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3Days 2Nights : Nonthaburi - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya - Ang Thong

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Nonthaburi 1 Day , Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 1 Day , Ang Thong 1 Day
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3 Days 2 Nights
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Nightlife & entertainment, Events & festivals, Thai food & drink, Nature, beaches & islands, New experiences,adventure & off-the-beaten-track, Wedding, honeymoon or anniversary,
  • Day 1
    July 22
  • Day 2
    July 23
  • Day 3
    July 24
Day 1 : Nonthaburi

Koh Kret

There is much history and culture concentrated in this tiny island, based in Nonthaburi, which reached its heyday during the Ayutthaya period. The island is manmade, created from a canal dug between two curves in the Chao Phraya River. Its temples have luckily retained the Ayutthaya era style. Most of the residents are descendants of the minority Mon hill tribe people, who had been given permission to emigrate and live there during the reign of King Taksin after the sacking of Ayutthaya. Another wave of Mon migrants came during King Rama II’s rule. The best way to get around the small island is by bicycle or motorbike.Attractions include many unique Mon sights not found in the rest of Thailand, such as WatPoramaiYikawat, an ancient temple. The temple is the last in Thailand to have preserved Buddhist prayers in the Mon language. Inside the temple compound is a small, five-tiered roof castle, once home to the coffin of a former temple abbot. WatPoramaiYikawat Museum displays interesting artifacts such as votive tablets, crystal ware and “Hem”, including a masterpiece made by  ColonelChatwatNgamniyom.Chao Phraya Express Boat Co., Ltd. organises one-day trip cruises to KohKred from Sathorn Pier every Saturdayand Sunday. Adults pay 300 baht, and children pay 250 baht. For more information, call 0 2623 6143 or 0 2623 6001-3, 0 2225 3003, 0 2222 5330 ext. 106 or visit www.chaophrayaboat.co.th Visiting hours are 8.00 am-6.00 pm daily.

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30 Min. ( Approx. 18.62 Km.)

Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn

Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn (or Wat Leng Noei Yi 2) is a Chinese temple under the patronage of the Chinese Buddhist Sangha in Thailand or Mahayana Buddhism. Covering the area of 12 rai, the temple is located on Address 75, moo 4, Tambon Sanoloi, Amphoe Bang Bua Tong, Nonthaburi. It was built on June 9th , 1996 to commemorate  the 50th Anniversary of King Bhumibol’s Accession to the Throne. Initially, it was only a tiny vegetarian hall on approximately 2 rai. Later, the Chinese Buddhist Sangha in Thailand, led by Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat (Wat Leng Noei Yi 1) had assigned Venerable Phra Kanajanjin Dharma Punya Jariyaporn (Tan Chao Khun Yen Chiew) to be the temple construction Sangha president, and Phra Maha Kanajanjin Dharma Samathiwat to be the construction counseling Sangha president. All Thai-Chinese Buddhists were encouraged to donate in the construction in order to make merit for the king on occasion of his 50th anniversary. Mr.Kwankeo Watharothai, Lord Chamberlain in the Bureau of the Household, had asked for the royal permission to build the temple. King Bhumibol granted, and bestowed the name for the temple as “Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn—Chinese Sangha Rang San Sect”Presently, Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn—Chinese Sangha Rang San Sect has been completely constructed. It went around 12 years (1996-2008) under the construction. The architecture of the Viharas in the temple were immensely influenced by Mahayana or Chinese Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist doctrine. The Viharas consist of Guan Yim Bodhisattava Vihara, Meun Buddhasukkavadi Hall, Burapajarn Vihara, Meditation Hall, Monk Residence (Kuti), and Phra Pariyat Tham School. Since Wat Leng Noei Yi 2 was a Mahayana or Chinese Buddhist temple, it also holds Chinese cultural festivals such as Chinese New Year, or Vegetarian Festival (Gin Jay) as well. Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn is therefore crowded with people who attend religious festival upon their belief. 

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27 Min. ( Approx. 17.50 Km.)

