Attractions

           Nakhon Sawan has existed since before the Sukhothai era. The name of this city appears in Sukhothai’s stone inscription and it was called Phra Bang city which was an important frontier city for the wars. It later changed to Chon Tawan city and finally to Nakhon Sawan, but normally it was called Pak Nam Pho city. There is some archaeological evidence that indicated that Nakhon Sawan had been an agricultural city since the beginning of the historical era, and later acted as a centre of transportation and a location for Chinese traders.

           Nakhon Sawan is located between the Central and Northern regions. The province, therefore, serves as a ‘gateway to the Northern region,’ as well as an important transportation centre for the lower Northern region. It is also a place where four main rivers; namely Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan, converge. The four rivers come together to form Thailand’s great river, the Chao Phraya River. Thailand’s largest freshwater lake or Bueng Boraphet is also located here, a vast lake and swamp abundant with species of plants and birds, providing a habitat for a hundred 

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Phra Chula Maha Chedi

Phra Chula Maha Chedi
 
    Phra Chula Maha Chedi is situated on Daowadueng Mountain, Wat Khiri Wong. It was built on top of the base of an old pagoda that was built in the 14th century in the late Sukhothai era about 600 years ago. Somdet Phra Phutthachan (At Asako) Wat Mahathat, Bangkok, named this pagoda and suggested to build the pagoda on the top of the mountain. Inside the pagoda, on the 4th floor, there are 4 important reproduced 
 
Buddha statues: The Emerald Buddha (Phra Phuttha Maha Mani Rattana Patimakon), Phra Phuttha Chinnarat (reproduced), Phra Phuttha Sothon (reproduced) and Luangpho Wat Rai Khing bronze statue. Inside the Chedi’s dome, there is a mural about the biography of the Buddha. 
 
To get there: From Dechatiwong Bridge, take the Nakhon Sawan - Phitsanulok Road. At the intersection, turn right for 800 metres. The temple is on the left.
 
Wat Khiri Wong
 
Wat Khiri Wong, on Matuli and Daowadueng Roads, sits opposite the Nakhon Sawan Vocational College. The vast 280 rai temple grounds features a plain with mountains to the north, east and west. The entrance is at the south only which fits into the Chinese belief of Feng Shui. Khao Yai is the former name since the name was changed to Daowadueng.
 
Wat Khiri Wong has many attractions as follows:
 
    - Ubosot: has paintings of the ten lives of the Buddha, biography of the Buddha, Buddha giving his first sermon and principal teaching.
 
    - Phra Phuttha Chinnasi: Stucco Buddha statue in the meditation posture with a measurement of 5 wah 9 inches across the lap. The statue has the mixed feature of Chiang Saen, Sukhothai and Rattanakosin styles; seated cross-legged in the so-called ‘diamond throne’ posture, head finial in a lotus bud shape, and short outer robe end over the left shoulder, which is Chiang Saen’s Buddha statue style, the face, body and arms are the Sukhothai style, and the base is in the Rattanakosin style.
 
Open daily 7am - 6pm
Tel. 0 5622 2009, 0 5622 6199

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Nakhon Sawan Tower

Nakhon Sawan Tower is situated on the top of Khao Khiri Wong, Wat Khiri Wong. It is a tower of 32 metres in height containing many facilities. The first floor is an area for public relations and provides tourism information on Nakhon Sawan. The second and third floors are divided into two parts: the inside area for food and beverage and outside deck for night activities which also provides a telescope for visitors who are interested in astronomy. On the 10th floor is an area for a view of Nakhon Sawan with binoculars for a clearer view. Open daily for visitors (Mon.-Fri. 10.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. / Sat.-Sun and national holidays 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.). The entrance fee is 20 baht for adults and 10 baht for children.

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Bueng Boraphet

 

Bueng Boraphet or Boraphet Marsh. It is the largest freshwater lake in Thailand, with a total area of around 132,737 rai covering three districts; namely, Mueang Nakhon Sawan, Tha Tako, and Chum Saeng. In the past, it was called the ‘northern sea’ or the ‘great lake’ because there was an abundance of animals and aquatic plants. According to a survey, 148 species of animals and 44 species of plants were found in the area. Rare species found here include the white-eyed river-martin and Siamese tiger fish. During November to March, a great number of grebes usually migrate to this lake. Local birds include the purple swamphen, pheasant-winged Jacana, and Asian openbill which lay eggs between July to March. Some parts of the lake have been declared a non-hunting area. The lake is under the supervision of the Wildlife Conservation Office. It also serves as a breeding ground for fish, with the Bueng Boraphet Freshwater Fishery Development Station established by the Fishery Department. The interesting point is Bungborraped Freshwater Aquarium built to celebrate the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday, the largest rice barge shaped building in Thailand reaching 37 metres in width and 49 metres in length. There is also a 24-metre-long walk through tunnel where visitors can see over 100 species of fresh-water fish and several species of sea fish. There is a fish pool called “Touch Pool” so visitors can get up close to Brownbanded Bamboo Sharks and Sea Urchins. Open daily from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Visitors can see a feeding show from Mon.-Fri. at 3.00 p.m., and Sat.-Sun. at 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.
 
    The famous crocodile show is a major attraction, as is the Khun Prakit monkey show. Visitors take sightseeing boats and go birdwatching by hiring a boat from Bueng Boraphet Pier. There are fake beaches, banana boats, jet skis, an OTOP shopping centre featuring locally man made goods, food and crafts, bungalows, and tent services for overnight stays. For more information, please contact the Bueng Boraphet Non-hunting Area or Bueng Boraphet Wildlife Conservation Development and Extension Centre, which is the birdwatching club of Nakhon Sawan. Tel. 0 5630 0040. Open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. or Bueng Boraphet Tourist Service Centre. Tel. 0 5627 4525 or Call Center 1131 www.buengboraphet.com, www.facebook.com/buengboraphetnakonsawan.
 
