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Guidebook > Provinces > Central
> Nakhon Nayok
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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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Information on this page is used with permission from the Tourist Authority
of Thailand. Additional information from brochures produced locally
and notes made by Nattawud Daoruang and Richard Barrow. All photographs
on this web site are the property of Nattawud Daoruang.