Top things to do

Top Choice Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihaan

The most important wát in southern Thailand, stunning Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihaan (simply known as Mahathat) boasts an imposing 77m white chedi (stupa) crowned by a gold spire piercing the sky. According to leg…
Top Choice Thai in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Krua Talay

Opposite the Nakorn Garden Inn and overseen by an all-seeing, all-knowing matriarch, this restaurant serves simply awesome seafood dishes. Take a seat in the lovely rear garden area and order up fried prawn cake, cr…
Top Choice Beach in Ao Khanom

Hat Thong Yi

For a real escape, head as far down the main beach road as you can, till it joins the 4073, and turn left to follow the coast further south past Hat Nai Plao. Keep going as far as you can and the road will end at lo…
Top Choice Cafe in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Pixzel Caffe

The blurb says open 'eight days a week', pointing to a Beatles leaning at this arty, thin-crust pizza-serving, coffee-brewing place in a traditional-style wooden house just across the way from Wat Phra Mahathat. It'…
Top Choice International in Ao Khanom

Le Petit Saint-Tropez

With an open and breezy setting, this charming restaurant faces out onto the sea, serving delightful French and Thai fare.
Park in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province

Khao Luang National Park

Known for its beautiful mountain and forest walks, cool streams, waterfalls and orchards, this national park surrounds the 1835m peak of Khao Luang. A soaring mountain range covered in virgin forest and a habitat fo…
Museum in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Shadow Puppet Museum

There are two styles of local shadow puppets: năng đà·lung and năng yài. At just under 1m tall, the former feature movable appendages and parts; the latter are nearly life-sized, and lack moving parts. Both are intr…
Mountain in Ao Khanom

Dat Fa Mountain

For splendid postcard-worthy vistas of the undulating coastline, head to Dat Fa Mountain (Khao Dat Fa; 732m), about 5km west of the coast along Hwy 4014 (look out for the sign). The area has not been developed for t…
Cafe in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Hao Coffee

This charming, shuttered and well-staffed cafe is always stuffed with talkative locals and decorated with an eclectic array of collectibles and knick-knacks, from pith helmets to hunting rifles, ancient ceramics and…
Waterfall in Ao Khanom

Samet Chun Waterfall

This is the largest waterfall in the area, with tepid pools for cooling off, and superb views of the coast. To reach the falls, head south from Ban Khanom and turn left at the blue Samet Chun sign. Follow the road f…