By bus it takes 3 hours 40 minutes to travel from Udon Thani to Nakhon Phanom.
Bus Timetable from Udon Thani to Nakhon Phanom
- Click on the ‘Udon Thani – Nakhon Phanom’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Bus Stop in Udon Thani
Bus services to Nakhon Phanom depart from in front of CentralPlaza in Udon Thani city centre.
Arrival in Nakhon Phanom
Bus services from Udon Thani terminate at Nakhon Phanom Bus Station, Fueang Nakhon, Nai Mueang Subdistrict, Mueang Nakhon Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom 48000.
About Wat Phra That Phanom
Wat Phra That Phanom is located 58.3 km by road from Nakhon Phanom Bus Station. It is easy to travel from Nakhon Phanom to Wat Phra That Phanom. Shared taxis ply the route all day long as there are lots of people doing this journey and the fare in only 40 THB per person. The reason there are lots of people going to Wat Phra That Phanom is that it is considered one of the 6 most important temples in Thailand.
The main feature of Wat Phra That Phanom is its 57 metre high white and gold chedi (tower). The chedi has been rebuilt lots of times over the past thousand plus years getting taller and more ornate each time. The earliest chedi is believed to have been constructed at some point during the period from the 8th to 10th Centuries to house the breast bone of the Lord Buddha, which according to local legend was taken from the Lord Buddha’s funeral pyre and brought to this remote spot on the banks of the mighty Mekong River just after the death of the Lord Buddha. As well as the giant chedi the temple, which is free to visit everyday from 06:30 to 18:30, is a treasure trove of interesting statues and other religious artefacts many of which are very old and of unknown origin. There is a large market in and around Wat Phra That Phanom and the temple which is a very lively place all year round with mostly Thai and Lao Buddhists coming here in large number to worship because they believe it will bring them good fortune.