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How to get there


By Bus


BKS public buses (lines 83 and 997) leave from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal. The trip costs 40 baht in first class and takes about an hour in good traffic. Buses go every 10 minutes from 04:10 until 21:30.

There are also 2nd class buses to Kanchanaburi every 15-30 minutes.

In addition there is a non-stop minibus service between Bangkok's Victory Monument and the Big C Superstore in Nakhon Pathom. Victory Monument is far more convenient than the Southern Bus Terminal, and is on the sky train light rail system. But the departure point from Victory Monument is hard to find, being located under the expressway, about 50 metres north of the roundabout, on Phahon Yothin Road (look up and around for the "Canon" billboard for the direction). At the other end, Big C is on the main road through Nakhon Pathom, and has plenty of four-wheel and two-wheel taxis to take you to your final destination. Cost is about 60 baht each way.


By Train


Trains from Bangkok's Thonburi Train Station to Kanchanaburi/Nam Tok stop at Nakhon Pathom along the way.


Wat Phra Pathom Chedi - ( see page 7 on this temple ) Ratchaworaviharn is one of the main royal temple. Belonging to this temple is the Phra Pathom Chedi, the biggest pagoda in Thailand. The nearby branch of the National Museum displays mostly items of the Dvaravati times, most of them found within the Wat Phra Pratone Chedi.

Sanam Chan Palace was built by crown prince Vajiravudh 1907-10. It now houses one campus of the Silpakorn University as well as a King Rama VI museum.

Phutthamonthon is a large park devoted to Buddhism, located in the east of the province.

Suan Sampran is a big garden, located at Phetkasem Road. Nearby is the Sampran Crocodile farm, which includes a zoo and has elephant and crocodile shows.

The Jesada Technic Museum is located on the eastern edge of Nakhon Chaisri and has a large collection of old cars, trucks and planes.

Paya Kong, said to be a former ruler of Nakhon Chai Si, fathered Paya Pan who is said to have built the pagoda at Pra Pratone for his father and the Phra Pathom Chedi at Nakhon Pathom for Grandmother Hom who reared him. Historical evidence is not clear. Nevertheless, Paya Kong's statue near the central market of Nakhon Pathom is much revered.

Nakhon Pathom Palace  At present, it houses the Nakhon Pathom Municipality. Under the royal command of King Rama IV, the palace was built near the Phra Pathom Chedi, similar in concept to those palaces in the Ayutthaya period whereby the King commanded that a palace be built on the perimeter of the temple housing the Phra Buddhabat (Buddha’s Foot Print).

Nakhon Pathom, How to get there and Places of interest around Nakhon Pathom Province

Nakhon Pathom Page 4, Places of interest around Nakhon Pathom Province