My destination last weekend was to Nakhon Pathom which is about an hour and a half to the West of Bangkok. I have been there quite a few times on day trips, but I haven’t stayed in the city for a long time. Sometimes it is nice taking your time. The following photos were tweeted live during my trip. Follow me on @RichardBarrow for Thai travel news Andrea suggestions for new destinations around Thailand.
Date of trip: 11-13 August 2017
Setting off on a 3-day road trip around Nakhon Pathom province to the West of Bangkok. Map of tourist attractions: https://www.google.com/maps/placelists/list/1RTjUzxXQrdwthsN_KfscSxGWDmk
Phutthamonthon is an important Buddhist park in Nakhon Pathom. Highlight is the 15 meter high Walking Buddha. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NfYT5WXZ88M2
Thai Film Museum (หอภาพยนตร์) in Phutthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom. Interesting place for movie lovers. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/HtDqKCNnd1N2
Thai Film Museum in Nakhon Pathom is open at the weekends & holidays. Five rounds per day: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Admission is free.
Chomchei Cafe in Nakhon Pathom is a journey to the past with old style shops with vintage stock. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GeLdspi5Esm
Chomchei Cafe in Nakhon Pathom is a popular place for doing selfies and for shooting period movies. There’s also a coffee shop. Free entry.
Noodle soup at AEC boat noodle restaurant in Nakhon Pathom. Only 12 Baht. Two bowls were enough to fill me. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/kLNsXcjnogH2
Jesada Technik Museum in Nakhon Pathom is perfect for those people who like vintage and unique vehicles. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/4cwVNrCkMVB2
Jesada Technik Museum in Nakhon Pathom is perfect for those people who like vintage and unique vehicles.
Owl Art Museum in Nakhon Pathom. Probably only of interest to owl enthusiasts. Closed Mondays. 60B. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/8Sb2bqsPpox
Thana Market in Nakhon Pathom dates back 140 years. The present wooden buildings are 90 years old. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/11PMJbZohNL2
Yam Som-O (spicy pomelo salad) from Thana Market in Nakhon Pathom for 50 Baht.
DAY TWO: Good morning from Nakhon Pathom. Top temperature today will be 37°C. My plan is to visit Sanam Chandra Palace and Phra Pathom Chedi.
Phra Pathom Chedi (พระปฐมเจดีย์) in Nakhon Pathom is the largest stupa in Thailand at 120.5 metres high. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/HMT3RWW6G852
Drone photos of Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom. It is the largest pagoda in Thailand
If you are interested in Buddha images then you should visit Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom. They have them all with signs in English.
Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom costs 60B for foreigners & is free for Thais. Though I must admit I didn’t realize this until I came out.
Steam locomotive arriving in Nakhon Pathom. This is the special Mother’s Day one day trip. The next trips are on 23 October & 5 December.
Sanam Chandra Palace was built by King Rama VI in the early 20th Century. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9Luqpmnd62s
Sanam Chandra Palace in Nakhon Pathom is open every day from 9am-4pm. 30 Baht for Thais and 50 Baht for foreigners.
Pad Kana Moo Krob (ผัดคะน้าหมูกรอบ). Stirfried Kale with Crispy Pork. 40 Baht.
Looks like the Aircraft Night Market in Nakhon Pathom has failed. Maybe because it smells like a pig farm. But it does have some interesting aircraft, boats and decommissioned army vehicles that you can inspect. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/wgncsuiiUdk
Som Tam Khao Pod (ส้มตำข้าวโพด). Spicy Sweetcorn Salad. 30 Baht.
DAY THREE: Good morning from Nakhon Pathom. This is my third & last day in this province. Today I’ll be visiting a couple of floating markets.
For this trip, I stayed at Trendy Hotel in Nakhon Pathom. 850B a night. Not my first choice, but comfortable. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ytq24ZcDkb52
The latest tourist attraction in Nakhon Pathom is Red Lotus Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำทุ่งบัวแดง ณ บางเลน). Map: https://goo.gl/maps/mwSQgBxWPXz
Red Lotus Floating Market in Nakhon Pathom is open every day from 8:30am-6pm. But best to go in the cool of the day to see the lotuses.
You can rent a boat at Red Lotus Floating Market for 200B per person. I politely asked for Thai price of 100B & it was granted.
Lam Phaya Floating Market is my favorite riverside market in Nakhon Pathom. It’s a foodies paradise. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/S16iLbgvVUN2
Lam Phaya Floating Market in Nakhon Pathom is only at the weekends. Come early as it gets really packed. But it is really worth it.
That’s a wrap on my 3-day road trip around Nakhon Pathom province. I hope you enjoyed my photos & I’ve inspired youto visit.