- Country restriction policy: Partially Restricted
- Entry restrictions for nationals and residents: Open
- Entry restrictions for foreign travelers: Partially restricted
- Transit restrictions: Partially restricted
All travelers to Thailand are required to carefully inform themselves about necessary travel documentation.
In short, please note that beside a valid passport, travelers must obtain in advance the following:
- Visa and Certificate of entry issued by the Royal Thai Embassy
- Negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure (language: English or Thai only)
- Medical certificate stating “fit to fly” issued at most 72 hours before departure (language: English or Thai only)
- Install AoT App on mobile device (Apple App Store and Google Play)
- Proof of personal health insurance (Language: English or Thai only)
Note: Exceptions exist for Thai nationals. Details are mentioned under respective links.
please ensure that you carefully read and comply with both sections of Entry Regulations:
The airlines are required to verify and refuse transportation if passengers do not fulfill the travel regulations.
General Travel Regulations
- Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit until 30 November 2020.
- This does not apply to: Nationals and residents of Thailand; Passengers who are spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand; Airline crew with a return scheduled flight; Passengers with a visa issued by Thailand; Nationals of Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Viet Nam with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; Passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; Residents of Hong Kong (SAR China) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from Hong Kong (SAR China); Students.
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English.
This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
Passengers must have an insurance to cover medical expenses in Thailand.
This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
Passengers must have:
A Certificate of Entry issued by Royal Thai Embassy, and A Fit to Fly health certificate issued at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English.
- Suspension of all visa exemptions and visa on arrival facilities.
- Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.
- Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.
- 8. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or a health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 100,000.-.
List of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) Hotels
No. Hotel Name Partnered Hospital Price range (Baht) /person per 14-16 days / number of Rooms
- 1 Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok Hospital 60,300 – 180,000 / 280 Rooms
- 2 Qiu Hotel Sukumvit Hospital 32,000 – 35,000 / 105 Rooms
- 3 The Idle Residence Samitivej Hospital 50,000 – 60,000 125 Rooms
- 4 Grand Richmond Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 55,000 / 300 Rooms
- 5 Royal Benja Hotel Sukumvit Hospital 45,000 / 247 Rooms
- 6 Anantara Siam Bangkok Bumrungrad International Hospital 89,000 – 280,000 / 218 Rooms
- 7 Grande Centerpoint Hotel Sukhumvit 55 Sukumvit Hospital 62,000 – 73,000 Family Packages are available. 364 Rooms
- 8 AMARA Hotel Sukumvit Hospital 50,000 – 99,000 / 117 Rooms
- 9 The Kinn Bangkok hotel Vibharam Hospital 30,000 – 50,000 Family Packages (for 2 – 4 persons/rm.) are available. 61 Rooms
- 10 Siam Mandarina Hotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 45,000 – 55,000 135 Rooms
- 11 Two Three A Homely Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 45,000 – 75,000 50 Rooms
- 12 Anantara Riverside Bangkok BPK 9 International Hospital 75,000 – 87,000 370 Rooms
- 13 Tango Vibrant Living Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 35,000 – 39,000 30 Rooms
- 14 Grande Centre Point Terminal 21 Bumrungrad International Hospital 60,000 – 74,000 240 Rooms
- 15 O2 Luxury Hotel Chularat 3 International Hospital 38,000 – 42,000 350 Rooms
- 16 Three Sukhumvit Hotel Vejthani Hospital 40,000 55 Rooms
- 17 Princeton Hotel Bangkok Vibhavadi Hospital 27,000 – 38,000 Family Packages are available. 150 Rooms
- 18 Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 57,000 76 Rooms
- 19 Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 65,000 – 105,000 200 Rooms
- 20 The Salil Hotel Sukhumvit 57 Phyathai Hospital 50,000 – 65,000 115 Rooms
- 21 SALIL HOTEL Soi-thonglor 1 Phyathai Hospital 40,000 – 45,000 110 Rooms
