Nakhon Si Thammarat

“Also known as Muang Nakhon and Nakhon Si, Nakhon Si Thammarat is a main cultural hub of southern Thailand that houses the more than 1,000-year-old Phra Mahathat temple, which is a very significant Buddhist monument. The city’s surrounding area boasts several pretty beaches, stunning waterfalls, as well as pristine tropical rainforests.

The bus station of Nakhon Si Thammarat is situated west of town on Phaniad Road and can be easily reached by motorcycle taxi or songthaew from the downtown area. From the Southern bus terminal in Bangkok, daily air-conditioned buses depart to Nakhon Si Thammarat. The journey takes around 12 hours. From Nakhon Si Thammarat, many mini buses operate routes to popular travel destinations, such as Krabi, Hat Yai and Phuket.

The train station has basic amenities and is ideally situated on Yommarat Road in downtown Nakhon Si Thammarat. Daily Rapid and Express services run from and to Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong station. Two airlines, Nok Air and Air Asia, operate daily scheduled flights between Bangkok and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Flights take about 50 minutes.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is one of Thailand’s most ancient places, boasting numerous ruins and constructions of historical significance. The National Museum probably has the finest collection of religious artefacts from southern Thailand. The majority of good hotels are located within walking distance of the railway station on Yommarat Road. Along this road visitors will also find plenty of dining opportunities.”