To get there: From the town of Nakhon Sawan, there are several routes to reach Bueng Boraphet:-
 
By boat From the riverine municipal market of the Municipality of Mueang Nakhon Sawan, take a boat upstream for around 6 kilometre to Khlong Nong Duk which is the entrance canal to Bueng Boraphet. Then, go along under the rail bridge to reach the lake.
 
By car It is accessible from two directions:-
 
1. From the north of the lake. From the town of Nakhon Sawan, follow Highway 225 (Nakhon Sawan - Chum Saeng) for around 9 kilometre. Turn right for another 2 kilometres toward the Bueng Boraphet Freshwater Fishery Development Station (สถานีพัฒนาประมงน้ำจืดบึงบอระเพ็ด). Here, there is the Freshwater Fishery Research and Development Centre (ศูนย์วิจัยและพัฒนาประมงน้ำจืด) with aquariums of various species of fish; such as, Siamese giant carp, white-edge freshwater whip ray, giant seaperch, black ear catfish, Jullien’s golden-price carp, etc. It is open from 8.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. every day except Wednesdays Tel: 0 5623 0183. There is a breeding pond for crocodiles and a long-tailed boat service. A small boat can take 5 people, excluding the driver, at a price of 400 baht. A large boat can accommodate 10 people, and costs 500 baht. The boat cruises along the lake to Ko Lat. The return trip takes about an hour. Food can be brought on board the boat. The boat service is available from 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. A morning cruise from 8.00 a.m. – 9.00 a.m. is a good time for bird sightseeing. For more information, contact the Bueng Boraphet Freshwater Fishery Development Station Tel: 0 5627 4501, 0 5623 0183.
 
2. From the south of the lake. From the town of Nakhon Sawan, take Highway 3001 (Nakhon Sawan-Tha Tako) for around 20 kilometres and turn left to follow a direction sign for another 4 kilometres to reach the Waterfowl Park (อุทยานนกน้ำ) or Bueng Boraphet Wildlife Sanctuary (เขตรักษาพันธุ์สัตว์ป่าบึงบอระเพ็ด). Here, nature trails are provided. A recreational park lies in the area of the wildlife sanctuary office where many birds can be seen.

Wat Chom Khiri Nak Phrot or Wat Khao

 
Wat Chom Khiri Nak Phrot or Wat Khao is located on top of Buat Nak Mountain, between the Dechatiwong Bridge and the Chiraprawat Camp. According to legend, following the second destruction of the Ayuttaya Kingdom, the Burmese army built this temple to show their respect for Buddhism. Points of interest at the temple are the Lord Buddha’s footprint and the Ubosot (ordination hall) called by villagers ‘Bot Thewada Sang’ (which means the hall built by angles).  In the twelfth lunar month of every year, a ‘Wat Khao’ (mountain temple) fair is held to pay homage to and cover the footprint of the Buddha with gold leaf. Apart from temple fairs and celebrations a long boat race is also held here. A nice distant view of the Dechatiwong Bridge, Chao Phraya River, and Kop Mountain can be seen from on top of Buat Nak Mountain.
 
To get there: Take Highway 32 (Asian Highway) and turn left before the Dechatiwong Bridge toward the temple, around 1 kilometre from the town of Nakhon Sawan.

Sawan Park

Sawan Park is a large public park in the Municipality of Mueang Nakhon Sawan, and popular among visitors for recreation. The park covers an area of 314 rai, near the Chiang Mai – Phitsanulok junction on the Asian Highway. Initially, it was a gigantic swamp called ‘Nong Sombun.’ The park is surrounded by a two-layered ring road. In the centre of the park lies a 4-rai island with small gardens, grassland, fountains, an open-air stage, and waterfalls. Along the bank opposite the island, a health park is provided and the park design is beautiful and makes for a pleasant stroll.

Chaopho Thepharak-Chaomae Thapthim Shrine

Chaopho Thepharak-Chaomae Thapthim Shrine is located in the Pak Nam Pho Community on the right bank of the Chao Phraya River. The shrine is a place for worship and a spiritual centre for villagers, as well as travellers. The confluence of rivers to form the Chao Phraya River can be seen clearly from the front of the shrine. Open daily from 8.00a.m.-5.00 p.m.

To get there: Take Highway 225 (Nakhon Sawan – Chum Saeng), around 3 kilometre from town. The shrine is on the left. Alternatively, use a ferry service from a market in front of the embankment. A boat is available from 5.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m. For more information Tel: 0 5625 5807

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The Origin of the Chao Phraya River

 

Nakhon Sawan is known as the origin of the Chao Phraya River since the Ping River flows to merge with the Nan River at Tambon Pak Nam Pho in front of the embankment in town. At the convergence point, a difference in the two rivers can be observed; the Nan River is reddish while the Ping River is greenish. The two rivers come to form the major artery of Thailand called ‘Chao Phraya,’ flowing through provinces in the Central region to reach Bangkok and flow into the Gulf of Thailand at Samut Prakan. The river flows for around 370 kilometre. The impressive sight of the formation of the Chao Phraya River can best be seen from the front of the Chaopho Thepharak – Chaomae Thapthim Shrine.

For a boat ride to enjoy the scenery along the banks of the Chao Phraya River and to pay homage to Luangpho To at Wat Pak Nam Pho (Wat Thong Thammachat Nuea), visitors can hire a boat from the Chao Phraya Pier.

Wat Kriangkrai Klang

Wat Kriangkrai Klang is located in Tambon Kriangkrai by the Nan River. The temple has a Sukhothai-styled bronze Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara. An old Wihan (image hall) was built between 1857 and 1887. It is the only building in the area which has not yet been renovated. Inside, a replica of the Lord Buddha’s footprint is enshrined, and mural paintings depict the life story of the Lord Buddha or Jataka.

