Nakhon Nayok Province Thailand
Nakhon Nayok is one of the central provinces of Thailand. Found about 1 hour 30 minutes North of Bangkoks Suvarnabhumi international airport. If you are after a seaside resort this is not the place for you. But if you would like to see a place Thais visit, with plenty of places to stay as well as a lot to see & do. Then add it to your list of places to see.
Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam
The Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam built in 2005. Standing at 93m high & 2720m long it’s the biggest Dam in Thailand, & biggest compacted concrete Dam in the world. You can take a bus trip or walk across the dam, looking down from the top you can really feel the height. May not be suitable for people with a fear of heights ?
Boat trips regularly go across the lake and up the river at the back of the dam into Khao Yai. It just depends on the season to how far up the river you can travel, obviously in rainy season when the reservoir will be at it’s fullest, you will be able to travel much further up the river.
My wife owns some land in Nakon Nayok & we have travelled here many times to check on it, each time I have to visit the Dam & always find something new to see.
Rafting along Nakhon Nayok River
The river starts from Khao Yai National Park, the Nakhon Nayok River branches out at Wang Takhrai Canal. Rafting is a really good way to see the river, passing many hotels & resorts. There is little sections of whitewater, Uk would be classed as grade 1. Meaning easy, not scary, & the added bonus you are always travelling in the direction of the flow, making it very, very easy to do, But a lot of fun, especially in the Thai climate !! we was picked up at our hotel in the back of a pick up. Then taken to be kitted out with buoyancy aids & helmets, then back into the truck & driven to the river.
4 Places With Waterfalls & Beautiful Scenery
Namtok Sarika waterfall
Heo Narok Waterfall
Wang Takrai Park
Khao Yai National Park
Instead of writing up on these four individually, I thought I would link them all together with them having similar things of interest. I have seen the 2 waterfalls in low season, when they had very little water running down them ! Visited Wang Takrai Park & had a afternoon floating on the inflatable rings down the river & picnicking. They are all worth a visit if you plan on staying a while in Nakhon Nayok.
Ganesha Park is a tribute to the Hindu god Ganesha. Although Ganesha is a Hindu god he is also revered by Buddhists.
He has the head of an elephant but with only one tusk, the other having been broken off. The images at Ganesha Park portray him with four arms.
The Park opened in 2008. As a place of worship for both Buddha and Ganesha.
There are two Ganesha images and they are the largest Ganesha images in Thailand. The first shows Ganesha in a sittting position. The image is an impressive 15 metres tall.
The second Ganesha statue appeared 2 years after the park opened. It is a reclining Ganesha and stands at 9 metres tall &15 meters wide.
Ganesha Park also has a garden, some shrines and a small museum. Many Thais travel to the park before enjoying there day on the waterfalls.
Phuttha Utthayan Makha Bucha Anusorn
An impressive 1,250 golden Buddha images. This isn’t really a tourist attraction as such, More for Buddhist to pray. But a wonderful place just the same & well worth a visit.
This is a place I found to be very spiritual.
Nakhon Nayok Town
Nakhon Nayok Town centre isn’t very big, you will find plenty to eat & plenty of food to buy, with a daily market ( was last time I was there !! ). But the area is developing every year I go. It won’t be very long before it becomes a full blown Tourist destination to visit in Thailand. But at the moment it still keeps it’s traditional Thai appeal.
Quad Bike Trails
As yet I haven’t tried these out. But have talked to a few people who spent a hot day riding around open countryside on a quad bike. All reported having a good days biking ! but say make sure to take plenty of fluids with you, as it can become very hot ! ohhh & don’t forget the sun cream !
If you want somewhere of the normal tourist tracks, but with plenty to do & see. Then I would recommend visiting Nakhon Nayok. As I have said at the start. My wife owns land in this area & hopefully in the future we will build on it & spend more time here. There are plenty of places to stay. But they can get busy at the weekends or bank holidays, as many Thais living in Bangkok visit the area to take a break from the big city !
I’m just hoping it doesn’t lose it’s originality & become over commercial like some other areas of this beautiful country .
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