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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

Chon Buri.

 

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.