Nakhon Pathom is a very old city which has been a centre of the Dvaravati civilisation. Over 2,000 years ago, a Buddhism missionary from lndia was sent to introduce Buddhism and its philosophy to a land called Suwannaphum, which had Nakhon Pathom as its capital. Phra Pathom Chedi was the important structure of the kingdom. The prosperous city was abandoned in the 12th century. A new community settled down after the renovation of Phra Pathom Chedi was completed in the reign of King Rama V of Bangkok period.
Nakhon Pathom is 56 kilometres west of Bangkok. It is administratively divided into 6 districts (Amphoes): Muang Nakon Pathom, Nakhon Chaisi, Sam Phran, Bang Len, Kampheang Saen, Don Tum, and 1 sub-district: King Amphoe Phutthamonthon.
How To Get There
By Car : Choose Bangkhae - Phetkasem route or Phra Pinklao - Nakhon Chaisri route, which will take about 40 min to reach Nakhon Pathom.
By Rail : Train regularly leave Bangkok's Hua Lampong station (Check at Tel. 223-7110, 223-7020) and Bangkok Noi station (Tel. 411-3102) for Nakhom Pathom. This is the Southern route.
By Bus. Buses regularly leave Bangkok's Southern Bus