Nakhon Sawan Attractions, Attractions in Nakhon Sawan, what to do in Nakhon Sawan

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Attractions
Historic Sites
Khok Mai Den Ancient City
Location : Amphoe Phayuha Khiri
Khok Mai Den Ancient City
Khok Mai Den Ancient City
Khok Mai Den Ancient City is in Tambon Tha Nam Oi. The city is quite expansive. Traces of the old city wall remain and an artifact in the form of a sculpture of the elephant Phaya Chatthan was discovered here. It is over 1,000 years old. The word Khok Mai Den refers to a kind of tree. People in the old days called Ban Khok Mai Den Mueang Bon. The city was founded in the Thawarawadi period around 11th-16th Buddhist centuries (457-957 AD). The city is similar to Nakhon Pathom and is around 250 metres long and 600 metres wide. It is very much alike the city wall of Nakhon Pathom, Mueang Sema of Nakhon Ratchasima and Mueang Phaya Rae of Chon Buri.
Chan Sen Ancient City and Chan Sen Museum
Location: Amphoe Takhli
Chan Sen Ancient City and Chan Sen Museum is in M.2 in Tambon Chan Sen. It is believed that in the Thawarawadi period, the city was surrounded by a moat with an earth mound. The city had a square shape but with rounded corners almost like a circle. The moat was about 20 metres wide. The area is now a waterlogged valley but traces of the moat can still be seen. The city is about 800 metres long and 700 metres wide with an area of about 480,000 square metres. As the part within the moat is higher than that outside, locals call it Khok Chan Sen. A number of artifacts have been discovered in the ancient city; earthenware items like amulets, dolls, lamps; stone items like pedestals, Buddhism wheels, and axes; metal objects like earrings made of lead or tin, spearheads, and iron; and bronze objects like Buddha images in the Man Wichai posture. All of the objects are now kept at Chan Sen Museum in Chan Sen Temple. It is open on weekends. Those wishing to visit the site on weekdays can request permission from the temple.
Religious Sites
Wat Kriang Krai Klang (Kriang Krai Klang Temple)
Location: Amphoe Mueang
Chan Sen Ancient City
Chan Sen Ancient City and Chan Sen Museum
Wat Krieng Krai Klang is at M.5, Tambon Kriang Krai, on the bank of Nan River. Inside is a Sukhothai-style bronze Buddha image in the Man Wichai posture and an old hall over a hundred years old. There is also a replica of Lord Buddhas Footprint and a mural of Lord Buddhas life. The area in front of the temple is inhabited by many monkeys and it is where a crocodile farm can be found.
Wat Woranat Banphot or Wat Khao Khop (Woranat Banphot Temple or Khao Khop Temple)
Location: Amphoe Mueang
Wat Woranat Banphot (Khao Kop) is an old temple of the province on the peak of Khao Kop 185.5 metres above sea level. There are 2 ways up; a stairway of 439 steps and an asphalt road 3 metres wide. The peak has a replica of Lord Buddhas Footprint and a pagoda encasing the relic of Lord Buddha built when Sukhothai was the countrys capital. The temple was praised by the Department of Religious Affairs as the best development temple of 1966. A nearby hill is the site of some television relay stations.
Wat Nakhon Sawan or Wat Hua Mueang (Nakhon Sawan Temple or Hua Mueang Temple)
Location: Amphoe Mueang
Located on Sawanwithi Rd. in the city. This temple has the special Buddha's Image called "Phra Phu Hai A-pai Ying" located behind the main temple on Thepsithichai Rd., the first image faces east and the other faces west, were built by the Burmese as the mountains of forgiveness and stop the revenge. Inside the main temple there is another Buddha Image called "Luang Phor Sri Sawan”.
Chao Pho Thepharak-Chao Mae Thapthim Shrine
Location: Amphoe Mueang
Chao Pho Thepharak-Chao Mae Thapthim Shrine is in the area of Pak Nam Pho Community on the right bank of the Chao Phraya River. The shrine is revered by locals and is the spiritual magnet of the people in the area as well as passersby using the river. The shrine also offers the best view of the beginning of the river.
Wat Chom Khiri Nat Phrot (Chom Khiri Nat Phrot Temple)
Wat Woranat Banphot
Wat Woranat Banphot (Wat Khao Khop)
Location: Amphoe Mueang
Wat Chom Khiri Nat Phrot is on the peak of Khao Buat Nak between the foot of Dechatiwong Bridge and Chiraprawat Fort. Legend says that when Burmese troops sacked Ayutthaya for the second time, they built this temple to show that they also hold the Buddhism faith. The most interesting objects here are the replica of Lord Buddhas Footprint and a convocation hall that locals call Bot Thewada Sang. There is a fair to pay homage and attach gold leaves to the footprint in November. Boat races are held in conjunction with the fair.
Wat Tham Phon Sawan (Tham Phon Sawan Temple)
Location: Amphoe Tak Fa
Wat Tham Phon Sawan is in Tambon Lamphayon. An asphalt road of 105 kilometres from the city leads to the temple. It is around 10 kilometres from Tak Fa District Office on the Tak Fa-Khok Samrong road. The temple has a modern three-story pavilion. At the rear of the temple is Phon Sawan Cave that is divided into 2 sections. The first section is a small room while the second section is a larger room with Buddha images and various structures like a replica waterfall with a stream in the caves center. The cave is cool and cozy and has electricity and waterworks.
Museums
Nakhon Sawan Provincial Cultural Building
Location: Amphoe Mueang