The principal Buddha image in the image hall is Luangpho Samrit, a Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara, which has an interesting history. As the Sukhothai kingdom was threatened by wars and going into great decline, the Buddha image was put onto a raft and floated down the river. The raft capsized when it reached the mouth of the Kriangkrai River. The image was retrieved from the water and plastered with mortar to conceal and save it from the damages of war. Then, in 1604 (at the beginning of the Ayutthaya period) a temple was built by villagers on the place where the image had been enshrined, and the image was hidden inside a wall of the Ubosot (ordination hall). Hundreds of years passed and no one knew about the image. In 1968, repairs were done on the walls of the ordination hall and a plain mortar Buddha image was found. Later, the mortar surface broke and the inner bronze image was uncovered.

There is a flock of monkeys and a crocodile farm in front of the temple. The old Wihan is normally open at a specific time. However, it will open by request from visitors.

To get there: Take Highway 225 (Nakhon Sawan-Chum Saeng) for around 10 kilometres and turn left following the signs for another 2 kilometre, a total distance of around 12 kilometres from town. Alternatively, hire a boat from the Chao Phraya Pier to cruise along the Nan River and disembark at the Wat Kriangkrai Klang Pier.

Wat Si Sawan Sangkharam or Wat Thue Nam

 

Wat Si Sawan Sangkharam or Wat Thue Nam is located in Tambon Nakhon Sawan Ok, 4 kilometres from town on Phahon Yothin Road (Nakhon Sawan – Bangkok) toward the Chiraprawat Camp. It is a historical temple where the ceremonies for civil servants to swear an oath of allegiance to the king took place in the past. The principal Buddha image in the old Ubosot (ordination hall) is over one hundred years old. In 1976, Their Majesties accompanied by their two royal children went to this temple to preside over the boundary-marking stone ceremony for a new ordination hall. Additionally, a pulpit believed to have been presented by King Rama V was also found here. A museum of ancient utensils lies in the Chedi in commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary (Golden Jubilee) of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne. This temple is considered one of the most significant temples in the area and studied by many students and researchers. For more information Tel: 0 5625 5444 

How to get there: Take Highway 32 (Asian Highway), and turn left toward the Chiraprawat Camp on Highway 3001 for around 2 kilometres. There are direction signs throughout the way, a total distance of around 5 kilometres from town.

Pavilion for King Rama V the Great in front of Wat Khuean Daeng

The pavilion for King Rama V in front of Wat Khuean Daeng was once the Nakhon Sawan Military Camp. When King Rama V the Great went to Nakhon Sawan on 29 August, 1906, the King stayed in this pavilion in order to judge a case to execute a sergent called Wim who had killed a private. Because the case occured during the King’s visit and this man had commited a crime according to the regulations of the newly-established military camp, it was seen as an important case. The camp was moved to the east of the Chao Phraya River in 1942 and named Jiraprawat camp, after H.R.H. Prince Jiraprawat, who was a son of King Rama V the Great and was also the first Army Commander.

Wat Woranat Banphot or Khao Kop

 

This is an ancient temple of Nakhon Sawan which sits on top of and along a hillside of Kop Mountain, around 185.5 metres above sea level. There are two ways to get to the mountain: by climbing a flight of 439 steps or driving up an asphalt road with twisted bends. At the top, there are ancient objects housed such as the Lord Buddha’s footprint and a Chedi built in the Sukhothai period containing the Lord Buddha’s relics. Another large Chedi from the Sukhothai period is on the hillside. The Fine Arts Department inscribed the temple’s history on the base of this Chedi. In 1966, it was promoted by the Religious Affairs Department and the Sangha Supreme Council to be a development model temple. Furthermore, a cast Buddha image called Luangpho Thong (which is respected by the people of Nakhon Sawan) is enshrined in a Wihan (image hall) near the large pagoda. On a nearby hill, there is a relay station of television channels 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 for broadcasting from Bangkok to provinces in the North. For more information Tel: 0 5633 6094 www.watkob.com It’s open daily from 8.00 a.m-5.00 p.m.

To get there: Take Highway 32 (Asian Highway) and turn right to Highway 1 toward the Mueang Nakhon Sawan Municipality Office. Turn left before the Municipality to follow a road leading up to Kop Mountain. It is around 1 kilometre from town.

Wat Nakhon Sawan or Wat Hua Mueang

Wat Nakhon Sawan or Wat Hua Mueang is located on Sawan Withi Road at the mouth of Soi 27 within the fence of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University. Here, there are Buddha images of forgiveness, featuring two ancient Buddha images turning their backs against each other at the back of the Ubosot (ordination hall) on Thep Sitthichai Road. One image faces East and the other faces West. According to history, the two images were built by the Burmese as a memorial of their troops’ arrival at Nakhon Sawan. Inside the ordination hall, Luangpho Si Sawan, a Buddha image which has been worshipped by the people of Nakhon Sawan, is enshrined.

Cultural Hall of Nakhon Sawan

 

The Cultural Hall of Nakhon Sawan is located in the area of Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University in Tambon Nakhon Sawan. It is a beautiful two-storey building in applied Thai architecture. It serves as a centre of archaeological, cultural, and historical information for the province. There is an exhibition hall displaying cultural evolution and archaeological sites. Art and cultural performances are presented in a theatre with a capacity of 110 seats. This cultural hall was completed in June 1992. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the opening ceremony of the hall on 17 August 1992. It is open daily from 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Tel: 0 5621 9100 – 29 ext. 1135, 08 8227 2145.

Tham Bo Ya or Wat Thep Nimit Song Tham

 

Tham Bo Ya or Wat Thep Nimit Song Tham can be approached by stairs from the foot of the hill up to a cave. The cave is spacious and divided into three sections. A large principal Buddha image is enshrined in the first part. The second part is deeper and leads to a dead end where a well of celestial water considered as sacred and has medicinal properties by villagers. The third part has a path to exit from the cave. Electric lighting is provided throughout the cave.  

To get there: Tham Bo Ya or Bo Ya Cave is located in Muban Hin Kon, Tambon Nong Krot,  30 kilometres from town. Take Highway 1 from Nakhon Sawan to Kamphaeng Phet for 15 kilometres. Turn left at the T-junction to follow Highway 1072 (Nong Ben – Lat Yao) for around 1 kilometres. Turn left to follow a direction sign to Wat Tham Bo Ya on a dirt road for 7 kilometres.

