Mention Nakhon Si Thammarat and the image of the province's most revered Phra Borommathat pagoda would pop up in the mind of many Thais. That, perhaps, is followed by the famous sat duen sip ceremony, the grand event in which locals gather to make merit for their deceased relatives; nang talung shadow puppets; manorah folk performance and many more.
Some might even think of the playful yet decisive sound of the people's southern dialect, or feel one's appetite whetted by the thought of khanom jeen, the soft rice noodle, topped with different types of tasty southern-styled sauces and served with a variety of indigenous vegetables.
But with over 225km of coastline on the west side of the Gulf of Thailand, Nakhon Si Thammarat, also known in short as Nakhon or Muang Khon, has much more to be proud of than the above historical and cultural heritages.
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