- 22 Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18 Bumrungrad International Hospital 58,000 – 115,000 Family Packages are available. 100 Rooms
- 23 ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit Phra Khanong Samitivej Hospital 48,000 222 Rooms
- 24 Maple Hotel Synphaet Srinakarin Hospital 33,000 – 55,000 Couple Package are available. 400 Rooms
- 25 Royal Rattanakosin Hotel Piyavate Hospital 28,000 – 35,000 280 Rooms
- 26 Conrad Bangkok Hotel Bumrungrad International Hospital 89,000 – 95,000 100 Rooms
- 27 Royal Suite Hotel Bangkok Hospital 50,000 – 60,000 Family Packages are available. 69 Rooms
- 28 Amanta Hotel & Residence , Sathorn Sukumvit Hospital 59,000 – 79,000 Family Packages are available. 60 Rooms
- 29 Ozone Hotel @ Samyarn Vibharam Chaiprakan Hospital 35,000 – 39,000 40 Rooms
- 30 Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok BNH Hospital 125,000 – 200,000 45 Rooms
- 31 Pullman Bangkok Hotel G BNH Hospital 76,000 196 Rooms
- 32 Hotel Clover Asoke Samitivej Hospital 45,000 – 55,000 80 Rooms
- 33 Belaire Bangkok Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 55,000 – 65,000 130 Rooms
- 34 SC Park Hotel Param 9 Hospital 42,000 – 80,000 80 Rooms
- 35 Avani Atrium Hotel Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 60,000 – 90,000 Family Packages are available. 218 Rooms
- 36 Le Meridien Hotel Bangkok BNH Hospital 64,800 – 290,000 162 Rooms
- 37 The Landmark Bangkok Hotel Bumrungrad International Hospital 55,000 – 98,000 150 Rooms
- 38 Zenith sukhumvit hotel Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 49,900 – 64,000 120 Rooms
- 39 ChorCher Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 37,000 – 41,000 370 Rooms
- 40 Solitaire Bangkok Sukhumvit World Medical Hospital (WMC) 48,000 – 88,000 Family Packages are available. 166 Rooms
- 41 Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri BPK 9 International Hospital 62,000 – 140,000 250 Rooms
- 42 Hotel Amber Sukhumvit 85 Synphaet Srinakrin Hospital 32,000 – 35,000 58 Rooms
- 43 The Vertical Suite Hotel Chularat 3 International Hospital 60,000 – 80,000 67 Rooms
- 44 Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 55,000 – 80,000 114 Rooms
- 45 Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi 58,000 – 83,600 497 Rooms
- 46 Miloft Sathorn Hotel Navamin 9 Hospital 32,000 – 35,000 72 Rooms
- 47 Lancaster Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 60,000 – 100,000 123 Rooms
- 48 DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 54,900 – 79,900 148 Rooms
- 49 Royal President Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 47,000 – 60,000 120 Rooms
- 50 Eleven Hotel Bangkok World Medical Hospital (WMC) 48,000 – 58,000 150 Rooms
- 51 SureStayPlus Hotel by Best Western Sukhumvit 2 Piyavate Hospital 55,000 74 Rooms
- 52 Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel BPK 9 International Hospital 65,000 – 100,000 100 Rooms
- 53 Goldentulip Sovereign Hotel Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 50,000 – 55,000 100 Rooms
- 54 Cinnamon Residence Vibhavadi Hospital 32,000 – 40,000 119 Rooms
- 55 Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam World Medical Hospital (WMC) 43,000 – 90,000 250 Rooms
- 56 Casa Nithra Hotel Bangkok Vibhavadi Hospital 43,000 – 49,000 40 Rooms
- 57 Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok BNH Hospital 60,000 – 100,000 100 Rooms
- 58 H5 Luxury Hotel Chularat 3 International Hospital 32,000 – 40,000 400 Rooms
- 59 The Sukosol Bangkok Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 62,000 – 109,000 72 Rooms
- 60 Anya Nana @Sukhumvit – Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 36,000 – 40,000 72 Rooms
- 61 Rembrandt Hotel and Suites Bangkok BNH Hospital 44,000 – 110,000 Family Packages are available. 100 Rooms
- 62 Park Plaza Sukhumvit 18 Piyavate Hospital 53,000 – 75,000 110 Rooms
- 63 Hotel Icon Sukhumvit 2 Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 43,000 – 49,000 70 Rooms
- 64 Aspira Sky Sukhumvit 1 Chularat 3 International Hospital 40,000 – 50,000 54 Rooms
- 65 Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Samitivej Hospital 42,000 70 Rooms
- 66 Nouvo City Hotel Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 46,000 72 Rooms
- 67 Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 Samitivej Hospital 46,000 – 62,000 85 Rooms
- 68 The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 70,000 – 90,000 25 Rooms
- 69 Ambassador Hotel Bangkok World Medical Hospital (WMC) 45,000 – 49,000 70 Rooms
