By bus it takes 2 hours 30 minutes to travel from Hat Yai to Nakhon Si Thammarat. There also two trains a day from Hat Yai to Nakhon Si Thammarat. The journey by train takes over 4 hours.
Bus Timetable from Hat Yai to Nakhon Si Thammarat
- Click on the Hat Yai – Nakhon Si Thammarat link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Departure from Hat Yai
Bus services to Nakhon Si Thammarat depart from Hat Yai Bus Station,at 73, Chotevittayakul Road, Tambon Hat Yai, Amphoe Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110, Tambon Hat Yai, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand.
Arrival in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Bus services from Hat Yai terminate at Nakhon Si Thammarat Bus Station, Pho Sadet, Mueang Nakhon Si Thammarat District, Nakhon Si Thammarat 80000.
Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Wat Phra Mahathat is the major tourist attraction in Nakhon Si Thammarat and it’s located 3.8 km by road from Nakhon Si Thammarat Bus Station. A motorbike taxi from the bus station to Wat Phra Mahathat costs 60 THB and the journey takes around 10 minutes which means that it is possible to visit Wat Phra Mahathat even if you are only in Nakhon Si Thammarat for an hour or two waiting for the next bus or train to depart.
Wat Phra Mahathat is open every day from 08:00 to 17:00 and admission is free.
Wat Phra Mahathat has existed as a temple for at least a 1,000 years, possibly longer. According to legend a holy relic was brought to the site where the temple has been built in 291 AD. The main feature of the temple, it’s 78 metre tall Sri Lankan style white chedi, was constructed in the 13th Century. The main chedi is surrounded by 173 smaller chedi arranged symmetrically around the main chedi in an enclosed courtyard.
Nearly as impressive are the hundreds of Buddha statues which are positioned on the inside of the wall around the courtyard, all of which face inwards towards the main chedi. Wat Phra Mahathat is a very impressive temple and it’s worth adjusting your travel plans to allow yourself time to visit.