Dechatiwong Bridge

 
History
 
Dechatiwong Bridge was built in 1942 during the Pacific War of World War II by the Department of Highways with the purpose of connecting the northern and central regions by road. The official opening ceremony was on the 1st September 1950 by ML Gree Dechawongse, the Director of the Department of Highways. In 1969 the department built another parallel bridge called Dechawong Bridge II which was opened two years later and Dechawong Bridge III was built in 1989.
 
Today only Dechawong Bridge II and III are both open, though the original Dechawong Bridge is now only used for emergencies and festivities, instead having been turned into a historic monument.

Pilaiporn Orchid Farm

Pilaiporn Orchid Farm sits on an area of 20 rai where visitors can see how orchids are bred and buy several orchid breeds; such as, Cattleya, Vanda, Chang (Rhynchostylis gigantea) and other Thai plants. There are also several seasonal fruits; such as, mangoes, bananas, santols, Chinese lemons, rose apples, guavas, papayas, plum mangoes, and marian plums. Tel. 08 1046 6960, 08 6932 6255 www.ppsorchids.com

    To get there: Take the Nakhon Sawan – Krok Phra Road for 6 km., then turn right at Wat Yang Temple for 2 km. Then turn left and follow the sign for 5 km. The farm is on the right, 17 km. from the city.

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Wat Ko Hong

 

    Wat Ko Hong, Tambon Takhian Luean, is an ancient temple of over 200 years, which sits beside the Chao Phraya River. The villagers near the temple are of the ethnic Mon descent and traces of their ancestry can still be seen in the preservation of traditions such as the traditional games of Sa-bas, Luk Chuang (toy top), and Mon Son Pha, including traditional festivities such as, traditional boat races, gilding and paying respect to the Buddha image, and Songkran Festival. An important architectural feature is the Wihan (old chapel) which features late Ayutthaya – early Rattanakosin art. In the temple, there are murals of a congregation of angels, drawn along the Ayutthaya painting style with royal painters’ skills. Luangpu In’s (Phrakhru Nirot Thammaprayut) body was placed in the sermon hall. There is an ancient long-boat house and this temple is also popular for the traditional “Yiap Cha” or hot treading massage.

    To get there: Take the Nakhon Sawan – Krok Phra Road for 6 km. The temple is on the left, 7 km. from the city. There are community shops selling seasonal fruits along the way.

Ban Mon Pottery Gallery

Ban Mon Pottery Gallery is a pottery village of over 100 years old and visitors are welcome to peruse or purchase water jars, pots, decorative pottery for their garden and home, and as souvenirs. Tel. 0 5636 2407 (Ban Kaeng Subdistrict Administration Organisation).

Khao Tham Phra

Khao Tham Phra is located at Mu 8, Tambon Noen Sala. From the foot of a hill, a concrete staircase of about 100 steps leads the way up to the mouth of a cave. Stalactites and stalagmites can be seen along with Buddha images inside the cave. During the Songkran Festival, many villagers will bring flowers, joss sticks, and candles to pay homage to the images. A scenic view of Amphoe Krok Phra can be seen from the hilltop.

To get there: Take Highway 3005 (Nakhon Sawan – Amphoe Krok Phra) for 16 kilometres. Turn right to follow the Krok Phra – Thap Than route for 10 kilometre. Turn left to take a dirt road toward Tham Phra (Phra Cave) for 4 kilometres. From the town of Nakhon Sawan, it is a total distance of around 30 kilometres.

Wat Bang Mafo

Wat Bang Mafo is an ancient temple built in the late Ayutthaya period. One interesting feature is the Ubosot (ordination hall) which has doors and windows featuring guardians. Inside, there are mural paintings depicting the Lord Buddha’s incarnations or Jatakas. In a Wihan (image hall), pictures of the Lord Buddha’s life is painted and here the Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara is seen with an unusual ecclesiastical fan. The Lord Buddha’s footprint in the image hall is very beautiful and a temple fair is held on the ninth and tenth days of the waning moon in the eleventh lunar month of every year.

To get there: Take Highway 3005 (Nakhon Sawan – Krok Phra), around 3 kilometres from the Krok Phra District Office.

Nakhon Sawan Ostrich Farm

Nakhon Sawan Ostrich Farm sits on an area of 20 rai in a natural countryside environment with private gazebo areas for picnics. Visitors can listen to the narration about raising ostriches, see the procedures and buy processed products from ostriches, which are exported goods. There are also many exotic dishes at the restaurant such as ostrich meat, deer meat, crocodile meat, goat meat, frogs and eels, cooked in several ways. Visitors can buy OTOP products at producers’ prices to take home such as pottery, basketwork, hand-woven fabric, etc. For more information, please contact Tel. 08 9839 2547.

Koei Chai Palm juice

 
The sugar palm tree provides us with many nutritional uses and in Thai cuisine, it is often used in desserts. This ubiquitous plant is found everywhere and is easy to grow and bears good fruits. It is of the borrassus genus and the tree can grow to over 40 metres high with a diameter of 60 cms. These trees are found throughout Thailand and in Keouy Chai District in Nakorn Sawan, there are over 20,000 trees. For over 300 years, locals have been producing sugar from these palm trees and visitors are invited to sample some of this famous sweet mouthful.

Wat Khao Din Tai

 
Wat Khao Din Tai or Wat Pra Nho Thoranin is located at Tambon Khao Din, Amphoe Kao Liao, Nakhonsawan Province, on the west of Ping river bank. The temple is from the late Ayutthaya period in the late 18th century.
 
Wat Khao Din Dai has been an important temple since 1906 when King Rama V made a personal boat trip in Khamphaengphet. The king visited Wat Khao Din to worship Luang Pho Heng, with whom he had great respect.
 
Drive along the Nakorn Sawan - Pitsanuloke Road, Route 117, and after 2 kilometres, take the left fork to Baan Keng for 13 kms. The temple will be on the right hand side.

