Si Thammarat, the second largest city of the greatest history and
background above any other town in the region due to its status as a
first grade city controlling various subjected cities and towns, a
place that houses Lord Buddha’s relics which is the most important
statutory place of the south, being the center of Buddhism during
Sivichaya period, is located some 861 kms. by railroad and 780 kms.
by highway from Bangkok. It occupies
an area of 9,942.5 square kilometers having high plateau with
mountains and jungles in the west then sloping down towards the east
and becoming basin along the coastline of the Gulf of Thailand. It
borders Surat Thani to the north; Trang, Phattalung and Songkhla to
the south; the Gulf of Thailand to the east; and Krabi to the west.
from Nakhon Si Thammarat to nearby provinces
How to get there
Take Highway No. 4 on the Bangkok-Prachuap
Khiri Khan-Chumphon route and then Highway No. 41 past Surat
Thani-Thung Song until arriving in Nakhon Si Thammarat or Amphoe
Phun Phin in Surat Thani, then take Highway No. 401 along the coast
to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
There are rapid and express trains from
Bangkok Railway Station to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
For more information, contact tel.
2237010, 2237020 or call Nakhon Si Thammarat train station at tel.
(075) 356364, 346129.
Regular and air-conditioned buses of the
Transport Co. and private companies depart from the Southern Bus
Terminal on Borom Ratchachonnani Road.
For more information, contact tel.
4351199 (air-conditioned buses) and 4345557-8 (regular buses).
Thai Airways International Public Co., Ltd.
(THAI) has daily return flights between Bangkok and Nakhon Si
For more information, contact THAI
at tel. 2800060 and THAI Nakhon Si Thammarat at tel. (075) 342491,
Travel within the
province is easy with mini-bus service around the city.
Transport to nearby provinces includes vans, taxis, buses, and
Festivals & Events
Pha Khun That Festival
is celebrated at Phra Borom That Chedi. The pagoda is
considered to be the representative of Lord Buddha and is believed
by locals to possess unsurpassed might of righteousness as it
contains holy relics. Every year Buddhists pay homage to the
pagoda by organizing a procession bearing a religious cloth to wrap
around the pagoda to bring good fortune and success. This
festival is held twice a year during Makha Bucha Day (the 15th
full-moon night of February) and Wisakha Bucha Day (the 15th
full-moon night of May).
Festival of the
Tenth Lunar Month
is a grand event of the province and of southern Thailand.
This festival is held from the 1st waning-moon night to the 15th
waning-moon night every September. It is held to pay
respect to deceased ancestors. According to Buddhism beliefs,
the dead had many sins and was sent to hell to become a demon.
The demons are allowed to come up to meet their relatives for15 days
in September, but must return to hell before sunrise of the 15th
day. The living try to appease the spirits by taking food to
temples to make merit. Beginning on the 13th day,
people will go shopping for food to be given. The 14th
day is spent preparing and decorating the food tray, and the 15th
day is the actual merit-making day. The tray presented
nowadays has elaborate designs but still retains traditional
components. Contests to find the most beautiful tray are held.
A magnificent procession proceeds along Ratchadamnoen Road on the 14th
Chak Phra of
Lak Phra Festival
is influenced by Indian culture, which expanded into the province a
long time ago. The festival signifies the joy that people had
when Lord Buddha returned from the heaven and the Lord was invited
to sit on a throne and carried to a palace. In practice,
locals would bear a Buddha image holding a bowl in a procession
around the city. Held in October, the festival is preceded by
activities 7 days before, such as beating drums, playing castanets
and decorating the ceremonial throne for the image. The actual
ceremony is usually held only on the last day of the Buddhist lent.
People would take the image from the temple in the morning and
proceed to Benchama Rachuthit School in Amphoe Muang. This is
also done in front of Ron Phibun district office. In addition,
there is a water-borne procession on Pak Phanang River in Pak
Phanang, which coincides with an annual boat race for a trophy from
the Crown Princess.