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Phra Pathom Chedi
Central Nakhon Pathom

London has Big Ben, New York is the Big Apple and China has the really big wall. But only Nakhon Pathom can lay claim to having the world’s tallest Buddhist chedi (or stupa) rising grandly from its centre. Of Thailand’s countless chedis, none can match Phra Pathom in either sheer mass or historical ... Read more about Phra Pathom Chedi .

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Sanam Chandra Palace
At the western end of Ratchadamnoen Rd, within Sanam Chandra Park
T: (034) 24 4236

This is a collection of half-a-dozen or so former residences the Thai royal family had built as getaways from Bangkok. The Chaleemongkolasana Residence is the centrepiece and looks kind of like a medievil castle built by Bavarian midgets. King Rama VI had it built in 1908 and didn’t get around to having a housewarming party until 1917. The King used to stay here when in Nakorn Pathom for army ... Read more about Sanam Chandra Palace .

Sanam Chandra Park
At the western end of Ratchadamnoen Rd, Nakhon Pathom
T: (034) 24 4236

Visitors to Nakhon Pathom might want to come here to relax or exercise during their stay. The park offers a nice retreat from the often noisy streets of the city. This is also a great place if you’re travelling with kids and want to keep them amused for an afternoon. Near the enterance is a small deer petting enclosure and a few food stalls, and there’s also a run-down amuesment park that looks ... Read more about Sanam Chandra Park .

Thana Old Market
Nakhon Chaisi (just over the bridge to the north of Thammasop Rd)

Unlike many Thai towns where historic old houses have been replaced by concrete blocks in the name of “progress”, the village of Nakhon Chaisi has successfully preserved its heritage. Ringed by venerable wooden shophouses, Talad Thana lies at the heart of Nakhon Pathom province’s enduring agricultural ... Read more about Thana Old Market .

Jesada Technik Museum
100 Moo 2, Ngew Rai, Nakhon Chaisi, Nakhon Pathom
T: (034) 339 468

In rural Nakhon Pathom province just west of Bangkok, rice, fruit and orchid fields stretch for miles across the sun-soaked landscape. It’s the last place you would expect to see a bright red double-decker bus from London, but that’s exactly what marks the entrance to Jesada Technik Museum. The bus is just one of the 500+ vintage vehicles in this jaw-dropping ... Read more about Jesada Technik Museum .

Wat Bang Phra (sak yant tattoo temple)
On the Tha Jeen River, Bang Phra

Ever since Buddhism arrived in Thailand, it has mingled with a complex, pre-existing tapestry of Hinduism, spirit worship, superstition and black magic. One aspect of these traditions is sak yant, or magical tattoos believed to grant health, protection, power, wealth and luck to those who receive them. The most famous place to get a sak yant tattoo is Wat Bang ... Read more about Wat Bang Phra (sak yant tattoo temple) .

Lam Phaya Floating Market
Lam Phaya village

Though Bangkok is home to some eight million people, the urban sprawl is replaced by picturesque countryside within a 45-minute drive of the city centre. Nestled along the Tha Jeen river in Nakhon Pathom province, the Lam Phaya weekend floating market is a meeting point for the abundant food that comes from this area and the people who produce ... Read more about Lam Phaya Floating Market .

Air Orchid Farm
32/1 Moo 3, Naraphirom, Nakhon Pathom
T: (085) 168 7077

Of all the abundant flowers that burst with colour year-round in Thailand, none can match the delicate beauty of orchids. Located around midway between Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom and Nonthaburi, Air Orchid Farm is perhaps the best place in the kingdom to experience the many types of orchids in all their splendid ... Read more about Air Orchid Farm .

Sampran Riverside
Km 32, Phet Kasem Road, Sam Phran, Nakhon Pathom
T: (034) 322 544

Off the main road from Bangkok to Nakhon Pathom lies Sampran Riverside, an attraction that’s hard to pin down in few words. Covering a vast area along the Tha Jeen River, it includes a botanical garden, organic farm, Thai cultural park, elephant grounds, market, spa, pagodas, traditional Thai houses, cafes, restaurants and a resort. If you’re seeking a fun day with the family or romantic ... Read more about Sampran Riverside .

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Off Highway 4 (to Nakhon Pathom), Phuttamonthon 4 section

Here you’ll find a statue that’s one of the world’s tallest standing Buddhas and perhaps the world’s tallest copper statue. Called Buddha Monthon, it stands 15.88 metres and looks over a large reservoir. Monthon is set amid well-kept gardens sprawling an enoumous 400 hectares - a fittingly grandiose setting for such a stunning tribute to the Buddha. The statue was built in 1957 to mark 2,500 ... Read more about Phra Phutthamonthon .

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