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Nonthaburi is a significant city of a province that shares the same name. This city/province is abundant with administrative power over five districts in Thailand. Nonthaburi seats very close to Bangkok and is the second-largest city in Thailand. This city is mainly metropolitan, owing to the influence of Bangkok over the years. Chao Praya River runs within this city, dividing the city into two halves; around this river seats various sights and attractions. Nonthaburi is closely affiliated to the history of Ayutthaya, where kings administratively oversee the affairs of this city in the past. The six districts now under the control of Nonthaburi include Mueang Nonthaburi, Pak Kret, Bang Kruai, Bang Yai, Bang Bua Thong, and Sai Noi.

Best time to visit

The climate of most of Thailand is governed by three seasons: rainy (roughly May–Oct), caused by the southwest monsoon dumping moisture gathered from the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand; cool (Nov–Feb); and hot (March–May).
Overall, the cool season is the best time to visit Thailand in general and Nonthaburi in particular. 

Check the below table for the general idea of Nonthaburi weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.4 26.6 21.8
Feb 33.5 28.6 24.3
Mar 34.6 29.8 25.7
Apr 35.6 30.6 26.4
May 34.9 30.3 26.5
Jun 34.1 29.8 26.1
Jul 33.3 29.2 25.9
Aug 33.3 29.1 25.7
Sep 32.9 28.6 25.3
Oct 32.6 28.6 25.3
Nov 32.5 28.3 24.5
Dec 31.9 27.3 22.8

Nonthaburi’s current weather and 7-day forecast

NONTHABURI WEATHER

Nonthaburi features various attractions, but below are the few attractions that are a must-see amongst the numerous attractions.

1). Shop at Central Plaza Westgate

The Central Plaza Westgate is the perfect spot for big shopping, featured in this shopping mall are over a thousand vendors. These vendors have their stores packed full to meet your various varieties of needs. More thrilling is the fact that this mall has an inbuilt capacity to contain over 7,000 vehicles ready to carry purchased items in bulk. Central Plaza Westgate is also referred to as the Central Plaza Bangyai because it is located at Bangyai junction in Nonthaburi. Enjoy your shopping spree through the packed six floors ready to meet more than your shopping needs.

2). Have Fun in the Impact Speed Park

Impact Speed Park features a thrilling and exciting activity through electric karts, powered with electric batteries. This electric cart possesses the ability to attain a velocity of 17 m/secs. After enjoying the electronic speed kart, you could refresh yourself in the bar/restaurant owned by the park. Featured in the menu of this restaurant are exceptional international delicacies prepared by the resident Australian chef. The park is packed with so much fun if you have the energy for it; water bikes and other water game activities are also featured in this park. No doubt, this is one of the most tourist engaging spots in Nonthaburi. Also, check out the Impact Marina! It is an excellent experience to enjoy the park.

3). Explore Ko Kret 

Ko Kret features scenic sights and attractions notable among which is their cuisine. The food here is particularly delicious; alongside their food comes a weekend market that displays the rich handicraft of locals, amongst other items. This craft includes pottery designs crafted to suit and express their culture; this market is perhaps your chance to grab gifts and souvenirs. One of the most exciting sights in the market is the fact that the weekend market in Ko kret seats on the edge of the Chao Praya river. It adds to the beauty and scenic composition of the weekend market. Ko Kret features most locals practicing Mon culture.

4). Stop-by Nonthaburi Market 

Unlike the Central Plaza Westgate, Nonthaburi market features items meant to meet your daily needs. Convenience stores in this market provide a wide range of items, food, foodstuffs, clothes, household wares, and more; you would need to meet your daily requirements successfully. Tourists who forgot to pack some of their daily requirements can buy or refill their exhausted stocks in this market. The items in this shop are relatively cheap and affordable; nevertheless, to have the best shopping experience, shop earlier in the day. The evening periods feature large crowds of locals trying to shop their needs.