Wat Klang Kret

Wat Klang Kret is located nearby Lad Kret River and it is not far from Wat Sanam Neau. It is situated at Moo.1 Baan Khlong Lad Kret, Bang Talad Sub District, Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, 11120.It has been assumed that this temple was built in the late Ayuttaya Period as you can see from the wooden sculpture on the pediment of the temple and the feature of the principle Buddha image. There are Buddhist sanctuary, monk’s house, and sermon hall inside the temple. Besides, there are many other holy things to be worshipped such as the big Buddha image in the attitude of subduing Mara and the reclining Buddha which has been invented for over 100 years. It has been said that this temple is very sacred especially for those who do business. They will come and wish for their business to be flourish and prosperous. Also, it has been believed that the holy water spread out from this temple can relieve and cure a variety of illness as well as can expel bad things out of the person.Moreover, after you finished paying homage to holy things, you can enjoy a variety of food from restaurants and convenient stores as much as you wish.  Anyone interested to come over the place can travel by car. If you start from Ha Yak Pak Kret, you can either take Chaeng Wattana road towards Pak Kret city municipal for 20 meters. Turn left to Bhumives road before you reach Major Hollywood for further two kilometers and you will reach at the destination. OR you can keep going straight and turn left to Sukha Prachasawan road. Also, you can take a bus number 32, 51, 52, 104 and deluxe bus number 5 or 6 and drop off at Major Hollywood bus station. Later, take a tricycle ride or a motorcycle ride straight to Wat Klang Kret.    

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24 Min. ( Approx. 11.25 Km.)

Chalerm Phrakiat Caladium Village

This is where the Queen of the Leafy Plant grows. It is located at Tambon Sai-Noi and Tambon Long-Kwang, Sai-Noi District. Caladium is one of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s favorite plants. She had asked to preserve this kind of plant which Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives annually hold an event in August as a commemoration to the queen. Caladium is a kind of plant that is profitable and largely demanded by the market. Also, it can be exported to countries in Asia, such as, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan. Mr. Virat Ardeium, the president of Chalerm Phrakiat Caladium Village Tambon Sai-Noi, Sai-Noi District, Nonthaburi said that in the past, his family did farming, but the sale was not good and it did cost a lot of money. So, he decided to grow Caladium. He started planting in a small area with 10 containers while trying to create new varieties. At present, the area spreads over 2 Rai with more markets. Later on, he formed a group and grew this particular plant. Caladium has various species and is constantly demanded in the market, for example, Pech Pailin with its white flowers, Phutthamonthon, Koo Boo, and Pech Darakorn. Mr. Virat said that it is not hard for an amateur to plant and grow Caladium. It grows well in winter and lives long if it has been cared for properly. For the general market, Mr. Virat mentioned that Caladium is on demand. The ones he grows have been exported all over Asia. The newer the species, the higher income one can gain. Some of them can be sold over 10-20 thousand baht. The average monthly income would be around 10-20 thousand baht. Moreover, Caladiums he owns have won many prizes, whether they are 3 inches, 5 inches or 8 inches tall, or those with various leaf shapes, such as acuminate, acuminate, orbicular etc.     

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The Museum of Nonthaburi

The Museum of Nonthaburi is one of the local learning and resource centers, which helps preserve the soul of Nonthaburi. The museum is located close to Nonthaburi Pier. The building was once used as a city hall. This historical building was built from teak wood that adds much to its value in architecture. Its site is also significant to Nonthaburi province. This place had been constructed during the reign of King Rama VI. However, it has been renovated and turned into “The Museum of Nonthaburi” where historical evidence and valuable cultural heritage have been preserved and displayed for educational and conservational purposes. The museum has two floors. The interior of the building can be divided into four parts. The first one is a ‘reception hall’ where visitors can view the geography of Nonthaburi province and people’s ways of life through the satellite. Also, they can find the general information about Nonthaburi there. The second part is ‘the old Nonthaburi city hall’. In this area, visitors can see the model and learn about the architectural styles of the building. The next part is ‘The Gallery of the Old Nonthaburi, the City of Orchard along the Chao Phraya River Basin’. In this zone, visitors can have a glimpse of the historical background of the city from Ayutthaya era when the city has been regarded as ‘Baan Talard Kwan’ until today when it is known as the city of fruits and its delicious Durian. The last part is “Nonthaburi’s Fine Arts/Pride of Nonthaburi”. In this part, there are several exhibitions for visitors to enjoy, for example, the display on important figures of Nonthaburi who have the outstanding performance in the national level, the presentations of the exquisite Mural Paintings, such as, images of ascetic practices, dharma puzzles, mother-earth squeezing her hair etc. and lastly, shows on Fine Arts, namely, grand shadow play and Thai puppet. On the second floor, the first room that comes into sight is “Terracotta, the symbol of Nonthaburi” where Terracotta pots and earthenware can be seen. Earthenware is the seal of Nonthaburi province, which can be interpreted that Nonthaburi has long been engaged in pottery making. This occupation has been popular ever since. The next room is “Kor Kred and Bang Tanao Sri’s pottery” where it exhibits various kinds of beautiful potteries and terracotta. The third room, “The knowledge of making Nonthaburi pottery ”, presents the process of pottery making in details. Lastly, “The Trading of Nonthaburi pottery in the past” introduces the golden age of pottery trading. Visitors can find photos of the trading at Kor Kred, which has been remade by special technique and one can also trace the trading of earthen jar by merchants in Jar Boats.  For those who wish to make a visit to this museum, it opens Tuesday to Friday from 09:00 – 17:00, weekends and public holidays from 10:00 – 18:00. It can be reached by bus no. 32, 63, 97, 115, 175, 203, 543, and 525 or by Chao Phraya Express boat. For more information, please contact 0 2525 0622   