- 70 Silom Serene a boutique Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 46,000 – 65,000 50 Rooms
- 71 Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 55,000 – 65,000 91 Rooms
- 72 Gracelandbangkok Piyavate Hospital 39,000 – 60,000 129 Rooms
- 73 Arize Hotel Sukhumvit Samitivej Hospital 40,000 – 70,000 70 Rooms
- 74 Hyatt Place BPK 9 International Hospital 49,000 – 86,500 70 Rooms
- 75 Best Western Premier Sukhumvit BPK 9 International Hospital 49,500 – 69,500 70 Rooms
- 76 Movenpick Sukhumvit 15 Piyavate Hospital 49,500 – 80,000 Family Packages are available. 120 Rooms
- 77 Centre Point Silom BPK 9 International Hospital 50,000 – 92,000 100 Rooms
- 78 The Canal Hotel Navamin 9 Hospital 33,000 – 75,000 80 Rooms
- 79 Citadines Sukhumvit 8 Piyavate Hospital 45,000 – 55,000 80 Rooms
- 80 Centre Point Pratunam World Medical Hospital (WMC) 49,000 – 100,000 100 Rooms
- 81 Fraser Suites Sukhumvit Bangkok Hospital 52,000 – 72,000 99 Rooms
- 82 Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit Piyavate Hospital 49,000 – 73,000 65 Rooms
- 83 The Silver Palm Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 42,000 – 100,000 Family Packages are available. 74 Rooms
- 84 Lohas Sukhumvit BPK 9 International Hospital 45,000 – 54,000 90 Rooms
- 85 Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 48,500 – 77,000 100 Rooms
- 86 The Green View Hotel Sukavej Hospital 32,000 – 39,000 300 Rooms
- 87 The Cotai Luxury Design Hotel Sukavej Hospital 29,000 – 48,000 280 Rooms
- 88 Hotel de Trojan Chularat 3 International Hospital 32,000 – 48,000 110 Rooms
- 89 S ram Leisure Hotel Vibharam Hospital 34,000 – 39,000 90 Rooms
- 90 Citrus Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok Hotel Piyavate Hospital 36,500 – 60,000 70 Rooms
- 91 FuramaXclusive Sukhumvit BPK 9 International Hospital 32,000 – 36,000 70 Rooms
- 92 So Boutique Hotel Sukavej Hospital 32,000 – 39,000 100 Rooms
- 93 The Metropole Bangkok Mongkutwattana General Hospital 40,000 – 48,000 70 Rooms
- 94 The Sukhothai Bangkok BPK 9 International Hospital 150,000 – 250,000 16 Rooms
- 95 Mii Hotel Srinakarin Synphaet Hospital 39,000 – 58,000 70 Rooms
- 96 Somerset Rama 9 Bangkok Samitivej Hospital Hospital 60,000 – 90,000 50 Rooms
- 97 Maduzi Hotel Brochures are not available. Brochures are not available. 26
- 98 Mercute Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 BNH Hospital 52,000 Family Packages are available. 100 Rooms
- 99 The Bazaar Hotel Piyavate Hospital 38,000 – 54,900 200 Rooms
- 100 Hotel GLOW SUKHUMVIT 5 World Medical Hospital (WMC) 48,000 – 125,000 69 Rooms
- 101 Arte Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 49,400 – 139,000 60 Rooms
Hua Hin Cha-am Covid-19 Travel Report
Hua Hin Travel Guide
Hua Hin is a district in the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province of Thailand, 295 kilometers from Bangkok and 90 km from the provincial capital. It is the oldest and most traditional of Thailand’s beach resorts combining the attractions of a modern holiday destination with the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port. Beaches are located in the east of the province, including a 5km stretch of white sand and clear water. Although it has developed to cater for tourists from all over the world, the resort which began its development over 70 years ago, remains popular with Thais too, a good sign for those looking for an authentic experience.
The resort was originally founded in 1830s, when farmers, moving south to escape the results of a severe drought in the agricultural area of Phetchaburi, found a small village beside white sands and rows of rock, and settled in. The tranquil fishing village was turned into a ‘Royal resort’ becoming popular among Siam’s nobility and smart-set.
Accessibility was greatly enhanced by the construction of the railway from Bangkok, which brought visitors from wider social groups, and kick-started the industry which would bring tourists from other countries. The first hotel – The Railway Hotel – was built in 1921 and it still stands today continuing to serve tourists as the Sofitel Central.
Hua Hin was made famous in the early 1920s by King Rama VII, who decided it was an ideal getaway from the steamy metropolis of Bangkok. He built a summer palace and this was echoed when King Rama VII ordered the construction of the Palace of Klaikangwon (“far from worries”). The latter is still much used by the Thai Royal Family today.
