Nakhon Si Thammarat is the largest province in southern Thailand and compared to other southern provinces like Phuket, Phang Nga, and Krabi — which the beautiful Andaman Sea locates all — this Gulf of Thailand province has very little tourists. But with its interesting history, ancient temples and beautiful lush mountains, Nakhon Si Thammarat is one of the most exciting provinces in Thailand — and below I give you seven reasons to go.
1. The eco-friendly village of Kiriwong
Kiriwong is an idyllic village surrounded by lush mountains in Krabi’s neighboring province Nakhon Si Thammarat. I was blown away when we drove through this little village seeing how beautiful and clean it was. I have learned that Kiriwong is an ecotourism destination, self-sustainable without any need for assistance from the government. The town is also famous for its incredible handicrafts making.
A reclining Buddha is a statue that represents Buddha during his last moments and entry into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations (the cycle of death and rebirth). He is lying on the right side with his head resting on a cushion or relying on his right elbow, supporting his head with his hand.
Nakhon Si Thammarat, which is the largest province in southern Thailand, boasts quite a few national parks and waterfalls. Previously we have visited Tha Phae Waterfall, and last we stopped by at Yong Waterfall – a 10 minutes drive away from the town of Thung Song.
Yong Waterfall is part of Namtok Yong National Park, a 205 square kilometers tropical mountain forest with an average elevation of 600 meters above sea level. From the entrance where you pay the 100 baht fee (as a foreign tourist), walk the paths which follow the stream about 700 meters up to the 15-meters high waterfall.
I would not call Yong Waterfall a touristy place, but Thai people love to come here to cool off in the lovely pool under the waterfall and feed the fish.
Nakhon Si Thammarat, the largest province in southern Thailand, is located on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula with Krabi to the west. My wife studied traditional Thai dance here when she was a young girl and still visit the town from time to time when some errands need to be done.
Most recent, she needed to meet a dermatologist, and before we went back to Krabi, she wanted to show me Kopi 1942, which is a famous breakfast place in the center of Nakhon Si Thammarat Town serving old-style coffee, traditional tea, dim sum and other Chinese/Thai food.
Khao Luang National Park in Nakhon Si Thammarat surrounds the highest mountain in Southern Thailand, Khao Luang (1,835 meters), on an area of 570 square kilometers. The park is known for beautiful mountains, forest walks, cool streams and impressive waterfalls.
We just came here to check out the waterfalls, swim in the cool streams and picnic, but If you’re into flora and fauna, this place totally rocks! With over 300 species of orchids, Khao Luang is the only place in the world where some of these can be found.