Chao Mae Thapthim Shrine
Chao Pho Thepharak
Chao Mae Thapthim Shrine
Nakhon Sawan Provincial Cultural Building is in the Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat Institute. This two-story building is in the contemporary Thai style and has a beautiful front porch. It is the center of historical, archaeological and cultural information of the province. The building has an exhibition room displaying cultural development and various archaeological sites. It was completed in June 1992 and was opened by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on 17 August 1992.
Markets
Wat Bang Pramung Floating Market
Location: Amphoe Krok Phra
Wat Bang Pramung Floating Market is on the bank of Bang Pramung Canal in front of Wat Bang Pramung, about 14 kilometres from the city on the Nakhon Sawan-Krok Phra road. Locals will paddle to the market to sell goods and agricultural produce every weekend during 07.00 am. - 04.00 pm. In addition, there are other services like traditional Thai massage, boat tours of Bang Pramung Canal, tours of orchid farms, and boats and water bicycles for hire.

Contact: Krok Phra District Office at Tel. 0 5629 1006.
Public Parks
Sawan Park
Location: Amphoe Mueang
Sawan Park is in Nakhon Sawan Municipality beside the Asian Highway. It was originally a large swamp with an area of 502,400 square metres called Nong Som Bun. It was later made into a sizable public park with 2 ring roads encircling it. The middle of the park is an island with an area of 6,400 square metres. The park has a garden, lawn, fountain, outdoor stage, waterfall, and rose garden.