The resort continued to develop slowly, protected to some extent by its Royal reputation. Its fishing port grew alongside golf courses and all the big hotel chains are now represented. Many of Bangkok’s rich and famous and a growing number of expats have built their own summer homes along the bay, making the resort more cosmopolitan every year.
Development has taken over much of the prime government land, so the coast road suffers from obstructed views of the sea these days, but Hua Hin is trying hard to retain its beach-side atmosphere. Compared to Pattaya, the resort remains relatively serene and attracts families and older travelers. The beach has a gradual slope, into clear warm water which so far has escaped pollution of any kind.
Further afield, the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province is a charming region, where limestone cliffs and islands, bays and beaches, are home to a national park, and several temples, and travelling through this area will be a welcome experience for those hoping to avoid the tourist traps found further South. Driving from Bangkok through Prachuap Khiri Khan takes around three hours, a journey punctuated by summer palaces, huge temples, beautifully kept gardens and salt flats.
Visitors head to Hua Hin all year round. The area has one of the lowest rainfalls in the country, and there’s usually a gentle sea breeze to punctuate the heat, particularly welcome in the summer season between March and September.
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Flights to Hua Hin
Things to see and do in Hua Hin
As you would expect with a resort boasting a 5km clean white beach, sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling are popular pastimes. Swimming is safe, and with one of the driest climates across Thailand, there’s plenty of opportunity to dry off in the sun afterwards.
Possibly due to its noble history and elegant clientele, Hua Hin has the highest density of world class golf courses anywhere in Thailand, although it has yet to be discovered by the international golf tournament circuit. Green-fees and other costs are surprisingly low, given that course maintenance and services are superb. The Royal Hua Hin course is one of many, but considered to be the best.
Shop till you drop
Chatchai Market is colourful and inexpensive and is one of Hua Hin’s major attractions. Vendors gather nightly in the centre of town, where they cook fresh gulf seafood for hordes of hungry Thais and provide a spectacle for visitors. As well as plentiful food shops, it offers much that will appeal to souvenir hunters too.
Klai Kangwon (which means ‘Far From Worries’ ) is the Royal Palace built by King Rama VII in 1928. It was designed by Prince Iddhidehsarn Kridakara, an architect and the Director of the Fine Arts Department at the time, and officially opened in 1929. Further structures have been added over time, including a mansion ordered by King Bhumibol (Rama IX) for Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and accommodation for the royal entourage, built in the style of the original buildings so as to preserve the harmony of the palace. Although Klai Kangwon is still in regular use by the Royal family, it is also open to the public.
Hop on a train
Or more importantly, visit the railway station. Built in the reign of Rama IV, the brightly painted wooden buildings somehow combine traditional Thai ideas with a Victorian feel, and in 2009 Hua Hin made it onto NewsWeek’s Best Stations list, in great company such as New York’s Grand Central, and London’s St Pancras.
Although one of the joys of Hua Hin is its serenity and calm, if you’re keen to take in more, its fairly easy to find trips which will take you to many of the other southern beach destinations such as Koh Nangyaun, Koh Toa, Koh Samui, Phuket, Krabi and Koa Sok. You may find however that some of these legendary destinations have suffered more at the hands of the global tourist industry than Hua Hin has.
Khao Takiab is referred as Monkey Mountain, but as well as the mischievous residents, it also boasts a hilltop temple with sensational views of Hua Hin, a pagoda-style shrine and a giant golden Buddha which faces the sunrise.
Walk in the Park
The region boasts several parks, and natural attractions, such as the Kangajan National Park, and the Koa Sam Roi Yod Marine Park. You’ll find miles of good walking, amongst lakes, caves and waterfalls, and you’ll be in the company of as elephants, tigers, wild dogs and leopards.
Eat, drink and sleep in Hua Hin
As more affluent ex-pats from all over the world gather to weather the winter, or snap up beachfront properties in Hua Hin, the restaurant scene becomes more cosmopolitan. French, Italian, German and Scandinavian restaurants are all here, in case anyone feels homesick. However, there are also rustic seafood restaurants, especially on the pier, and at several of these you can choose your own fish from the fish market right outside and waiters will bring you the finished result.
There are plenty of simpler local restaurants both inside and out on the streets where you can sample authentic Thai food too.
If you want to try to cook your own Thai food in Hua Hin, the very best place to buy your ingredients, not because it’s the cheapest, but because it is a fabulous experience, is the night market. Right in the centre of town, it opens at 18:00. It’s also a terrific place to buy handicrafts, souvenirs and clothing.
