Nakhon Sawan

Nakhon Sawan

Nakhon Sawan (นครสวรรค์), literally Heavenly City, is a city (pop. 90,000) in Lower Northern Thailand, near the confluence of the Ping, Nan, and other rivers, forming the Chao Phraya River. Historically, it has been a gateway to the north.


Records of the area and its importance to river traffic go back as far as the Sukhothai period (roughly 1238–1400). It was an outpost of the Sukhothai Kingdom close to the frontier with the Lavo Kingdom, which itself later came to dominate this area (and much more) as the Ayutthaya Kingdom.

The town sees few tourists, so English is not widely spoken.

Get in

By mini-bus

Mini-buses (180 baht, 3 hr) run from Bangkok's Victory Monument (near the Pong Lee Restaurant) to Nakhon Sawan's Big C supermarket.

By bus

By train

Nakhon Sawan is on the Northern Line that runs from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. For information an timetables, see online or call 1690.

The train station is about 6 km out of town, but tuk-tuks complete the journey into town.

Get around

Songthaews are plentiful during the day, but it can be difficult to find a tuk-tuk in town. There usually are some waiting at the Big C and bus station.

Motorcycle taxis are plentiful, quick, knowledgeable, and cheap!


The Nan and Ping Rivers joining at Nakhon Sawan to form the Chao Phraya

The origin of the Chao Phraya River is formed by the Ping and the Nan rivers meeting in Nakhon Sawan.

Bueng Boraphet Aquarium, about 10km northeast of town, was built for the 80th anniversary of the king.

On the same hill as the Nakhon Sawan Tower, you can also visit Wat Kiriwong.




There are several cheap (70-100 baht) street stalls near the bus station. They also sell beer at a reasonable price. There is also a 7-Eleven opposite the bus station. The Big C contains a variety of small restaurants.

Thong Bai Bakery, just beside Romchat Hospital on Sawanvitee Rd, offers coffee, breakfast and bakery items. Open 7 days/week,8h00 to 20h00.

There is also a night market by the Ping River which near where it meets the Nan to form the Chao Praya.


Go next

Routes through Nakhon Sawan

Chiang Mai Phitsanulok  N  S  Lopburi Bangkok
Chiang Rai Kamphaeng Phet  N  S  Chainat Bangkok

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