Nakhon Si Thammarat,
The second largest province of the South and the land of predominant Buddhism
during the Srivijaya Period, is 780 km from Bangkok. It occupies
an area of 9,942 sq km consisting of high plateau and mountains
in the west then sloping down towards the east and becoming a basin along
the coastline of the Gulf of Thailand. In addition to its great history, Nakhon Si Thammarat boasts pristine verdant jungles abundant with luxuriant
vegetation and is also noted for picturesque beaches and beautiful waterfalls.
» North : Surat Thani and Gulf of Thailand
» South : Phattalung and Songkhla
» East : Gulf of Thailand
» West : Trang and Krabi
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Nakhon Si Thammarat lies 780 km south of Bangkok by road.
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 4 towards Hua Hin and then Highway No. 41
until arriving in Amphoe Phun Phin in Surat Thani; finally, take Highway No.
401 along the coast to Nakhon Si Thammarat city.
Regular and air-conditioned busses depart daily for Nakhon Si
Thammarat from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal. The trip takes about 12 hours.
There are three types of air-conditioned busses that leave Bangkok either
early in the morning, in the evening, or at night.
Check out bus timetables
There are rapid and express trains departing from Bangkok Railway Station
to Nakhon Si Thammarat at 05.35 pm. and 07.15 pm. respectively.
more information, contact tel. 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or call Nakhon Si Thammarat
train station at tel. 0 7535 6364, 0 7534 6129.
Check out train timetables
Thai AirAsia and Nok Air offer regularly scheduled daily
flights between Bangkok and Nakhon Si Thammarat, an approximately one hour journey.
Hae Pha Khuen That Festival
When : 28th February
Location : Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan
Hae Pha Khuen That Festival is celebrated at Phra Borom That Chedi. The
pagoda is considered to be the representative of Lord Buddha and is believed
by locals to possess unsurpassed might of righteousness as it contains holy
relics. Every year Buddhists pay homage to the pagoda by organizing a procession
bearing a religious cloth to wrap around the pagoda to bring good fortune
and success. This festival is held twice a year during Makha Bucha Day (the
15th full-moon night of February) and Visakha Bucha Day (the 15th full-moon
night of May).
Chak Phra or Lak Phra Festival
When : November
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Chak Phra or Lak Phra Festival is influenced by Indian culture, which expanded
into the province a long time ago. The festival signifies the joy that people
had when Lord Buddha returned from a star and the Lord was invited to sit
on a throne and carried to a palace. In practice, locals would
bear a Buddha image holding a bowl in a procession around the city. This
is a great way for escape from daily routine and it is a fun competition
to find who is the most religious. Held in October, the festival is preceded
by activities 7 days before, such as beating drums, playing castanets and
decorating the ceremonial throne for the image. The actual ceremony is usually
held only on the last day of the Buddhist Lent. People would take the image
from the temple in the morning and proceed to Benchama Rachuthit School
in Amphoe Muang. This is also done in front of Ron Phibun district office.
In addition, there is a water-borne procession on Pak Phanang River in Pak
Phanang, which coincides with an annual boat race for a trophy from the
Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month
When : October
Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month is a grand event of the province and of
southern Thailand. This festival is held from the 1st waning-moon night
to the 15th waning-moon night every September. It is held to pay respect
to deceased ancestors. According to Buddhism beliefs, the dead had many
sins and was sent to hell to become a demon. The demons are allowed to come
up to meet their relatives for 15 days in September, but must return to
hell before sunrise of the 15th day. The livings try to appease the spirits
by taking food to temples to make merit. Beginning on the 13th day, people
will go shopping for food to be given. The 14th day is spent preparing and
decorating the food tray, and the 15th day is the actual merit-making day.
The tray presented nowadays has elaborate designs but still retains traditional
components. Contests to find the most beautiful tray are held. A magnificent
procession proceeds along Ratchadamnoen Road on the 14th day.