Nakhon Pathom Travel Guide, Nakhon Pathom Travel Information, Nakhon Pathom Thailand

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Introduction
Nakhon Pathom
Phrapathom Chedi
Nakhon Pathom is a small province located just 56 km west of Bangkok. The province features an ancient religious structure called Phra Pathom Chedi, the first religious landmark that signified the introduction of Buddhism into Thailand. Nakhon Pathom is also renowned for its abundant fruit varieties and famous regional cuisine. Formerly situated by the sea, the city prospered during the Dvaravati civilization, which existed between the 6th and 11th centuries C.E. According to archaeological findings, Nakhon Pathom was the first city to be exposed to the influence of Buddhism. From the Phra Pathom Chedi and other remains discovered in the city area, it is believed that the city was a center of civilization in that era and that people of different races settled in Nakhon Pathom.

However, a change in the course of the river caused a draught that forced the people to migrate, leaving Nakhon Pathom deserted for hundreds of years until the reign of King Rama IV. While His Majesty was in monk-hood, he traveled to Nakhon Pathom and discovered the Phra Pathom Chedi. When King Rama IV ascended to the throne, he commanded that a bell shaped Chedi be built to cover the old Chedi. The surrounding area was also renovated and improved. During the reign of King Rama V, the construction of railways to the south began; King Rama V also commanded that the town be relocated from Tambon Thana, Amphoe Nakhon Chaisi, to the Phra Pathom Chedi area as it used to be. Nakhon Pathom has been there ever since.
Borders
North : Suphanburi and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
East : Nonthaburi and Bangkok
South : Samut Sakhon and Ratchaburi
West : Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi
Distance
Distances to Other Provinces
Ratchaburi 41 km Nonthaburi 76 km
Samut Sakhon 48 km Suphanburi 105 km
Bangkok 56 km Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 132 km
Kanchanaburi 65 km    

Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
Nakhon Chai Si 22 km Kamphaeng Saen 36 km
Don Tum 21 km Buddha Monthon 37 km
Sam Phran 29 km Bang Laen 56 km
Festivals & Events
Songkran Traditional Festival
Organized in the vicinity of Phra Pathom Chedi area, it features the processions with decorated floats, dragon and lion groups, as the bathing Buddha images rite and the rite to pay respects to the elder, the honorable persons.
Gliding Luang Por Wat Rai Khing Festival
Held during the 13th waxing moon day to the 4th waning moon day of the 5th lunar month, every year, altogether 8 days and 8 nights. Many forms of entertainment are available such as musical performance, Lie-Kay (Thai song and dance performance), Movies. Local goods are also available for sale.
Food Staff and Fruit Fair
When: During Chinese New Year period
Where: Phra Phatom Chedi, Muang District
Phra Pathom Chedi fare held annually during the Chinese New Year period aims at introducing well-known agricultural products of Nakhon Pathom such as pomeloes, coconuts with flavored milk, oranges, guavas, bananas, grapes, Chinese pork sausages, dried and crispy sweeter pork. Additionally, the fair's purpose is to promote tourism in Nakhon Pathom.

Activities :
1. Exhibiting and selling well-known food products and varieties of vegetables and fruits.
2. Displaying and selling local handicrafts.
3. Showing of local culture and tourist attractions and activities of Nakhon Pathom.
Loi Krathong Festival
When: November
Where: All Nakhon Pathom Province
Held within the Sanam Chand Palace ground, contests of many interesting items are held such as Krathongs (decorated baskets), hanging lamp shades, Miss Nopamart, including the interesting folklore playing and displaying of fireworks.
Paying Homage to Phra Pathom Chedi Fair
When: November
Where: Phra Pathom Chedi, Mueang District
Paying Homage to Phra Pathom Chedi Fair held annually during the 12th, waxing moon day to the 4th, waning moon day on the 12th, lunar month of every year. The festival fair for Paying home to Phra Pathom Chedi is held annually for nine days and nights. There are all kinds of entertainment as well as displays of the local products.

Activities :
1. Paying homage to a relic of Lord Buddha and Phra Pathom Chedi and making merit.
2. Attending red cross activities.
3. Participating in activities of local schools and government sections.
4. Practicing gun shooting organized by the police.
5. Buying various kinds of goods and products from factories, companies and stores.
Elephant Buffet and jumbo queen contest
When: 1 May
Where: Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo, Sam Phran District
Samphan Elephant Ground Zoo host Jumbo Banquet in May 1st in honor of the gentle elephant which are so well loved in Thailand. 2 Tons of elephant's favorite edibles are selected for them to feast on and Jumbo Queen contest is provided to find the participant of XL ladies that best exhibits the characteristics of the titanic elephant.