Getting there & away
Nakhon Pathom is 56km west of Bangkok. The city doesn’t have a central bus station, but most transport arrives and departs from near the market and train station.
Air-con buses 83 and 997 leave from the Southern bus terminal (in Thonburi) for Nakhon Pathom (41B, one hour, frequent departures). To return to Bangkok, catch one of the idling buses on Th Phayaphan, a block from the train station. Buses to Damnoen Saduak floating market (bus 78, 30 minutes) leave from the same stop, departing every 30 minutes. You can also wave down Samut Sakhon–bound buses (bus 402, 30B, 45 minutes) at this stop.
Nakhon Pathom is on the spur rail line that runs from Thonburi’s Bangkok Noi station to Kanchanaburi’s Nam Tok station. Until recently, it was a minor commuter line, but because a portion of the line is part of the historic ‘Death Railway’, built by WWII prisoners of war during Japanese occupation, rates for foreigners have increased under a tourism-promotion scheme. Ordinary trains (3rd class) leave Thonburi (Bangkok Noi) for Nakhon Pathom at 7.40am and 1.45pm (100B, approximately 1¼ hours) en route to Kanchanaburi and Nam Tok. The return train leaves Nakhon Pathom at 8.55am and 4.20pm.
There are also more frequent (and affordable) trains from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station (from 35B, two hours) throughout the day.