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Nakhon Si Thammarat Thailand – Unexplored Natural Beauty and Historical Marvels

Located hundreds of miles away from Bangkok, Nakhon Si Thammarat is an unexplored Thailand city with a number of tourist attractions and activities. Capital to the province of same name, this city is one of the most ancient regions in the country. Abundant natural beauty in the form of beaches, waterfalls and forest areas and coming up of an array of hotels is bringing the city to notice.

Accommodation Options
The train station of the city has a number of safely located budget hotels & youth hostels within the walking distance. Clean and air-conditioned rooms with interesting decorations and comfortable beds can be found at these budget hotels in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The northern end of the city has some mid-range and expensive hotels with traditionally styled interiors. Resorts with spa facilities are available near the beaches. Many affordable motels and inns can be found in all parts of the city. People in the city speak Thai and hotel staffs interact in limited English.

History
The city is pointed to as the oldest region in the Southern Thailand. According to the historical records, the city was once ruled by the Kingdom of Ligor. Referred to as Poling and Tambralinga in the Chinese and Indian records, the city was a part of the Srivijaya Kingdom before gaining independence in the 12th century. By the 14th century, the region became one of the most dominating states of Southeast Asia.

The name was changed from Tambralinga to Nakhon Si Thammarat when it became a part of Thailand at the end of the 14th century. The decline of Thailand’s Ayutthaya dynasty provided the city’s prince to gain independence. However, it was a short-lived attempt and the city permanently became part of Thailand.

Popular Places
Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan is the popular Buddhist temple in the city and is known for containing Buddha’s tooth relic. Buddha statues and a small temple museum are worth visiting at this site. The historical City Wall that covers 1 square kilometre of the area and has many gates on different sides is another attraction. The Phra Buddha Sihing shrine is well-known for the statue of Lord Buddha.

Khao Luang National Park located near the city is a majestic place for all. Khao Luang Mountain and a number of waterfalls, like Krung Ching waterfall and Karom waterfall, are the highlights of this park. Limestone outcrops and granite massifs and the mystical Hong Cave are worth exploring at this place.

Getting Around
Songthaew are the most popular means of getting around the city. Pickup trucks and motorcycle taxis too are available for the passengers. Another way to explore the city is by hiring a car on rent. Carry guide maps of the city to enjoy a hassle-free travel.

Places for Entertainment
Nakhon Si Thammarat doesn’t have well-developed beaches, but they have picturesque beauty that you may like to visit. Hiking at Khao Luang National Park is an enjoyable activity. Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum can be visited to explore religious exhibits. Shadow puppetry is an extremely fun-filled activity in the region. You may also like to join one of the walking tours in the city. Beautiful baskets and handicrafts like shadow puppets, silverware and bronzeware can be purchased from the city’s souvenir shops.

Currency
Thai Baht is the currency used in the region. One baht is further divided into 100 satang. Coins in the form of 25 and 50 satang and 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht are common. Banknotes are available as 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 baht. For the latest currency exchange rates, you can refer to the updated news online.


 

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