Phra Pathom Chedi
Bangkok is a really interesting city. I’ve been there over 50 times, but there are still a lot of places I haven’t been to. However, for me, Bangkok is a place where I take some rest. I usually want to stay in my room and lay about on the bed. Then, I want to eat something nice and explore the city at night. When I do this, the day passes very quickly, so I sometimes think it’s a waste of time. I should do something that I can only do in Thailand. If I think like that, I usually go to temples, but I’ve already been to most of the famous temples in Bangkok. So, what should I do then?
In January 2010, I was in that kind of situation, and I wondered about going to Nakhon Pathom. It is located to the far west of Bangkok, about 55Km away. It takes about 1 hour or so. I had also been there only once, so I thought it was very good for a one day trip. Anyway, the reason I had been there only once was because it was troublesome to go to the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok. It is located far from downtown. I mentioned above that it takes about 1 hour or so, but that’s on the bus journey. In order to get the bus that goes to Nakhon Pathom, I have to go to the Southern Bus Terminal first. It takes an additional hour. On top of that, I probably have to wait for the bus at the bus terminal. After all, it takes about 2 to 3 hours in total. However, I was free at that time, so I decided to go there. It took about 3 hours as I expected.
Actually, there are some other options to get to Nakhon Pathom. I think the best option is a train tour. It usually includes sightseeing at Kanchanaburi or Nom Tok. However, in order to take this tour, you might have to get up early. I can’t get up early in Bangkok, so I can’t take the tour. Apart from that, you can also get the minibus from Victory Monument in downtown of Bangkok. On the way back from Nakhon Pathom to Bangkok, I took the minibus. I think this is the fastest option to get there. However, it might be a bit difficult to find the minibus that goes to Nakhon Pathom because there are lots of minibuses at Victory Monument.
Today, I don’t have time to write anymore. I’m going to show a picture of the outside of Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Phatom here. It is the tallest stupa in the world. It is about 120m tall. I want to write again about this stupa some other time.