Why? It’s only a 2-hour drive from Bangkok, and there’s a multitude of natural sights and exciting activities awaiting you including…:
– Riverside dining with a view – Outdoor activities such as ATV or river rafting – Checking out Kyoto Nakhon Nayok’s bamboo groves – Going on nature trails (while taking Insta-worthy photos, of course) – Visiting a Royal Military Academy
There are just so many things to do here, AND it’s so close to Bangkok too! So why not give this city a try? Get in a car and head northeast to amazing Nakhon Nayok!
PS: We recommend renting a car or a car charter (including a driver) when travelling to Nakhon Nayok as public transport is hard to get there.
Deciding where to eat? Visit these two riverside restaurants for a relaxing lunch or dinner!
1. Enjoy delicious local food by the river – Krua Pa Makham (ครัวป่ามะขาม)
With Thailand being a country full of rivers, it’s no surprise there are many riverside eateries.
But what’s special about this place is that you’re super close to the river (only stones separate the eating area and the river). Take one step forward (and cross the stone barrier) and voila – you’re in the river. So don’t be shocked if water seeps a little into the eatery area when the water level rises.
Here, enjoy local favourites like spicy papaya salad and grilled chicken (best eaten with sticky rice). The food is mostly served tze-char style, however there are a-la-carte options too in case you prefer to have your own food.
2. Dip your feet in a Carp-filled river whilst eating your noodles – Ran Kuaytiaw Reua Kalalungphao (ร้านก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือกะลาลุงเผ่า)
Are your feet ticklish? If not, have your lunch or dinner at one of the low tables by the riverside. There’s a hole in the floor under the see-through table where you can dangle your legs and feel Carps swim around your feet. (Now that’s one way to be footloose and fancy-free!)
But if you prefer your feet to be carp-free, you can opt to eat at one of the regular tables and chairs.
And with this being a noodle store, expect to find boat noodles and other side dishes like satay (with the nutty sauce) and fried gyoza. Yummy!!
Ran Kuaytiaw Reua Kalalungphao (ร้านก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือกะลาลุงเผ่า)
Enjoy baked goodies and drinks while surrounded by fields – a great place to destress and relax.
3. Experience the true farming life in Thailand – Montreux Cafe’ and Farm
Want to know what it’s like to be a farmer? With rice fields all around Montreux Cafe & Farm, you’ll feel like one in a Thai farming village.
Enjoy scrumptious food and refreshing drinks from the restaurant while you enjoy the view of rice paddies.
Not too sure what to eat? There’s a wide array guaranteeing you’ll find something to your liking. Dishes range from fried chicken and french fries to spicy Thai glass noodle salad.
And if you’re travelling with kids (or if you still love random activities like these), feed the chicken and fish, collect eggs to make salted eggs (and actually make them!) and plant rice. Other activities like colouring plaster dolls, boating, and drawing also await you! 😀
Noodle shop filled with retro toys?! Heartfelt notes pasted on the walls of a wooden cafe…Find these unique cafes only in Nakhon Nayok.
5. Say what?! A noodle shop with retro toys… – Nong Cha Cha Cha Noodles Shop (ร้านบะหมี่โหน่ง ชะชะช่า)
Do you love toys or enjoy eating noodles? If yes, you’ll definitely want to visit this Thai noodle store selling clear and tom yum noodles.
But what makes this store special isn’t just the noodles (although they do taste delicious!). It’s also the retro toys adorning the shop like bowling pins, car and bike figurines, vintage posters and more.
The first thing you’ll notice here is the big, round cartoon-like statue of the owner standing in front of the door (as well as Iron Man, Betty Boop and Spider-Man on the balcony). How quaint!
Nong Cha Cha Cha Noodles Shop (ร้านบะหมี่โหน่ง ชะชะช่า)
7. Experience parachute training at this 100-year old Royal Military Museum! – Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
Have you ever wondered what a military academy looks like? Visit a real one at Nakhon Nayok.
Tour the training facilities (via bicycle or car) and get to understand the Thai military better, including visiting their shooting range and canoes. For an additional fee, you can also participate in some of the activities such as parachute training (50 baht/ USD $1.63 per person).
While you’re here, visit The 100-Year Royal Military Academy Museum to learn more about past wars, military weapons and uniforms used by neighbouring countries and other interesting information related to the military academy (20 baht / USD $0.65 per person).
Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
Entrance fee:Free (not including activities) Address: 99, Tambon Phrommani, Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Nayok, Chang Wat Nakhon Nayok, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: 0-3739-3010-4 or 0-2241-2691-4, +66 37 393 062 Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 4:30pm (Closed Saturday & -Sundays) (for the Academy); Daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm (for the Museum)
DO go chasing waterfalls, and cool down at a natural waterfall pool in Nakhon Nayok.