The Chatchai market is a great day market and the place to go for the best street food, as vendors grill, fry, boil and dress the fabulous local fish and shellfish, but don’t forget to leave room for a real local speciality. Roti Hua Hin is a delicious dough-based snack filled with strawberries, custard or raisins.
In a side street just off the market is the Hua Hin Thai Show, a pagoda-style restaurant which combines great food with a nightly musical performance, where you can sample folk with your fish or classical over your clams.
Unlike many Thai resorts, here you will also find more elegant dining, including Thai and Vietnamese food with a more upmarket touch for a real treat. Monsoon is the most romantic and expensive, but it’s worth it for the wine list and the elegant atmosphere. If your budget doesn’t run to dinner, you can enjoy afternoon tea on its teak-decked terrace.
Ko Si Chang Covid-19 Travel Report
In the Gulf of Thailand, Ko Sichang’s proximity to the shipping lanes has made it a convenient anchorage for dozens of barges which transship their cargoes to lighters for the trip up the Chao Phraya to Bangkok. Ko Si Chang makes a nice weekend outing for local tourists.
While the beaches are not as enjoyable as those on islands further east and south, such as Ko Samet, tourists can explore the remains of a former royal palace which was built as a summer retreat for King Chulalongkorn. The royal residence was abandoned in 1893 when the French occupied the island during a conflict with Thailand over who would control Laos.
The island has many places of religious interest and value. Be respectful of the local culture and wear modest clothes when visiting the temples and religious shrines. Always remove your shoes and cover your shoulders when entering a holy area. Refrain from topless or nude sunbathing/swimming.
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By bus You can catch a government bus from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) or Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai). Both stations have buses that leave everyday, on the hour. The trip to Si Racha takes about 2 hours. At Mo Chit, go to Window 54 to purchase your ticket. Tickets are 92 Thai Baht from Mo Chit, 88 Thai Baht one-way from Ekamai and there is no discount for buying a return fare.
By boat Upon arrival in Si Racha, take a tuk-tuk for 50 Thai Baht to the pier. Boats to Ko Sichang leave hourly (every two hours in low season) from the pier on Ko Loy. The ferry takes about 40 minutes and is 50 Thai Baht per person each way (July 2019).
The information counter at the pier in Ko Sichang provides useful information and a brochure identifying five important locations on the island, written in Thai and English. This counter may not be open in low-season.
When leaving the island, be careful. The ferry may leave from a pier different from the one you came in on (eg. the one north of the marina or the one near the 7-11). It’s best to ask a local motorbike taxi driver when you are close to the piers, and he will direct you.
Motorcycle buffs will be intrigued by the strange motorcycle samlors peculiar to Ko Sichang, three-wheeled motorized rickshaws with outrageously powerful car or Harley Davidson engines. These once roamed the streets of Bangkok, but were banished to Si Racha years ago. They can be hired for about 60 Thai Baht an hour to take visitors on a tour of the island.
For groups of tourists, a one-day around-the-island transport package can be arranged at the pier. The charge for the three-wheeled motorized tuk-tuk, which can accommodate 5 persons, is around 250 Thai Baht, and the pick-up truck, which can accommodate 10 persons, is around 500 Thai Baht. Tourists can spend however long they wish at each location, and the pick-up time for the next location can be agreed as you get off at each location or you can call the driver’s mobile phone when needing pick-up.
By motorbike By far the most popular way to get around the island is by renting a motorbike, usually priced at around 300 Thai Baht/day. As there are few steep hills, the island is easily navigated by novices. Motorbikes can be rented at the pier, or at many guest houses or rental facilities along the main road
By foot For travellers who have more time or want to see the island at a slower pace, the island is easily navigated on foot. All of the island’s main attractions can be seen in one day, and you can walk to most places in less than an hour.
What to see and do
- Buddha’s Footprint and Lookout. Accessible from the main road, or from San Jao Phaw Khao Yai, this lookout offers amazing views of both the island and the small lake known as Buddha’s Footprint. The lookout has a shrine and a bell. If you wish to notify the spirits that you are visiting, ring the bell three times.
- Rama IV Summer Palace and Gardens (Halfway down the east coast). The remains of the 19th century palace. You can spend an hour or two wandering around the old buildings, gardens, the pier, and the small beaches.
- San Jao Phaw Khao Yai (Northeast of the piers). This venerable multi-level Chinese temple is perched high on a cliff and has a spectacular view back toward the mainland. The temple has many rooms and caves to be explored. To the right, just before entering the main hall, you will see stairs leading up to Buddha’s footprint.
