Nakhon Nayok is a destination which is often taken for granted by many
tourists. The fact that it is located just 106 kilometers from Bangkok and its
attractions may be visited as a day trip makes it just a stop over spot for
travelers. But this is not always the case. Nakhon Nayok is famous for its
refreshing natural beauty including waterfalls and parks, renowned historical
sites, soft adventure activities, and its variety of fruits.
Nakhon Nayok is
one of Thailand's central provinces. Covering some 2,130 square kilometres, it
borders Saraburi and Nakhon Ratchasima Provinces on the north, Prachin Buri
Province on the east, Chachoengsao Province on the south and Pathum Thani
Province on the west.
The northern part of Nakhon Nayok is located in the Dong Phaya Yen mountain
range an area covered by the Khao Yai National Park. Yod Khao Kiew, its highest
peak, is 1,292 meters above sea level. The central part of the province is on a
contrary, a rather flat river plain formed by the Maenam Nakhon Nayok. The
southern part of the province has relatively unfertile acidic soil.
The provincial seal says a lot about Nakhon Nayok. It is a picture of a
circle indicating the unity of Nakhon Nayok people. An elephant raising an ear
of rice in the circle represents fertile forests with numerous elephants. An ear
of rice refers to farming which is fruitful. The background with a pile of
straw, trees and clouds depicts fertility and the natural beauty of the
Nakhon Nayok is a province with a history of over 900 years. It was believed
to have been established in the Dvaravati period as indicated by some remains
found in Ban Dong Lakhon, a village to the south of the town. During the
Ayutthaya period and the reign of King U-Thong, the town which was an eastern
garrison was only a forested but infertile highland called Ban Na (village of
the rice field). Jungle fever, unfruitful and unproductive agriculture forced
the settlers to migrate elsewhere. It was not until the King granted an
exemption of paddy field tax that people began to move in and settle down as a
community. It was then named Muang Nayok which literally means the town that the
paddy tax was lifted.
In 1894, under the royal command of King Rama V, Nakhon Nayok was designated
as part of Prachin Buri province. Eventually, it became a province in its own
travel information for nakhonnayok
Distances from Amphoe Muang Nakhon Nayok to
neighboring Amphoes (Districts):
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From Bangkok: Buses leave the Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2
Bus Terminal) on Kamphaengphet Road (Tel: 02 936-3660 and 02 936-3666) every
30 minutes from 5.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. daily. Air-conditioned buses cost 70
bahts/single journey. Regular (non air-conditioned) buses cost 37 bahts.
There are two other routes operated by transport companies: Bangkok-Hin
Kong-Nakhon Nayok and Bangkok-Rangsit-Ongkharak-Nakhon Nayok. For more
information, contact Tel: 0 2537 8055 and 0 2936 2841. In addition, there
are also second-class air-conditioned buses operating from Bangkok-Ongkharak-Chulachomklao
Royal Military Academy (by-passing the Nakhon Nayok town).
For the shorter route, take Highway No. 305 (along Rangsit canal) passing
Ongkharak district. The total distance is 106 kilometers.
For the longer route, take Highway No. 1, turn right at Hin Kong and then
drive towards Suwannason Road (Highway No. 33). The total distance is 137
Traveling from Nakhon Nayok to neighboring
Buses to Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao, Saraburi, and Chanthaburi Provinces are
available. For more information, contact the Transport Co. Ltd. Tel. 0 3731
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