Attraction in Thailand : Nakhon Nayok

Ang Thong
Bangkok & Neighboring city
Chai Nat
Hua Hin
Lop Buri
Nakorn Nayok
Phetchaburi - Cha Am
Rayong & Chanthaburi
Sing Buri
Suphan Buri

Nakhon Nayok is an ancient town believed to be some 900 years old. It was established during the Davaravati Period (6th-13th centuries AD). The name Nakhon Nayok was the designation given to an eastern garrison town of Ayutthaya during the reign of King UThong, who founded Ayutthaya as the new Thai capital in 1350. Nakhon Nayok is 106 kilometers north of Bangkok by the highway following Khlong Rangsit. It is 137 kilometers by Highway No. 33 (Suwannason Road). Nakhon Nayok province covers some 2,130 square kilometers, much of which is forested hillsides -- some form parts of national parks, laced with waterfalls and others are lavishly landscaped botanical gardens.

Tourism Attractions

Wat Phramani

5 kilometers from Nakhon Nayok, on the Sarika Waterfall Road (Route 3049), is located near a cemetery for Japanese soldiers dating from the Second World War. A memorial to the soldiers is contained within the temple complex.

Dong Lakhon Ancient City

Located some 9 kilometers from Nakhon Nayok, this ancient, ovular walled settlement dating from the Davaravati Period (6th-13th centuries) measures 600 meters at its broadest point, and 700 meters at its longest. Religious artifacts, including Buddha heads, seals and jewelry, excavated from the area, are exhibited in the Prachin Buri National Museum.

Sarika Waterfall

Located some 15 kilometers east of Nakhon Nayok, along Route 3050, this picturesque nine-level cascade flows down a forested hillside, and is a popular destination.

Nang Rong Waterfall

Located some 7 kilometers from the Km. 12 marker on Route 3049, this multi-leveled waterfall flows over large rocks and has a reservoir suitable for swimming.

Wang Takhrai

This extensive botanical garden, covering several hundred acres, is artfully landscaped with decorative plants, contains waterways, camping areas and bungalows. The waterways are popular with canoeists and people who enjoy riding downstream employing truck tyre inner tubes.

Khao Yai National Park

Thailand's second largest national park covers an area of 2,168 square kilometers, some 25% of which falls within Nakhon Nayok province. (The remainder covers parts of the neighboring provinces of Saraburi, Prachin Buri and Nakhon Ratchasima.) The park contains several beautiful waterfalls, including, within Nakhon Nayok province, the fearsome Heo Narok (Chasm of Hell), which cascades in spectacular descent through forested mountains onto the plains below. Khao Yai's dense forests and sprawling high-altitude plains support a broad spectrum of mammal species, including elephants, tigers, gibbons and deer, more than 300 bird species, including giant hornbills and silver pheasants, and more than 2,500 kinds of trees, plants and flowers. Motorized vehicles throughout the year can visit the park, though by far the best way to enjoy local flora and fauna is to join one of the jungle treks originating in Nakhon Nayok.

Nakhon Nayok-Khao Yai Jungle Treks

Such treks were begun in 1992, and have proved to be popular with tourists who wish to appreciate Khao Yai's natural attractions to the best possible advantage. The Trekking Season lasts from December to June, and is suspended during the Rains Season. There are 3 major treks:

Route 1

Beginning at the Nang Rong Waterfall, this route passes Khao Tha Mon, Nang Non Waterfall, Tat Ta Mong Waterfall, Tat Ta Khong Waterfall, Tat Ta Phu Waterfall, Ma Nao Waterfall, and emerges onto the Khao Yai plateau. The route illustrates the beauty of waterfalls, lovely wild orchids and forest, forest denizens, such as deer, birds and monkeys. This 25-kilometre trek takes 3 days/2 nights to complete.

Route 2

Beginning at the Nang Rong Waterfall, this route passes beside Khlong Wang Takhrai, Klong Somphung Yai, following hillocks and animal trails to the Mae Plong Waterfall, which consists of 7 rapids feeding large and natural pools. This 10-kilometer trek takes 2-days/1 nights to complete.

Route 3

Beginning at the Nang Rong Waterfall, this route follows the waterfall downstream to the Khao Chong Lom Waterfall. This 10-kilometer trek also takes 2-days/1 nights to complete.


In recent years, canoeing has become a popular and environmentally friendly weekend past time, usually from May through October, at Nakhon Nayok. The Sarika Canoe Club, located on the opposite side of the road, beside the bridge near the entrance to Wang Takhrai, comprises local enthusiasts who negotiate waters passing downstream from Wang Takhrai and Tha Dan in kayaks. Visitors are welcome to participate. Expert tuition is available. Within two hours, neophyte canoeists can negotiate the scenically picturesque waters flowing towards the Nakhon Nayok River.