Nakhon Si Thammarat Travel Guide, Nakhon Si Thammarat Travel Information

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welcome to nakhon si thammarat
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan

Nakhon Si Thammarat lies 780 kilometers south of Bangkok along the Gulf of Thailand which is the second largest province in southern of Thailand. Nakhon Si Thammarat is an important center of Thai Buddhism maybe as early as the Srivijaya Period or earlier in the 3rd century C.E. Besides center of Thai Buddhism, Nakhon Si Thammarat still to be a major region of trade between merchants from the Indian, Arabic, Dvaravati, and Champa states and later for merchants from British, Portuguese and Dutch empires.

In addition to its great history, Nakhon Si Thammarat boasts many undeveloped beaches as well as two national parks within an interior of verdant jungles abundant with luxuriant vegetation, beautiful waterfalls, and exotic wildlife.Nakhon Si Thammarat city contains many Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu temples and is an excellent place to see a performance of Thai nǎng tàlung featuring handmade shadow puppets, a performance art the region is famed for. In fact, both Thai nǎng tàlung (shadow play) and lákhon (Thai classical dance-drama) art forms were developed in Nakhon.

Nakhon Si Thammarat, the second largest province in the south, lies 780 kilometers south of Bangkok. The capital of Nakhon Si Thammarat is one of the most ancient cities in Thailand, formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Ligor, which was an independent kingdom for many centuries and a historical center of Buddhism in ancient Thailand. Today Nakhon Si Thammarat is renowned for its shadow puppets, its beautiful countryside, and its beautiful and diverse temple architecture.
North : Surat Thani and Gulf of Thailand South : Phattalung and Songkhla
East : Gulf of Thailand West : Trang and Krabi
Distances to Other Provinces
Pattani 92 km Surat Thani 134 km
Phattalung 112 km Songkhla 161 km
Trang 123 km Krabi 233 km
Yala 128 km Phuket 366 km

Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
Praprom 15 km Thung Song 55 km
Phrom Khiri 21 km Hua Sai 66 km
Lan Saka 21 km Sichon 66 km
Chaloem Phra Kiat 22 km Nabon 72 km
Tha Sala 32 km Cha-uat 71 km
Ron Phibun 32 km Chawang 71 km
Pak Phanang 36 km Phipun 93 km
Chulabhorn 50 km Bang Khan 94 km
Chang Klang 50 km Khanom 100 km
Chian Yai 52 km Thung Yai 102 km
Nobpitam 52 km Tham Phannara 103 km
Festivals & Events
Hae Pha Khuen That Festival Hae Pha Khuen That Festival
Hae Pha Khuen That Festival

When: February
Where: Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan
Hae Pha Khuen That Festival is celebrated at Phra Borom That Chedi. The pagoda is considered to be the representative of Lord Buddha and is believed by locals to possess unsurpassed might of righteousness as it contains holy relics. Every year Buddhists pay homage to the pagoda by organizing a procession bearing a religious cloth to wrap around the pagoda to bring good fortune and success. This festival is held twice a year during Makha Bucha Day (the 15th full-moon night of February) and Visakha Bucha Day (the 15th full-moon night of May).
Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month
When: October
Where: Mueang District
Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month is a grand event of the province and of southern Thailand. This festival is held from the 1st waning-moon night to the 15th waning-moon night every September. It is held to pay respect to deceased ancestors. According to Buddhism beliefs, the dead had many sins and was sent to hell to become a demon. The demons are allowed to come up to meet their relatives for 15 days in September, but must return to hell before sunrise of the 15th day. The livings try to appease the spirits by taking food to temples to make merit. Beginning on the 13th day, people will go shopping for food to be given. The 14th day is spent preparing and decorating the food tray, and the 15th day is the actual merit-making day. The tray presented nowadays has elaborate designs but still retains traditional components. Contests to find the most beautiful tray are held. A magnificent procession proceeds along Ratchadamnoen Road on the 14th day.
Chak Phra or Lak Phra Festival
Chak Phra or Lak Phra Festival
Chak Phra or Lak Phra Festival
When: November
Where: Mueang District
Chak Phra or Lak Phra Festival is influenced by Indian culture, which expanded into the province a long time ago. The festival signifies the joy that people had when Lord Buddha returned from a star and the Lord was invited to sit on a throne and carried to a palace. In practice, locals would  bear a Buddha image holding a bowl in a procession around the city. This is a great way for escape from daily routine and it is a fun competition to find who is the most religious. Held in October, the festival is preceded by activities 7 days before, such as beating drums, playing castanets and decorating the ceremonial throne for the image. The actual ceremony is usually held only on the last day of the Buddhist Lent. People would take the image from the temple in the morning and proceed to Benchama Rachuthit School in Amphoe Muang. This is also done in front of Ron Phibun district office. In addition, there is a water-borne procession on Pak Phanang River in Pak Phanang, which coincides with an annual boat race for a trophy from the Crown Princess.