Nakhon Si Thammarat Travel Guide

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    by Cathy&Gary
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Nakhon Si Thammarat Things to Do

  • Charlie's Children's Charities

    Charlie’s Children’s Charities is a wonderful and heartwarming story of a very generous man who decided because he could not have children due to a heart condition, then why not help lots of unfortunate children who live in the orphanage in Nakhon Si Thammarat. So if you ask Charlie who owns CC’s Beach Bar how many children he has, do not be...

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  • Khao Kha Historical Site

    The Khao Kha Historical Site is in Tambon Sao Phao about 40 kilometers north of Nakhon Si Thammarat. We tried to find this place last year and gave up as all the directions we could find were wrong. So this time we were determined to find it and we did. Khao Kha was a sacred religious place, a centre of worship with secondary historical sites of...

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  • Nadan Beach Khanom

    Nadan beach has beautiful white sand and is surrounded by coconut plantations. It is also here that that you will find the famous CC Beach Bar which I have a separate page on. There is no mass tourism here, just kilometers of pristine empty beaches.

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  • Nai Plau Beach - Khanom

    Nai Plau Beach is at the southern most point of Khanom Bay and it is absolutely beautiful. There is no mass tourism here, just kilometers of pristine empty beaches. I think they just may be right when they say Khanom has the best beaches in Thailand. What more could you want, beautiful turquoise sea, soft white sand, palm trees and did I say no...

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  • Khanom Beaches

    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.

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  • Wat Mo Khlan Archaeological Site

    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.

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  • Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan

    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...

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  • Khao Luang National Park

    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...

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  • Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum

    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...

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  • Wat Thao Khot

    This area used to comprise 6 temples but they were incorporated into one temple. The large stupa is in the Srivijaya style and dates from the Ayutthaya period while there is a pink and gold sitting Buddha in one of the original temple buildings.

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  • Wat Phra Mahathat - Buddha Footprint

    To the north of the main temple and museum is a small chapel on top of a mound. The chapel is home to a Buddha footprint which is one of the best in Thailand.

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  • Wat Phra Mahathat Museum

    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...

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  • Wat Phra Mahathat

    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...

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  • Phra Sua Muang Shrine

    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...

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  • Ho Phra I-Suan

    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...

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  • City Wall & Gate

    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...

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  • Ho Phra Narai

    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.

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  • Wihan Phra Sung

    This small building sits on a small mound next to the City Pillar. It's made of bricks covered in plaster with a wooden roof that was added in the late Ayuthaya period. It houses a plaster sitting Buddha image that dates from the Ayuthaya period.

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  • City Pillar

    A Lak Mueang or City pillar is found in most cities of Thailand. Usually housed in a shrine which is also believed to house the city spirit deity, Chao Pho Lak Meuang, it is held in high esteem by the citizens of the town.

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  • Chedi Yak

    This chedi is located along the main Rajdamneon Road, to the north of the City Pillar and open land area. The chedi is Sri-Lankan in style and is assumed to date to around 1257-1358 and was later restored in the Ayuthaya period. There is a large seated Buddha in front of the chedi.

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  • Swiftlet Condominiums

    I've never heard of them before, but in Nakhon Si Thammarat, they farm - yes, FARM the highly expensive Bird's Nests. No longer are they collected in caves at Phak Phangan, but condominiums are built to house the birds, complete with ambient cave conditions. These are preferred to cave collected specimens, as they are far cleaner. They are also far...

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Nakhon Si Thammarat Hotels

Nakhon Si Thammarat Restaurants

  • Sandy Beach Bar and Restaurant Khanom

    Sandy Beach Bar and Restaurant is next door to Talkoo Beach Resort Khanom. We were staying at this hotel and about 4.30pm we started to hear very loud thumping Thai music coming from either our hotel or the Sandy Beach Bar. Then the truck loads of Thai families started arriving. Oh well it is not going to be a quiet night so we may as well join...

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  • CC Beach Bar & Restaurant Khanom

    CC Beach Bar and Restaurant was the very first beach bar in Khanom Nakhon Si Thammarat Province and it is in a beautiful location on the central section of Khanom Bay called Nadan beach. We went here quite a few times during our stay in Khanom and it is a fantastic place for meals and drinks. You can sit on the beach enjoying the views or...

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  • Lantalea Restaurant

    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.

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Nakhon Si Thammarat Nightlife

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    by Willettsworld Written Jan 13, 2010

    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.

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Nakhon Si Thammarat Transportation

  • SongTaew from Nakhon Si Thammarat to...

    With a short 5-10 minutes walk from Thai Hotel, head to the terminal where SongTaew awaits to ferry passengers to Khiriwong Village. 25 Baht per person for going to Khiriwong Village.

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  • Mini-bus to Hat Yai

    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.

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  • Songthaew

    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...

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Nakhon Si Thammarat Off The Beaten Path

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    by K2NG Updated Feb 16, 2013

    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.

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