A host of small attractions join Wat Phra Mahathat and the National Museum to paint a fuller picture of Nakhon Si Thammarat’s complex history. Nearly all of them can be strung into a cultural walk following the path of Rajdamnern Road. Along the way you’ll get a sense for the multiple religions and kingdoms that influenced the city going back at least 1,200 years — and how these ancient ... Read more about Nakhon Si Thammarat cultural walk .
Arguably the most compelling cultural attraction in Nakhon, Suchart Subsin’s House is devoted to the art of nang thalung, or shadow puppetry. When Suchart passed away in 2015 at the age of 79, he left behind a museum, theatre, studio and long-time apprentices who are poised to carry both the visual and performing aspects of this traditional art into the ... Read more about Suchart Subsin’s House of Shadow Puppetry .
Housing South Thailand’s most comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts, the Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum leads visitors through the area’s exceptionally long historical roots. Comprehensive English descriptions accompany many captivating statues and other interesting bits, most of which were discovered within the province. The museum begins with a display on prehistoric life ... Read more about Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum .
Wat Phra Mahathat stands among Thailand’s earliest Theravada Buddhist monuments designed in the Sri Lankan style. It’s a major pilgrimage site for Thai Buddhists, an important place of study for scholars of Southeast Asian history and a must-see attraction for travellers. The 78-metre-high central chedi is also the spiritual heart of Nakhon Si ... Read more about Wat Phra Mahathat .
Attracted by the scent of durian roasting over a fire, docile dogs laze at an open-fronted house. A sheet of whitewater churns down a distant cliff. As young men strum guitars beside a clean river, old women carry baskets of leaves and grasses used for natural dyes and weaving. At the village of Baan Khiri Wong, a generations-old tradition of crafts and organic fruit cultivation is as strong ... Read more about Baan Khiri Wong .
Khao Luang National Park stretches over 570 square kilometres of virgin forest to the west of Nakhon Si Thammarat town. Highlights include four spectacular waterfalls, over 300 wild orchid species and the highest peak in Southern Thailand. Often bathed in fog, 1,835-metre-tall Khao Luang anchors some of Thailand’s finest mountain scenery outside of the ... Read more about Khao Luang National Park .
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