:: NAKHON SAWAN

Nakhon Sawan Province, also known as "Pak Nam Pho," is where the rivers of the Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan converge, to form the Chao Phraya River, the most important waterway of Thailand. Nakhon Sawan is in the lower northern part of the country between the North and the Central Regions. It is regarded as "the doorway to the North" and it is the hub of transportation in the Lower North. Nakhon Sawan is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

:: Attractions

Bung Boraphet (Boraphet Lake) is the nation's largest freshwater lake. Now teeming with lotuses, the lake was once inhabited by crocodiles. Towards the southern part of the lake is the Waterfowl Sanctuary , a natural education center for studying the different species of birds that inhabit this lake. Many migratory birds settle here during the months of November to March. Boats can be rented to take you into the sanctuary for a closer look.

The northern part of the lake is the site of the Freshwater Fishery Development Center. Though mainly serving as a breeding ground, the center contains a building displaying the more than 150 different species of freshwater fish.


Wat Woranat Banpot has a vast courtyard and many entrances. The beautiful flower gardens decorating the hillsides are popular evening resting spots for the locals. Built during the Sukhothai era, the large Chedi contains a replica of Phra Luang Phor Thong , a revered monk, and the Buddha's Footprint is housed within the wiharn. The summit provides a spectacular view of Pak Nam Po town, Boraphet Lake to the northeast, and forested mountains to the west.

Perched on the summit of Buadnak Mountain, Wat Chom Khiri Nak Phrot (Wat Khao) was built by the Burmese after their second successful destruction of Ayutthaya to signify that both countries share the same religion. Within, is a replica of Lord Buddha's Footprint, which the locals call "Bot Thevada Sang" (Chapel Created by Angels), and is the site of the holy pilgrimage Wat Khao Fair staged every November.


The Nakhon Sawan Cultural Hall houses many interesting archeological, historical and cultural artifacts. Cultural performances are regularly performed at the 110-seat theater.

Enshrined within Wat Nakhon Sawan (Wat Hua Muang) is a special pair of Buddha images called Phra Phu Hai A-pai Ying. Standing back to back, one image faces east while the other faces west. Legend says the images were built by the Burmese during their stay in Nakhon Sawan, to represent their forgiveness, and their attempts to halt the vengeful battles between Thailand and Burma.

The vast Sawan Public Park , in the heart of Nakhon Sawan, contains a big lake and is a favorite recreational site for locals.

Located in Takli District, excavations conducted at the Chunsane Ancient City unearthed many artifacts, including porcelain dolls, Buddha images and official seals, made in the Dvaravati period. The archeological findings are displayed at the museum housed in the presiding pagoda at Wat Chan Sen.

Located in Bunpot Pisai District is Khao Nor-Khao Kaew. At the foothill of the limestone Khao (hill) Nor is a temple and stairs leading to the mountain peak. At the summit, a large reclining Buddha image is located at the cave entrance. After King Rama V visited this place, he built a shrine in honor of the image. A large group of monkeys also inhabit the area at the foot of the mountain and at dusk, an elongated, dark cloud of bats can be seen flying out of the caves. Bats also inhabit the numerous caves in nearby Khao Kaew (Glass Hill).

Spreading across parts of Kamphaeng Phet and Nakhon Sawan, the Mae Wong National Park features many impressive waterfalls, viewing spots and a natural hot spring.