During November to March a large number of waterfowls migrate here. Some parts of the swamp have been declared the Bung Boraphet Non-Hunting Area under the care of the Wildlife Conservation Division. Bung Boraphet is also a fish breeding ground where the Department of Fisheries has set up the Bung Boraphet Fishery Development Station.
Natural Attractions
Bueng Boraphet
Location: Amphoe Mueang
Bueng Boraphet
Bueng Boraphet
Bung Boraphet is the largest freshwater swamp in Thailand. It has an area of around 212 square kilometres. It covers parts of Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Tha Tako and Amphoe Chum Saeng. In the past Bung Boraphet was called the northern sea or Chom Bung as there was an abundance of aquatic animals and plants. According to surveys, there are still some 148 species of animals and 44 species of plants here. Rare animals include white-eyed river-martin and tiger perch.
The Origin of the Chao Phraya River
Location: Amphoe Mueang
The Origin of the Chao Phraya River is the point where the Ping and Nan rivers converge at Tambon Pak Nam Pho in front of the dam in the city. Here, one can clearly distinguish the difference between the two rivers. The Nan River is reddish in color while the Ping River is somewhat green. They flow to form the Chao Phraya River, the most important waterway of the country. The Chao Phraya flows past several provinces before going through Bangkok and ending into the Gulf of Thailand in Samut Prakan. It is about 370 kilometres long. The best place to view its origin is at the Chao Pho Thepharak-Chao Mae Thapthim Shrine.
Bo Ya Cave
Location: Amphoe Mueang
Bo Ya Cave
Bo Ya Cave
Bo Ya Cave is Hin Kon Village in Tambon Nong Krot, around 30 kilometres from the city on the San Nakhon Sawan-Lat Yao road. Another 6-kilometre road leads to Wat Tham Bo Ya (Wat Thep Nimit Song Tham). A stairway at the foot of the hill leads up to the cave. The cave itself has 3 sections. The first has a large main Buddha image, the second further in is a dead end with a pond called Bo Nam Thip that is believed by locals to be sacred and the third section is an exit out the other way. Apart from the sacred pond, the cave has beautiful stalagmites and stalactites.
Khao Tham Phra
Location: Amphoe Krok Phra
Khao Tham Phra is at M.8 in Tambon Noen Sala. Inside are stalactites, stalagmites and Buddha images. During Songkran Festival locals will take flowers, candles and incense sticks up the 100 steps from the foot of the hill to pay homage to the images. A great view of Amphoe Krok Phra can be seen from the peak.
Khao Nor–Khao Kaeo
Location: Amphoe Banphot Phisai
Khao No-Khao Kaeo is a limestone mountain that has Wat Khao Lo at its foot. A stairway leads to the cave at the peak where a large Buddha image sits in front. When King Rama V visited here via the Ping River, he stayed overnight on the mountain. The province later built a monument to commemorate the occasion. There are numerous monkeys at the foot of the mountain and you can see plenty of bats that live in the cave flying out to feed in the evening, making a long black line in the night sky. Khao Kaeo nearby also has a number of bats flying out at night.
Khao Chedi or Khao Kaksak
Location : Amphoe Takhli
Khao Phra Chedi is located 80 kilometres from Nakhon Sawan and about 8 kilometres from Amphoe Takhli. The hill itself is undulating, ruggy, hollow and not smooth. Unlike other hills, its ground has no soil. The rocks look like dead animal bones piled up for a long time. There is a beautiful small cave. At the foot of the hill is Wat Khao Phra Chedi, a home of lots for monkeys.
Khao Tham Bunnak
Location : Amphoe Takhli
Khao Chedi or Khao Kaksak
Khao Chedi or Khao Kaksak
Khao Tham Bunnak is a cave on the highlands about 6 kilometres from the amphoe office and 80 kilometres from Nakhon Sawan. The entrance to the cave is approximately 25 to 30 metres higher than the foot of the hill. Inside are a Buddha image and a copy of the Buddha footprint. Light from the mountain peak comes through the chimney. The cave is pleasant and cool though it is quite wet and stuffy. Wat Khao Tham Bunnak at the foothill entrance, the home of a large number of monkeys, is spacious and shady.
Khao Phra
Location : Amphoe Nong Bua
Located at M.18, Tambon Nong Klub province 80 kilometre away from the district, about seven kilometre of transportation is not convenient. But can travel all season. He was on top of the Buddha and Buddha's footprint, very respected by villagers. Garden stone diametre of about 50 square metres, the cave is about 30 metres deep and a width of 2 m. It is home to many bats. And a large stone basin supports natural rainfall. He has his rock and his pink. Nakhon Sawan Province, the government has a reserve of marble is strictly forbidden.
Thung Hin Thoen
Location : Amphoe Mae Wong
Thung Hin Thoen, a meadow at the foothill is about 70 kilometres drive towards Amphoe Mae Wong. Here big rocks of various shapes are amazingly and naturally erected in their balanced forms, and scattered about. They seem to be arranged and formed by human hands garden.
Other Attractions
Nakhon Sawan Tower
Location: Amphoe Mueang
Nakhon Sawan Municipality has built the "Nakhon Sawan Tower" on the top of Khiriwong Temple Hill to serve tourists visiting Nakhon Sawan. The tower is a 10-storey building, 32 m, high, consisting of:
1 st floor: information center, OTOP shops
2 nd and 3 rd floors: restaurants and an internet cafe’ indoor; the night activity ground for tourists interested in astronomy and celestial observation.
10 th floor: viewing point of Nakhon Sawan Municipality , Telescopes are provided for clarity of sights.
Bueng Boraphet Aquarium Commemorating the King’s 80th Birthday
Location: Amphoe Mueang
Situated in the area of Bueng Boraphet, Thailand’s largest lake, located in Tambon Kwae Yai, Amphoe Mueang, Nakhon Sawan, the Bueng Boraphet Aquarium is fertile with abundant aquatic plantlife, and is home to rare birds and fishes. After relaxing with the breathtaking scenery of Bueng Boraphet, as well as its ecotourism activities such as boat rowing and bird watching, visitors can enjoy the aquarium’s displays

Opening Hours: from 10.00 am. - 05.00 pm. weekdays, and 09.30 am. – 06.00 pm. weekends and public holidays. It is closed on Wednesday.