- Wat Tham Yai Prik. This large temple on the hill includes a giant golden Buddha visible from the ferry, as well as many other Buddha statues. The temple has a great view, caves and many buildings to explore. The local monks will be happy to show you around and offer a blessing, although as with anything related to monks in Thailand this will cost. Please note that any legitimate Buddhist Monk is forbidden from handling money, donations are always welcome at Wat (temples) but it is never expected or asked for. Payment for any legitimate blessing would be given in a donation box, anything else is a tourist scam.
What to do
- Caves. Of interest is the large cave known as Tham Saowapha which is said to extend over a kilometre into the limestone interior of the island. Another cave, the chimney-like Tham Chaprakong gives access to the view from the top of the hill. Other caves on the island are home to meditating hermits, so visitors should take care not to cause any disturbance. Many of the temples on the island also have caves used for worship which can be explored as long as you are being respectful.
- Taam Pang Beach. The only real beach on the island offers nice swimming and good snacks. Beware of rubbish which can find it’s way onto the beach when the tide comes in. The island offers beautiful sunsets seen off Taam Pang Beach or Chom Kao Kard.
The cafe on the beach is very good, with reasonable prices.
- Pan and David’s. A good mix of Western and Thai food.
- Tiew Pai Park Resort Restaurant. Reasonably priced, mostly Thai food.
- Ban Khun Ning Sichang Resort , ✉ email@example.com. A nice place to stay. Built in Thai residence style, it offers guests large and comfortable rooms. Air-con, hot showers, free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea, and cable TV. 600+ Thai Baht.
- Charlie’s Bungalows. A centrally-located guest house. Air-con, hot showers, and cable TV. 900 Thai Baht.
- Jeff Bungalows. Spotless rooms with DVD, cable TV, free coffee/tea/soft drinks. 600 Thai Baht.
- Malee Blue Hut. Built in an old Moroccan-style mansion called “Dracula’s Castle” by the locals. Air-con rooms go for 1,200 Thai Baht, including cable TV and breakfast.
- Tham Phang Beach Resort. Not the cleanest or cheapest accommodation, but it is on the island’s only real beach.
Be careful at night. As you move away from the more popular areas, the street lighting is poor or non-existent. If you are planning on walking around the island, a torch would be helpful.
Where to go next after Ko Sichang
Be careful when leaving the island. Your departure pier may not be the same as your arrival pier.
Nakhon Nayok Covid-19 Travel Report
Nakhon Nayok (นครนายก) is a city in the Chao Phraya Basin region of Thailand. Understand Nakhon Nayok is a tourism destination not far from Bangkok. The city and surrounding province come alive during the holidays with tourists. Nakhon Nayok is renowned for its refreshing waterfalls and abundant varieties of fruit. Historically, it is believed that […]
Nakhon Nayok (นครนายก) is a city in the Chao Phraya Basin region of Thailand.
Nakhon Nayok is a tourism destination not far from Bangkok. The city and surrounding province come alive during the holidays with tourists. Nakhon Nayok is renowned for its refreshing waterfalls and abundant varieties of fruit.
Historically, it is believed that the area of Ban Dong Lakhon, to the south of Nakhon Nayok town, was a Dvaravati settlement, dating back for more than a thousand years. As for the name of “Nakhon Nayok”, records going back to the Ayutthaya’s period indicated that it was an eastern frontier town during the reign of King U-Thong. In 1894, under the royal command of King Rama V, Nakhon Nayok was designated as a part of Prachin Buri Province. Eventually, it became a separate province.
In the past, Nakhon Nayok was called “Ban Na” (village of the rice field). From hearsay, during Ayutthaya period, Nakhon Nayok was just forested highland, on which farming or planting was fruitful. Jungle fever was everywhere, thus the townspeople migrated elsewhere, leaving the place deserted. News of the plight of people reached the king. Subsequently, the king commanded that paddy field taxes be lifted to encourage the people to stay on, which worked, and also enticed the people around the area to migrate to the town. After that, it became a large community and the town was renowned as “Mueang Nayok” (the town where the paddy tax was lifted).
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The city is a less than a two hours drive from Bangkok. It can be reached in two ways:
- Drive Hwy 305, along Rangsit canal passing Ongkharak. This route is about 107 km.
- Take Hwy 1, take a right turn at Hin Gong, and then drive along Suwannason Road (Hwy 33). This route is about 137 km.
The Transport Co., Ltd. (“baw kaw saw”) operates daily non-air conditioned and air conditioned buses from the Northern Bus Terminal on Kamphaengphet 2 Road.
