Nakhon Sawan

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Nakhon Sawan (นครสวรรค์), literally Heavenly City, is a city (pop. 90,000) in Lower Northern Thailand, and is the capital of the Province of this name. It is located at the confluence of the Ping and Nan rivers, and considered the gateway to the North.


Nakhon Sawan Province, also known as "Pak Nam Pho", is where the rivers of Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan converge and form the Chao Phraya River, the most important waterway of Thailand.

Nakhon Sawan is in the lower northern part of the country between Northern Thailand and the Central Plains. It is regarded as "the doorway to the North" and it is the hub of transportation in the Lower North.

Not many western foreigners visit Nakhon Sawan, therefore it can be hard to get by if you don't speak at least a few words of Thai.

Get in[edit]

By mini-bus[edit]

You can take a mini-bus from Victory Monument (near the Pong Lee Restaurant) to Nakhon Sawan (stops at the Big C supermarket) for 205 baht one way and takes approximately 3hrs.

By bus[edit]

There are also several regular air-conditioned buses running daily between Bangkok and Nakhon Sawan. For more information, you can ontact the Northern Bus Terminal at Mo Chit (Tel. 66 2279 4484-7) for details. Time approx 4hrs. The Nakhon Sawan bus station is to the west of the city centre: 15.7017 100.1186.

If coming from the North (in this case in Nov 2010, Lampang,) the bus takes 5 hours and costs B280.

A bus from Suphanburi will cost B90 (non aircon), will take 4 hours, and wander all around the countryside on the way there.

By train[edit]

The Northern Line trains run many times a day from Bangkok through Nakhon Sawan and ends in Chiang Mai. For more information, please contact the Travel Service Division at tel. 66 2223 7010, 66 223 7020 The train station is a little out of town, ~6kms. Tuk tuks are waiting to take you into town.

Get around[edit]

Songthaew are plentiful during the day, but it's difficult to find a tuktuk, there usually are some waiting at the "Big C" and bus station.

Motorcycle taxis are plentiful, quick, knowledgeable, and cheap!

See[edit][add listing]

  • Nakhon Sawan Tower.  edit

Nakhon Sawan Tower. On the top of Wat Khiriwong mountain. It created by Nakhonsawan City Municipal, 32 meters high. Its first floor provides more tourist information and second floor has restaurant and internet café. You can see the overall city at the top of the tower. There are binoculars provided. The entrance fee are 10Baht for kids and 20Baht for adults.

  • Bung Boraphe.  edit

Bung Boraphet is the largest freshwater swamp and lake in northern part of Thailand. It has aquarium, crocodiles’ farm and places for bird watching. Its aquarium is a ship-like building and open 10 AM to 6 PM. The entrance fee are 20Baht for kids and 30Baht for adults. Tel: +66 56 274 525

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  • Wat Worranatbanpot [1], Thammavitee Road, Amphur Muang

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Out near the bus station are several cheap eating street stalls with their own tables and chairs. They will sell beer at a reasonable price, and the food is cheap enough B70/100 (includes a large bottle of beer).

There is also a 711 opposite the bus station. The Big C contains a variety of small restaurants.

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There are many hotels, a favourite is Pa Ville, also there is Chinos, a new hotel. Also there is the Asia Highway Hotel, there is also at least 3 places to rent rooms for a longer term.

  • Pimarn (โรงแรมพิมาน), (as you exit the bus terminal, to the right at an angle across the road is the hotel), 056312222. The Pimarn is the only hotel immediately close to the bus terminal. Look for the Thai sign. The hotel costs 700 baht for a double room nowadays at Aug 2014(used to be B800 when the rear part was open), and this includes breakfast. Credit cards not accepted. The rooms are good. The back part (somewhat like a university multi dormitory and some 300 metres to the right rear) is no longer in operation, and has been closed for quite some time judging by the overgrowth near the entrance.  edit
  • Asia Nakhonsawan Hotel, 1017/4 Moo 9, Asia Rd, Nakhon Sawan (1km north of Big C), 056 372 222, [2]. Pleasant spot, reasonably priced, buffet breakfast included, wifi. Great for a few days. 550b. (15.6992,100.1181) edit

Stay safe[edit]


Uthai Thani Tourism Promotion Center (because Tel: +66 56 514 982, +66 56 512 916

Get out[edit]

Minibus to Kamphaeng Phet from the bus station is B90.

Routes through Nakhon Sawan
Chiang MaiPhitsanulok  N noframe S  LopburiBangkok
Mae SaiKamphaeng Phet  N noframe S  ChainatBangkok

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