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Wat Chimphli Sutthawat

    Wat Chimphli Sutthawat is located nearby Lat Kret river, Koh Kret Sub District, Pak Kret District, Nonthaburi. It is situated on the south of Wat Poramaiyikawas which is only 800 meters far. This temple was built in the late Ayuttaya period. It was named ‘Wat Pa Fai’ at first. But, later, it has been assumed that after the renovation by King Rama II, the temple was given name after the old name of King Rama II which is ‘Chimphli’ and a garuda sign was used to be a stamp of His Majesty King Rama II.The full name of the temple is actually ‘Chimphli Sutthawat’ as the word ‘Sutthawat’ related to the old name of Wat Suthat, ‘Wat Maha Sutthawat’, which was as well renovated by the will of King Rama II.  Normally, Mon people call this temple by the name ‘Pia Toa’.There are many interesting things for you to discover here at this temple such as the ubosot and the pagoda as they are all decorated in Ayuttaya style. The ubosot consists of five storeys and the base of the ubosot was shaped like a junk together with the wooden god sculpture on the pediment. The decoration of the front pediment is pretty much similar to the one in Wat Suthat but this one is smaller. The back pediment was fully decorated with plants’ stucco. Also, the arch of the building named Sum Nha Nang is very beautiful yet delicate. The ubosot of Wat Chimphli Sutthawat is one of the most beautiful ubosot in Nonthaburi. Above the ubosot, there is a pagoda with four little pagoda surrounded. The bell inside the pagoda is decorated with colorful glasses in Mon style. Besides, there are two Chinese rock statues on both sides of the ubosot door. Anyone interested to come visit Wat Chimphli Sutthawat can come over every day from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.  

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Day 2 : Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Bang Pa-in Palace

Bang Pa-in Palace is ancient palace back to Ayutthaya era. This palace was built by King Prasart Thong and then it was rebuilt by King Mongkut after it’s abandoned for long time. The palace is divide into 2 zone one is inner zone that for royal family to use as a resting place the other zone is outer zone that open for normal people and tourist.                   According to Bang Pa-in Travel Guide there are a lot of place tourist can pay a visit in this palace.                     Hem Montein Tewa Raja Tower (King Prasart Thong Shrine). This was built in Khmer style by King Mongkut in addition to honor King Prasart Thong the one who first built this palace.                   Aisawan Thiphya-Asana Royal Pavilion. This royal pavilion was built by King Mongkut at the middle of palace’s basin. It is a copy of Arporn Phimok Prasart royal pavilion in Bangkok and named follow by the first royal pavilion that build by King Prasart Thong in the past.                   Vropas Phimarn Palace. This palace is a Greek Corinthian Order style palace. It was built for royal ceremony or welcome the royal guest. Aside from any ceremony this palace also a storage of ancient weapon, carve statue and another tribute that gift to royal family.                   Saphakan Ratchaprayun. This the assembly hall build at opposite of Vropas Phimarn Palace in order for royal family followers to use it as an accommodation.                   Tewa Raja Kunlai Gate. This a gate on top of the bridge that connect Bang Pa-in Palace inner and outer zone together.                   Uthayarn Phum Satein Palace. This is the wood palace build in Swiss Chalet style. All around the palace decorate by a highly rare and valuable assets that tribute from across the country. Sadly the palace was accidently burned in 1938 and the hold palace and its asset ware turned to ashes. After accident King Bhumibol Adulyadej rebuilt this palace as a concrete palace.                     Vehas Jumrune Palace. This palace is a Chinese style palace and it use as a winter palace. The palace was built by local millionaire name Lord Shoduk and his nickname is Fuk. He built this palace in order to offering it to King Chulalongkorn. The palace has a name in Chinese language it is Tien Meng Toei. The architecture and art style of this palace is truly a masterpiece there are carving art on every wall the main chamber floor is Jay tile with art paint on each tile also surrounding area decorate by Chinese furniture and decoration. This palace sometime open a room on first floor for tourist to pay a visit.                   Bubpha Prapas Royal Pavilion. This pavilion was built by King Chulalongkorn in the garden next to Vehas Jumrune Palace in order to be a place for relax and take look in flower garden.                   Vitule Tassana Tower. This tower was built by King Chulalongkorn alongside the Bubpha Prapas royal pavilion in order to be a view tower for take a look in all area.                   Queen Sunanta Kumarirat Monument. This is a monument build by King Chulalongkorn to be a memorial of his beloved consort who pass away in boat accident.                   Raja Nusorn Monument. This monument was built along with Queen Sunanta Kumarirat Monument in order to be a memorial for another royal family members that pass away in the same boat accident as Queen Sunanta Kumarirat.                   There are quite lot of ways to travel to Bang Pa-In Palace tourist   can choose the most suit way for themselves.                   If you travel by personal vehicle from Ayutthaya city. Head out from town by highway No. 3477 to Ban Len parish it will take around 15 minute to reach Bang Pa-In train station after that just head straight Bang Pa-In Palace must be on right hand side. However if you come from Bangkok you have to use Paholayothin road until you reach Pratu Nam Pra-in then cross outer ring’s bridge after that turn left at 35th Km. to highway No. 308 head straight 7 Km. you will reach Bang Pa-In Palace.                   There are some public bus from transport station in Bangkok to Ayutthaya’s transport station. Tourist can directly buy ticket from the station or book ticket online at www.busticket.in.th or www.thaiticketmajor.com also buy ticket online at www.thairoute.com is still an option.                   Bang Pa-In Palace has train station nearby so it possible to travel by train. There are a train from Bangkok at Hua Lum Pong train station to travel to Bang Pa-In train station. Tourist can ticket online at www.thairailwayticket.com/eTSRT/                   Another way that famous among tourist to detour around Ayutthaya include visit Bang Pa-In palace is boat trip by tourist Service Company. 

