Pathom is located in an alluvial plain in the central region, about
58 kms by road from Bangkok. Generally, it is an area of alluvia
plain which is drained by the Tha Chin River, covering an area of
2,168,327 sq kms or about 1,355,204 sq Rai. It is an old city which
has an interesting history dating back thousands of years. It was
well known as a center of cultural development and prosperity. From
the evidence revealed by extensive excavation in the past, we have
learned a lot of things which have historical and archaeological
value, such as Phra Pathom Chedi and Dhammacakra (Symbol of the
completeness of the Dhamma) etc.
North: Suphan Buri and Ayutthaya
South: Ratcha Buri and Samut Sakhon
East: Nontha Buri and Bangkok
from Nakhon Pathom city of nearby Provinces
Bangkok 56 kms.
Kanchanaburi 65 kms.
Ratchaburi 65 kms.
Samut Sakhon 63 kms.
How to get there
Pathom is located very near Bangkok and it is conveniently
accessible from the neighboring cities. Through the best high way
available, from Bangkok by car, we may choose to use Bang Khae and
Phetkasem route or Phrapinklao Nakhon Charsri route, which takes
about 40 minutes to reach Nakhon Pathom. Further more, traveling by
train to Nakhon Pathom is another popular way in which the tourists
can enjoy the natural scenery on the way sides of the fruit orchids
and flower plantations along the way.
Trains regularly leave Bangkok's Hualampong (Tel: 223-7110,
223-7020) and Bangkok Noi (Tel: 411-3102) railway stations for
Nakhon Pathom. The third-class fare for the 64 kilometers journey is
10 Baht per person. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes,
depending on the type of train.
Buses regularly leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (Tel:
434-5558) for Nakhon Pathom. The fare is 18 Baht per person by
non-air-conditioned bus, and 52 Baht by air-conditioned coach, for
the approximately 70 minutes journey.
Transportation within Nakhon Pathom
Traditional three-wheeled pedicarts still operate in Nakhon Pathom.
Fares need to be negotiated before embarking on journeys.
Sign-language suffices for communication. Pedicarts can carry two
adult passengers. Typical fares are 10-15 Baht (for 1-2 persons)
from Nakhon Pathom's railway station to the Phra Pathom Chedi, and
27 Baht for the 2-kilometre journey from the chedi to Sanam Chan
Festivals & Events
Songkran Traditional Festival
Organized in the vicinity of Phra Pathom Chedi area, it features the
processions with decorated floats, dragon and lion groups, as the
bathing Buddha images rite and the rite to pay respects to the
elder, the honorable persons.
Gliding Luang Por Wat Rai Khing Festival
Held during the 13th waxing moon day to the 4th waning moon day
of the 5th lunar month, every year, altogether 8 days and 8
nights. Many forms of entertainment are available such as musical
performance, Lie-Kay (Thai song and dance performance), Movies.
Local goods are also available for sale.
Food Staff and Fruit Fair
During Chinese New Year period
Venue: In the precinct of the Phra Phatom Chedi, Amphoe Muang,
Background/Rationale: Phra Pathom Chedi fare held annually during
the Chinese New Year period aims at introducing well-known
agricultural products of Nakhon Pathom such as pomeloes, coconuts
with flavored milk, oranges, guavas, bananas, grapes, Chinese pork
sausages, dried and crispy sweeter pork. Additionally, the fair's
purpose is to promote tourism in Nakhon Pathom.
Activities: 1.Exhibiting and selling well-known food products and
varieties of vegetables and fruits.
2. Displaying and selling local handicrafts.
3. Showing of local culture and tourist attractions
and activities of Nakhon Pathom.
Loi Krathong Festival
Held within the Sanam Chand Palace ground, contests of many
interesting items are held such as Krathongs (decorated baskets),
hanging lamp shades, Miss Nopamart, including the interesting
folklore playing and displaying of fireworks.
Paying homage to Phra Pathom Chedi Fair
Taking place during the 12th, waxing moon day to the 4th, waning
moon day on the 12Th, lunar month of every year.
Venue: In the precinct
of the Phra Pathom Chedi, Amphoe Muang, Nakhon Pathom.
Background: The festival fair for Paying home to Phra Pathom Chedi
is held annually for nine days and nights. There are all kinds of
entertainment as well as displays of the local products.
1. Paying homage to a relic of Lord Buddha and Phra Pathom Chedi and
2. Attending red cross activities.
3. Participating in activities of local schools and
4. Practicing gun shooting organized by the police.
5. Buying various kinds of goods and products from
factories, companies and stores.
Jumbo Banquet & Jumbo Queen Contest
Samphan Elephant Ground & Zoo host Jumbo Banquet in
May 1st in honor of the gentle
elephant which are so well loved in Thailand. 2 Tons of elephant's
favorite edibles are selected for them to feast on and Jumbo Queen
contest is provided to find the participant of XL ladies that best
exhibits the characteristics of the titanic elephant.