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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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Popular – and lesser-known – places to visit in Thailand with the family

If you're coming to Thailand with kids I'm sure the obvious contenders will already be on your radar: the temples of Bangkok, a cooking class in Chiang Mai, maybe an elephant sanctuary, one of the islands, and call it a wrap. Yes, these are all worthy additions to a family-friendly trip to Thailand, but take my advice: I've been living in and writing about Thailand since 2011 and I can tell you there is so much more to the country that doesn't make the standard "top 10" lists and travel brochures. If you're even vaguely interested in getting off the beaten path and seeing some of the 'real' Thailand with the kids, this guide is for you...read more

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