Nakhon Si Thammarat Thailand
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Nakhon Si Thammarat (นครศรีธรรมราช) is a city in Southern Thailand and the Capital City of the Province of this name.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, the second largest province of the South and the land of predominant Buddhism during the Srivijaya Period, is 780 kilometres from Bangkok. In addition to its great history, Nakhon Si Thammarat boasts pristine verdant jungles abundant with luxuriant vegetation and is also noted for picturesque beaches and beautiful waterfalls.
The city of Nakhon Si Thammarat is the capital of the province. It is about 610 km (380 miles) south of Bangkok. on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula. The city was the administrative center of southern Thailand during most of its history. Originally a coastal city, silting moved the coastline away from the city. The city has a much larger north to south extension than west to east, which dates back to its original location on a flood-save dune. The modern city center around the train station is located north of Old Town.
It is one of the most ancient cities of Thailand, previously Kingdom of Ligor, and contains many buildings and ruins of historical significance. With the fall of the Siamese capital of Ayutthaya in 1767 it regained independence, but returned to its allegiance on the founding of Bangkok. In the 17th century British, Portuguese and Dutch merchants set up factories there and carried on an extensive trade.
Take Highway No. 4 on the Bangkok-Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon route and then Highway No. 41 past Surat Thani-Thung Song until arriving in Nakhon Si Thammarat or Amphoe Phun Phin in Surat Thani, then take Highway No. 401 along the coast to Nakhon Si Thammarat, total distance of 780km.
- Nok Air airline tel. 1318, 0 2627 2000 www.nokair.com
- Air Asia, tel. +66 2 515 9999, www.airasia.com
- Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Tel: 0 7536 9540-1
There are rapid and express trains departing from Bangkok Railway Station to Nakhon Si Thammarat at 5:35PM and 7:15PM respectively. For more information, contact tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or call Nakhon Si Thammarat train station at tel. 0 7535 6364, 0 7534 6129. The train takes anywhere from 12-14 hours. Trains leave the NST Terminal for Bangkok daily at 1pm and 3pm. The NST is in the west, centre of the town. Nearby are hotels, restaurants and cafes.
Regular and air-conditioned buses of the Transport Co. and private companies depart from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal. The trip takes about 12 hours. Air-conditioned buses, varying in 3 types, leave Bangkok at the following times:
VIP Bus: 5:15PM and 7PM Standard 1 Bus: 9AM, 6PM and 8.30PM Standard 2 Bus: 6:40AM, 6PM, 8PM and 10PM
Travel from Surat Thani can be made by a/c minibus, a/c bus or regular bus. Buses leave from Talat Kaset I (not Talat Kaset II).
Nakhon Si Thammarat Bus Station tel: 0 7534 1125. The provincial bus station lies just outside the town, to the west: 8.4358 99.9522. To get there, turn right from the train station, and walk until you come to the next road on your right. Turn into this and walk until you cross the railway line. The bus terminal is about 2km further along. On the streets near the train station there are a number of bus company offices selling tickets for buses leaving for provinces north and south.
Travel within the province is easy with mini-bus service around the city. Transport to nearby provinces includes vans, taxis, buses, and trains. Finding the relevant minibus stops can be difficult. The one to Trang goes from Bohang (Boh Ang) Rd. Go right from the train station and turn left into this street about one street along (it has a different name, (probably Klongha Rd) but becomes Bohang). The stop is two or three intersections further along, on the left hand side, you have to look hard or you may walk past it! It is inside a fenced yard. There is a sign outside, but written in Thai. They go every hour on the hour from 7am, and cost B130.
Minibuses to Phuket, Krabi and Hat Yai are on the corner of Maharat and Rachdamnoen Rd. Two streets across and to the right of the train station should be Rachdamnoen Rd, go left into it, about two blocks. There is a sign out front. Nearby are three other minibus stops, all with signs in Thai.
There are no Tuktuks, but plenty of motorcycle taxis. An occasional meter taxi and samlor (pedal taxi) were noticed, but you will probably need to ask the fare first to where you are going. It is likely that you can hire an empty songteow as taxi hire, but agree on the fare first.
- Shadow Puppets are made from dried hide. The hide is pounded until it is almost clear, then cut into intricate characters. It is possible to visit "Suchart House" .
- Yan Liphao is a clinging vine that grows in the area. It split into threads and woven into beautiful products. The Yan Liphao Centre ,at Ban Tha Rua (Route No. 4019), 11 km from the town.
- Pha Yok is a rare cloth woven only in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The patterns and colours of the fabric are exquisite.
- Handicraft of the Kajood (ผลิตภัณฑ์จากกระจูด) is a Thai traditional basketry and tinted which
originated from the southern part of Thailand. It’s OTOP products in Thailand. It has a many handicrafts from kajood. For example mat, basket. bag. shoes. vase, etc. There are several prices from 50-400 baht. Other crafts include neilloware, silverware and bronzeware. There are a lot of souvenir shops along Tha Chang Road.
Previously, someone had posted here that you should ask monks for alcohol. This is a deliberate insult, as one of the precepts of Buddhism is not consuming alcohol. You may freely buy alcohol at shops all over the city however. So enjoy.
There are street eats near the station on the road one removed in front and parallel, but they are closed down from about 7pm. There are not many restaurants within the centre of town, although a good breakfast of Kao Tom (boiled rice) can be obtained from a restaurant some two blocks from the Mueangthong Hotel on the left of the hotel. There are two restaurants on the right hand side, and the second one charges B25 for the above.
- Panthip Restaurant. Boh Ang Road. This is about a block further along from the Trang minibus stop (see above for location). Is very good and very cheap. There is musical entertainment, and a main course, with steamed rice and a large bottle of beer will cost B160. edit
- Rock 99. 4pm-12am. The original "farang" restaurant in Nakhon. Decently priced "western" and thai dishes. They also serve pizza on Friday's. edit
- Food Barn. edit
- Full Moon Bar. edit
- Willow Tree. Maneewat 1 Road, Nakhon Si Thammarat ( Farang hangout ). edit
- Food Barn. ( Across the street from Robinson's ). edit
- Pizza Company. Robinson Ocean (Outborn), Changwat Nakhon Si Thammarat 80000, Thailand ( Robinson's Shopping Center ). edit
- McDonalds. Pattanakarn-Khukwang Rd. (at I-Biz Avenue), Nakhon Si Thammarat, Changwat Nakhon Si Thammarat 80000, Thailand. edit
- Dunkin Donuts. Chamai, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand 80110. ( Tesco Lotus 1st Floor ). edit
- KFC. ( Sahathai Plaza/Big C 2nd Floor Robinson's 1st Floor ). edit
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