By joint ferry and bus service the journey from Koh Phangan to Nakhon Si Thammarat is scheduled to take between 4 hours 20 minutes and 5 hours 30 minutes depending upon which service you take and your final destination.
Bus Timetable: Koh Phangan to Nakhon Si Thammarat
- Click on the Koh Phangan – Nakhon Si Thammarat link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Koh Phangan - Nakhon Si Thammarat ฿ 390–900 4h 20m – 5h 30m|
Departure from Koh Phangan
Services to Nakhon Si Thammarat depart from Koh Phangan Ferry Port in the town of Thong Sala.
Arrival in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Joint ferry and services from Koh Phangan to Nakhon Si Thammarat drop off passengers at both Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport and Nakhon Si Thammarat town centre.
Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat is one of the most important and impressive temples in Southern Thailand. Wat Phra Mahathat has a very long history which according to local legend goes back as far as 291 AD with the construction of a small chedi on the site of the modern temple containing a holy relic. What Wat Phra Mahathat is really famous for, however, is its 78 metre tall Sri Lankan style chedi tower surrounded by 173 smaller chedi located around it in a symmetrical pattern. This ‘forest’ of chedi is unique amongst temples in Thailand and reminiscent of Buddhist temples in other parts of Asia, such as the Kakku Pagodas in Myanmar.
At the time the large chedi was built, in the early 13th Century, Nakhon Si Thammarat was at the forefront of the spread of Theravada Buddhism in Thailand. Prior to that the people of Nakhon Si Thammarat and most of the rest of Thailand followed the Indian influenced Mahayana school of Buddhist belief. In many respects Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat is credited as the birth place of the modern Buddhist church in Thailand.