By bus the journey from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nakhon Pathom is scheduled to take 4 hours 20 minutes.
Bus Timetable from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nakhon Pathom
Click on the Nakhon Ratchasima – Nakhon Pathom link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Departure from Nakhon Ratchasima
Bus services to Nakhon Pathom depart from Nakhon Ratchasima Terminal 2, 517, 9/12 Mittraphap Soi 19 Nai Mueang, Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000.
Arrival in Nakhon Pathom
Bus services from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nakhon Pathom terminate at the Prakit Yon Bus Stop, Lam Phaya, Mueang Nakhon Pathom District, Nakhon Pathom 73000.
About Pra Pathom Chedi
Phra Pathom Chedi, in Nakhon Pathom, is Thailand’s tallest chedi tower rising over 120 metres from ground level with a circular base with a circumference of 235 metres. Around the base at each of the four compass points are prayer halls, each hosting a statue of the Lord Buddha in a different position. Phra Pathom Chedi also has an onsite museum with archaeological finds from the area.
Entrance to the chedi complex costs 50 THB for foreign visitors and entrance to the museum costs a further 50 THB. The chedi is open to visitors every day from 07:00 to 20:00, and the museum is open from 09:00 to 16:30.
Phra Pathom Chedi was constructed between 1853 and 1870 on top of an older Khmer style chedi believed to have been built in the 11th Century. The 11th Century chedi was itself built on the site of another much older chedi. Exactly how old the original chedi was is a matter of debate.
Some historians believe that the site of the Phra Pathom Chedi may date back as far the 3rd Century BC, making it the oldest Buddhist site in Thailand. Indian Emperor Ashoka, who ruled from 269 to 232 BC, is known to have sent monks out across Asia to spread the Buddhist faith and one theory is that Buddhist monks came to Nakhon Pathom during his reign and established a temple on the site where the Phra Pathom Chedi is located. Devoted Buddhist King Rama IV was himself convinced of the massive importance of the site which is why he constructed a large Sri Lankan style chedi in a location which at the time had become overgrown and the nearby settlement long abandoned.