Nakhon Pathom Attractions, Attractions in Nakhon Pathom, what to do in Nakhon Pathom

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Attractions in Nakhon Pathom
Historical Sites
Neun Dhamma Sala
Location: Mueang District
It is located at Dhamma Sala temple, Tambon Dhamma Sala, 6 Kms. to the east of Phra Pathom Chedi, on the South-side of Petchakasem Road. The physical appearance is that of a hill with a tunnel opening that is believed to connect Wat Phra Mayn to Wat Dhamma Sala. From hearsay, there are various valuable treasures like ancient pottery but which may not be taken out because there is a treasure guardian spirit watching over.
Palace
Sanam Chan Palace
Location: Mueang District
Located about 2 kms, west of Phra Pathom Chedi, covering an area of 888 rai, 3 ngarn, 4 sq wah, there are a number of exquisite royal residences and palaces during the reign of King Rama VI available as follows: Piman Pathom Hall, Wat-Charee Rommaya Hall, The Charli Mongkol Asna building, The Marie Raja Rata Ballang building, The Tabkaew Hall, The Tabkwan Hall, Ruen Tabcharoen, The Monument of King Rama VI, Sri Nam Chand.

Sanam Chan Palace is the most favourite palace of King Rama VI, judging from his frequent visits. His stays were always at the same time as the military exercises of the Suer Pah Unit. The King would always inspect the Unit and also command the Unit’s exercise. At present, the buildings that were built to serve the Suer Pah Unit, such as the living quarters of the Suer Pah Cavalry Unit and Ranger Unit, and a Suer Pah hospital, can still be seen.
Museum
National Museum of Phra Pathom Chedi
Location: Mueang District
The museum is located at a lower level in the east of the church. It houses artefacts and historical remains which were discovered during the excavations in Nakhon Pathom including the coffin and funeral ritual set that were used in Ya-Leis cremation ceremony. Ya-Lei was a dog very dear to King Rama VI, that was shot and died. The King was much saddened and commanded to building of a monument for Ya-Lei as a token of his grief.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 09:00 am. - 16:30 pm. (Close on Monday and Tuesday)
Thai Farmers' Lifestyle Museum
Location: Nakhon Chaisri District
It is an old temple located in Tambon Nakhon Chaisi. The temple houses a chapel, a vihara, and a principal Buddha image, all of which are very old and assumed, archaeologically, to have been built in the Ayutthaya period. There is a Phra Phuttha Vithinayok museum, exhibiting historical remains, artefacts, as well as utensils of the late monks: Luang Poo Boon (Phra Phuttha Vithinayok Boon Kanthachoti) and Luang Poo Perm (Phra Phuttha Vithinayok Perm Punyavasano). Various Buddha images, amulets, and sacred talismans of both late monks are also on display. On another side of the museum, Thai medicines, herbs, and utensils of craftsmen are displayed. It is open on , and national gazette holidays from
Opening Hours : Saturdays and Sundays 09:00 am. - 04.00 pm.
The Thai Human Imagery Museum
Location: Nakhon Chaisri District
Located at Km.31 Borom Ratchonnani Road on the way to Nakhon Pathom, the museum houses life-like sculptures created by a group of Thai artists. hese 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.
Opening Hours : Weekdays from 0:90 am. - 05.30 pm.
: Holidays from 08:30 am. - 06:00 pm.
The Thai Human Imagery Museum
Location: Bang Lane District
This is a traditional marketplace located on Suphan Buri riverbank where local residents still live and trade here as when it first began hundreds of years ago. Nowadays, it remains vibrant and retains the atmosphere of a traditional market. The mark of Bang Luang market are ancient wooden townhouses built during the reign of King Rama V. On weekdays, the place is slightly quiet however the weekends are crowdedwith vendors. Some have their own kiosks, while some roam around with pushcarts. Most of the goods sold here are foodstuff, such as; pad thai, thai dessert and local food. You may wish to try the food from houseboats to get the riverside atmosphere.