8. Marvel at the beauty of an ethereal waterfall – Sarika Waterfall (น้ำตกสาริกา)
I’ve been to many places and seen many waterfalls (e.g. Niagara Falls in Canada, Shifen Waterfall in Taiwan, etc.) but I’ve never seen one as beautiful as this.
The waterfall isn’t wide like most waterfalls, but its thin yet tall waterfall makes it look like a scene from a Chinese painting. It actually makes you feel awestruck to the point you just want to stay there for a longggg time.
It’s a great place to take pictures too, but if that’s not your thing, you can also have a dip and cool down in the pool.
12. Is this Japan’s Kyoto or Nakhon Nayok? – Chulabhorn Wanaram Temple (วัดจุฬาภรณ์วนาราม)
If you told tell me this was Nakhon Nayok, I wouldn’t have believed you. Why? Because the bamboo walkway looks sooo much like the Bamboo Groves in Kyoto, AND they’re just as gorgeous too!
Whether you’re Buddhist or not, I strongly urge you to visit this place – even if it’s for the bamboo walkway alone. Not only does the temple make a great Insta-worthy moment, but its also relaxing to be here.
Chulabhorn Wanaram Temple (วัดจุฬาภรณ์วนาราม)
Entrance fee:Free Address: Ban Phrik, Ban Na District, Nakhon Nayok 26110, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 80 011 3791 Opening hours: Daily open 24 hours
Explore the town’s sheep and melon farms as well as some awesome farm activities.
14. Tour around a melon farm (and pick cucumbers!) – Por.farm Nakhon Nayok (พ.ฟาร์ม นครนายก)
Who doesn’t love melons? They’re juicy, sweet and crunchy, and here, you can tour around rows of melons and tomatoes – the perfect backdrop for a photo op!
Although you can’t pick the melons, you can always opt for cucumber picking instead which is allowed (for a fee).
You can also taste their melon desserts at their cafe. My favourite melons are the green ones, and here you can get both green and orange-coloured melons! Whether you want a melon ice-cream bingsu, melon salad or melon smoothie, it’s all sooo good.
Por.farm Nakhon Nayok (พ.ฟาร์ม นครนายก)
Entrance fee:Free Address: Khao Perm, Ban Na District, Nakhon Nayok 26110, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 83 543 1820 Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 6:30pm
15. Spend the entire afternoon frolicking with farm animals – ณ Khonyok Sheep Farm (ฟาร์มแกะนครนายก)
Who says farms are only available in Khao Yai? In fact, you can also see them at Nakhon Nayok, specifically at ณ Khonyok Sheep Farm.
Although the sheep are the stars of the show, you can also see other farm animals like horses and ducks. There are also many photo opportunities here, so don’t miss the chance if you love photo-taking.
You can also take a break at the cafe and enjoy snacks such as fruit crepes, ice-cream or french fries.
ณ Khonyok Sheep Farm (ฟาร์มแกะนครนายก)
Price:50 Baht / USD $1.60 (Adult); 20 Baht / USD $0.65 (Child) Address: ทางหลวงแwผ่นดินหมายเลข. 3049 Tambon Sarika, Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Nayok, Chang Wat Nakhon Nayok 26000, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: 0955152559, 0851992559 Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 8am to 6pm; Friday to Sunday from 8am to 7pm
16. Be wowed by the city’s majestic views from up high – Pha Trom Jai Cliff (ผาตรอมใจ)
Everyone knows that the best views are from places up high, that’s why we’re willing to dine at rooftop bars or go to super tall buildings like Taipei 101. Similarly, you’ll get amazing views of trees and clouds spanning several kilometres at Pha Trom Jai Cliff.
If you’re lucky, you can see specks of clouds floating above the sea of trees (it even kinda looks like a Savanna). Make the experience even better by indulging in some cup noodles (comfort food!) or a warm glass of coffee. Just… Perfect. 🙂
18. Spend an afternoon relaxing at this lake – Khun Dan Prakarn Chon Dam
Down at the dam, enjoy a relaxing afternoon trip along the 2.6km lake. It’s definitely a sight to see – and one of my favourite spots in Nakhon Nayok – with its calming atmosphere and aesthetic green landscape.
You can even explore the lake via boat, tram or golf cart – whichever your wallet and time permits. 🙂 One thing’s for sure though, you definitely don’t want to miss this place!
