By bus it takes 11 hours 20 minutes to travel from Uttaradit to Nakhon Phanom.
Bus Timetable: Uttaradit to Nakhon Phanom
Click on the Uttaradit – Nakhon Phanom link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Uttaradit - Nakhon Phanom ฿ 683 11h 20m|
Bus Stop in Uttaradit
Bus services to Nakhon Phanom depart from Uttaradit Bus Station, Tha It, Mueang Uttaradit District, Uttaradit 53000.
Bus Stop in Nakhon Phanom
Bus services from Uttaradit terminate at Nakhon Phanom Bus Terminal, Nong Yat, Mueang Nakhon Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom 48000.
Wat Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom
Wat Phra That Phanom is located 58 km to the south of Nakhon Phanom town, and easy to reach by local shared taxis. Wat Phra That Phanom is officially classed as one of the six most important temples in Thailand. The temple is very significant because of its 57 metre high chedi enshrined within which is a holy relic believed to be the breast bone of the Lord Buddha. The legend is that the breast bone was brought to the site of the temple by one of the Lord Buddha’s senior disciples shortly after his death in 545 BCE. The Lord Buddha died in India and the explanation of how it got to a remote spot on the banks of Mekong River in Thailand is that the monk who took it there had supernatural powers, including the ability to fly.
The chedi itself has been rebuilt 4 times now, each version bigger than the last. The first chedi is believed to have been constructed some time in the period from the 8th to 10th Centuries and also that it was the first chedi to be constructed in the North East Region of Thailand. A second larger version was constructed at point during the 16th or 17th Century in a Laotian style. This second chedi and the temple around fell into disrepair in the 18th and 19th Centuries as the importance of the Kingdom of Laos and the North East of Thailand diminished. The temple only regained its standing in the 20th Century when a third and finally fourth version of the chedi were constructed with financial assistance from the Government of Thailand.