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Attractions in Nakhon Si Thammarat province in Thailand

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The province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, situated approximately 780 km. from Bangkok on the eastern coast of the southern peninsula, is the historic heart and the second largest city of the region. Originally known as Ligor, Nakhon Si Thammarat dates back to 2nd century AD and subsequently gained importance as a staging post on the early trade route between China and southern India. Between the 8th and 13th  centuries, the area was part of the powerful Srivijaya empire. After tile rise of the Thais, Nakhon Si Thammarat served as a religious and cultural centre when Theravada Buddhism spread from Sri Lanka to Sukhothai in the late 13th century. Today, the city remains a  cultural hub, notably for shadow puppets, southern Thai dunce, and the nielloware craft of fashioning objects out of silver mixed with a black alloy. Most of the city is mountainous and forested, although there are several attractive beaches along the eastern coastline.

Wat Phra Mahathat

 

Nang Talung (shadow puppet) Making

 

Nakhon Si Thammarat

 

Nakhon Si Thammarat

 

Hae Pha Khuen That Festival

 

Festival of the 10th Lunar Month

 

Festival of the 10th Lunar Month

 

Climate in Nakhon Si Thammarat

The east coast of the southern peninsula has a rainy season from November to February.

 

City sights in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Wat Phra Mahathat

The South's largest temple and believed to be more than 1,000 years old, Wat Phra Mahathat occupies a large compound. The complex is dominated by a 77-metre-high Chedi, topped by a solid gold spire. Several halls enshrine Buddha images and other religious objects, considered of architectural interest.

Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum

Providing a good introduction to the art and culture of the South, the museum houses an excellent collection of priceless artefacts, as well as examples of the region's major crafts, including yan liphao vine-woven handbags that were traditionally royal gifts, and nielloware.

Old City Wall

The city's defences were rebuilt in several periods, the last time was in the 17th century. Today a 2,230-metre length survives to give a good insight into Nakhon Si Thammarat's original power and significance.

Chedi Yak

The city's second tallest Chedi, believed to have been constructed in the year 1003.

 

Other attractions in
Nakhon Si Thammarat

Hat Hin Ngam

A beautiful rocky beach located 66 km. north of Nakhon Si Thammarat, where there is comfortable accommodation.

Hat Khanom

Situated 100 km. north of the provincial capital, Hat Khanom comprises three sandy beaches, Nai Praet, Hai Phlao and Pak Nam. Bungalow-style accommodation is available.

Khao Luang National Park

Covering an area of 570 square kilometers, the park is noted for its several waterfalls, the largest of which, Namtok Karom, is about 1,300 metres high and falls over 19 levels.

Khao Kha Archaeological Site

Located in Amphoe Sichon, this is the site of an ancient city dating back some 1,500 years. Fragments of ruins scattered around the area include the remains of a hilltop laterite shrine.

Ban Nang Talung Suchart Subsin

Mr. Suchart Subsin has become well known as a shadow puppet performer and maker, and has obtained many national awards for his excellent skills. He opens his home at 110/18 Soi Si Thammasok Road, to the people who are interested in puppetry with the hope of revivingNang Talungor shadow puppet play. Many shadow puppets from Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand as well as farming tools are on display.

Laem Ta Lum Phuk

This scenic headland, about 40 km. from the provincial capital, is a long sandy cape jutting out into the Gulf of Thailand. On the western shore is a fishing village and to the east is a pine-fringed beach.

Ho Phra Buddha Sihing

The Shrine of Phra Buddha Sihing Image revered by all Buddhists is constructed during the Sukhothai Period.

   

Special events in
Nakhon Si Thammarat

Held Pha Khuen That

Held in February, the Festival pays homage to the locally enshrined relics of the Lord Buddha. There are a number of religious ceremonies, among them a traditional merit-making procession during which the Phra Bot cloth painting the Lord Buddha's life is placed over the relics.

Festival of the 10th Lunar Month

Celebrated in September through to October, the Festival is held during the 15 nights of the 10th waning moon and brings merit to the souls of ancestors.

 

Accommodation in
Nakhon Si Thammarat

A full list of hotels can be obtained from the TAT office in Nakhon Si Thammarat at Sanam Na Mueang, Ratchadamnoen Road.
Tel. 0 7534 6515-6 or www.tourismthailand.org

 

Shopping in
Nakhon Si Thammarat

Nielloware items and shadow puppets are among the top local buys.

 

 

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