There are two routes: Bangkok-Hin Kong-Nakhon Nayok and Bangkok–Rangsit-Ongkharak-Nakhon Nayok. For more information, contact Phone: +66 2 5378055 or +66 2 9362841. Additionally, there are specially-run second-class air conditioned buses from Bangkok-Ongkharak-Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (by-passing Nakhon Nayok town) available.
There are tuk-tuks available for chartering around Nakhon Nayok town. They can mostly be found at the town bus terminal. For more information, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Nakhon Nayok office, in city hall.
San Lak Mueang (City Pillar Shrine) (ศาลหลักเมือง) at one time it was a shrine housing a one metre wooden column topped with a carving in the form of a lotus bud, near the old city wall. Later the shrine was rebuilt into an elegant four-cornered pavilion. Today, City Pillar Shrine is the most revered shrine of the townspeople.
Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (โรงเรียนนายร้อยพระจุลจอมเกล้า) A training centre for Thai military cadets.
Attractions in the Chulachomkloa Royal Military Academy include:
- King Rama V Monument (พระบรมราชานุเสาวรีย์พระบาทสมเด็จพระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว) It was built in honour of and reverence to King Chulachomkloa (King Rama V) who was the founder of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy.
- Circular Pavilion (ศาลาวงกลม), historically, under the command of Field Marshal Crown Prince Pitsanulok Prachanat, the circular pavilion was built as a recreation area for cadets. It enshrines a statue of King Rama V.
- 100 Year Royal Military Academy Museum (อาคารพิพิธภัณฑ์โรงเรียนนายร้อย จปร. 100 ปี) exhibits biographies of the graduates who performed public services and also displays history of wars, weapons that were used in wars in the past, various uniforms of soldiers of all forces as well as a wax sculpture of King Rama V.
- Shrine of Chao Pho Khun Dan (ศาลเจ้าพ่อขุนด่าน) is a revered shrine of the Thais. Historically, Khun Dan was a commander in Nakhon Nayok during the Ayutthaya period. His heroic deed was the expulsion of the Khmer rebels in the year 1587, during the reign of King Naresuan Maharat.
- Phra Phutthachai or Wat Phra Chai (พระพุทธฉายหรือวัดพระฉาย) was formerly named “Wat Khao Cha-ngok”. In 1942, the army’s map department built a marble quarry at the foot of the hill and restored and enhanced the Buddha images. Phra Phutthachai is sacred to the townspeople.
Luang Pho Sian Nakhon (หลวงพ่อเศียรนคร) the revered Buddha image of the townspeople is enshrined at Bunnak Rakkitaram temple (Wat Tam). It is assumed that this sacred Buddha image dates back to Phra Ruang Era of the Sukhothai period.
Buddha’s Footprint Replica at Khao Nang Buat (รอยพระพุทธบาทจำลองเขานางบวช), housed in a square structure with four arches and a pyramidal roof (mondop) on top of Nang Buat hill. The festivity to worship the Buddha’s Footprint Replica at Khao Nang Buat is held annually in the middle of the fifth month of the lunar calendar.
Ban Dong Lakhon Archeological Site (แหล่งโบราณคดีบ้านดงละคร) It is the site of the old town during the Khmer period. Artefacts discovered here include; an elaborate gold head of a Buddha image about the size of a fingertip, crab and elephant ring-stamps, bronze ring, glass beads, rock beads, and bronze ear-rings.
37th Quartermaster Infantry of Japanese Military Memorial (อนุสรณ์สถานกองพลทหารญี่ปุ่นที่37) The Friends of Asian Alliance War Association built the memorial in 1992 to honour the 7,920 Thai soldiers who were recruited into the Japanese 37th Quartermaster Infantry and died in the war.
Namtok Sarika (น้ำตกสาริกา) is the most famous waterfall of Nakhon Nayok. The waterfall cascades down 9 levels, of which the top level is 200 metres up. Each level (of 9 levels) of the falls has a large basin, which could hold a large amount of water in the rainy season, but is dry in dry season. Nearby, there is “Sarika Cave” where the revered monk “Luang Pu Man” resided on his religious missions from 1917-1920.
Lan Rak Falls or Tat Hin Kong Falls (น้ำตกลานรักหรือน้ำตกตาดหินกอง) The waterfall originates from a small stream passing through a large rocky formation at the end, then flowing strongly through the large rocky formation at the foot of a small hill.
Wang Takhrai (วังตะไคร้) is filled with huge, shady trees and has a small stream running through. There are also a variety of beautiful species of ornamental flowers and plants.