Mueang Boran Khok Mai Den

Mueang Boran Khok Mai Den is located in Tambon Tha Nam Oi. Traces of earth mound walls suggested it was an ancient city of the Sukhothai period. An over-1,000-year old sculpture of the elephant ‘Phaya Chatthan’ was excavated here by officials of the Fine Arts Department. The word ‘Mai Den’ refers to the name of a tree. In the old days people called this area Ban Khok Mai Den ‘Mueang Bon,’ which was built in the Dvaravati period (5th-10th century). The city of Mueang Bon was in the shape of an oval looking like a conch. It was approximately 250 metres long and 600 metres wide. The city wall is similar to that of Mueang Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima’s Mueang Sema, and Chon Buri’s Mueang Phaya Rae.

Wat Phra Prang Lueang

The Fine Arts Department estimated the age of the temple to be over 230 years old, built around A.D. 1762 or the late Ayutthaya era. This temple is also near the ancient remains of "Mueang Bon", which was a city in the Dvaravati period, in which the Fine Arts Department found antiques and city ruins. Ruins of ancient moats can still be seen at Ban Khao Mai Den, 2 kms. from the temple. There is a sacred stupa rising as an earthen mound from the grounds where villagers believe that anyone who touches or disrespects it will be met with great misfortune.

    From the temple's record and government annals, it is said that King Rama V the Great or Phra Phutthachao Luang - "Late King" - had been to Wat Phra Prang Lueang three times. Each time he saw the method of Yiap Cha for curing several diseases such as paralysis, sprains, etc. This temple is well-known for curing with traditional herbal medicines.

    To get there: Take Highway No. 32 (Bangkok - Nakhon Sawan). Head to Uthai Thani province, then turn left at the intersection before Wannarat Bridge, then go straight on for 500 metres. The temple is on the left.

Wat Koei Chai Nuea (Borommathat)

Wat Koei Chai Nuea (Borommathat) Mu 4, Ban Pak Khlong sits in the area that the Yom and Nan Rivers join together, then joins with the Ping River at Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Sawan. This is an ancient temple that has historical importance as it is said to contain the Buddha's and Arahant’s relics in a Ceylonese Chedi on an octagonal base. It is claimed to have been built in the reign of King Sanphet VIII or Phrachao Suea of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Now, the temple has collected ancient objects and set up the "Ton Nam Museum" in a Thai-style building, with glazed terracotta roof tiles and toddy palm tree pillars. The museum exhibits a collection of folk utensils, especially ceramic wares that were found around the temple’s pier, a testament to the great amount of trade by river in those times.

    To get there: Take Highway No. 225 (Nakhon Sawan - Chum Saeng), 35 km. from the city. Then turn left to the temple.

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Thai Song Dam Ban Phai Sing Community

 

Thai Song Dam Ban Phai Sing Community Mu 2, Tambon Phai Sing. The villagers in this area said that this area was once an upland with bamboo forests and wild animals. A hunter named Sing, who was skilled at living in the forest, stayed in this forest. He was the first person to ever lived there. Then, a Thai Song Dam (tribe) couple named Phak and Choi emigrated from Ban Khok Khom, Phetchaburi province and built houses near hunter Sing to live with him and the next generation of Thai Song Dam began, so the population of the village increased accordingly. Therefore, the villagers called the village according to the topography and its discoverer; Ban Phai Ta Sing, which has been its name ever since. The village can be recognised by their language, clothing, food, habitats, customs and traditions, and rites. This is considered an interesting ethnic group. For more information, please contact the Koei Chai Sub-district Administration Organisation Tel. 0 5628 2784 or Community Development Office of Chum Saeng Tel. 0 5628 2794.

    To get there: It is 35 km. from Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Sawan. Use Highway No. 225 Nakhon Sawan – Chum Saeng.

Khao No – Khao Kaeo

 

Khao No – Khao Kaeo is located in Tambon Ban Daen, Amphoe Banphot Phisai, on Highway 1 or Phahon Yothin Road (Nakhon Sawan – Kamphaeng Phet route), around 45 kilometre from the town of Nakhon Sawan or around 18 kilometre from the Banphot Phisai District Office. Khao No is a limestone hill and Wat Khao No is located at the foot of the hill. A staircase leads the way up to the hilltop which has a beautiful scenery. At the entrance of a cave before the staircase lies a giant reclining Buddha image. Once on a royal visit along the Ping River, King Rama V stayed overnight here. Later, the province established a statue of King Rama V as a memorial of his visit. There are troops of monkeys at the foot of the hill. They wait for food from visitors. In the evening, flights of bats living in the cave fly to feed; they look like a long black lines painted in the sky. Khao Kaeo is in a nearby area where many bats can be seen to go out in the evening.

Wat Pa Siriwattanavisut

Wat Pa Siriwattanavisut of H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana, sits at 99 Mu 2 on Khao Khok Phen, Tambon Thamnop. This was the first and the only personal temple of H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana, King Rama IX's sister. The appearance of the temple is unique in that it was built in the shape of a royal ship filled with the philosophy of dharma, named Ratchayan Nawa Thikhayu Mongkhon. There is also a Bodh Gaya Chedi and a Si Maharat Chedi on the grounds. These chedis are different from the usual ones. Inside the Chedis were applied to be a historical hall with 3 floors: the first floor is Nakkharat Palace used for practicing dharma. The second floor is divided into 2 parts: the first part is the Maharat room where bronze statues of 8 great kings were placed, the second part is a historical room and the third floor is a pagoda with a height of 12 metres where Buddha’s relics, Phra Phuttha Kanchanaphisek and other Buddha statues are placed. For more information, please contact Tel. 08 1834 7881 (the abbot).

    To get there: It is 278 km. from Bangkok. Use Highway No. 32, pass the In Buri Intersection and keep to the left to use the elevated road to Amphoe Tak Fa. Then turn left into Highway No. 0058 and go for another 5 km. Turn left again.

