Khok Mai Den Ancient City is in Tambon Tha Nam Oi. The city is quite expansive. Traces
of the old city wall remains and an artefact as a sculpture of the elephant Phaya
Chatthan was discovered here. It is over 1,000 years old. The word Khok Mai Den
refers to a kind of tree. People in the old days called Ban Khok Mai Den Muang Bon.
The city was founded in the Thawarawadi period around 11th-16th Buddhist centuries
( 457-957 AD ).The
city is similar to Nakhon Pathom and is around 250 meters long and 600 meters wide. It
is very much
alike the city wall of Nakhon Pathom, Muang Sema of Nakhon Ratchasima and Muang
Phaya Rae of
Getting There : The city is 32 kilometres from the city on the Nakhon Sawan Bangkok
route ( Asian Highway ), then turn left into Khok Mai Den for three kilometres.
Wat Si Sawan Sangkharam ( Wat Thu Nam ) is at Tambon Nakhon Sawan. It is an old
temple that was used as the site for government officials to pledge allegiance to
the king. Evidence from the period remains in the form of spear blades, oars, knives
and swords, a gold Buddha image in the Pathom Thetsana posture, and a silver Buddha
image. The main image in the old convocation hall is over 100 years old. In 1976,
His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Queen and their two princesses came here to
open the new hall. Now there is also the pagoda built to commemorate the Golden
Jubilee of His Majesty. Wat Si Sawan Sangkharam is regarded as an old temple with
immense historical value.
Getting There :Take Highway No. 32 ( Asian Highway ) then turn left towards Chiraprawat
Fort (Highway No. 3001) for around two kilometres. Signs along the way point to
Wat Thu Nam. The total distance from the city is about three kilometres.
The Origin of the Chao Phraya River is the point where the Ping and Nan rivers converge
at Tambon Pak Nam Pho in front of the dam in the city. Here, one can clearly distinguish
the difference between the two rivers. The Nan River is reddish in colour while
the Ping River is somewhat green. They flow to form the Chao Phraya River, the most
important waterway of the country. The Chao Phraya flows past several provinces
before going through Bangkok and ending into the Gulf of Thailand in Samut Prakan. It
is about 370 kilometres long. The best place to view its origin is at the Chao Pho
Thepharak-Chao Mae Thapthim Shrine.
Tourists can take boat rides to view the scenery on both banks and pay homage to
Luang Pho To Buddha image at Wat Pak Nam Pho ( Wat Thong Thammachat Nua ). Boats
can be hired from Chao Phraya Pier.