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Thailand Guidebook > Provinces > Central > Nakhon Nayok

NAKHON NAYOK PROVINCE

Nakhon Nayok is an ancient site of the Dvaravati civilisation dating back about 900 years. The name "Nakhon Nayok" was first found in history as an eastern fort town of Ayutthaya during the reign of King U Thong.

Nakhon Nayok is 106 kms. from Bangkok by Highway No. 305 and 137 kms. by Highway No. 33. It occupies 2,122 square kilometres.

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Nakhon Nayok is administratively divided into 4 districts: Muang Nakhon Nayok, Ban Na, Ongkharak, and Pak Phli. The forested areas in the province form parts of the Khao Yai National Park, which is a site for many beautiful waterfalls.

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Ongkharak Plant Market The Ongkharak district is an important source of ornamental plants and cut flowers. At Khlong 15 on Highway No. 305 (the Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok route), there are many plant nurseries growing a large variety of annuals and perennials.

Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy This is situated at the foot of Khao Changok, 14 kms. west of the town. It is conveniently reached by bus either from Nakhon Nayok or from Bangkok. Apart from the academic section, this place also offers a variety of attractions and activities. The shrine of Chao Pho Khun Dan and Wat Phra Chai are places of worship located in the compound. A golf course and shooting ranges can be used by visitors. Moreover visitors may enjoy a bike trip around the site or apply for canoeing practise.

Dong Lakhon Ancient City Located 9 kms. south of the town on Route No. 3076, this is an ancient town of the Dvaravati period (about 6th-13th century). lts oval shape measures about 600 metres at the longest point. Religious artefacts including fragments of Buddha images, seals and ornaments found in the excavation are now exhibited in the Prachin Buri National Museum.

Wat Phramani this temple is 5 kms. from the town along Route No. 3050. ln the compound, there is a memorial site for the Japanese soldiers who died during the Second World War.

Nam Tok Sarika This waterfall is the most famous attraction of the province. lt is located 15 kms east of the town along Route No 3050. The Waterfall consis of 9 cascades with plentiful water during the rainy season. The lowest level of the fall is very large and offers a fastinating scene at first sight.

Nam Tok Nang Rong This waterfall is located in Tambon Hin Tang, 20 kms. east of the town on Route No. 3049 and another 7 kms. on an access road. This multi-level waterfall flows over large rocks which are scattered along the stream and contains a small reservoir suitable for swimming.

Wang Takhrai This is a resort and botanical garden belonging to the Chumphot - Phanthip Foundation. The area with a scenic landscape has a stream where visitors can enjoy swimming. Camping sites and bungalows are available.

Rafting along Nakhon Navok River This river originates in the Khao Yai National Park and has several tributaries at Khlong Wang Takhrai in the coffee plantation. The journey is undertaken by kayak and canoe because the waterway is quite narrow. The river is smooth without rapids, but has many twists and turns offering a fun day canoeing or kayaking.

Khao Yai JungleTreks Such treks were begun in 1992 and have proved to be more popular with tourists who wish to appreciate Khao Yai's natuaral beauty. There are 3 trekking routes offered to adventurous travellers. Each route takes at least 2 days/1 night. The best time for trekking is from December to June. Please contact the local tourist office for more details.

Nam Tok Wang Muang This is a small size waterfall having a steam passing through a low cliff. It is accessible by Highway No. 33 from where, at a distance of 7 kms. beyond the provincial township, one has to branch off to the left for a distance of 14 kms. more to get to the falls.

Nam Tok Heo Narok This large size waterfall located in the vicinity of Amphoe Pak Phli is under the responsibility of the Khao Yai National Park. It is accessible via Route No. 3077 (Prachin Buri-Khao Yai Route). The waterfall cascades from a 200 metre cliff.

Nakhon Nayok Canoe Races Canoe races commence at the Wang Takhrai Canal Bridge in Tambon Sarika and end in the Nakhon Nayok River near the provincial capital, a distance of 5 kms. All tourists are welcome to participate.

Major products of Nakhon Nayok which visitors like to buy as souvenirs include white-blue ceramics such as vases and teapots, and marble products such as lamp-stands, candle holders and figurines. A variety of tasty preserved fruits is also popular.


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