Nang Rong Falls or Namtok Nang Rong (น้ำตกนางรอง) The waterfall originates from a source on a high mountain in Khao Yai National Park. It cascades down several levels onto rock formations, flowing through verdant forests
Huai Prue Reservoir (อ่างเก็บน้ำห้วยปรือ) This is a small reservoir by volume but has a large surface area. The reservoir is filled all year round and surrounded by an unpaved road.
Sai Thong Reservoir (อ่างเก็บน้ำทรายทอง) This small reservoir offers a natural mountainous landscape. The small waterfall runs all throughout the year.
OUT-OF CITY ATTRACTIONS Ban Na District
Namtok Ka-ang (น้ำตกกะอาง) The water cascades through gaps between large rocks. Nearby, there is an transplanting station of the Forestry Department. In the vicinity is a small hill that enshrines the Buddha image in an attitude of subduing Mara.
Namtok Wang Muang (น้ำตกวังม่วง) The waterfall cascades through lines upon lines of big boulders before falling to a basin.
Thudongkhasathan Thawon Nimit (ธุดงคสถานถาวรนิมิตร) is a meditation centre for monks, novices, nuns, and the general public. There are hundreds of shelters for monks, nuns, and general public to worship.
Namtok Heo Narok (น้ำตกเหวนรก) This is a 3-tiered large waterfall with its first tier at 60 metres high. During the rainy season, there is such a lot of water that the flow is frightening and will drop straight down at 90 degrees to a lower chasm.
Chao Pho Ongkharak Shrine (ศาลเจ้าพ่อองครักษ์) In front of the shrine in the middle of the Nakhon Nayok River, there is a sacred whirlpool, of which the water taken is used in royal ceremonies. When the present king, King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended to the throne, water from this whirlpool was used during the ceremony.
Ornamental Plants and Floral Centre (ศูนย์ไม้ดอกไม้ประดับ) Various plant nurseries that grow a large variety of ornamental plants and flora which are sold to every corner of the country.
- Khao Yai-Nakhon Nayok Jungle Treks (ท่องไพรเขาใหญ่-นครนายก) is usually held during December to June. The trekking aims to promote the study of nature and ecology, as well as creating good understanding in natural resources and environmental conservation.
- Khao Yai National Park, the first national park of Thailand was declared a national park on September 18, 1962. It covers areas of four provinces: Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, and Saraburi. The park occupies an area of 2,168 square kilometers and consists of virgin forest, tropical forest, streams, waterfalls, wildlife, and a variety of plants. The most suitable visiting time is during the Thai winter, from October to February when it is cold at night until the next morning. The highest point is Khao Rom Peak, which is 1,351 metres above sea level.
- Tak Bat Thewo Rohana Fair (งานประเพณีตักบาตรเทโวโรหนะ), a festivity where offerings are made to monks. The festivity is held annually on the 1st day of the waning moon of the 11th month of the lunar calendar or the end of the Buddhist lent. During the festivity, 109 monks descend from Wat Khao Nang Buat to accept offerings from the townspeople.
- Sweet Plum Mango and Nakhon Nayok Products Fair (งานวันมะปรางหวานและของดีนครนายก) takes place annually during February–April in front of the City Hall. It is held to promote Ma-prang (sweet plum mangoes), and other agricultural products and handicrafts
- Thai Merit Making (Sat Thai) and Long boat Racing Festival (งานประเพณีสารทไทยและแข่งเรือยาวประเพณี) is annually held in October along Khlong 29 at Wat Thawiphon Rangsan, Amphoe Ongkharak. The fair showcases a variety of long boats racing, a krayasat-making contest (krayasat is a sticky paste made from rice, bean, sesame, and sugar, usually eaten during Sat Thai Festival), merit making on Sat Thai day, and local entertainment at night.
- Ongkharak Ornamental Plants and Flowers Fair (งานมหกรรมไม้ดอกไม้ประดับองครักษ์) is annually held in April at Khlong 15, Tambon Bang Pla Kot, Amphoe Ongkharak. The contests of ornamental plants and flowers, mini-garden arrangement contests, and an academic exhibition regarding plants and flowers are also held.
Sweet Plum Mango (Ma-prang, มะปราง) is the most well known fruit of Nakhon Nayok (it is a sweet fruit and is similar to “ma-yong-chit”, a sour fruit). The ma-prang harvest season February to March. They are grown in a number of orchards on the Nakhon Nayok-Namtok Sarika road.