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Nakhon Sawan (นครสวรรค์), literally Heavenly City, is a city (pop. 90,000) in Lower Northern Thailand. 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 farang visit Nakhon Sawan, therefore it can be hard to get by if you don't speak at least a few words of Thai.
You can take a mini-bus from Victory Monument (near the Pong Lee Restaurant) to Nakhon Sawan (stops at the Big C supermarket) for 180 baht one way and takes approximately 3hrs.
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.
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.
Songthaew are plentyful 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!
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. There is also a 711 opposite the bus station. The Big C contains a variety of small restaurants.
There are many hotels, a favorite is Pa Ville, also there is Chinos, a new hotel, and there is an old but quiet hotel Pimarn 2 which is behind the Pimarn and it is a little gem, though not as clean as one would expect. Also there is the Asia Highway Hotel, there is also at least 3 places to rent rooms for a longer term.