By train between it takes between 15 hours 25 minutes and 16 hours 20 minutes to travel 832.08 km from Nakhon Si Thammarat depending upon which train you take.
Timetable: Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat
Click on the Bangkok – Nakhon Si Thammarat link below for more information and to buy tickets.
Bangkok Railway Station
Bangkok train station is located at รองเมือง Khwaeng Rong Muang, แขวง รองเมือง เขต ปทุมวัน Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Railway Station
Nakhon Si Thammarat train station is located at Tha Sak, Mueang Nakhon Si Thammarat District, Nakhon Si Thammarat 80000.
Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Wat Phra Mahatat is the best known tourist attraction in Nakhon Si Thammarat, famous for its 78 metre chedi tower built in the 13th Century. The chedi, known as Phra Borommathat Chedi, is significant in the history of the development of Buddhism in Thailand as it coincided with the conversion of the city to Theravada Buddhist which is the Buddhist sect that is now the national religion of Thailand. The wide bulbous base of the chedi is believed to conceal a much older and smaller chedi built upon the same site. According to local legend Prince Thanakuman and Queen Hem Chala brought a tooth retrieved from the funeral pyre of the Lord Buddha in India and installed it at the site when Wat Phra Mahatat is now located in 291 AD. The tooth is believed by some to be encased within the smaller chedi on top of which Phra Borommathat Chedi is constructed.
Other notable features of Phra Borommathat Chedi include the 173 smaller chedi surrounding the main chedi, the cloisters inside the wall of the main compound which house hundreds of gold Buddha statues. and the ordination hall, built in 1628, which is considered by many to be the best surviving example of the Ayutthaya style of architecture.