 

Chansen Ancient City and Chansen Museum

Chansen Ancient City and Chansen Museum are located at Mu 2, Tambon Chansen. It was presumed that Chansen had been a city in the Dvaravati period. In the area of the city, a moat with an earth mound was formed in the shape of a rectangle with curved corners. The surrounding moat was around 20 metre wide. In the present, it is seen as a low area holding water, but with some traces of the old moat. The city is around 800 metres long and 700 metres wide, covering an area of over 300 rai. Since the interior ground of the moat is higher than the exterior area, the high land is called ‘Khok’ Chansen by villagers.

Many ancient objects were excavated in the city. Those made of pottery included votive tablets of the Buddha image, figurines, lamps, etc. Stone artefacts included lotus bases, wheels of law, and polished stone axes. There were also those made of metal including lead or tin earrings, and bronze spear blades. Presently, all the artefacts have been kept in the Chansen Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์จันเสน) at Wat Chansen. The museum is open every day from 9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. For admission on weekdays, contact can be made to the temple. A guide service by voluntary youths from Wat Chansen School and Chansen Eng Suwan Anuson School to tour the ancient city and the museum is available. For more information, call Tel: 0 5633 9115-6.

The Ban Chansen Group of Females uses a loom to weave cloth in the temple compound and a sales centre has been established here for their products which are mostly cotton, Chansen Mudmi-styled tie-dyed cloth, and cloth with tie-dyed patterns.

To get there: From Bangkok, take Highway 32 and turn left to In Buri (Highway 11). Turn right to Highway 3196 and turn right at Wat Chansen’s entrance sign for another 2 kilometre. Cross a train track and turn left into the temple.

To get there: From Nakhon Sawan, take Highway 32 toward Chai Nat for around 52 kilometre. Turn left to Highway 1 toward Amphoe Takhli for around 7 kilometre. Turn right to Highway 3196 for around 28 kilometre and turn right again before a train track for another 1 kilometre.

Wat Chong Khae

Wat Chong Khae Mu 1, Tambon Chong Khae, was built around 1915 by Luangpho Phrom Thawaro, a monk master from Ayutthaya, after making a pilgrimage at Ban Chong Khae. While he was meditating in the cave, he had a sudden insight to build this temple in the name of Buddhism. Disciples brought his undecayed dead body here to worship.

To get there: From Bangkok, use Highway No. 32, turn left to the In Buri (Highway No. 11). Turn left to Highway No. 3196 along Khlong Chonlaprathan to Km. 18. Then turn right to Wat Chong Khae.

 

Tham Phet – Tham Thong Forest Park

Tham Phet – Tham Thong Forest Park Tambon Takhli sits 10 kms from the district office, at Khao Chon Duea which is a forest with a limestone mountain. There is a nature study route and there are around 70 caves on the mountain such as, Tham Daowadueng in the north with a 400-500 visitor capacity chamber and air passages above. Tham Chaopho Suea, Tham Wiman Loi, Tham Maha Pho Thong, and Tham Prakai Phet are in the west with a 50 metre depth, with 5 big chambers and stalagmites and stalactites shapes including those nicknamed the dolphin and Chinese Great Wall. Tham Pradap Phet is in the south with 4 chambers and light-brown to white-cream stalagmites and stalactites, brilliant like a diamond. Tham Wang Khaimuk is in the south with a dark brown, light brown to white cream stalagmites and stalactites with three chambers decorated  with calcite formations, sparkling like a palace, with stairs to the cave.

To get there:  By car: from Bangkok, use the Asia Highway. Go right to Amphoe Takhli and follow Phahonyothin Road and pass Amphoe Takhli to Amphoe Tak Fa. Between kilometre markers 248, there is a paved road around the curve. Turn left from Phahonyothin Road and go for another 200 m.

By train: Take the north line from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Get off at Ban Takhli Railway Station. Then take a bus or taxi to Tham Phet-Tham Thong for 12 km. For further information, please contact the Tham Phet – Tham Thong Forest Park, Amphoe Takhli, Nakhon Sawan 60140, Tel. 0 5622 1140, 0 5623 1416, Fax. 0 5622 2735, www.dnp.go.th, E-mail: reserve@dnp.go.th.

Wat Nong Klap

Wat Nong Klap was built in 1820 during the reign of King Rama II. Luangpho Doem’s bronze statue, which is lifesized was placed here. He was a sacred monk master and the villagers revered him almost as a god of the city of four tributaries (Si Khwae). There is also the Wat Nong Klap Museum that has collected many ancient objects; such as, Buddha statues from several eras, blue-and-white Chinaware, ancient Khoi books (Thai scriptures made of pulp from trees of the family Uricaceae) and ancient household utensils.

Khao Phra – Khao Sung

Valuable minerals such as pink granites, black stones, and emerald stones can be found here. At the top of Khao Phra, there are huge pink stones superimposed and laid. This point offers excellent views of Nong Bua district. Before arriving at the top, there is Soi Ok Khao or Soi Ok Hin Nip gap with a width of 30 cms, a tight squeeze to navigate. This is the challenging point to ascend Khao Phra – Khao Sung, and includes many kinds of trees for study; such as, Lan or Talipot palm forest. Moreover, there are the projects under the Royal Initiative; such as, Luangpho Krai Reservoir, Khlong Mai Daeng Reservior, and Khlong Wang Hiang Reservoir.

To get there: From Nakhon Sawan, take Highway No. 225 (Chum Saeng – Nong Bua) for 72 km. Pass Nong Bua Intersection for 100 m., turn right and go on for 5 km.

Wat Tham Phon Sawan

Wat Tham Phon Sawan is located in Tambon Lam Phayon on an asphalt road 105 kilometres from the town of Nakhon Sawan, or at Km 224 on Highway 1 (Tak Fa-Khok Samrong) on the left side, around 10 kilometres from the Tak Fa District Office. Buddhist devote themselves by donating money to help the management of the ecology of the area. 