When visiting Bang Luang market, most tourists are tempted to try chun pia, a traditional Teochew Chinese recipe. It consists of fried egg spring rolls stuffed with minced pork, dried shrimp and chive leaves served without any sauce. It is very likely to find many stalls selling Chun Pia. However, among those, Jantima is the original. Traditional Thai desserts are a popular souvenir choice. Mae Pin Kanom Thai is one of the well-known shops providing big slices of various desserts, for instance; Thong Yip (golden flowers), Foi Thong (sweet egg-serpentine), red sticky rice, Kanom Chan (multi-layered sweet)
Market
Don Wai Floating Market
Location: Sam Phran District
At Don Wai floating market, there is a Thai style cottage at the bank of the Ta Jeen River that still preserves the old style of living from the reign of King Mongkut. Don Wai is the center of many agricultural products especially organic vegetables and Thai desserts. Popular dishes are boiled carp in salt, pot-stewed duck, and boiled bamboo shoots with chili sauce. At Don Wai Floating Market, there is a jukebox for visitors to make merit at the Rai King temple. All the songs are from Yordluk Salakjai (a famous Thai singer). There is also fan palm, a rare fruit that crops only every 50 years. Another attraction of the market is the floating restaurant and a boat cruising tour to see the both sides of the river.

The floating market is located at Don Wai temple on the banks of the Ta Jeen River, Tambol Bangkratuek, Amphur Sampran, Nakornprathom and open daily from morning until evening.
Lumpaya Floating Market
Location: Bang Laen District
At Lumpaya floating market, the atmosphere of the riverbank lifestyle charms everyone who visits. Savory food, desserts, fresh fruits and vegetables are offered by friendly merchants with an original Thai smile. Here you can visit the 6-door Buddhist monastery (Boat - Hok - Pratoo), the only monastery in Thailand that has as many as 6 doors, and the local museum of Lumpaya temple where antique objects are kept and the admission is free.

Enjoy your day trip by getting in a paddleboat and admiring the view of old houses and ways of life. It is recommended that visitors buy some food and snacks in advance before the boat trip since it takes almost all day to visit Sookwattanaram temple, the fish market, and the shrine of the goddess Tubtim. In the winter, around November – December, thousands of Asian Openbill storks can be seen floating on the water.

Lumpaya floating market is located at Lumpaya Temple, Lumpaya, Bang Lane, Nakorn Pathom, and is open to visitors all day long every weekend and on official holidays.
Zoos & Amusement Parks
Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo
Location: Sam Phran District
Located to the west of Bangkok in Nakhon Pathom province. For less than an hour drive Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo is a popular sightseeing destination for both adults and children alike. It highlights exciting events such as The Elephant Theme Show and The Crocodile Wrestling Show. In the Elephant show, the elephants are the stars of the show where they dance, race, play football and games, "Yutha Hathi", a great royal battle scene, is even performed with the actors riding on the elephants. As for the wrestling show, the crocodile and the master crocodile catcher perform breathtaking stunts to their audience's delight.

The visitors can also try to check out the tropical garden and waterfalls on the elephant's back, visit the orchid nursery, or sample International cuisine and halal as well as Indian food when request at the Erawan Restaurant. Accredited by CITES as "One of the cleanest and most impressive public displays of crocodiles in the world", the visitors will surely enjoy exploring the zoo ground.
Other Attractions
The Rose Garden
Location: Sam Phran District
Right next to Nakhon Chaisi River, the Rose Garden occupies an area of 137.5 rais or about 55 acres and it is utterly blossomed by multitude of beautiful floral. Visitors are stirred by gracious Thai-style houses and a daily, afternoon Thai cultural show. Besides, some parts of the area are hotel, lodges, and golf course.

How to get there
  1. By Car: take Phetkasem Road, drive to Km.32 marker, a sign of the garden will be on the left.
  2. By Bus: take a non-air conditioned bus line number 123 from Tha Chang, get off at the Rose Garden or take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal (old route) on Petchakasem Road (Bangkok-Aom Yai-Sam Phran-Nakhon Pathom) or take a 2nd class air-conditioned bus of Bangkok-Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok-Ratchaburi, Bangkok-Bang Li lines or take a non air-conditioned bus of Bangkok-Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok-Ratchaburi, Bangkok-Suphan Buri lines.
Botanical Garden at Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen Campus
Location: Kamphaeng Saen District
Kasetsart University’s botanical garden is meant to educate farmers and general public through numbers of projects including scaled-down projects such as an agricultural technology project, an irrigation system initiated along with the Royal Project, an Entomological Park where various species of butterflies are housed, a pilot vegetable plantation plot, and Suan Saen Palm (garden of a hundred thousand of palm trees), collecting various kinds of ornamental palms. Make the trip from inner town at only about 20 kilometers.
Buddha Monthon (Buddhist Mandala)
Location: Buddha Monthon District
This is an old religious site built by the government and the people to commemorate the 2500th year of the existence of Buddhism. Accessible by Phutthamonthon 4 Road, 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.