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Nakhon Si Thammarat

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นครศรีธรรมราช
Southern Thailand
780 km from Bangkok
Province of Nakhon Si Thammarat
Population : 110.000

Budget

Recomm. stay
2 ou 4 jours avec Khanom

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General Information about Nakhon Si Thammarat

Essentially known for its iconic temple, Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, which on the tentaive list of UNESCO World Heritage, Nakhon Si Thammarat province is rarely visited by foreign tourists. However, by going there you can discover in addition to some interesting places, Nang Talung, a traditional shadow puppets theater and enjoy a few long white sand beaches in particular on the side of Khanom in the North . Called Ligor when it was founded, Nakhon Si Thammarat city was an walled city with some ruins of the surrounding walls still standing. It can easily be visited in one day, two tops. Khanom on the sea side with its beautiful not crowded beaches compared to neighboring islands, its caves and pink dolphins, will hold you longer. Khanom will soon have its own page on the website, it's for me, the most interesting part of the province.
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Accommodations in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Nakhon Si Thammarat is a big city, there is a consequent accomodation choice and as foreign tourists are still quite rare here, the price/quality ratio is pretty good. For more convenience, it may be a good idea to find a hotel not too far from Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan. Otherwise, there is a whole network of songthaews serving as local buses.

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Weather & climate in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Nakhon Si Thammarat has a tropical rainforest climate with temperatures that remain very hot to hot throughout the year. The driest months are February and March, with about and the wettest months from October to December.

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Practical information about Nakhon Si Thammarat

Few people know about it but Nakhon Si Thammarat is also an alternative to Surat Thani to reach the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The distance separating the city from Donsak pier is almost the same. Personally, I find that there are more interesting things to do and see in the Nakhon Si Thammarat province than in Surat Thani although I highly recommend you to spend 2 days and a night in Khao Sok National Park, my favorite in Thailand. Moreover some airlines offer combined flights to Nakhon Si Thammarat + ferry to the islands. Otherwise, you can find bus + ferry formulas from the airport. Ticket booths are in the arrivals hall in front of the baggage exit. But of course, you can also book in advance on the 12go website.

How to get around in Nakhon Si Thammarat ?

Nakhon Si Thammarat city has a bus system operated by songthaews (pick-ups with benches in the back). It will cost you 10 THB regardless of the distance traveled. Line 5 for instance is quite convenient as it goes up Ratchadamnoen Street and can drop you off at Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan. Also convenient lines 7 and 8 connect Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to the city. Their schedules are based on the arrival times of flights, the price is 30 or 40 THB depending on the line you take. it takes 30 minutes. Otherwise there are taximeter in Nakhon Si Thammarat and motorcycle taxis.

How to ask in Thai to go to Nakhon Si Thammarat ?

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

Must-visits in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramawihan

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My opinion :
It is the emblematic temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat, the most important of southern Thailand and one of the most important in the country, because it is a first class royal temple. its big white chedi is the main element. It contains a relic of Buddha.

Shadow puppets museum

หนังตะลุง สุชาติ ทรัพย์สิน
My opinion :
This museum is dedicated to <em>Nang Talung</em>, a traditional shadow puppets theater. You can see shadow puppets show and also the process of creating puppets. There is also an interesting gallery gathering a collection of ancient puppets. This is one of two must-visits in Nakhon Si Thammarat !

Ban Khiri Wong Village

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My opinion :
This village, 25 kilometers from Nakhon Si Thammarat, is an example of ecotourism. Between treks in the neighboring national park and its waterfalls and discovery of the local handicrafts like batik and tie-dye of clothes, the best is to spend at least 2 days there.
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