Nakhon Sawan, a Gateway of Natural Waterway Wonders in the Central and Northern Regions of Thailand

The Heavenly City of Nakhon Sawan, a city where Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan River converge and form the lifeblood of Bangkok, the River of Kings or Chao Phraya River

Nakhon Sawan, a Gateway of Natural Waterway Wonders in the Central and Northern Regions of Thailand

The Heavenly City of Nakhon Sawan, a city where Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan River converge and form the lifeblood of Bangkok, the River of Kings or Chao Phraya River

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About 250km north of Bangkok lies Nakhon Sawan, which marks the point of confluence of four of Thailand’s major rivers, Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan, and converges to form the principal river of Thailand, the Chao Phraya River

Nakhon Sawan province is a gateway between the central and northern regions of Thailand. Also called the Heavenly City, its capital city Nakhon Sawan is the city where four of Thailand’s major rivers, Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan River converge and form the Chao Phraya River or the River of Kings, the most important waterway for the people of central Thailand.

The convergence of all the rivers join together at the dam Pak Nam Bohi which can be clearly seen from the difference in the color of the water flow. The Nan River runs red, while the Ping River runs blue-green. This phenomenon increasingly illustrates the importance of water as a part of Nakhon Sawan, which is now considered as the Gateway of the North and the transportation hub for the Lower North of the kingdom.

Nakhon Sawan
The Heavenly City of Nakhon Sawan, a city where Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan River converge and form the lifeblood of Bangkok, the River of Kings or Chao Phraya River

Apart from its natural river wonder, you can visit several interesting tourist attractions at Nakhon Sawan. The first one is Dechatiwong Bridge. It is one of the most important bridges in Thailand connecting Central Plains Thailand with the north. Built in 1942 during World War II, the name of “Dechatiwong Bridge” was given by Major Mom Krom Luang Dechatiwong, who was in charge of Thailand’s highways during the period of construction.

Secondly, Bueng Boraphet, the largest freshwater swamp and lake in central Thailand. There is a boat-shaped building containing a large aquarium with more than 100 species of fish and a 105-meter long tunnel dedicated to His Royal Highness King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great. An additional 24-meter tunnel holds a rare collection of fish, while children can also play in the touch pool which allows them to see sea creatures more closely.

Nakhon Sawan
About 250km north of Bangkok lies Nakhon Sawan, which marks the point of confluence of four of Thailand’s major rivers, Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan, and converges to form the principal river of Thailand, the Chao Phraya River

Thirdly, Pasan. In Thai, Pasan means “to merge”. It is aptly named so because it is a merge symbol of the four major rivers, namely Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan. Fourthly, Khao Tham Phra, a unique site which houses stalactites and stalagmites on the ceiling of a cave, as well as beautiful landscapes and Buddha statues atop the Amphoe Krok Phra. During the annual Songkran water festival which is usually held on April 13 to 15, the locals respect the statues by climbing 100 steps up the hill with offerings of flowers, candles, and incense.

Lastly, Tham Phet-Tham Thong National Park. Nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful views of the forests and limestone mountains, as well as nature trails and more than 70 limestone caves. The largest and most famous is Dawadueng Cave which can accommodate up to 500 people.

Nakhon Sawan
Nakhon Sawan province is a gateway between the central and northern regions of Thailand

Another cave you can visit is the Phrakai Phet Cave which has five large rooms along with stalagmites and stalactites in different shapes. There is also a Phradap Phet Cave with a cave color that contrasts between dark brown and light brown and stalagmites and white stalactites. If you have time to venture around the city and experience a historical and heritage tour, we recommend you to visit multiple tourist spots such as Luangpho Dam Buddhist Monument, the Khok Mai Den Ancient City and the Cultural Center of Nakhon Sawan, Wesalee Ancient City.

Nakhon Sawan
Also called the Heavenly City, its capital city Nakhon Sawan is the city where four of Thailand’s major rivers, Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan River converge and form the Chao Phraya River or the River of Kings, the most important waterway for the people of central Thailand

Nakhon Sawan also has various temple ruins for you to explore such as Wat Nakhon Sawan, Wat Kei Chai Nhua, Wat Khao Din Tai, Wat Phra Prang Lueng, Wat Pa Siri Wattana Wisut, Wat Si Sawan Sangkharam, Wat Woranat Banphot, Wat Chom Khiri Nak Phrot, Wat Kho Hong, Wat Bang Mafo, Wat Kriangkrai Klang and Wat Tham Porn Sawa. For more information about city tour, experiences and activities at Nakhon Sawan, please visit www.wisatathailand.id or www.tourismthailand.org.

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