Nonthaburi is situated in a fertile basin on the bank on the Chao Phraya River. This abundant town is full of fruit and flower plantations as well as historical temples. The town is only 20 kms. from Bangkok and is conveniently accessible by road or river. Nonthaburi has been found in history as a part of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It was once consolidated with Bangkok in 1943 and was re-established as a province in 1946. Nonthaburi occupies an area of 622 square kilometres and is administratively divided into six districts: Muang Nonthaburi, Pak Kret, Bang Kruai, Bang Bua Thong and Sai Noi.
North: Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani
East: Bangkok and Pathum Thani
West: Nakhon Pathom
Distance from Nonthaburi city of nearby Provinces:
Angthong 99 kms.
Bangkok 20 kms.
Nakhon Pathom 36 kms.
Pathum Thani 26 kms.
How to get there:
Take a Tha Chang-Bangkok Noi-Bang Yai ferry line from Chang Pier. It operates from 06.30 to 23.00 hrs. and leaves from the pier every 30 minutes. The best time for the visitors to ride a ferry is from 08.30 to 15.30 hrs.
From Phra Nang Klao Bridge turn left to Bang Kruai for 17 kilometres at Bang Bua Thong junction, turn right to Nonthaburi District Office at Wat Chalo, continue driving for 500 metres. Wat Bang O will be found on the right.
Although best reached by boat, Nonthaburi is also served by air-conditioned buses, minivans, and regular buses from Bangkok’s Mo Chit Station. From Mo Chit BTS station the trip takes 30 to 50 minutes
Festival & Events:
Nonthaburi Fruits Fair
This annual fair is held during April-June to celebrate the abundance of such local fruits as durian, mangosteen and mangoes, then at their peak of succulent pipeness. Besides stalls selling the produce of surrounding orchards and local products, there are colourful processions of floats decorated with fruits and flowers, beauty pageants friuts contests, cultural shows, exhibitions of provincial handicrafts and agricultural produce, and local entertainment.
Giving Offerings to 108 Monks Festival
Is held to make merit and has been practiced for decades. The attractive festival is held along the Bangkok Noi Canal at many temples including Wat Thai Charoen, Wat Bang Krai Nok, Wat Utthayan, and Wat Bang Krai Nai. This festival is annually held on the 8th day of the waning moon in the twelfth month of the lunar calendar.
Mon Dance Festival
Is one of the oldest Mon dramatic arts. The current Mons have managed to retain the skills of their forefathers. In Pak Kret, Phra Pradaeng and Pathum Thani, many people can still perform the Mon dance and the Mon alto oboe.
The Mon Songkran
Is held for one week after April 13th. The event features the Mon procession and entertainment. It is held around Pak Kret district office, Koh Kret.