Khun Dan Prakarn Chon Dam
Price:2000 Baht / USD $65.41 per boat for up to 5 people (Boat Tour); 250-500 Baht / USD $8.22-$16.44 for a 4-6 people cart (Golf Cart); 30 Baht / USD $0.98 per person for 30 minutes ride (Tram) Address: หมู่ที่ 2 บ้านคลองสีสุก หมู่ที่ 1 บ้านท่าด่าน Hin Tung, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Chang Wat Nakhon Nayok 26000, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 37 384 1923 Opening hours: Daily from 6am to 6pm
19. Meet two of Thailand’s largest Ganesha statues – Ganesha Park
Just because you’re not Hindu doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the sights. At Ganesha Park, you’ll see two of the largest Ganesha statues in Thailand – where one is sitting and the other is lying on its side.
But if you do believe in Ganesha, feel free to pray at one of the two Ganesha statues, Rua Si Ling Dam statues or Buddha’s relics from nine countries.
You can also visit a Ganesha Museum that houses 108 Ganesha in different poses – it’s an interesting sight for sure!
20. Spot wild elephants on the road in front of you! – Khao Yai National Park
Yep, you read it right – Khao Yai National Park. So what’s it doing in this list? Believe it or not, the national park is actually located in Nakhon Nayok, Saraburi and Prachinburi – so you can actually enter from any of the three provinces.
Not sure what to do here? Visit the park’s centrepiece – Haew Narok Waterfall. Otherwise, check out the lesser-known Haew Suwat Waterfall which has a truly ethereal cave you might want to explore too.
And if you’re feeling brave, head over to Pha Diew Dai Cliff viewpoint where no guard rails mark the edge of the cliff. There are great views here, and you can actually sit on the cliff’s edge and have your feet dangle in the air – just be extra careful when doing this (a.k.a. don’t fall!!).
The wonderful wildlife spotting opportunities in the park are similarly impressive – there are wild elephants roaming the park, even on the roads! If you’re lucky, you might also see bears, gibbons and over 300 species of birds! (However, these animals are relatively rare in the park, and you’d be supremely lucky to encounter one.)
Editor’s Note: TripCanvas highly discourages unsafe actions. Please do not risk your safety by sitting at the cliff’s edge if you are uncomfortable or not confident doing so. Compromising on personal safety for a photo is simply not worth it.
Khao Yai National Park
Price:400 Baht / USD $13 (Adults), 200 Baht / USD $6.50 (Child) Address: Hin Tung, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting around: 1. If you are driving, you can easily navigate in Khao Yai National Park with the help of maps obtained at the entrance of the national park. 2. If you don’t have your own vehicle or if you want to maximise your chances of wildlife encounters, it would be better to hire a local guided tour with driver service. 3. Otherwise, the more adventurous ones might choose to hitchhike from checkpoint to checkpoint. Download map of Khao Yai National Park
21. So many Buddha statues!! – Makha Bucha Buddhism Memorial Park
Trust me… You’ve probably never seen this many Buddha statues in one place before, and you probably won’t unless you come here. Just like what its name implies, this park was built to commemorate Makha Bucha day (or specifically, the 2600th year after Buddha gained enlightenment).
That’s why you’ll find hundreds of golden Buddha statues placed in a rectangle, with a big Buddha statue placed in the middle. You can also drop coins in the monk’s alms bowl in front of each statue for happiness and good luck.
22. Your perfect spot for Instagrammable photoshoots – Tung Yasithong Khaolon (ทุ่งหญ้าสีทอง เขาหล่น)
Just one word – WOW! This mountain plain is covered with trees and tall grass, and there’s even a wooden walkway so you can slowly stroll through the view. And what made me fall in love with this place even further is the contrast between the greens and the grey rocks. Super picturesque!
So if you’re looking for a place to take nature-themed IG-worthy images or a pre-wedding, family or friends photo shoot, put “ทุ่งหญ้าสีทอง เขาหล่น” as one of your potential destinations. You won’t regret it! 🙂
Tung Yasithong Khaolon (ทุ่งหญ้าสีทอง เขาหล่น)
Price:Free Address: Unnamed Rd, Tambon Sarika, Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Nayok, Chang Wat Nakhon Nayok 26000, Thailand (Coordinates here) Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
Places to stay in Nakhon Nayok
Thinking of staying overnight in Nakhon Nayok? Here are some of the recommended stays around the province.
23. Splash it out at this waterpark resort! – Meena Villa
Travelling to Nakhon Nayok with friends or family? If yes, you’ll enjoy staying here as this resort has a mini waterpark (with water slides and a wave pool), on top of the swimming pools available for hotel guests.
Their modern stays are comfy and some even have bunk beds – perfect if you’re travelling as a family (with kids).
There are also several restaurants on-site you can visit when you’re feeling hungry. (PS: Try their steak. It’s really good!)
Doesn’t this city sound so fun and lush?! And to think it’s only 2 hours from Bangkok!
Whether you choose a day-trip or more, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this city, so plan your vacay around this list, and go on an epic road trip with your loved ones to Nakhon Nayok!
Happy exploring! 😀
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