose Garden Aprime Resort and its popular Thai Village and Cultrual Show, which showcases the best Thai cultural performances in the country and Southeast Asia, including a demonstration of Muay Thai boxing and the ending Thailand-UN flags welcome dance performance.
Nakorn Pathom is two hours away from Bangkok's city centre by coach and one hour away from Bangkok International Airport.
This is Nakon Pathom's chedie, the tallest Buddist monument in the world!! It is located 67kms to the west of Bangkok. This is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Thailand. It was built originally between the 2nd century BC and 5th century AD, celebrating the first arrival of Buddist missionaries from India. It is huge!!!