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24 Min. ( Approx. 19.18 Km.)

Chankasem National Museum

Chankasem National Museum, Chankasem Palace or Wang na is located at U-Thong road near Pah Sak River in the Northeast of Muang island which is near Hua Ro market. According to the historical record, Chankasem palace was built in King Dhamma Racha reign around 1577 in order to be the residence of King Naraesuan Maharacha and was the residence of King Yuparat and many kings. When Ayutthaya was attacked and seized in 1767, the invaders burnt and destroyed this palace and left it abandonly. Until the reign of King Rama IV of Rattanakosin dynasty, he commanded to repair the throne hall Phra Thinang Piman Rattaya and the pavilion in tetrahedron style to be the residence when he traveled to Ayutthaya and gave the name “Phra Ratcha Wang Chankasem” on 26th March 1893. Later in the reign of King Rama V, he offered Phra Thinang Piman Rattaya as the old city country office in 1899. When time went by, Lord Phya Boran Ratthanin took charge of intendant of the old city county. He ordered to build office at the wall in the West and the South and moved the country office from Phra Thinang Piman Rattaya to that office. The Fine Arts Department has taken care of the place and renovated it into Chankasem National Museum until nowadays.There are interesting ancient buildings in Chankasem palace namely:The wall and the palace gate: At present, there are brick wall decorated with heart-shaped boundary marker. There is one door on each side so altogether there are four doors for four sides. Pavilion in tetrahedron style: It is located near the East palace gate and made of wood. There are 3 porticos in the front and another 3 porticos at the back. At first, it was used as the hall for an announcement of governable issues and the residence. Later, it displays ancient items and is now called Ayutthaya Museum. At present, it exhibits the private royal tools and equipments which were originally used in this palace. Phra Thinang Piman Rattaya: It exhibits sculptures made from Sila stone. They are made in god figures and Buddha image with the Nakha above in Lopburi style, the Buddha image made from bronze in Ayutthaya period, votive tablets and carved wooden items.Phra Thinang Pisai Sayyalak or Hor Song Klong: It is 4-storey tower which is used to observe stars and constellations. Now it displays five permanent exhibitions which are about Ayutthaya architecture, baked pottery and import-export Ayutthaya goods, weapons, items related to Buddhism and the old city people lifestyle. If you travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya city, when you cross King Somdej Phra Naraesuan Maharat Bridge, turn left and drive until you reach the Y-intersection. Turn left again and drive straight for 2 kilometers. Then you will pass Chao Phom market, the museum is on your left-hand side. It opens every day from 09.00 – 16.00 except Mondays, Tuesdays and national holidays. The admission fee is 30 baht per Thai person and 100 baht per a foreigner. For more information, please call 0-3525-1586, 0-3525-2795 and fax 0-3525-1586.Those who are interested in visiting the palace, they should not miss Chankasem National Museum as the palace was once the important scene in “The Four Reigns” musical theatre.    

