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Nakhon Sawan

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Things to do: sightseeing, religious sites, zoos & aquariums
Nakhon Sawan is a city in Thailand, the name literally means "Heavenly City". The city is the capital of Nakhon Sawan Province, and covers the complete subdistrict Pak Nam Pho and parts of Khwae Yai, Nakhon Sawan Tok, Nakhon Sawan Ok and Wat Sai, all of Mueang Nakhon Sawan district. As of 2006 it has a population of 93,141. Nakhon Sawan is 238 km north of Bangkok.GeographyNakhon Sawan is about north of Bangkok, and marks the point of confluence of two of Thailands major rivers, the Ping and the Nan. These converge in Nakhon Sawan to form the Chao Phraya which flows south to Bangkok and out into the Gulf of Thailand. The city's surroundings are mostly flat, but in the city itself a hill rises about 110m above the plain.Bueng Boraphet, east of Nakhon Sawan, is Thailand's biggest freshwater swamp.ClimateNakhon Sawan has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw). It is located in a valley, thus resulting in some of the highest overnight lows in the country, often reaching in the summer, and up to in the day. Winters are dry and warm. Temperatures rise until April, which is very hot with the average daily maximum at 38.1°C.The monsoon season runs from May through October, with heavy rain and somewhat cooler temperatures during the day, although nights remain warm.TransportationNakhon Sawan lies on Route 1, which runs from Bangkok through Ayutthaya and Saraburi before passing through Nakhon Sawan, then continues through Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, and Chiang Rai until it reaches the border with Burma at Mae Sai. Route 117 leads north to Phitsanulok, and Route 225 leads east to Chaiyaphum.
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