Apart from local market,at Donwai temple, you can enjoy yummy local food and dessert.Most ingredients come from local area.So almost 're fresh and natural. If you see one crowded restaurant,that one 's a popular and delicious.
There 're 2 crusing routes from Donwai temple. The one I tried was from Donwai temple to Rai Khing temple. The cruise name Sri Sawas (Yon Yuk) boat. Tel. 0-1448-
8876, 0-1659-5805, 0-3432-1038. And another route 's Mitr Saichol travel boat, offer a trip to another side of the first one.Tel. 0-9822-4585. Both route you can enjoy thai traditional houses on the bank of river, temples, forest and nature.
Donwai temple 's famous as temple in local market where sell local food,dessert and fruits. In the same area,there're some floating restuarants which you can enjoy local dishes. Or if you 'd like to enjoy cruising, some cruise company offer 2 routes along Tha Jeen river. You can have meal along the cruise or just sightseeing.Good time to enjoy cruising is evening time. The market open everyday from 06.00-17.00 hrs.
Buddha Monthon or Buddha Mandala is an important place of Thai Buddhist. Located at Buddha Monthon District with a huge park and well-decorated. In this area,there're the remodelling of the important Buddhism places such as the Birth place of Buddha,the the attained enlightenment place,the Buddha's first sermon place and the Nirvana place. This place also located a huge Buddha image in Leela or walking position with 13.75 metres in hight named "Phra Sri-Sakkaya Tossapolayan Pratan Buddha Monthon Suthat" as a symbol and for sacred.
This museum established in the reign of King Rama V by Prince Damrongrajanupab to collected all artifacts which found in Nakhon Pathom area. At first,the artifacts was housed in the gallery of Phra Pathom Chedi temple,then move to one building where 's still be a museum of the temple. In 2477 B.E. the museum changed to be under the Fine Art Department and move to the present building in 2510 B.E.
The museum exhibit the evidences of Nakhon Prathom ‘s history. Originally , Nakhon Pathom was the Dvaravati city (the first historic period in Thailand). Almost artifacts found around the area of province presented how important of Dvaravati centre of Thailand.
The exhibition have 3 parts.Part I represented the introduction to Nakhon Pathom from Pre-historic period to Dvaravati period.Part II represented the Art of Dvaravati period,esp. stuccos,arcitectural elements,Buddha images and Dhamma Chakra (wheel of law).Part III reprsented the time of Rattanakosin period in Nakhon Pathom from past to present.
Open: Wed – Sun 9AM-4PM
Close: Mon-Tue and National holidays.
Admission fee: 30 THB
Museum service: Guide tour for groups (on appointment),book shop.
There 's another museum in Phra Pathom Chedi area. It located on the back of chedi. This museum exhibits all artifacts which donated from people. So you can find all stuffs such as rocks ,amulets ,buddha images ,potteries ,weapons etc. The most interesting stuffs 's the coffins of King Rama VI's dog named Ya-le. It was the king 's most favorite dog.
One of the holiest buddhist monuments in Thailand, 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.
Chedi is a thai word, means pagoda. Phra Prathom Chedi is the biggest pagoda in Thailand, high from ground to a top is 120 m. , total diameter the base is 233 m. The Chedi located in the area of Wat Phra Prathom Chedi (Temple). There is an area to walk around the Chedi, well we didn't finish the walk round the Chedi as it was so hot !!! by the midday.
Nowadays Phra Pathom Chedi becomes the official provincial symbol of the province. The present Chedi as we see, was built during the reign of King Rama IV in 1853, to cover the former Chedi of which believe was built in the year 539 AD, the shape was an upside down bell shape with a Prang top.
Only 5 min walk from the railway to Wat Phra Prathom Chedi Temple. It’s the same place where The biggest pagoda situated. The full name of the temple is Wat Phra Pathom Chedi Ratchavoraviharn, this is a first class royal monastery and the house of Phra Pathom Chedi. The temple is beautiful and the features included Phra Prathom Chedi and The Phra Ruang Rodjanarith Buddha Image.
From front of the temple and chedi, we walked up to the top of a huge staircase to pay respect to the image of Buddha, Phra Ruang Rodjanarith, located in front of Phra Pathom Chedi. The full name is Phra Rung Rodjanarith Sri-intharathit Thammamopas Mahavachiravuth Rachpuchaniyabopitr. The Buddha image was casted during the reign of King Rama VI in 1913 by bring the image’s head, hand, and feet from Muang Srisatchanalai, Sukhothai and later wax sculpture of the Buddha image.
Nakhon Prathom province, in my thought it is a very nice small province with many kind of attractions, local attractions mostly, I think it’s all about lifestyle, culture but still there is a famous attraction, Phra Prathom Chedi (the biggest pagoda in Thailand). For me Nakhon Pathom attract me as a province where there is a lot various kind of thai fruits, the famous fruit of the province is Som O (in Thai say) or pomelo, don’t miss to try it if you visit there. There are 6 Amphor (districts) which in my thought their features of each district are completely different. I visited this time only in central and the feature surely is the biggest pagoda.
Our tourist guide informed us before we leave the bus that we have about 45 minutes to roam around the chedi. He predicted we'll able to walk around the circular perimeter of the chedi for about 25 minutes. Lani & I laughed at it. 25 minutes? That's too long, we walk fast & we'll probably be done by 15 minutes the most. My, are we so wrong! As we come near the pagoda we're awed by it's size, a whooping 127m high! Needless to say the walk took us 30 minutes. We we're so tired & sweat is dripping in our backs. But we both loved the tour, most of the things we saw were new to us & it was worth the hassle.
The Phra Pathom Chedi is the very first Buddhist Temple I've visited. Being a Catholic all my life, Buddhism is somethins new to me & something I am very much interested in. Vendors sell incests instead of candles and offer lotus flowers.
This is a must on your visit to Thailand.
Vendors and shoppers are on boats. Everything is on sale here from fruits, to bags, to cloaths, to woodworks, to an extensive line of souvenirs.
The boat ride costs a tourist 150 Bhat for 30 minutes where the tourists can enjoy a feel of 'shopping while floating', Vendors are a little persistent, forcing you to buy from them, so you need to practice some patience here. Because this is a prime tourist spot, items here are a over priced.
There is a land market as well where more shops are located and where you can have a better view of the floating market.
A big farm houses many wild animals and crocodiles. They also offers a performances such as Crocodile Wrestling, Magic Show, and Elephant Theme Show .The shows plays everyday at 12.45 p.m. and 2,20 p.m. Additional on holiday at 10.30 a.m.
Open daily , 8.00 a.m.-5.30 p.m.
Admission fee: 300 Baht - adults /200 Baht -children.
Nearby is Rose Garden where offers a beautiful garden,hotel and cultural performance show.