Nakhon Pathom is one of the central provinces of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Ratchaburi and Kanchanaburi. The province is famous for an ancient stupa called the “Phra Pathom Chedi”, though the actual chedi is completely concealed under a larger one built in the 19th century. The chedi is a reminder of the long vanished Dvaravadi civilisation that once flourished here and by tradition Nakhorn Pathom is where Buddhism first came to Thailand. The province itself is renowned for its many fruit orchards.