This weekend I flew south for a 3-day media trip to Nakhon Si Thammarat. The highlight was a boat trip to see the pink dolphins. This is my first weekend trip for a while and I’m looking forward to getting back into travel blogging mode.
Date of travel: 2-4 August 2019
DAY ONE: Good morning from Don Mueang Airport.
One of the nice things about flying Thai Lion Air is that gave me the emergency exit row without asking. This means plenty of leg room for me. So many airlines now charge you extra for this row.
Our first stop in Nakhon Si Thammarat was a late breakfast at Kopi 1942. I started with a strong traditional coffee then Bak Kut Teh (chicken and mushroom soup) which is their signature dish. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/uxSw47WTY9j8C6g96
Two popular local products in Nakhon Si Thanmarat are nielloware and silverware. In Mueang district we visited a silversmith to see them at work. This shop is Pho Sadet (โพธิ์เสด็จเครื่องถม). Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7jZuBZQ1awATCfBL6
Lunch today was at Khanom Jeen Pa Khieow (ร้านขนมจีนป้าเขียว) in Lan Saka District of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Their signature dish is Khanom Chin, which is Thai rice noodles with a southern curry sauce. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Yt4yNwNdiBn2w68t7
Khiri Wong in Lan Saka district of Nakhon Si Thammarat, is a good example of local people living in co-existence with nature. One such group is the tie-dye Batik group that use coloring from natural resources such as bark, leaves, roots and fruit. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/m7DamgkWLVCQSDZ98
Wat That Noi in Chang Klang District of Nakhon Si Thammarat. The temple was the home of Portan Klai, a revered monk. Of interest is the chedi which has some beautiful murals, a giant image of Portan Klai & a Reclining Buddha. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/4noYpP21fhTeLhMR9
Drone photos of Wat That Noi in Chang Klang District of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/4noYpP21fhTeLhMR9
DAY TWO: Good morning from Chang Klang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. I’m here on a three-day media trip to visit some second-tier tourist destinations. We had some heavy rain yesterday but the forecast is for mainly cloudy weather today.
This morning we visited several community projects in Chang Klang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat. The first was an orchard in Ban San that had some durian trees that were 200 years old. I had no signal on my phone and so I cannot give you the GPS coordinates.
The second community project we visited in Chang Klang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat was Batik Suan Khan. As well as fruit such as mangosteen, longan & rambutan, & the bite-sized miang kham snacks, they had demonstrations of batik making. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/MrRDXGuzTKHvAdUe9
Lunch at Rim-Lay Seafood restaurant (ร้านอาหารริมเล ซีฟู้ด) in Tha Sala district of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/VW5zdQfoys7KWJnc9
This afternoon we visited Sichon Special Forces Training Camp in Sichon District of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Like other army camps, this one too is open for tourist activities. The cost is 970 Baht per person for 1 night & 1 day plus three meals. Needs to be groups of around twenty.
You can train like soldiers such as zipline, rock climbing, rappelling, adventure course, and also learn jungle survival skills. Their Facebook page is SichonCamp. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/SoE3G7bNAy82azoB8
A brief visit to Sichon Beach in Sichon District of Nakhon Si Thammarat to see some of the activities available. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/LY2Ryf6VS2XUco9Y8
Drone photos of Sichon Beach in Sichon District of Nakhon Si Thammarat and the surrounding area. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/LY2Ryf6VS2XUco9Y8
Dinner tonight was at Summer Beach, Khanom in Khanom District of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Delicious food but I couldn’t eat much as I still don’t have much of an appetite after my operation. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/iepWpRxYYCaQ7suu7
DAY THREE: Good morning from Khanom in Nakhon Si Thammarat. This is the third & last day of my trip to this southern province. The weather is looking good at the moment though a bit windy. We are waiting to hear from the harbor master to see if we can go out on the boat to see the dolphins.
Some drone photos around Khanom Beach Resort & Spa in Nakhon Si Thammarat. It looks very isolated with many trees. The sand is very firm which is good for early morning walks or jogs. The pier to Koh Samui is only a 25 minute drive from here.
This morning, we went out on a boat in Khanom district of Nakhon Si Thammarat to go dolphin watching. Off the coast here there are a group of about 35 Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, more commonly known as pink dolphins. A boat trip costs 1,000 Baht for up to seven people.
Best to go to the pier early around 9am and on a calm day between January-October. It was pretty windy today and so it was harder to spot the dolphins. Even harder to take their pictures as they only surfaced for a second or two at a time today.
We only went dolphin watching, but a full two hour tour also includes Koh Nui island, Luang Pu Tuad statue, a holy freshwater spring, pancake rock formations, and a mangrove forest. For more information, you can call 086-9446851 or 085-5740015. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZxwmtFNrU5bchh1k6
Drone photos of the pier in Khanom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, from where you go dolphin watching. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZxwmtFNrU5bchh1k6
Fish spa at Suan Ta San in Khuan Thong, Khanom district, Nakhon Si Thammarat. Entrance fee is 20 Baht. Unlike the fish spas in Bangkok, this one is natural and obviously more healthy for you. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/XJrp9drimhyyX1cG6
Lunch today was at Krua Kung Pao Seafood restaurant (ครัวกุ้งเผาซีฟู๊ด) on Kwang Pao Beach in Thong Nian, Khanom District, Nakhon Si Thammarat. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/QVSKTzkLcsjuAacA9
Drone photos of Kwang Pao Beach in Thong Nian, Khanom District, Nakhon Si Thammarat. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/QVSKTzkLcsjuAacA9
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan is the main Buddhist temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat. During February, there’s a large temple fair here where people take part in a procession to bring long pieces of cloth to wrap around the main chedi. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Uh6kk5TKzYhFgEP97
Drone photos of Wat Phra Mahathat (วัดพระมหาธาตุวรมหาวิหาร), the most sacred temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
A short coffee break at O2 Cafe in Nakhon Si Thammarat city before heading to the airport to fly home. Looks like it’s about to rain. We’ve been very lucky with the weather on this trip. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/rhz3nKatfAZ4hQMN9
Boarding Thai Lion Air SL793 from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Don Mueang, Bangkok. Flight time is just over an hour. I’m happy to be able to get the emergency seat row again. Lots of leg room for tall guys like me. No extra charge too.