Namtok Wang Nam Wing

 

This small waterfall is around 100 kms from the city and can be reached by taking the Takfa-Koksamrong Road. Two kilometres before the Wat Tham Pornsawan, take a left turn and reach the three tiered waterfall. This Namtok Wang Nam Wing is located in Tambon Lam Phayon, around 100 kilometre from the town of Nakhon Sawan. Take the Tak Fa – Khok Samrong route and, around 2 kilometre before Wat Tham Phon Sawan, turn left for around 700 metre. This waterfall has originated from underground water seepage which comes out on the earth’s surface and flows down beautifully in three layers. It has water all year round amidst shady and pleasantly cool surroundings. For more information, contact the Tak Fa District Office Tel: 0 5624 1820.

Namtok Wang Nam Wing is located in Tambon Lam Phayon, around 100 kilometre from the town of Nakhon Sawan. Take the Tak Fa – Khok Samrong route and, around 2 kilometre before Wat Tham Phon Sawan, turn left for around 700 metre. This waterfall has originated from underground water seepage which comes out on the earth’s surface and flows down beautifully in three layers. It has water all year round amidst shady and pleasantly cool surroundings. For more information, contact the Tak Fa District Office Tel: 0 5624 1820.

Ban Tha Makrut Group of Cloth Weaving

Ban Tha Makrut is located in King Amphoe Mae Poen. Beautiful cotton with tie-dyed patterns in natural colours were made by a group of housewives. There are also cloth products, such as handkerchiefs, bags, loincloths, ready-to-wear clothes, etc. To get there: It is around 8 kilometres from King Amphoe Mae Poen. Take the Lat Yao – Mae Poen route and follow a right turn toward Wat Mae Kasi. From the town of Nakhon Sawan, it is about 83 kilometres. Take a blue mini-bus plying between Lat Yao and Thanon Sut.

Mueang Kao Wesali

 
This old city was first surveyed by the Fine Arts Department in 1968. The city plan was rectangular with curved corners. There were double enclosure earth walls, having an in-between moat of approximately 700 metre long and 500 metre wide. Presumably, the city was built in the Dvaravati period. A community was settled on a basin with flowing water. Evidence from the excavation in 1996, revealed ancient monuments to the east of the city were in the late Ayutthaya style of art, consisting of the Ubosot (ordination hall), Mondop (square building), Wihan (image hall), and Chedi (pagoda). The study of the archaeological soil layers identified that a community had existed before the old city of Wesali was established. The community was here since the late pre-historical period and developed into one with a moat and mound in the Dvaravati period.
 
The city of Wesali was a small outpost of the Kingdom of Lawo in Suvarnabhumi land. Ancient ruins were found, such as Phra Prang (corn-shaped pagoda), a library building, and a Buddha image of ancient Khmer craftsmanship. Between 557 – 857AD, the Khmer people were in power and flourished in Suvarnabhumi and other independent states at that time; namely, Khottrabun, Yonok, and Dvaravati. The Kingdom of Lawo became the Khmer capital. Wesali was built in that period and was a city of the same age as Sukhothai, Nakhon Yonok, O-kha Buri and Si Thep; all of them were established as outpost cities of the Kingdom of Lawo.
Later, Wesali was ruled by the Kingdom of Sukhothai and left deserted for around 400 years. In 1656, King Narai the Great - - the 28th king of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, renovated the city of Lawo as another capital and renamed it ‘Lopburi.’ He considered that major towns in conflict in the North would not be at peace easily since they were supported by Burma. Lying on a basin that was suitable for rice farming as well as a strategic point to set up an outpost to protect the kingdom from enemies in the North, the city of Wesali was, therefore, restored.
 
To get there: From Amphoe Tak Fa, take Highway 3330 and turn right between Km 27 and Km 28 to follow the Ban Nong Phai – Ban Khok Charoen route. At the first curve, go up for around 1 kilometre. The city of Wesali is on the right.
 

Lord Buddha’s Footprint

Lord Buddha’s Footprint is displayed on a piece of greenish carved slate. Presumably, the footprint was built in the reign of King Lithai in the Sukhothai period. According to records, the footprint was retrieved from the Ayutthaya Kingdom during the reign of King Narai the Great, with some people having been assigned to re-build the city of Wesali. The footprint was enshrined on a hilltop. A Wihan (image hall) was later constructed to cover the hilltop. This place has become the location of Wat Phra Phutthabat in Tambon Samrong Chai.

Phrakhru Nimutphatthanathon, the present abbot, discovered another footprint in the temple area. It was imprinted on a piece of stone and covered by a Mondop (square building). The Lord Buddha’s relics were contained in the Mondop’s top. This Mondop also won an award for outstanding architecture from the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA) in 1994. An area around the path where visitors walk to pay homage to the Lord Buddha’s relics were presumed to have been the base of an old Chedi.

To get there: Take the same way to Mueang Kao (the Ban Nong Phai – Ban Khok Charoen route). Wat Phra Putthabat is around 5 kilometre after a junction to Mueang Kao.

Wat Pho Prasat Archaeological Site

Wat Pho Prasat Archaeological Site was excavated by the Fine Arts Department between 1976-1993. Metal and pottery utensils from an ancient community dating back to the late pre-historical period were found here. The community had developed into one with a moat and mound in the Dvaravati period. Metal utensils excavated found here date over 2,000 years old and include ancient and prehistoric spear heads. Pottery and shards found include pots, lamps, spindle whorls, etc., as well as ornaments, such as shell bracelets, mainly from the Dvaravati period around the 7th –11th century.

To get there: From Amphoe Phaisali, take Highway 3330 and turn right at the Ban Pho Prasat security box between Kilometre 9-8.

