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Nakhon Pathom

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Central Thailand
56 km from Bangkok
Province of Nakhon Pathom
Population : 121000


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General Information about Nakhon Pathom

What attracts visitors to Nakhon Pathom is Wat Phra Pathom Chedi/ With its huge chedi it is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. From 6 am with the chanting of monks until late there is always animation and a lot of crowd around the temple. Every night, on the parking lot, there is a night market with the largest Food Court in Thailand. Nakhon Pathom is believed to be where the first Buddhist Thailand have settled. Western tourists are very rare, it is mostly Thais who travel there to meditate and pray. Many come for the day from Bangkok only 56 km away. That is probably the reason why the city only offers few accommodation Another important monument to visit in Nakhon Pathom city is the Sanam Chan Palace, a royal palace.
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Accommodations in Nakhon Pathom

The choice of hotels and guesthouses in Nakhon Pathom is quite limited probably because of its proximity to Bangkok, which is only 56 km away. The two closest hotels to Phra Pathom Chedi are old hotels with clean but basic rooms. They are a little outdated especially the rooms with fan (but the price is also very low) but those with air conditioning especially at Siam Hotel have been refurbished and therefore are a lot more attractive (and more expensive of course).

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Practical information about Nakhon Pathom

With the Phra Pathom Chedi almost always in sight, it is quite easy to get around by feet in Nakhon Pathom. However, there are motorcycle taxis and tuk-tuks or even a few rickshaws that you will especially find around the temple and the railway station. Few speak English. They are not used to see foreign tourists hiring them.
To your journey Nakhon Pathom, you can add a tour at Phuttamonthon, the World Centre Of Buddhism as it calls itself, although this name is not official. This large park is dedicated to Buddhism with the largest Walking Buddha in the world at the center and different places reming the highlights of the life of Lord Buddha around and a temple housing theCanon Pali engraved on large marble panels .

Festivals in Nakhon Pathom ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Nakhon Pathom. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
swing dancing at phra pathom chedi

Swing Dancing at Phra Pathom Chedi

This festival generally takes place in the month of February

Plus d'infos sur Swing Dancing at Phra Pathom Chedi

How to ask in Thai to go to Nakhon Pathom ?

I want to go to Nakhon Pathom / Yak paï ti Nakhon Pathom.
Where is Nakhon Pathom ? / Nakhon Pathom you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Nakhon Pathom

Phra Pathom Chedi

My opinion :
The largest Buddhist monument in the world with its 127 meters high stupa. A important place for Buddhism in Thailand as it was erected where Buddhism was introduced into the country more than 2000 years ago.

Wat Samphran (Dragon Temple)

My opinion :
It is with the Phra Pathom Chedi, the other must-see temple in the province. It is unique with its large 80-meter-high red tower and a dragon wrapped around. The ascent is done by walking inside the body of the dragon. The temple's garden are also pleasant and interesting.

Jesada Technik Museum

เจษฎา เทคนิค มิวเซียม
My opinion :
It is probably the most important and impressive museum of antique vehicles in Thailand. Those who are passionate about vintage cars will probably linger there for hours, but it is also an interesting visit for others.

Weather & climate in Nakhon Pathom

Nakhon Pathom has a tropical savanna climate. There are three seasons: the warm season, the rainy season and the cold season, although the temperatures remain quite high. The rainy season begins with the arrival of the south-west monsoon in mid-May. September is the most raining month of the year. The rainy season lasts until October, when the dry, cool northeast monsoon takes over until February.

The best moment to go to Nakhon Pathom is in November, December, January and February. The least favorable months, due to the monsoon, are from June to September until mid-October. September is the month when it rains the most, there can be some flash floods in some parts of the city.

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