Trip to Nakhon Si Thammarat for Toshiba Run 2020

Good morning from Suvarnabhumi airport. Today I’m flying down to Nakhon Si Thammarat in Southern Thailand on the invitation of Toshiba. They are organizing a marathon on Sunday. I’m not running but they invited me to help promote Nakhon Si Thammarat as a tourist destination. Which I thought was kind of them.

Date of travel: 26-27 September 2020

Boarding VietJet VZ330 from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat in Southern Thailand. Flight time is just over an hour. First time for me on VietJet. So far so good.

Krua Nakhon restaurant (ครัวนคร), Nakhon Si Thammarat

Lunch today was at Krua Nakhon restaurant (ครัวนคร) in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Very delicious.

They also own the popular Kopi 1942 restaurant which is next door. I ate there during the last two trips. Highly recommended.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/xHb8NfPRyAwVZzXj6

Nang Talung Suchart, Nakhon Si Thammarat

At Ban Nang Talung Suchart in Nakhon Si Thammarat, you can learn about the ancient craft of shadow puppetry. Here you can watch them carving & decorating shadow puppets made from cow hide.

You can also watch a shadow puppet show. It is free to visit the museum with donations but you have to pay per head for the show and workshop.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/ocfKHTh9xES4PRTZ8

Lord House (บ้านท่านขุน), Ratchadamnoen Road, Nakhon Si Thammarat

This is Lord House (บ้านท่านขุน) on Ratchadamnoen Road in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The wooden house is 125 years old and was originally a nobleman’s home and then converted into a school.

Now it’s open to the public. There isn’t really much to see but worth visiting if you’re passing as it’s free.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/tDeXffpptf2ZYdvt5

Wat Phra Mahathat Vihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Wat Phra Mahathat Vihan is the most important temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat and southern Thailand.

It was constructed at the time of the founding of the town, and contains a tooth relic of Lord Buddha. The 78-meter-high chedi is surrounded by 173 smaller ones.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/ZpNWp2J2DEMzZ8iK6

Krua Tangke, Khanom District, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Dinner tonight was at Krua Tangke in Khanom District of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Thank you to Khun Kobkarn and Toshiba for inviting me on this trip.

It was a really nice looking restaurant by a river with some delicious food. My favorite was the crab curry.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/QkqcSMG9V89iuNUY7

So I thought I was being invited to Nakhon Si Thammarat to take pictures at the Toshiba Run. But now I’m getting the feeling that I’m taking part! Is it too late to start training? 😱😱😱

DAY TWO

Good morning from Khanom in Nakhon Si Thammarat in Southern Thailand. I’m here for the 5th Toshiba Run. The 10km runners have just set off. I thought I was invited to take pictures, but apparently I’m in the 3.5km run. Though for me it will be more of a walk. I hear the route is very hilly but very scenic too.

I just finished my first ever “run” and got a medal for my efforts. I won’t tell you my time, only to say that I wasn’t last! But the event has now given me the incentive to exercise more and maybe take part in other future fun runs.

I met a foreigner who did the 10km run. He said he only started running when he was 52 and now often takes part in runs. So, he’s my inspiration to do more. Thanks also to Khun Kobkarn from Toshiba for inviting me.

I must say, the organizers of Toshiba Run 2020 couldn’t have picked a better route. The new scenic road along the coastline in Sichon and Khanom districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat is absolutely stunning. Probably the best coastal road in Thailand. In all I believe it’s about 8km long and very hilly with many bends. I’m glad I only “ran” one small section of 3.5km there and back.

Na Mae Tao, Khanom District, Nakhon Si Thammarat

A brief stop at Na Mae Tao (นาแม่เฒ่า) in Khanom District of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Khanom has changed a lot since I last came here. Lots of new tourist attractions, particularly ones with views or good backdrops for selfies. I’m told that there are more tourists here now than this time last year. Thai tourists of course.

This place is one of those coffee shops with a rice field that are popping up all around Thailand. This one has an entrance fee of 20 Baht. However you can get this back when you buy something in the coffee shop. A smart move I guess. Places like this, many people come to take pictures but they don’t buy anything.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/Uvn4XVGqgkoocx1u9

Boat trip in Khanom District, Nakhon Si Thammarat

This morning, we went on a boat trip off the coast of Khanom District in Nakhon Si Thammarat. This is a popular activity to spot pink dolphins.

Although we weren’t lucky today, the boat trip is still worth it. The highlight is Pancake Rock which is an interesting rock formation.

Boat tours cost from 1,000 Baht. There are several places along the coast where you can join boat tours.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/MskvYWuKDJmXHufc9

Nang Kam Beach, Don Sak District, Surat Thani

Lunch today was on Nang Kam Beach in Don Sak District of Surat Thani. This is a nice family friendly beach close to Khanom District.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/aovwE8Ft1QtMCcANA

Paknam Sichon, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Some aerial photos around Paknam Sichon in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The statue in the first photo is of Prince Chumphon, the Father of the Thai Navy.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/MwmRHhNDduQNtdrW7

Wat Chedi Ai Khai, Sichon District, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Most certainly the most popular destination in Nakhon Si Thammarat is Wat Chedi Ai Khai in Sichon District. On Facebook there has been over 1 million check-ins already which must be a record for outside of Bangkok. I’ve never seen so many check-ins before. This temple has singlehandedly saved the tourism industry in this province. So much so that they had to increase daily flights to cope with the influx. Hotels are also at 80% occupancy.

The reasons so many Thai tourists visit this temple is because of Ai Khai, or the Egg Boy. Thais come here to seek good luck in both life and business. They believe the statue contains the spirit of a boy who has the power to grant wishes. Popular offerings include roosters and there are literally thousands of them.

Other than this, there isn’t really much of interest. I certainly wouldn’t travel far to see it, let alone fly across the country like many people do. In recent months they have had 300,000 visitors per month.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/v2XZtZiaPWDcmtqi9

Roti Panom, Tha Sala District, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Dinner tonight was at Roti Panom (โรตีป้าหนอม4ท่าศาลา) in Tha Sala District of Nakhon Si Thammarat. I love roti and mataba and as there were some things on the menu I hadn’t seen before, I ordered a lot.

My favorites were roti with coconut flesh and egg, roti with shrimp curry, mataba with chicken, fried egg in roti, and mama noodles with shrimp curry. The French Toast with condensed milk and sugar was too sweet for me. However I do recommend this shop.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/L5DyaPp4Cs2UXjit9

Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport

Boarding Thai Vietjet Air VZ 335 from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Bangkok. Flight time is just over an hour. Looks like nearly a full flight again.

That’s a wrap on my two-day trip to Nakhon Si Thammarat for the Toshiba Fun Run. I hope you enjoyed my photos and I’ve inspired you to visit this southern province.

📍 Here is a google map list of the places that we visited: https://www.google.com/maps/placelists/list/69HBfqkhCEklqzpWXzT2ISnEHCegdQ

🙏 I wish to thank Khun Kobkarn for inviting me and her team for looking after me. I had a great time on this trip.

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