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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 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'…
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…
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…
Park in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Sanam Na Muang

Off the long, long main thoroughfare of Th Ratchadamnoen, itself teeming with cheap sŏrng·tăa·ou (pick-up minibuses) zipping north and south, the public space of Sanam Na Muang is a delightful sight in the late afte…
Museum in Nakhon Si Thammarat

National Museum

When the Tampaling (also known as Tambralinga) kingdom traded with merchants from Indian, Arabic, Dvaravati and Champa states, the region around Nakhon became a melting pot of crafts and art. Today, many of these re…
Cafe in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Glur House

A neat addition to town and decorated with smashed skateboards, this cool rough-concrete cafe is a decent place to hang out with a mocha latte, a mint latte, a caramel macchiato, an Italian soda, a hot dog, banana w…
Ruins in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Old City Walls

The intriguing and well-kept remains of the historic red-brick city walls can be seen in several sections close to one another along the Khlong Na Meuang canal near the park and public square of Sanam Na Muang on ei…
International in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Rock 99

Rock 99 may be rather rough and ready, but has a good enough selection of international fare, from taco salads to pizzas (avoid the Thai fare though) and live music several nights a week. A glass of wine is 70B.