5). Temples

Nonthaburi has its fair share of temples as expected of most cities in Thailand. One such temple is the Wat Sangkhathan, which is not only a temple but also a meditation center. This temple is a scenic sight as it seats on the banks of the Chao Praya river towards the west, this arrangement spices its tranquility, making it fit as a meditation spot. Wat Sangkhathan allows visitors and locals meditation of up to seven days either by prior booking or on arrival as the case may be. This temple is also the plug for amazing wooden sculptures. The other two notable temples in Nonthaburi are Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat and Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn. The first speaks volumes of Thailand’s culture and Buddhism practices as it holds artifacts, materials, history, and other relevant items of over a sanctuary. The architectural design of this temple is a blend of Thai and Chinese mastery. The latter is more of a Chinese temple and known for its picturesque nature.

6). Nonthaburi Museum

The Museum of Nonthaburi is seated around the banks of Chao Praya River. This museum contains the history, artifacts, and other symbolic materials indicting the origin and nature of the art and culture of Nonthaburi. Also featured in this museum is the past of this province. Although less engaging is the exploration through the museum, tourists who like history, pottery, art, and crafts would find this spot exciting and informative.

7). Other Fun Spots

The Fantasia Lagoon water park features fun activities for kids and adults. Engaging activities in this park include boat rides, merry go round, pool sliders, and entertainment zones for different game activities. This park is located along the terrace of Bangkae mall; another cool spot for fun is the Rooney toy museum. This museum features a colorful blend of toys and animated cartoon images. Kids would get to see their favorite animated actors or cartoon plays represented by dolls and toys. It is more of a destination for tourists who can come alongside their kids; while the kids have fun, adults could relax in the coffee shop close-by.

There are few accommodation options in Nonthaburi. This is largely due to the lack of foreign tourists, as well as its proximity to Bangkok.

Mid-range

Nonthaburi Palace

Add: 3/19 Moo 1 Nonthaburi 1 Rd, Muang Nonthaburi

Catering to business and leisure travelers, this 3-star accommodation provides a great place to relax and discover the town’s numerous attractions. Nonthaburi is renowned for its beautiful ancient temples, floating markets, and flowers markets. It is also the home to one of the largest convention halls, Ministry of Commerce, and Ministry of Public Health. All rooms are spacious, furnished with contemporary décor, and fitted with all the necessary amenities to provide guests with utmost comfort. The hotel also provides top-class business facilities including high-speed Internet access, conference rooms, and a business center, making it the perfect choice for business travelers. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Nonthaburi Palace Hotel.

Splurge

Riverine Place Riverside Service Apartments

Add: 9/280 Moo 7 Phibulsongkhram Rd

Located just 20 km. from downtown Bangkok, Riverine Place is the perfect home away from home, offering discerning residents the comfort and peace of mind of at-home living, plus the value, flexibility and convenience that only serviced apartment residents can enjoy.

Features come together, amid privacy and serene natural beauty of the majestic Chao Phraya. Fine dining, event space and modern Riverine Place Serviced Apartments, where superior quality accommodation plus lifestyle-enhancing facilities and design fitness facilities are all right here, at your exclusive riverside address.

Hong Seng (Rimnam)

Open till 14:00 on Tu-Th, 18:00 on F-Su. This restaurant serves some of the best freshwater cooked Thai food. It's been given a 5-star rating on the taste of the food, 4-stars on service, and 3-stars on pricing. When getting there, try ordering koong pla (shrimp in sour and spicy sauce), Kung To Kratiem Prik Thai (shrimp fried in garlic and pepper), Tom Yum Pla Kang (Kang fish in hot and spicy soup). A reservation is required as the restaurant gets filled up quickly, especially during weekends.

Get in

By car

•    Phibun Songkhram Road, between the foot of Rama VI Bridge and Sri Phon Sawan Theatre intersection
•    Pracharat I Road, between the city hall and Sri Phon Sawan Theatre intersection
•    Tiwanon Road, between Wat Lanna Bun triangle and Patumthani Pier
•    Ngamwongwan Road, between Khae Lai intersection and Kasetsart University intersection
•    Nonthaburi I Road, between the city hall and Tiwanon Road
•    Bang Kruai-Sai Noi Road, between Rama VI Bridge and Amphoe Sai Noi
•    Krungthep-Nonthaburi Road, between Tao Pun triangle and Wat Lanna Bun triangle
•    Rattanathibet Road, between Khae Lai intersection and Bang Bua Thong-Taling Chan Road

By bus

Several public buses operated by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) connect Bangkok with Nonthaburi.

