Nakhon Pathom

One of the oldest cities in Thailand

Nakhon Pathom, located 50 km west of bangkok, might not be a familiar name but this is a very important city for Thai people, claiming to be the oldest city in the Kingdom. Not only the famous giant Chedi is one of the tallest of the world but Nakhon Pathom reveals a lot of hidden places, fascinating enough to justify a daytrip to discover its many secrets. Apart from its iconic Chedi and its surprising Cinderella looking castle, Nakhon Pathom is well known for growing some of the best Pomelo fruits in Thailand (a giant graprefruit).

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Phra Pathom Chedi, meaning the 'First Stupa', is not only the tallest stupa in the world but also an incredible construction with an intriguing story. An impressive 127 metres tall from base to tip, this fantastic edifice stands on the site where Buddhism was first introduced into Thailand two thousand years ago. Nakhon Pathon is a medium-sized town located 50 km west of Bangkok. Despite its historical importance, it is often overlooked by tourists and even expats. The town is a surprising gold mine of points of interest to explore and is a perfect daytrip for travelers who have already seen most of Bangkok and want to experience a more realistic angle of what Thai life can be outside the capital. Read More...

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Built in 1907 in the small town of Nakhon Pathom, Sanam Chandra Palace is set in a beautiful park full of giant trees and perfectly manicured lawns winding around ponds and lakes. In the middle of this garden stands the most unlikely building, a yellow castle worthy of a Cinderella fairy tale. Located fifty kilometers west of Bangkok Nakhom Pathom is well-known for the world's tallest stupa called 'Phra Pathom Chedi', but despite being located only a kilometer from it, this unusual royal palace is only visited by a handful of local tourists. This stupa plays a key role in the history of the palace. Before ascending the throne, the then Crown Prince Vajiravudh (later H. M. King Rama VI 1910 - 1925) visited the Nahn Pathom pagoda and decided to build this residence as his retreat to enable him to visit the pagoda regularly. It took nine year to complete the project. Past its prime, the palace lost its shine and the park was abandonned. It was only in 2003 that it was given a new lease of life and was reopened to the public. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 9 am to 4 pm daily except mondays
  • Price Range: 50 Baht
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Jesada Car Museum, or 'Jesada Technik Museum', is a large private collection of vintage rare cars and motorbikes located in Nakorn Pathom, a small town full of surprises fifty kilometres away from Bangkok. The museum was created by a successful Thai businessman named Jesada Deshsakulrith. His passion for automobile history and heritage led him to collect more than 500 vehicles, most of which are in perfect condition. He only started this surprising collection in 1997 and it finally opened to the public in 2007. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm except Monday
  • Address: 100 Moo 2 Ngio Rai, Nakorn Chaisri, Nakorn Pathom 73120
  • Price Range: Free!
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The museum of Human Imagery is to Thai people what Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is to the rest of the world. This nice but somewhat unknown museum located fifty kilometres outside Bangkok, just before reaching Nakorn Pathom, was built two decades ago but was recently renovated to become the beautiful and enjoyable display it is now. People usually drive straight through this area; not many notice the museum and even less take the time to stop and admire the quality of craftsmanship of these surprisingly realistic statues. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.00 am - 5.30 pm, Sat - Sun & Official holidays 8.30 am - 6.00 pm
  • Address: 1 Boromratchanchonni Road, Nakhon Pathom
  • Tel: +66 (3) 433 2607
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Created in 1984 by historian and former chief archivist Dome Sukwong, the 'Thai Film Archive' became the 'Thai Film Museum' in 1990 and moved to Salaya in Nakhon Pathom near Bangkok. Movies are still screened daily inside the Sri Salaya Theatre and Thai movie stars occasionally visit to leave their foot and hand prints on the concrete pavement surrounding the museum, just like in Hollywood. The Thai Film Museum is an interesting stop on the way to the attractions of this underrated town located only 50 kilometres from Bangkok. By itself the museum wouldn't be worth the trip, but combined with other points of interest it's a pleasant discovery. A charming movie museum kept alive by a small group of enthusiasts, it has a surprisingly rich collection considering its modest size. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Saturday - Sunday - 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm
  • Address: Institute of Fine Arts Department, Puttamonthon Sai 5, Nakorn Pathom Province
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