The beaches around Khanom are just beautiful, no people, no deck chairs, just locals collecting shell fish or fisherman out bringing in their catch. It is the perfect place to get up early and watch some of the Gulf of Thailand's spectacular sunrises. So click here for lot of my sunrise and general beach photos.more
Wat Mo Khlan use to be a Hindu sanctuary of the Sivada Sect dating back to the 7-9th century A.D. All that is left now is some traces of stone pillars, stone door frames and pedestals for sculptures and an ancient pond. The Thai Fine Arts Department declared the site an ancient monument in 1976.more
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan is in Nakhon Si Thammarat town which is about 80 kilometers from Khanom. This Temple is a Royal Temple of the First Class and one of the most important historical sites in all of Thailand. The Pagoda is 55.70 meters high and the top is covered in pure gold. According to legend Prince Thanakuman and Queen Hem Chala...more
Khao Luang is the highest mountain in the south of Thailand soaring to a height of 1835m. At the base of the mountain is the village of Khiriwong, renowned for its environmental friendly ways of making a living from fruit orchard farming. Ingenious ways of irrigating the orchard farm can be seen from the occasional blue PVC pipes running along the...more
This museum is located at the southern end of the main Rajdamneon Road and was opened in 1974. It displays religious art from the Dvaravati and Srivijayan periods to the Rattanakosin era. Various images of Buddha exist in the displays made in the distinctive local Sing style. Two bronze drums made by the Dong Son peoples of northern Vietnam are...more
This temple museum is well worth a visit when you're visiting the temple. Unfortunately, there are no explanations in English and very few in Thai so it becomes a bewildering array of religious items, weaponry, household objects, pottery and everything else under the sun strewn around or piled up in dingy corners collecting dust. This is a crazy...more
Wat Phra Mahathat is the most important temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat and southern Thailand. It was constructed at the time of the founding of the town, and contains a tooth relic of Buddha. The 78 m high chedi is surrounded by 173 smaller ones and dates back to 555 AD. While the chedi is now in Sri Lankan style, it is said to be built on top of an...more
This small Chinese shrine is located just off the main road near the clock tower. Phra Sua Muang is an angel or the protective spirit of the city and protects it from all dangers plus it also protects the army and gives peace to the locals. It was originally built during the Ayuthaya period but has since transformed into its current style of...more
This is a little chapel dedicated to Shiva, that's located across the main road from the Ho Phra Narai which is dedicated to Brahmin. The chapel features a high, narrow red swing which used to be near another Brahmin chapel. The Ceremony of Tri-yampawai or the Swing Ceremony was one of the 12 royal ceremonies held in each of the months of the Thai...more
The city chronicle mentions a fortification when the town was refounded in 1278. Restorations were recorded at the time of King Ramesuan (14th century), as well as King Narai (1686). The latter one was supported by the French engineer M. de la Mare. The walls spread 456 m from east to west, and 2238 m north to south, thus enclosing an area of about...more
This is a small chapel that is located opposite the main road from the Ho Phra I-Suan chapel. It houses the image of Narai, a Brahmin god and was used for Brahmin ceremonies. There is a four-handed Narai image, inside, but there is no evidence to indicate that it's the original. Unfortunately it was closed when I visited so I couldn't see it.more
There are good eatery outlets opposite the Hotel and location is convenient. The receptionists are...more
Racha Kiri Resort and Spa is on the cliff above Nai Plao Beach at Khanom. We needed somewhere to...more
The Twin Lotus Hotel in Nakhon Si Thammarat is about the best hotel in town. Very large hotel. 24...more
Lantalea Restaurant is part of the Khanom Sunrise resort on Nai Plao beach Khanom. The food here is basic but delicious and very cheap as is the alcohol. There is nothing better than sitting here on the beach front enjoying a simple dinner and drinks. Fantastic little restaurant and very popular with the Thai’s.more
This restaurant is part of the Supar Royal Beach Resort Nai Plau Beach at Khanom. The night we decided to go here it was absolutely packed with Thai people that were here for a conference. Lucky for us there was one table left. What a funny night, just us and maybe 100 Thai's having fun with speeches, karaoke, prize giving and dancing. We both...more
At the junction where Jamroenwithi Road intersects with the small lane infront of Thai Hotel, food hawkers line the street on both sides at night, offering a host of local fares. Food is cheap. A stall run by an elderly woman wearing a blue cap selling Bee Hoon (Rice noodle) soup is always busy with long queue of customers waiting for take-away...more
Nightlife in Nakhon Si Thammarat is practically nonexistent with virtually empty streets after 9pm. This place, which was opposite where I was staying at the Thai Hotel, is an American pub style restaurant with great western food along with the Thai standards. It looks like they have the setup for some live music but there wasn't anything happening when I was there.
Mini-busses depart for Hat Yai from Th Yommarat, which runs in front of the train station. If you walk south along this road from the station you'll come across a counter on the pavement. This saves you having to get to the bus station. It cost 140 baht and took about 3 hours with a stop for lunch along the way.more
Taking a songthaew (10-15B within the downtown district) is the easiest way to travel around Nakhon Si Thammarat. The pickup trucks are scattered throughout town - just wave at one to get them to stop. The sights are very spread out along the main road that runs through the town called Rajdamneon Road, so it's best to take them in order to visit...more
1.) Leeches - These blood-sucking insects are abundant at low altitudes (below 1000m). Like sticky gum, they stick to your hiking shoes/boots and crawl through any opening to reach your skin where they will hook on and start to fatten themselves with blood off your body. While taking occasional respite from the arduous and strenuous climb, do spend a couple of seconds to check if there are any of such insects on your skin, especially your legs.
2.) Prepare a small spray bottle of alcohol solution to spray onto whichever parasitic leech you can find on your body. The leech will dislodge itself and fall off. Pulling out the leech by force will expose a needle-hole size wound that will take long to cease bleeding.
3) Wear a well covered pair of light hiking shoes and long socks. Tuck in the ends your pants inside the long socks to seal up any opening that may pose high risk to leech incursion. Spray insecticide around your socks and shoes as pre-cautionary measure.