Nakhon Si Thammarat Attractions, Attractions in Nakhon Si Thammarat, what to do in Nakhon Si Thammarat

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Historic Sites
City Wall
Location : Mueang District City Wall
City Wall

City wall is old wall of Nakhonsithammarat which located alongside Ratchadamnoen Road. The wall was renovated in the early Rattanakosin period and once more in 1990. The wall runs parallel with the city moat from Chai Nua Gate or Chai Sak Gate to the east for 100 metres.
Khao Chong Khoi Stone Inscription
Location : Mueang District
Khao Chong Khoi is the oldest Sanskrit stone inscription found from the 6th-7th century in southern of Thailand. Khao Chong Khoi is located at Ban Khok Sathon, Moo 9, Thung Pho Sub-District, Chulaphon District. It tells the story of people asking for shelter from Shiva and jungle spirits. It ends with the saying, If a good person resides in a village, then that community shall find happiness and prosperity.
Ho Phra Isuan
Location : Mueang District
Ho Phra Isuan is a historical site of the Brahman religion which located on Ratchadamnoen Road in Nakhon Sri Thammarat town. On display is the Shiva Linga, the symbol of the Brahman god Shiva. There are also several bronze images, such as the Siwa Nattarat image, Phra Uma and Phra Phikkhanet. The bronze images in this hall are replicas of the real images that are in Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum.

Phra Wihan Sung
Location : Mueang District
Phra Wihan Sung is located in the area of Sanam Na Mueang, on Ratchadamnoen Road, just outside the ancient city wall. Phra Wihan Sung or known as Ho Phra Sung is more important historical site of Nakhonsithammarat province. The site is so called because of its high location on a hill 2.10 metres above level ground. There is no exact historical evidence but it is believed that its architecture and wall murals are from the early Rattanakosin period. The building houses plaster images with a fat clay core. The images are either from the 23rd-24th Buddhist century or from the late Ayutthaya period.
Wat Mok Lan archaeological site
Location : Tha Sala District
Wat Mok Lan is old archaeological site of Nakhon Si Thammarat which located in Don Kha Sub-District, just 10 km from the district office. Tourist will see traces of stone pillars, carvings around doorways, religious stones, an ancient pond, and statue bases. The Fine Arts Department declared this area an archaeological site in 1975.

How to get there :
Take Highway No. 401 to Ban Na Thap, turn left onto Highway No. 4022 and drive for 6 km Originally a religious place for Brahmans of the Sawai Nikai sect, the artifacts found here date from the 12th-14th Buddhist century.
Chedi Yak
Location : Chulabhorn District
Chedi Yak is tallest pagoda of Nakhon Sri Thammarat after Phra Borom That pagoda. It is located near Nakhon Si Thammarat Municipality in the abandoned Wat Chedi area. It is said that the pagoda was built by Khotkhiri, a wealthy Mon, and his employees when they took refuge in the city in 1003.
Khao Kha archaeological site
Location : Sichon District
Khao Kha archaeological site is located in Sao Phao Sub-district which it is regarded as being like the mythical Khao Phra Sumen, a center of worship, that is surrounded by smaller, secondary historical sites. Many artifacts used in rites have been found here including phallic symbols, holy water pipes, ruins, and an ancient pond. The site dates from the 13th-14th Buddhist century.

How to get there:
Take Highway No. 401 from Si Phibun intersection to km 99, turn left onto Chinda Pracha Sawan Road for 7 km. Khao Kha is a sacred religious place of the Sawai Nikai sect which worships Shiva as its highest god.
Religious Site
Phra Phuttha Sihing
Location: Mueang District
Phra Phutthasihing was enshrined in Lanka in 157 AD and was moved to Thailand during the reign of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great. Nowadays Phra Phutthasihing is housed in the Phra Phuttha Sihing hall near the Provincial Hall. There are currently 3 similar images in Thailand. One is housed at the National Museum in Bangkok, another at Wat Phra Sing in Chiang Mai and this image in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The hall housing the image was originally the Buddha image hall of the palace of Chao Phraya Nakhon (Noi). The hall is divided into 2 parts; the front portion houses Phra Phuttha Sihing, Phra Lak Ngoen and Phra Lak Thong and the back portion houses the ashes of the ancestors of the Na Nakhon family.
Wat Chai Na Meditation Centre
Location: Mueang District
Wat Chai Na Meditation Centre is peaceful with an abundance of shady trees and located on Phatthanakan Thung Prang Road. Meditation courses are held for Thais and foreigners. The famous monk Phutthathat Bhikkhu established the centre as a branch of his monastery in Surat Thani.

