By train the journey from Phatthalung to Nakhon Pathom is scheduled to take from 14 to 16 hours depending upon which train you take.
Trains Times from Phatthalung to Nakhon Pathom
There are currently 4 direct trains per day from Phatthalung to Nakhon Pathom.
- The fastest train from Phatthalung to Surat Thani is Train #32 departing at 18:59 and scheduled to arrive in Nakhon Pathom 14 hours 30 minutes later at 00:50.
- The slowest direct train is Train #172 departing from Phatthalung at 17:00 and arriving in Nakhon Pathom at 09:10, which is a scheduled journey time of 16 hours 10 minutes.
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Phatthalung Train Station
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Nakhon Pathom Train Station
- Nakhon Pathom Railway Station is located 1.1 km by road from Phra Pathom Chedi.
About Travel to Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom is city of around 120,000 permanent residents located 60 km by road to the West of Bangkok. Nakhon Pathom is one of the last major stops on Thailand’s Southern Railway Line before it terminates in Bangkok. For travellers headed to Kanchanaburi, alighting at Nakhon Pathom to continue by road to Kanchanaburi is a more convenient, cheaper and faster option than carrying onto Bangkok to board a bus or train to Kanchanaburi.
As well as being a convenient transit point between the Southern and Western regions of Thailand, Nakhon Pathom is also an interesting place with a long history and two significant tourist attractions.
The most significant of these two tourist attractions is the Phra Pathom Chedi, which is Thailand tallest chedi tower rising 120 metres from the ground. This chedi tower is believed by some to mark the spot of Thailand’s oldest Buddhist temple, which may have been established as long ago as 300 BC. The chedi’s importance as an historical and religious site was brought to public attention by the future King Rama IV who visited the site of this old, and at that time abandoned, temple during his time as a Buddhist monk. When King Rama IV ascended to the throne he financed the construction of the chedi that still stands today in the place of a much older chedi tower, and encouraged the repopulation of Nakhon Pathom which has declined considerable since the 10th Century when the city was an important part of the Khmer Empire.
The second singnificant tourist attraction i Nakhon Pathom, the Sanam Chandra Palace, was built by another of Thailand’s Kings, King Rama VI. Due to the efforts of King Rama IV, Nakhon Pathom, and more specifically the Phra Pathom Chedi, has become an important place of pilgrimage by the early 20th Century. At that time, however, the journey from Bangkok to Nakhon Pathom took the best part of a day to complete by boat and longer by road. King Rama IV decided to build a palace in Nakhon Pathom to stay in overnight during visits, and also to pursue other interests, particularly the development of his own military academy. The palace itself, which is no longer a royal residence and fully open to visitors, is a fascinating blend of Thai and European architecture and the well preserved interiors are an evocative historical record of life in the King’s court in the early 20th Century.