Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Visit Nakhon Si Thammarat Campaign

Local and international tourists are invited to visit the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat and enjoy a huge range of local attractions and experiences, under the new "Nakhon Si Awesome” marketing campaign.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is the largest province in southern Thailand, in terms of population, and in terms of land area, it is the second largest province in the southern region, after Surat Thani.

The Nakhon Si Awesome marketing campaign has been launched by the Nakhon Si Thammarat provincial authorities to showcase the province as a modern and attractive destination with much to offer to visitors.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the word "awesome” is used to describe the best attractions of the province in several distinctive categories. Among them is the architectural and cultural heritage of Nakhon Si Thammarat, especially Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, the province’s most important temple and a nominated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The main stupa of this temple, called Phra Borommathat Chedi, literally, the Great Noble Relics Stupa, is Nakhon Si Thammarat’s most revered religious structure, where relics of the Buddha are enshrined. This large bell-shaped stupa was directly inspired by Sri Lankan Buddhist art, and it has become a place of interest in this province.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is recognized as a land of high-quality arts and crafts, which are known for their exquisite craftsmanship and are still handmade using centuries-old methods of production. One of the popular souvenirs is nielloware, known in Thai as khruang thom.

The art of nielloware is believed to have come to the country during the Ayutthaya period. The precise origin is uncertain; some scholars say it came from China, while others give Persia as the source. Fine nielloware is usually made of pure silver, sometimes later plated with gold. Among popular nielloware objects are trays, bowls, teapots, and jewelry.

Nakhon Si Thammarat boasts beautiful natural attractions, including Krung Ching Waterfall and Khao Luang National Park. The lovely beaches of Khanom and Hin Ngam are being highlighted as must-visit destinations. The province also offers many types of cuisine, but especially famous are the khanom chin rice noodles served with a variety of sauces. Tourists can take food tours and enjoy some amazing local cuisine, with many dishes making use of the abundant local seafood.

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