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan
Location : Mueang District
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan is most important historical sites in southern Thailand which located on Ratchadamnoen Road in Nai Mueang Sub-district. The pagoda has a distinctive Sri Lankan style and high 55.78 metres. The temple is located on Ratchadamnoen Road in Nai Mueang Sub-District. The top is entirely covered by pure gold. Inside the temple are many buildings of importance, especially the royal building which has beautiful architecture from the Ayutthaya period and the Sam Chom building where the Buddha image attired in royal wardrobe Phra Si Thamma Sokarat is housed. There are also the Phra Maha Phinetkrom (the equestrian image) building, the Thap Kaset building, while the Khian and Pho Lanka buildings are used to display artifacts donated to the temple by Buddhists.
Wat Khao Khun Phanom and the Khao Khun Phanom Scientific Study Center
Location: Phrom Khiri District
Wat Khao Khun Phanom is a temple of historical and archaeological importance which located in Mu 3, Tambon Ban Ko, Nakhon Sri Thammarat. Wat Khao Khun Phanom has a cave which houses about 30 bronze Buddha images and a bronze Buddha’s footprint. Several smaller connecting caves branch out from the main cave like an elaborate fortress maze. Many believe this is where King Taksin the Great used to stay. Others say it was the rest stop of Princess Kesini, daughter of Chao Nara Suriyawong, the lord of Nakhon Si Thammarat during 1769-1776. On the way up Khao Khun Phanom is the Khao Khun Phanom Scientific Study Center that provides knowledge on science, technology, the environment, and eco-tourism to the public. The Khao Khun Phanom community is a cultural community. There is a training camp activity and a grouping called the Tourism to Study Fruit Orchards by Bicycle Club.

How to get there :
From the city, use Highway No. 4016 to km 21 past Phrom Lok market and take a right-hand road for 2.5 km.
Wat Nantharam
Location: Pak Phanang District
Wat Nantharam was found in the 12th-14th Buddhist century, and known well as Wat Tai which currently houses Luang Pho Phut, a red sandstone Buddha image from the Ayutthaya period. Pak Phanang people worship this sacred image. In addition, the temple houses a giant phallic symbol found at Khao Kha archaeological site and is believed to be around 1,200 years old. The symbol is carved from limestone and is the most complete in southern Thailand. The temple is at Chai Nam Road on the western side of Pak Phanang.
Wat Kradangnga
Location: Khanom District
Wat Kradangnga was probably built during the Ayutthaya period and is an ancient temple of Khanom which away from the Khanom-Nai Phlao road about 200 metres. Inside the convocation hall are exquisite murals of Lord Buddha’s life. There is also a magnificent Buddha image from the Ayutthaya period and interesting artifacts, particularly plates and bowls.
Palace
Mueang Nakhon Reception House
Location : Phrom Khiri District
Mueang Nakhon Reception House is located in an old fruit orchard of the Thongsamak family which built the house for the royal family on behalf of the city’s people. This house was built to receive Majesty the King and H.R.H. Crown Princess Maha Chakri when they visited the city. The area is covered with varied kinds of native fruit trees and has been decorated with beautiful and shady plants. The house is open to the public daily except Wednesday and when the royal family is there.
Monument
Wirathai Monument
Location : Mueang District
Wirathai Monument was called monument Cha Dam or Chao Pho Dam which made from blackened copper. This monument was erected to honor Thai soldiers in southern Thailand who died fighting an invading Japanese force in World War II on December 8, 1941. The monument is on Ratchadamnoen Road in Fort Vajiravudh which is the headquarters of the Fourth Region Army. The fort compound itself has conference rooms, guesthouses, a golf course, a shooting range, and a souvenir shop.
Museum
Shadow play house of Suchat Sapsin Shadow play house of Suchat Sapsin
Shadow play house of Suchat Sapsin

Location : Mueang District
Shadow play house of Suchat Sapsin is located in Si Thammasok Road, Soi 3 which Suchat Sapsin received Thailand Tourism Awards in 1996 for the best cultural and historical site. The house has a shadow play museum, shadow play-making demonstrations and complete performances. Visitors can appreciate this fascinating art demonstrations and complete performances.
Contact : Tel. 0 7534 6394
Museum Honoring the King for the Development of Pak Phanang Basin
Location : Pak Phanang District
is a museum conceived by the Project to Develop Pak Phanang Basin of His Majesty the King that covers Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Songkhla. The museum is in the project itself and consists of His Majesty’s office, a meeting room and an exhibition room on Pak Phanang’s history.
Contact : Tel. 0 7551 7933, 0 7551 7534
Exhibition Centre
Arts and Culture Centre of Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat Institute
Location : Mueang District
Arts and Culture Centre of Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat Institute is the centre of information on archaeological sites which displayed an ancient local tools and utensils from the establishment of the community to the Srivijaya Empire. The centre also preserves and revives local entertainment, as well as researches and collects works on languages, literature and anthropology. The most important artifacts here are the stone inscriptions found at Khao Chong Khoi and artifacts from the ancient community at Wat Mok Lan. These vital evidences relate when Nakhon Si Thammarat was built. The centre is open daily during official hours.

How to get there :
Arts and Culture Centre of Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat Institute is 13 km from the city on the Nakhon Si Thammarat-Phrom Khiri Road (Highway No. 4016).
Ho Phra Narai
Location : Mueang District
Ho Phra Narai original structure and design of this hall are unknown which located on Ratchadamnoen Road opposite Ho Phra Isuan. However, a gray sandstone image of the god Narai wearing a hat and holding a conch in the right hand was discovered in the hall. It is estimated that it dates from the 11th-12th Buddhist century. This image is now in the National Museum in town. The only artifact on display in the hall is a replica of the Narai image discovered at an archaeological dig in Si Chon District.