Nonthaburi is the principal city of the district and province of the same name in Thailand. Often referred to as the rural side of Bangkok, despite having a population of half a million people. Nonthaburi is the second largest city in Thailand, yet does have a rural feel given the pace and simplicity of life here, as well as the patches of green on the landscape and the escape from towering high rise buildings of the capital.
These six highlights attractions are not to be missed.
- Nonthaburi Market
The Nonthaburi Market is where exotic fruits, towers of dried chillies and smoky fire grilled meats can be found. One of the most expansive and atmospheric produce markets in the area it is well worth spending time at.
- Wat Sanghathan Meditation Centre
Travellers come from all over the world for meditation retreats at the renowned Wat Sangkathan Thai Buddhist temple. Whether you are there for an hour or a week, this is one wat you can’t miss. Meditation is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Mindfulness on breathing and other methods as taught in the Tripitaka Scriptures. The Center covers a large piece of land near the Chao Phraya River with many trees and ponds making it a beautiful place to be close to nature. Wat Sanghathan does not charge for your stay, however donations are welcome.
- Visit Fantasia Lagoon Water Park
The Fantasia Lagoon is a relatively large water park built on the roof of The Mall Bangkae. Despite being opened for many years, the park is surprisingly unknown to tourists and only Thai locals come and play here. Fantasia Lagoon has recently refurbished and is a fun place for kids and adults to spend a day with huge pools and decent size sliders, and in addition you have the entire mall to play with including a very attractive games and entertainment zone located right below the water park.
- Full day cycling adventure launched from Bangkok
Take a private bike tour just outside of Bangkok, riding in rural territory along the banks of the Chao Phraya. Your private guide will take you through Nonthaburi and across to the tiny island of Koh Kret on a leisurely bike ride that has you visiting local villages, a pottery center, and a Mon temple. The day includes lunch, bike gear, a private guide and a hotel pickup and transportation.
Read more about the Full-Day Koh Kred and Nonthaburi Cycling Adventure at https://www.viator.com/en-ZA/
- Impact Speed Park – Thailand’s first electric go-kart track
A recent attraction that gives visitors a chance to chase their Formula One dreams and drive at top speeds is the Impact Speed Park. You don’t have to be a skilled driver to tackle the course, but skill certainly helps when you’re trying to win a place on the rankings board. Thailand’s first all-electronic go-kart circuit is a gift to speed demoons, the Bt600-million track sits at the edge of the famous Lakeside, where 30 advanced Sodi RTX karts imported from France are at your disposal.
For more: http://www.impactspeedpark.com/
- Visit The Prathom-Nonthaburi Palace
The Prathom-Nonthaburi Palace in Nonthaburi is a mixture of Thai and European architectural influences. Built in 1919, the palace belonged to Prince Juthathuttharadilok, a son of King Chulalongkorn. This palace was located in Bangkok up until 1984 when it was moved to Nonthaburi. Within the same compound, there is a second palace where a gilded hall that is home to the 100-year-old harp of Prince Juthathutharadilok.
On the outskirts is the infamous Khlong Prem Prison, the maximum security co-ed prison is home to countless foreigners who have broken Thailand’s strict drug laws. The prison has several separate sections and the compound houses up to 20 000 inmates. The prison has a list of inmates who are anxious to speak to other foreigners and tell their stories.