Home to a world-famous stupa, Nakhon Pathom is an inviting city where rich Thai history and culture are showcased in a waterfront palace, numerous temples and local markets. Positioned on the edge of Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom offers easy access to some of Thailand’s biggest sights, while providing its own stunning monuments.
Things to do in Nakhon Pathom
Don’t miss seeing the towering Phra Pathom Chedi, a renowned stupa. It’s part of the Wat Phra Pathommachedi Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan and showcases 6th and 8th-century Thai architecture. The nearby Wat Huai Chorakhe occupies a serene riverfront setting and boasts numerous Buddha relics.
Admire the stunning architecture and picturesque grounds dotted with manicured lawns, serene ponds and flower gardens at the Sanam Chandra Palace. The palace complex includes numerous halls and residences, along with iconic statues and the gilded Ganesh memorial. Check out the Bhimarn Prathom Residence on site to admire elaborate Thai carvings, a royal bed chamber and an exquisite religious mural.
Do you travel for the food? You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants around Nakhon Pathom, from steak houses and laid-back cafes to authentic Thai eateries. Check out Long Loi Pa Lan for the latter or grab delicious Korean meals at A Pah Korean Bar-B-Q.
Nakhon Pathom is a straight-shot into Bangkok via train, giving you easy access to popular sights, such as the 18th-century Grand Palace and The National Gallery. Save time for the bustling Khao San Road Night Market, where you can pick up fresh produce, handmade goods and local delicacies.
Getting around Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom is easily reached by catching buses from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal or riding one of a number of trains from Thonburi Train Station. You can walk around parts of the city, but it’s best to use motorcycle taxis or tuk-tuks for longer distances.