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Nakhon Pathom is a small province located just 56 kms from Bangkok. The province features an ancient religious chedi called “Phra Pathom Chedi”, the first religious landmark that signified the influx of Buddhism into Thailand. Nakhon Pathom is also renowned for its abundant variety of fruits and famous dishes

Attractions off the beaten trail
There are several attractions in the area which are not on the tourist trail. If you choose to visit these places you will most likely be the only non-Thai person there. Your experience at these places will be truly unique and you will gain an understanding of this part of Thailand which few other visitors do. These attractions are listed below.

Floating market, Wat Lamphaya (20 minutes drive)

The market is situated in front of Lamphaya temple, on the Tha Chin River. The floating market was initiated by the Tambon Lamphaya Cultural Council and Lamphaya temple. It is a centre of trade for fruits and vegetables as well as agricultural produces including rattan ware, woven cotton, dyed cotton, and inexpensive food. Local food like noodles with beef, Thai desserts, and steamed curried fish patty, are sold by local vendors who do their trade in their boats. In front of the temple is another haven for the various species of fish including big catfish-like fresh water fish, black ear, and giant gourami. The cruise services along Tha Chin River are also available. Several types of boats cater to the needs of the visitors. This floating market is open only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 06.00 to 15.00.The market can be visited by car, motorbike or bicycle. There is no charge to visit the market.

Farms and Orchards along Mahasawat canal (10 minutes drive and then visit farms by boat or bicycle)

The area around our guesthouse is filled with fruit orchards, flower gardens and rice fields. The Mahasawat canal tour was set up by the local government and Mahidol University. It intoduces you to the area by visiting an orchid farm, a fruit orchard, a lotus growing pond and a local snack manufacturer. Local fruits and snacks will be provided at the various stops. All places can be visited by boat or by bicycle.
Admission: 10 to 20 Baht at each of the 4 stops


Animistic/Buddhist Temples (10 minutes drive or by bicycle)

Most Thais consider themselves Buddhist although their belief is a mixture of Buddhism and Animism. Two temples in the area can showcase the mixture of Thai beliefs. The Srisathong temple is devoted to Phra Rahu who causes eclipses by eating the moon and the sun. Bang Phra temple is an Ayudhaya period temple which is famous for the Sak Yant tattoos obtained there. The tattoos protect people from danger and endow them with positive character traits. Occasionally, the spirits of the tattooed images possess the tattoo bearer and cause them to act as the motif of the tattoo. Both temples can be visited by car, motorbike or bicycle. There is no charge to visit the temples.


Phra Pathom Chedi (30 minutes drive)

Phra Pathom Chedi is the largest pagoda in Thailand and is the official provincial symbol of Nakhon Pathom. The present Phra Pathom Chedi was built during the reign of King Rama IV in 1853, under his royal command, the new Chedi was constructed to cover the former Chedi of which the shape was of an upside down bell shape with a Prang Top. It is assumed that the former Chedi dates back to the year 539 AD due to the fact that the upside down bell shaped Chedi has a similar style to the Sanchi Chedi in India which was built in the reign of King Asoka. The construction of the new huge Chedi was completed in the reign of King Rama V in 1870 AD. In all, it took 17 years to build.


Sanam Chandra royal palace (30 minutes drive)

Sanam Chandra Palace is located in Nakhon Pathom city. The palace is about a kilometer away from the majestic pagoda Phra Pathom Chedi. Before ascending the throne. The crown Prince Vajiravudh (later H.M. King Rama VI 1910-1925) came to this city to pay homage to the big pagoda. He wished to build a palace here as a retreat and a residence during his pilgrimage trip to the pagoda. Open every day from 9:00 to 16:00. Ticket office closed at 15:30 p.m. The classical drama performances are held on weekends at 13:30 p.m. (proper attire is required)
Admission: 40 baht.


Buddhamonthon (25 minutes drive)

This is an old religious site built by the government and the people to commemorate the 2500th year of the existence of Buddhism. It occupies a large area with beautiful landscape and contains many interesting structures. A huge standing Buddha image cast in bronze gold measuring 15.8 metres marks the centre of the area. It is surrounded by four commemoratives sites concerning Lord Buddha's birth enlightenment, the first preaching sermon, and Nirvana (death). Other interesting places include a Buddhist museum, a hall keeping marble Pali canon and meditation halls. There is no charge to visit the park.


Wax museum (Thai Human Imagery Museum) (20 minutes drive)

The museum houses life-like sculptures created by a group of Thai artists. These breathtaking human figures with various characteristics and the replicas of important people are displayed in many sections such as the Great Buddhist Monks, Former Kings of the Chakri Dynasty, and One Side of Thai Life. Open: Weekdays from 9:00 to 17:30 weekends and holidays from 8:30 to 18:00.
Admission: 200 baht.


Jesada Teknik Museum (10 minutes drive or by bicycle)

This is a private collection of antique technology. Currently there are approximately 500 collection pieces including airplane, helicopter, tank, bus, sedan, bubble car, motorcycle, tricycle and bicycle from around the world. It was created with the intention to educate Thais who love mechanics to have an opportunity to see the real objects rather than only seeing them from pictures. It is uniquely situated as it is surrounded by rice fields. The museum is open from 9:00 to 17:00 and can be visited by car, motorbike or bicycle. There is no charge to visit the museum.


 

Major Tourist Attractions
The attractions listed below are firmly on the tourist trail and you will likely see them along with bus loads of other tourists. The attractions themselves are very nice but the number of visitors can detract from the experience somewhat.

Rose Garden (30 minutes drive)

This garden is located on Petchakasem Road 22 km from the house. It is located adjacent to the Nakhon Chaisi River and occupies an area of 137.5 Rais (about 55 acres). There is a multitude of beautiful floral displays of great variety. It also features an attractive Thai cultural show that commences daily at 14:00. It is open daily from 08:00 to 18:00.
Admission to garden 10 baht. Admission to show 300 baht.


Samphran Elephant and Crocodile farm (30 minutes drive)

Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo is located 1 km away from the Rose Garden. It occupies an area of 62 Rais (about 24.8 acres). There are various kinds of animals and shows. There are daily elephant musical shows, crocodile wrestling shows and magic shows. You can also enjoy an elephant ride around the compound. Open every day from 8:30 to 17:30.
Admission: 550 baht and 350 baht for child.


 

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