Nakhon Si Thammarat is a province in Southern Thailand. It is the second-largest province in the country and is famous for its pristine natural attractions.
In this blog, we would like to take everyone down south to the 10 places you need to visit in Nakhon Si Thammarat when you travel to Thailand.
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Wat Aram Luang, or Wat Chedi Pho Than Klaiwajasit is the main temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat. It is characterized by the unique architecture of the bell-shaped chedi. The top of the chedi is covered with real gold. The temple area is surrounded by large and small chedi. It is also believed that the temple houses a tooth of Gautama Buddha. The temple is also famous for a tradition known as Hae Pha Khuen where there is a procession with a robe, known as Phra Bot, which has been joined in a single piece to wrap around the body of the main stupa and the chedis.
Wat Khun Khao Phanom
Wat Khun Khao Phanom is one of the top places to visit in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The cave temple's unique structure with its brick walls is an important historical and archaeological site in the province. Within the temple, you can find 30 bronze statues of Buddha. It is also said to be the place where King Taksin the Great was ordained as a monk. For those who come to visit, do not miss out on paying your respects to get a good fortune in return.
Ai Khai, Chedi Temple
Ai Khai Wat Chedi is a sacred place that has been revered by the people of Nakhon Si Thammarat for hundreds of years. This temple has a history dating back to a thousand years. However, it was in ruins until it was rebuilt in 1957. But what makes the temple famous all over the country is Ai Khai or Ta Khai, a sculpture of a boy that sits in the Chedi Temple pavilion. It is believed that a holy spirit resides inside the sculpture and blesses people. Once a person becomes successful, they will come back to the temple and bring offerings including chicken, firecrackers, and toys.
Kiriwong Village is a stunning village surrounded by mountains, lush nature, and rivers. It is a model community for managing ecotourism business. One of the must-do activities in Kiriwong is cycling around the village and taking in all the beautiful sites. An area that cannot be missed out on is the Nan Hin Suspension Bridge. From here you can take incredible pictures of the natural surroundings of the village.
Suchart Sapsin or the Shadow Puppet Theatre is another place to visit in Nakhon Si Thammarat. It is one of the cultural treasures of Southern Thailand. Shadow puppetry has been part of the culture here for a long time and is an artistry that is difficult to recreate elsewhere. The shadow puppet artist and master shadow puppet maker who run the theatre have received awards for their artistry. Besides watching the shows, you can also buy shadow puppets and puppets as well as take a look at the small museum inside the theatre.
Khanom Beach is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Nakhon Si Thammarat. It is famous for its long stretches of white sandy beach with its calm blue waters. You can also find beautiful corals under the sea making it a great place for snorkeling. If you are lucky, you also might spot the rare pink dolphin that lives around Khanom.
Sichon Beach is another beautiful beach in Nakhon Si Thammarat. It is a beautiful bay with clear waters, fine white sand, and plenty of rocky outcrops. In addition, Sichon Beach also has numerous luxury resorts and accommodations nearby. The beach is also famous for its fish market right next to the beach.
Pakpanang Beach is another attraction in Nakhon Si Thammarat. It was once heavily damaged by a tropical storm. But has since then been rebuilt and transformed into a tourist attraction. The crescent-shaped beach with its fine sand and clear blue waters is a popular destination for tourists looking for a quiet beach destination with fewer crowds.
Pak Phanang Retro Market
Pak Phanang Retro Market is a unique place to visit in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Markets are always the best way to get a glimpse of local culture and Pak Phanang Retro Market is no exception. It is located along the banks of Khlong Bang Chae, a canal that connects to the Pak Phanang River. Here you can enjoy fresh seafood and local delicacies that are hard to find.
Tha Phae Waterfall
Besides the beautiful coastal view that Nakhon Si Thammarat is famous for, you can also visit the Tha Phae Waterfall. Located in Khao Luang National Park, it is one of the tallest waterfalls in Thailand. The waterfall has a total of 10 cascading levels but tourists are only allowed till the 3rd level. Besides swimming here, you can also hike around the waterfall.
So, there you have it, 10 places to visit in Nakhon Si Thammarat, one of the most popular provinces on a Thailand tour. Another place you can check out during your Thailand tour is the province of Phang Nga.