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Southern Thailand in 40 days (part 2) Nakhon Si Thammarat

A July 2002 trip to Nakhon Si Thammarat by markiemark

Khao Luang N.P. Photo, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Continuing up from Hat Yai, Nakhon Si Thammarat was my next stop a 4-hour bus ride north.

Southern Thailand in 40 days (part 2) Nakhon Si Thammarat

Overview

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Nakhon Si Thammarat has the biggest wat temple)in Southern Thailand. Said to have been founded over 1,000 years ago, the present site was reconstructed in the 13th century. The huge complex has many interesting features including a 78m stupa crowned in solid gold. There are numerous halls & corridors to wander liberally scattered with Buddha figures. The temple is 2km south of the town centre on Thanon Ratchadamnoen, a 10 baht songthaew ride. Quick Tips: Nakhon doesn't see too many tourists, so be prepared to attract the locals' attention!!Best Way To Get Around: From Hat Yai to Nakhon. Buses pass down Thanon Phatkasem & stop by the clock tower in Hat Yai. Ordinary government...Read More

Playa Grande Resort

Hotel | "Thai Lee Hotel"

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The Thai Lee Hotel is excellent value at 120 baht for a huge, clean single room with bath. Ask for a room at the back away from the street. The owner is friendly and helpful but his English is basic!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 2, 2002

Playa Grande Resort
Avenida Playa Grande #1
Cabo San Lucas 23410
+52 (624) 145-7575

Street Market

Restaurant

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Thanon Jamroenwithi south of the Siam Hotel is lined with street stalls in the evenings. This is an ideal opportunity to sample local Thai food at a very cheap price and be able to mix with the locals. You'll also find Malay food here like Murtabak (savoury pancakes stuffed with meat or vegetables); Chicken biriani and various roti (bread) stalls. There are many variations on the noodle & Thai curry & rice stalls are, for me, the best value serving big portions for 20 baht. The street is bustling during the evening & half the fun is just watching the activity!!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Khao Luang N.P. Photo, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
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For the first 2 hours, you are walking along a good trail among fruit plantations. You'll see villagers working these plantations as you pass by. As you get higher, you start to enter the cloud forest of orchids, rhododendrons and rattan. After about 5 to 6 hours walk, there is an area for camping next to the river. The trail starts to get steep after this point and you'll observe the flora changing to more brittle, hardy shrubs. Take some warm clothing as it gets cold up here particularly at night and first thing in the morning. Once at the top, if the weather is clear, you'll get great views for miles!! There are homestays in Khiriwong if you ask around or you may be approached by a v...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Tourist Offices!

Story/Tip

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Beware the tourist offices in Nakhon! There are two and although they are both branches of TAT, Thailand's National Tourist Organisation, they give out conflicting information! There is one office in the city park off Thanon Ratchadamnoen south of the centre and one in the city hall also on Th. Ratchadamnoen, but right in the centre of town. The city hall desk has a computer terminal for tourist use which lists all the things to do in and around Nakhon and the staff speak good English. The city park office has a fair selection of tourist literature for the whole of Thailand, but the standard of English spoken there is poor and be careful of the information given there, I found it t...Read More

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markiemark

markiemark
london, United Kingdom

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