Looking out the window as the carriages clink along the rails, the locals go about their business, villages, fields and another Wat goes by. Thailand’s rail system connects small towns to the big city. A day trip from 56km west of Bangkok, a two hour train journey takes you to the small village of Nakhon Pathom.
The Phra Pathom Chedi was the tallest Buddhist stupa in the world, at 127 meters, built in the 19th century. The Buddhists believe that the height of the Buddha is important as opposed to the size of the building. The Chinese have constructed a Buddha just one meter taller that this original, to claim the record.
On arrival to Nakhon Pathom, the central market surrounds the station. The Phra Pathom Chedi, is line with the station, walking a straight line to get there. 10-15 min stroll. Paying at the entrance on the left as you arrive, taking on the stairs to reach the top and stand below the towering Buddha.
ABOVE: Circular walls of the prayer wheel at Phra Pathom Chedi
BELOW: Buddha, standing tall at 127 meters
ABOVE: The train station platform at Nakhon Pathom
BELOW: A local Thai man having a snooze
Train travel, is one of our favourite ways to see the landscape, as you leave the city the landscape opens out. Though in the city a few patches of grass land run along the train line, which houses goats and their keepers. Asian cultures know how to use all the space to the best they can.
Nakhon Pathom is off the beaten track, a quite and peaceful town, with plenty of street food options for lunch. The train journey itself is worth the effort, even if you have seen all the temples in Bangkok.
Train: Trains leave from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station throughout the day, with plenty of trains returning to the city- most affordable option.