Nakhon Si Thammarat Travel Guide - Wat Phra Mahathat Worawihan
Phra Borommathat Chedi, the gigantic bell shaped white stupa, at Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan – Nakhon Si Thammarat Travel Guide

Introduction to Nakhon Si Thammarat Travel Guide

Nakhon Si Thammarat, often known as Nakhon, Nakhon Si, or Muang Khon, is the second largest province in Southern Thailand. Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Krabi, and Surat Thani are neighboring provinces.

Nakhon Si Thammarat was ruled by the Srivijaya empire in the 3rd century. Ram Khamhaeng Inscription initially referenced ‘Nakhon Si Thammarat’ in 1292, which translates as ‘the city of the virtuous king’. In the 14th century, the Nakhon Si Thammarat kingdom dissolved and the city collapsed. Phra Phanom Thale, the ruler of Phetchaburi, dispatched his son to rebuild the city. Under the mandala system, Nakhon Si Thammarat came under the influence of the Ayutthaya kingdom. The traditional governorship of Nakhon Si Thammarat was dissolved during King Rama V’s reforms, and the city was organized into a county in 1896, which was eventually transformed into a province in 1933.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is most known for its landmark temple, Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, but it is not as popular among international visitors as neighboring provinces such as Surat Thani or Krabi. Nakhon Si Thammarat is also famous for Thailand’s renowned shadow puppetry, Nang Talung. The province’s unique charms are easily accessible due to multiple daily direct flights from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport.

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Map of Nakhon Si Thammarat Province

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Top Attractions in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan

A well-known temple that houses a 13th-century white stupa.

Wat That Noi

Wat That Noi

A beautiful temple located near the province’s city center.

Hat Khanom - Mu Koh Thale Tai National Park

Hat Khanom – Mu Koh Thale Tai National Park

The UNESCO World Heritage Site that features the ruins of Sukhothai Kingdom’s ancient town.

Naern Thae Wada Viewpoint

Naern Thae Wada Viewpoint

A spectacular view of Khanom Beach from the peak of a mountain.

Kiriwong Village

Kiriwong Village (Ban Khiriwong)

A village renowned as Thailand’s best ozone site.

City Pillar Shrine Nakhon Si Thammarat

Nakhon Si Thammarat City Pillar Shrine

The shrine constructed to house the city pillar, which is placed in the heart of the province’s city center.

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A ceremony of Buddhists carries a large cloth to wrap around the stupa during the Hae Pha Khuen That Festival at Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan. – Nakhon Si Thammarat Travel Guide

Summary of Nakhon Si Thammarat Travel Guide

Nakhon Si Thammarat is a historical and culturally rich province. Nakhon Si Thammarat is one of Thailand’s oldest cities and the second largest province in Southern Thailand after Surat Thani. Nakhon Si Thammarat has many outstanding cultural and natural attractions. With its gorgeous beaches, beautiful nature, stunning waterfalls, and exciting activities, it is the perfect destination to get a genuine experience of Thailand that is still fairly unexplored to tourists. Still can’t decide? Please do not hesitate to visit any of Thailand’s other well-known provinces:

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