Nakhon Si Thammarat is the second largest province and is the heart of history and culture of Thailand’s Southern region. Known amongst foreigners as ‘Ligor’ and often referred to by the locals as ‘Mueang Khon’, Nakhon Si Thammarat is an ancient city that holds significant historical, cultural, and religious importance. Dating back to the 2nd century, Nakhon Si Tham marat became a staging post on the trade route linking China with Southern India, and became part of the powerful Srivijaya Empire between the 8th and 13th centuries. When Theravada Buddhism spread to Sukhothai Kingdom in the late 13th century, Nakhon Si Thammarat served as the religious and cultural centre, in which traces of the prosperity and grandeur can still be seen today; such as, the majestic Phra Borommathat Chedi at Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan. Not only the city is rich with history, Nakhon Si Thammarat is also blessed with unspoiled natural resources, from pristine mountain ranges to dense forests, breathtaking waterfalls, mesmerising caves, and picturesque beaches. The province comprises several national parks; such as, Khao Luang National Park, which is home to Khao Luang, the highest mountain in the Southern region, as well as Hat Khanom – Muko Thale Tai National Park that encompasses a diversity of amazing natural attractions, including islands, mountains, and beaches. On the other hand, Ban Khiri Wong is a great place worth visiting as it is a charming community where visitors can experience a peaceful way of life, immerse in the community’s natural beauty, and explore precious local wisdom. Nakhon Si Thammarat is also a centre for numer ous remarkable arts and crafts that reflect the combination of unique culture, time-honoured local heritage and wisdom, and distinctive way of life; such as, Nang Talung (shadow play puppets), and Pha Yok Mueang Nakhon (a type of ancient hand-woven textile with raised patterns). Located approximately 808 kilometres from Bangkok, Nakhon Si Thammarat covers an area of 9,942.502 square kilometres and comprises 23 Amphoes (districts).