Nakhon Nayok is a tourist destination not far from Bangkok. However, most of the tourists go to the resorts around the city and several kilometres distant. Few actually stay in the city itself. The city and surrounding province come alive during the holidays with tourists. Nakhon Nayok is renowned for its refreshing waterfalls and abundant varieties of fruits.
Historically, it is believed that the area of Ban Dong Lakhon, which is situated to the south of Nakhon Nayok town, was a Dvaravati settlement, dating back for more than a thousand years. As for the name of "Nakhon Nayok", records going back to the Ayutthaya's period indicated that it was an Eastern frontier town during the reign of King U-Thong. In 1894, under the royal command of King Rama V, Nakhon Nayok was designated as a part of Prachin Buri province. Eventually, it became a separate province.
In the past, Nakhon Nayok was called "Ban Na" (village of the rice field). From hearsay, during Ayutthaya period, Nakhon Nayok was just a forested highland, on which farming or planting was fruitful. Jungle fever was everywhere, thus the town people migrated elsewhere, leaving the place deserted. News of the plight of people reached the King. Subsequently, the King commanded that paddy field taxes be lifted to encourage the people to stay on, which worked, and also enticed the people around the area to migrate to the town. After that, it became a large community and the town was renowned as "Mueang Nayok" (the town that paddy (tax) was lifted).
The city is a less than a two hours drive from Bangkok. It can be reached in two ways:
The Transport Co., Ltd. (Bo Kho So) operates daily non-air-conditioned and air-conditioned buses from the Northern Bus Terminal on Kamphaengphet 2 Road.
There are two routes: Bangkok-Hin Kong-Nakhon Nayok and Bangkok-Rangsit-Ongkharak-Nakhon Nayok. For more information, contact tel: 0 2537 8055 and 0 2936 2841. Additionally, there are specially-run second-class air-conditioned buses from Bangkok-Ongkharak-Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (by-passing the Nakhon Nayok town) available.
A minibus from Rangsit, to the north of Bangkok will cost B50 and take about 1.5 hours depending on the traffic.
No Tuk-Tuks (motor tricycles) were noticed within the city at Aug 2014. There are plenty of motorcycle taxis.
This is not a large city and is easily walked around.
From the hospital, cross the road and there is the road into town directly ahead. there is a 711 on the corner on the right hand side.As you walk, there are motorcycle taxis on the left and a little further is the Fire Station on the same side followed by a minibus station where they go to BKK. After 200 metres more is a 711 on the right hand side immediately beyond which is the market. After another 200 metres a 4 way intersection. Turn right and walk past the school on your left, then turn left into the next street and walk 50 metres.
On the opposite side of the road on the right is the Kobkua Palace Hotel and turning right into this road, after 100 metres is the main city shopping strip.
The shopping strip leads on the right to the road where come the buses from BKK, Saraburi and Prachinburi. (and where is the hospital to the right further along).
There are few restaurants here at all and you may need to rely on street eats. Just out from the Kobkua Hotel is a street eats place which does a very good chicken and rice plus soup for B30. Buy beer/drinks at the shop next door. For breakfast there is a food stall on the road coming directly from the hospital. It is about 100 metres towards the hotel from the 711 on the way in. Does a very good Kow Tom (Rice porridge) for B25. Tables and chairs at the rear.