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Nakhon Si Thammarat

Located in Southern Thailand, Nakhon Si Thammarat town is the capital of Nakhon Si Thammarat province. One of Thailand's oldest cities, the city's origins aren't quite clear, though it was obviously once of significant religious importance, being the home of Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan, a temple that contains a fragment of the Buddha's tooth.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is a walled city, and while most of its ramparts are now gone, the northern gate and a portion of the wall still stands. The wall is just one reminder of the city's heritage; the Wat and its reclining Buddha statue two more beautiful holdovers of Siam. The city comprises an Old Town – inside the gate – and a newer, more modern urban development with shops, schools, hotels and Thailand's largest university, Walailak University.

Outside town, the beaches of the province attract a steady flow of travelers. Up the coast from Nakhon Si Thammarat is the lazy fishing village of Sichon and its picturesque beaches; further north again is the resort area of Khanom. Both areas offer unspoiled coastline and inexpensive beachfront accommodation, still relatively undeveloped.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is around 800 kilometers – a 12-hour overnight bus trip. The province is served by Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, which accepts domestic flights from Bangkok, Trang, Surat Thani and Phuket. The journey is also possible by rail, the journey overnight taking around 8-9 hours.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Nakhon Si Thammarat, click on the interactive Nakhon Si Thammarat map on the left-hand side of the page.