Thai Boat Museum
Chao Sam Praya National Museum houses various archaeological objects and antiques discovered in Ayudhya province. These objects, including ancient treasures from Ratburana Temple, Mahatat Temple, and Sri Suriyothai Chedi, are invaluable in terms of historical and cultural importance for historians and archaeologists alike. Read more
Apart from being the location where the Buddha’s relics are enshrined, Wat Pramahatad is also the place where statues of the Kattukam and Rammatep kings are kept. This is an ancient temple with a delicate structure. It has been maintained by the Ayudhya Kings and the Rattanakosin reign. Read more
After the second fall of Ayutthaya, most of the temples and palaces were destroyed. However, Nag Phra Men Temple was the only one not burnt down because it was located close to the royal palace around which the Burmese army billeted. The temple was built in 1504, the era of Somdet Phra Ramathibodi II. King Rama III ordered its reconstruction including the chapel. Read more
Wat Tammikarat is a royal temple surrounded by many large pillars. It is one of the biggest royal temples of the Ayudhya Kingdom. Despite some damage, it still shows traces of embellishment. Originally, it was the enshrinement of Luang Por Tammikarat – the villagers called him Luang Por Kae (old) since he had an old face. One of the biggest Buddha images made by U-thong artisans is today preserved in the Jao Sampraya National Museum. Read more
SACICT covers a large area on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. There are also other interesting places such as Pla palace, Suan Nok (bird garden). An event is held by the SACICT at the Chao Phraya River annually during Loy Krathong festival, which is very popular. Read more
Admire traditional model boats at the Thai Boat Museum
Ayutthaya has a reputation of being the Venice of the east. Rivers and canals cover areas resembling a spider's web. While the royal institute uses barges for ceremonies and Royal Barges’ processions, many other people also use boats for commuting. Boats and Thais are inextricably linked. Today many types of boats have disappeared from rivers but here at the Thai Boat Museum, various boats have been reproduced reflecting the relationship of river and Thai lifestyle.
Mr. Phaithun Khaomala, the founder of the museum, was born at Baan Kao sub district of Krung Kao district. He was a government teacher at the College of Technology and Shipbuilding Industries. By his affectionate bond and interest in Thai boats, he, “built a house for boats” by selling his fields and establishing the Thai Boat Museum.
The Thai Boat Museum is at 12, Moo 1, Bang Ian Road, Phra Tu Chai sub district, Ayutthaya.
The museum is a two-story Thai-style teak house. Hundreds of models constructed by Mr. Phaithun himself are exhibited on the lower floor. Mr. Phaithun researches the boats by studying documents, Ayutthaya temple murals and Thai literature resources to bring traditional boats back to life.
Being a tour guide himself, Mr. Phaithun explains his knowledge to tourists. He is acquainted with handmade boats and has a love of them all.However, there are some boats he is particularly proud of such as a junk model widely used during the Ayutthaya period, a royal barge of King Naresuan imitated from Wat Suwandaram's murals, and a mard-pha-thoon boat built from his own imagination after reading Soonthorn-Phu's verse, a distinguished poet of Thailand.
There is no admission fee, tourists may contribute to this fascinating aspect of Thai culture by contributing a small sum for museum maintenance.