Nakhon Pathom Travel Guide

Nakhon Pathom is a small province found just 56kms outside Bangkok. It is famous for being home to the Phra Pathom Chedi, the first Buddhist landmark in Thailand (dating back to the 6th century AD). It is also renowned for its local cuisine and abundance of tropical fruit.

The town prospered during the Dvaravati period in the 11th century AD, when people flocked here to worship the new found religion of Buddhism. However, the change in the direction of the river caused a drought in the next century and the city was more or less deserted and remained so for 200 years.

Things picked up again in the reign of King Rama IV, when the city enjoyed complete renovation. Many palaces were built during this period and carrying on with the rebuilding of the city, King Rama V oversaw much improvement.

Today, these historic palaces, temples and monuments can still be seen and explored. The town is popular with tourists who want to avoid the bustle of Bangkok and is also a place where Bangkok Thais escape to when they can. As well as sightseeing opportunities, Nakhon Pathom also provides an excellent number of restaurants, bars and guest houses.

Getting There & Away

Trains from Bangkok’s Thonburi Station travel to Nakhon Pathom on their way to Kanchanaburi, taking about 1 hour. There are also daily buses from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal, also 1 hour away (by road). However, the buses get crowded and uncomfortable so try to get a window seat if you have to travel this way. Bangkok has Thailand’s main international airport with flights to worldwide destinations.

Things to Do

Nakhon Pathom Attractions

Phra Pathom Chedi

The first in thailand and an inspiration for all other cities embracing buddhism at that time.