Nakhon Pathom, a historical
region of central Thailand, is situated on the banks of Chin River. It is a
small bustling province located 56 kilometers from Bangkok. This city is often
referred as the Oldest City of Thailand and features an ancient landmark called
“Phra Pathom Chedi” that symbolizes the first arrival of Buddhism into
The most intriguing tourist
destination in this region is the ancient Phra Pathom Chedi. This is the
largest pagoda in Thailand. Other main attractions in the region are the
National Museum of Phra Pathom Chedi, the famous Rose Garden, Phra Prathon
Chedi, Buddhamonthon describing the Buddhism and its history and Wat Rai Khing.
Another interesting tourist spot
is the Wat Lamphaya Floating Market. This market is on the Chin River. Vendors
sell various kinds of local vegetables, fruits, fish, and agricultural products
such as woven cotton, dyed cotton and rattan ware in this market. Even local
foods such as noodles with beef, Thai desserts and steamed curried fish are
sold here. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride through this market. Prices vary with
the type of boat used for the ride.
Sireeuchachati Herb Garden, Don Wai Riverside Market and Samphran
Elephant Ground and Zoo are other tourist destinations in Nakhon Pathom.
Elephant rides, elephant shows and crocodile-wrestling contests are held daily
for the purpose of entertaining visitors in the Samphran zoo.
Nakhon Pathom Province is known for its
fruits and local Thai delicacies. Tourists are welcomed in this region with the
traditional fragrant coconut juice. Other local foods include Khao Lam and
sweet Pomelo. There are numerous festivals that are celebrated by locals
throughout the year. Prominent among these are the Phra Pathom Chedi Festival,
Songkran Festival, Wat Rai Khing Festival and Nakhon Pathom Foods and Fruits
fair held during Chinese New Year. Celebrations include folk entertainment,
Chinese Dragon and Lion dances and food contests.
Air-conditioned buses are
operated from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal to reach Nakhon Pathom. Tourists
can even hire a car from Bangkok and drive to the place. The State Railway of
Thailand operates daily trains from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station.