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
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.
||: Suphanburi and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
||: Nonthaburi and Bangkok
||: Samut Sakhon and Ratchaburi
||: Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi
|Distances to Other Provinces
|| 48 km
||Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
|Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
|Nakhon Chai Si
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
Gliding Luang Por Wat Rai Khing Festival
Held during the 13th
waxing moon day to the 4th
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
: During Chinese New Year period
: 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.
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
: 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
: Phra Pathom Chedi, Mueang District
Paying Homage to Phra Pathom Chedi Fair held annually during the 12th
, waxing moon day to
, 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.
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
: 1 May
: 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.