Pa Phaisali

Pa Phaisali is a forest on the Soi Dao range in the national forest reserves of Pa Khao Khok, Pa Khao Lom Nang, and Pa Khao Soi Dao, covering an area of around 38,000 rai. The landscape features high and steep mountains with the highest being 558 metres. The forest includes areas in three provinces; namely, Nakhon Sawan, Phetchabun, and Lop Buri. There are many beautiful natural attractions, such as Namtok Sap Sombun in the 100-year-old arboretum, Namtok Sap Yai, the mountaintop of Soi Dao in the district of Ban Khao Khiao, etc. The forested area comprises mixed deciduous forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, dry evergreen forest, and savanna. Thus, there is a diversity of ecosystems. It has also become wildlife habitats, as well as a beautiful venue for a nature study. Viewpoints on the mountaintop offer a panoramic view. There is a camping site on the mountaintop of Soi Dao to admire the impressive sunrise and sunset. During the cool season, the cold weather is suited for visitors who loves the cold.

There are nature study trails from Namtok Sap Sombun to Namtok Sap Yai, as part of ecotourism for visitors to learn and experience nature, as well as admire its beauty. The trails cover a range of distance from 7-15 kilometre, and take 1-3 days for trekking subject to visitors’ demand. The appropriate period for visiting is during July-December. For more information, contact the 100-year-old arboretum, Mu 6, Tambon Wang Khoi, Amphoe Phaisali, Nakhon Sawan 60220

Luangpho Dam Buddhist Monument

Luangpho Dam Buddhist Monument Luangpho Dam is a Buddha image enshrined in Wat Sa Thale, Tambon Khok Duea. The Fine Arts Department claimed that the image was built in the Sukhothai period and is over 700 years old. Initially, three Buddha images were found in the forest by villagers. In the present, only one of them is left and it is called Luangpho Dam Wat Sa Thale.

To get there: From Amphoe Nong Bua, take Highway 11 and turn left to Highway 3004. Drive on for around 8 kilometre and turn left at the entrance to Wat Khok Duea for around 2 kilometre.

Note: For more information on tourism attractions in Amphoe Phaisali, contact the Tourist Information Centre, Administration Section, Amphoe Phaisali, Tel: 0 5625 9272, 0 5635 2133

Mae Wong National Park

This national park sits in both Kamphaeng Phet and Nakhon Sawan provinces. It is one of the most abundant forested areas in the region between Tak and Kanchanaburi. The park has an area of around 558,750 rai. To the north, it borders the Khlong Lan National Park in Kamphaeng Phet. To the south, it connects to the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Uthai Thani, and to the west, it borders the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary in Tak. It was declared a national park on 14 September 1987.

Most of the forests in the park are mixed deciduous forest, evergreen forest, and deciduous dipterocarp forest. There are many important and valuable species of plants, such as teak, Pradu, Makha Mong, Yang Daeng, Teng, Rang, etc. Rare wildlife can also be seen, such as wild elephants, gaurs, tigers, deer, barking deer, bears, marbled cats, and over 305 species of birds from 53 families. Some bird species can only be found in a few places in Thailand, such as the crested king fisher, Rufous-necked hornbill, white-rumped shama, green-eared barbet, long-tailed broadbill, etc. The best time for a visit is induring the cool season between November to February.

There are many attractions in the park. Most of them are located in the area of Kamphaeng Phet province near the headquarters, such as Chong Yen where the weather is very cool throughout the year. This is also an important venue for bird-watching. Rare birds found here are Rufous-necked hornbill, Burmese yuhina, long-tailed broadbill, greater yellownape, etc. Other attractions include Kaeng Pha Nang Khoi, Namtok Nang Nuan, Kaeng Lan Nok Yung, Bo Nam Un, viewpoints, etc. Attractions located in the area of Nakhon Sawan province are as follows:-

 

Namtok Mae Rewa or Namtok Mae Liwa is around 100 metre high. This five-tiered waterfall has water flowing almost year round and is accessible on foot. A round trip takes about 3-4 days.

Mae Wong Whitewater Rafting offers levels 2 – 3 challenges. It is available at the Mo Wo 4 (Mae Rewa) Ranger Station of the Mae Wong National Park. The raft will go along very beautiful curves of the Mae Wong River to end up at the Lan Nok Yung rapids in the area of the ranger station. The raft takes one and a half hours to cover a distance of around 7 kilometres. The ranger station has accommodation and a camping site on offer for visitors. For more information, contact the Mo Wo 4 (Mae Rewa) Ranger Station of the Mae Wong National Park Tel: 08 1283 5474

Note: To get to each of the waterfalls, contact must be made in advance to guiding officials of the park.

Accommodation and Facilities are available at the park headquarters. For more information, contact the Mae Wong National Park on the Khlong Lan-Umphang Road, Kilometre 65, Amphoe Khlong Lan, Kamphaeng Phet, Tel: 0 5671 9010-1, or the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora, Tel: 0 2562 0760, or www.dnp.go.th.

Thung Hin Thoen

Thung Hin Thoen is located at Wat Thung Hin Thoen, Mu 5, Tambon Pang Sawan. It features groups of giant overlapping boulders scattered around the area. Some rocks form amazing positions by means of sitting ontop another boulder. This is a natural stone park of unusual beauty.

To get there: From Nakhon Sawan, take Highway 3504. An entrance to the temple is on the left between Km 24-25.

Hiran-Naruemit Bridge, Chum Saeng Old District

 
This bridge in Nakorn Sawan is considered a highlight of the city and is much admired since its construction in 2009. This bridge was constructed for the people living in the communities on both sides of the river and bars any four wheel vehicles from crossing it. Only motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians may cross. By the foot of the bridge is the Chum Saeng Market, an old market dating over a hundred years which is of great interest to visitors.

Luang Phor Derm Museum at Wat Nong Pho

 
This is a very sacred temple, believed to have much power and magic. The fifth abbot of this temple, Luang Phor Derm, was a highly revered practitioner religion who was believed to have had many supernatural powers. The current abbot, the ninth abbot, has recently brought together the faithful to fundraise money to build a museum in honour of the great practitioner. The museum contains artefacts from the area, some believed to date back over four millennia, as well as featuring all information gathered about the revered monk himself as well as objects such as knives believed to be sacred, which he left behind. There is also a collection of rare manuscripts which is very hard to find anywhere and the temple and museum have become an important destination for visiting students and scholars.
The museum is open daily between 9am and 5pm.