Green Trip to Nakhon Si Thammarat
On another project of ‘Seven Greens’ with The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in a jointly effort between tourism promotion and environmental protection of long-term sustainability, we had a rain drenched side track-to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Nakhon Si Thammarat, 610 km south of Bangkok on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula is one of the most ancient cities of Thailand. Previously Kingdom of Ligor from the end of 12th century after the decline of Srivijaya Kingdom, it contains many buildings and ruins of historical significance. 17th century saw British. Portuguese and Dutch merchants set up factories there and carried on an extensive trade, referred to the area as Ligor. The city chronicle mentions a fortification when the town was re-founded in 1278, recorded restorations at the time of King Ramesuan (14th century), as well as of King Nara! (1686). The city walls run 456 m East-West, and 2238 m North-South, thus enclosing an area of about one square kilometer.
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan is the city most important temple, and also of the South, constructed at the city founding 1500 years ago, it contains a tooth relic of Buddha. The 78 m high chedi is in Sri Lankan style surrounded by 173 smaller ones. The chedi top is ornate with a half golden alms-bowl egg-size figure facing upward to collect dew and rain to evaporate into holy water covering over all the townspeople. Inside the temple are many buildings of importance, especially the royal building of beautiful architecture from the Ayutthaya period and the Sam Chom building where the Buddha image attired in royal wardrobe Phra Si Thamma Sokarat is housed.
Ban Khirl Wong is an ancient community which settled at the foot of Khao Luang in Tambon Kamlon, a path up the mountain. This peaceful village is like one big, happy family. The main occupation is growing mixed fruits, such as mangosteen, rambutan, durian, and Sato. Awarded the ‘Kinnaree’ in town and community category the townsfolk find their extra income in ‘Tie & Dye’ textile: rambutan and sato for grey, mangosteen leaf for red ochre, jack fruit leaf for yellow, etc.
Namtok Krung Ching is located in Tambon Krung Ching, 20 km northwest of the city in Khao Lek, the waterfall derived its name from Ton Ching which is a kind of palm prevalent in the area. The most breathtaking level is Nan Fon Saen Ha (a thousand rainfalls) where water drops off a sheer cliff 100 meter, splashing down creating a mist covering the area like rain unlike other falls. The waterfall is so chaste and beautiful that it was depicted in the first set of 1000 baht note.
Standing in the stream, holding your breath with eyes closed is ‘decoding the jungle’ posture where you can hear all whispering of the nature, the rustle leaves, of the breeze over rippling stream. It also gives you warning of any natural irregulars
How to get there
By car-highway 4 Bangkok-Prachuab Khirikhan-Chumporn, then highway 41 across Surat Thani-Thung Song into Nakhon Si Thammarat; or from Phunphin in Surat Thani and take coastal highway 401 to Nakhon Si Thammarat