•    Number 69 (Victory Monument – Sanambin Nam)
•    Number 104 (Victory Monument – Pak Kret)
•    Number 166 (Victory Monument – Pak Kret)
•    Number 63 (Victory Monument-Nonthaburi)
•    Number 30 (Southern Bus Terminal -Nonthaburi)
•    Number 203 (Sanam Luang - Nonthaburi)
•    Number 33 (Sanam Luang - Pathum Thani)
•    Number 64 (Sanam Luang - Pra Athit - Samsen - Nonthaburi Road)
•    Number 114 (Lam Luk Ka intersection - Nonthaburi)
•    Number 117 (Huai Khwang-Wat Khema)
•    Number 128 (Krungthon Bridge - Bang Yai)
•    Number 32 (Wat Pho - Pak Kret)
•    Number 51 (Wat Pho - Pak Kret)
•    Number 65 (Tha Tian – Wat Pak Nam)
•    Number 97 (Monks' Hospital - Nonthaburi)
•    Number 522 (Rangsit - Victory Monument)

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via rome2rio.com

By MRT

The Purple Line of the Bangkok MRT connects Bangkok to Nonthaburi since 2016. The line starts at Tao Poon station connects to the MRT Blue Line. Going west the first station in Nonthaburi is Yeak Tiwanon. Soon the line starts following Rattanathibet Rd across the Chao Phraya River until it turns north to follow Hwy 9 before terminating at Khlong Bang Phai north of Kasemrad Hospital Rattanathibet. 

Fares range from 16 to 42 baht and are based on number of stations. The ticket vending machines accept coins and banknotes. Pre-paid cards of up to 1,000 baht are also available. For single ride fares, a round plastic token is used. It is electronic: simply wave it by the scanner to enter; deposit it in a slot by the exit gate leave. Children and elderly are issued tickets at half price but you must go to the ticketing counter.

The stations have escalators going all the way up and down in addition to lifts so the metro is easier than the Skytrain for people with reduced mobility or heavy baggage. Note that bag-checks take place at the entrance of each station (usually nothing more than a quick peek inside). The stations have public toilets and some staff can provide assistance in English.

By boat

The Chao Phraya Express Boat is a water bus service that can take you from Bangkok to Nonthaburi. All the boats going upriver except the blue flag Tourist Boat stop at least at Nonthaburi pier near the Nonthaburi Market, but all piers north of Rama 7 Bridge are in Nonthaburi. Enter the express boat at a pier and pay the conductor for the trip. She will approach you bearing a long metal ticket dispenser. At some bigger piers you can buy the ticket before boarding. When the metal cylinder lady approaches you, just show her the ticket you bought on the pier.

The different boat lines are indicated by the colours of the flags at the top of the boat. These flags can be confusing; don't think the yellow king's flag corresponds to the yellow line flag! The orange flag line (14 baht, every day 06:00-19:00) is your best bet, as it is fairly quick with the ride from Sathorn pier to Nonthaburi pier taking about 1 hour. The yellow flag line (19 or 29 baht, M-F 06:15-08:10 and M-F 15:30-18:05) is faster with fewer stops before Nonthaburi. The green flag line (10, 12, 19 or 31 baht, M-F 06:10-08:10 and M-F 16:05-18:05) terminates at Pakkred which is the closest pier to Ko Kret.

The signposting of the piers is quite clear, with numbered piers and English route maps. Sathorn (Taksin) pier has been dubbed "Central" station, as it offers an quick interchange to Saphan Taksin BTS Station. The orange flag boats run every 5–20 minutes from sunrise to sunset (roughly from 06:00-19:00), so ignore any river taxi touts who try to convince you otherwise.

Get around

By foot

If you're planning to cover large distances on foot - don't. As is the rule in Bangkok, the multilane roads are made for drivers rather than pedestrians.

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