Wat Phra Mahathat Nakhon Si Thammarat thailand

One of the largest cities in southern Thailand, Nakhon Si Thammarat is only 100km south of the ferry pier for Ko Samui.

It has been inhabited continuously for close to a millennium, and was once an important Buddhist kingdom whose dominion reached as far as what is now northern Malaysia.

The centrepiece of Nakhon is the 13th century, 78-metre tall, Sri Lankan style chedi at Wat Phra Mahathat. Many smaller chedis and Buddha images encircle the site, which signifies cooperation between rulers of Sri Lanka and Nakhon in ancient times. For more on this rich history, visit the Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum.

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