Nakhon Sawan Travel Guide, Nakhon Sawan Travel Information, Nakhon Sawan Thailand

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Welcome to Nakhon Sawan
Bueng Boraphet
Bueng Boraphet
Nakhon Sawan Province, also known as Pak Nam Pho is where the rivers of Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan converge and form the Chao Phraya River, the most important waterway of Thailand. Nakhon Sawan is in the lower northern part of the country between the North and the Central Region. It is regarded as the doorway to the North and it is the hub of transportation in the Lower North.
North : Kamphaeng Phet and Phichit
South : Chainat, Uthai Thani, Sing Buri and Lopburi
East : Phetchabun and Lopburi
West : Tak
Distances to Other Provinces
Uthai Thani 50 km Lopburi 130 km
Chainat 64 km Tak 183 km
Kamphaeng Phet 117 km Phetchabun 192 km

Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts
Krok Phra 18 km Ta Khli 61 km
Kao Liao 20 km Phaisali 65 km
Phayuha Khiri 26 km Nong Bua 71 km
Banphot Phisai 34 km Tak Fa 73 km
Chum Seang 39 km Chum Ta Bong 73 km
Lard Yao 40 km Mae Pearn 75 km
Tha Tako 45 km Mae Wong 80 km
Festivals & Events
Nakhon Sawan Chinese New Year Festival
When: February
Where: Utthayan Sawan (Nong Sombun Park), Amphoe Mueang
Nakhon Sawan Chinese New Year Festival
Nakhon Sawan Chinese New Year Festival
The most anticipated event in festival calendar year for Nakhon Sawan is undoubtedly Chinese New Year Festival and Chao Pho - Chao Mae Pak Nam Pho Procession Festival which are annually held harmoniously side by side for continuous 12-day period during Chinese New Year to bring good luck, fortune and prosperity. Chinese migrants have been settling down all over Thailand for hundreds of years and many of them and their descendants inhabit in Nakhon Sawan nowadays, hence the long-standing tradition of Chinese New Year Celebration since olden days. The two most famous shrines around the city are ones of Chao Pho Thepharak and Chao Mae Taptim whose popularity started almost hundred years ago during cholera outbreak where hundreds of people died. The Devotees of these two shrines held the ritual believed to be a cure of this evil plague and it miraculously worked.

The highlighted programmes are definitely 2 amazing “Chao Por - Chao Mae” Processions which take place in the evening and then the following morning. The festival also features various processions such as lion parade, dragon, angel processions and the goddess Guan Yin procession marching along the main roads in the municipality. Another unmissable event is the spectacular illuminated dragon dance that will keep you mesmerised and stunned by the movement of the dragon, its carriers’ skills and their endless energy. Included are also marching bands, dancers in colourful costumes, acrobats standing on each other’s shoulders and the list goes on. Be a part of this event of Nakhon Sawan and witness one of the most impressive festivals of all time.
Ban Kao Thong Songkran Festival
When: April
Where: Tambon Kao Thong, Amphoe Payuhakiri
This long tradition of Tambon Kao Thong has long been held annually during Songkran Festival in this village where many of Mon offspring reside in today. The festival showcases local tradition and culture through folk games and performance such as “Jup Khor Mue Sao” (Holding maidens’ hands ceremony) which will be played in the afternoon after the morning merits making. Young men and women will gather around in a temple’s yard standing separately in 2 groups by gender. A guy will walk towards the girl he fancies and ask to hold her hand politely if the targeted girl agrees, they both will go for a walk around the lawn together and a guy will then walk her back. The one simple rule is not to touch a girl’s hand higher than her elbow.

Following fascinating game is “Kao Phee” (Processed by ghost). The players have to pretend to be possessed by ghost and imitate that particular type of evil spirit. Apart from all these bizarrely interesting games, other programmes also include praying song show, role play local dance with folk song, well-conserved traditional dance like famous Pitsathan Dance and Cha Chao Lom Dance in which the performers dance and court beautifully.
Tropical Flower and Ornamental Plants Festival
When: May
Where: Sawan Park, Amphoe Mueang
Tropical Flower and Ornamental Plants Festival
Tropical Flower and Ornamental Plants Festival
This spectacular flora exposition is held annually in the summer to boast the mesmerising beauty of tropical flowers and ornamental plants. The festival showcases light-and-sound performance, a contest of various kinds of orchid, an orchid gardening competition, colouring contest, jade contest as well as competitions for a wide range of flowers and plants such as cactus, Poi Sian (type of plant), Chuan Chom (Pink Bignonia), and Ko Son (Garden croton). Included are also demonstrations showing the art of arranging and decorating bonsai, Bon (Elephant Ear) and dwarf. Join this festival, experience the friendliness and warm welcome of the locals, bring home perfect flowers and be assured that their beauty will no doubt add to the loveliness of your garden. What’s more, there are plenty of scenic temples and stunning landscape to explore in the area where you can also enjoy and make the most of your visit.
Boat Races for His Majesty’s Trophy
When: October
Where: Chao Phraya River
Be amazed by the greatest races of traditional long boats ranging from small, medium and large sizes from all over the country. These Boat Races for His Majesty’s Trophy are held annually at the end of the Buddhist Lent along Chao Phraya River in front of Nakhon Sawan Provincial Hall. There are also other boat races at temples along the river, for example, from Wat Ko Hong and Wat Takhian Luan. This boat racing tradition has been carried on for decades to show the harmonious collaboration among inhabitants of Nakhon Sawan and its neighbours.

Apart from the impressive unity of the locals that you will witness on the scene, but also the talented skills of those boat paddlers and participation of boat owners as well. Other highlighted programmes are also a chance to make merits at Wat Jom Kiri Nakkaprod including Buddha image gilding, and to enjoy a bargain of local products from One Tampon One Product or OTOP Campaign.
Loy Krathong Festival
When: November
Where: In front of Chao Mae Na Pha Shrine
Loy Krathong Festival
Loy Krathong Festival
When it comes to Loy Krathong Festival, one of Thailand’s oldest and best-conserved traditions, Ban Na Pha Community at Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Sawan knows just how to celebrate the festival in a very unique way. As the full moon of the twelfth lunar month approaches and lights up the sky at nightfall, the locals bring out their coconut shells they have been collected throughout the year to clean and creatively and elaborately decorate them with coloured papers and place a candle in the centre of the shell.

The big difference from an ordinary Krathong (vessel made of banana leaves) we often see is there will be no flowers, nor incense in this coconut shell. Once the special night arrives, thousands of these coconut shells will be lit up and set afloat onto Chao Phraya River and its waterways starting from the area in front of Chao Mae Na Pha Shrine.