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13 Min. ( Approx. 6.58 Km.)

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is located in Pratu Chai subdistrict, Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya district, Ayutthaya province. The temple is not only a significant historical site, but also considered as the spiritual center of Thais for a long time. Situated within the royal palace grounds, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is the royal monastery and therefore no monk is allowed to reside at. However, the temple served to conduct ceremonies within the royal court, such as the ritual to drink an oath of allegiance. It is also regarded as an equivalence of Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai and a model for Wat Phra Sri Ratana Sasadaram (the royal temple of the Emerald Buddha) or Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Somdet Phra Ramathibodi I or King U-thong commanded the construction of his royal house in this area, but when Somdet Phra Borom Tilokkanat succeeded the throne, the king considered moving the royal palace further north and converting the piece of land into a sacred ground which later became this temple. During the reign of Ramathibodi II, an enormous Buddha image was cast. The Buddha image of Phra Sri Sanphetdayan is 16 meters high and its surface is coated with 143 kilograms of gold. It had been enshrined inside the assembly hall until the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767 when the Burmese invaded and melted the gilded gold away. The Buddha image was seriously damaged, so in the Rattanakosin period Phra Bat Somdet Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke installed the broken core of Phra Sri Sanphetdayan in a pagoda inside Wat Phra Chetupon Vimolmangkalararm Rajvoramahaviharn in Bangkok and named the pagoda Chedi Sri Sanphetdayan. Somdet Phrachaoyuhua Borommakot was the first to command the temple restoration. During the reign of Phrabat Somdet Phra Chulachomklao Chao Yuhua (King Rama V), Phraya Boran Rachathanin the regional intendant found a considerably large collection of artifacts in the underground chamber of the pagoda, for example Buddha images and gold ornaments. Later Field Marshal P. Piboonsongkram assigned a committee to renovate the ruins until the temple regained its current condition. This royal monastery plays an important role in history of art and archeology. The remaining debris still evidently portrays how glorious the country was. At the heart of the temple, there are three adjacent Ceylonese (or bell-shaped) pagodas situated on rectangular platforms. It is believed that these platforms were the base of royal houses in the Ayutthaya period. Currently, the temple is regarded as the symbol of Ayutthaya province.

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21 Min. ( Approx. 6.51 Km.)

Wat Niwet Thamprawat

Wat Niwet Thamprawat is considered the one and only European architectural style temple in Thailand. It is located on an island in Chao Phraya River, on the bank opposite Bang Pa-in palace.In 1876, King Rama V had this temple built in order to perform religious practices during his stay at Bang Pa-in palace. The intriguing characteristic of this monastery is that it was decorated in Western style. The ordination hall (ubosot) resembles a Christian cathedral with steeply sloped Gothic roofs. The window by the main Buddha image was beautified with colorful stained glass portraying the image of King Rama V. The main Buddha image known as “Phra Buddha Narumol Dhammopas” sits on the plaster base similar to the Cross. On the right of the ordination hall is a shrine where Phra Khanthararat in the posture of requesting rain is kept. Opposite the shrine of Phra Khanthararat, there is another shrine that houses a seated stone Buddha image on a coiled Naga. It is an ancient Buddha image which ages more than a thousand years and was built during the Lopburi period by a Khmer Craftsman. The Buddha image is adjacent to Phra Sri Maha Bodhi tree whose branches shade the area in front of the ordination hall. There is also a stone garden called “Diskul Anusorn” with a large array of stone collection, such as limestone, sandstone, and conglomerate. It also contains the relics of Prince (Somdet Kromphraya) Damrong Rajanubhab and his mother Chao Chom Manda Chum, King Rama IV’s favorite concubine, as well as other royal-blooded members of Diskul family.Visitors can access the temple by the cable car crossing from the river bank where Bang Pa-in palace is. Each cable car can accommodate 6 – 8 people. Cost: free but donations welcome. This is one of the must-visit religious attractions in Ayutthaya, as it is the one and only Western architectural temple in the country.    http://thailand.sawadee.com/ayutthaya/temples.html 

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Wat Phutthaisawan

Wat Phutthaisawan is located on the west bank of Chao Phraya River, opposite Koh Mueang, in Sampao Lom subdistrict, Phra Nakorn Sri Ayutthaya district.In the Ayutthaya Era, Wat Phutthaisawan was an immence, renowned and most important royal monastery during the reign of Somdet Phra Ramathibodhi I (King U-thong), the first king of the Ayutthaya kingdom. According to the legend, the king commanded the construction of the temple in the royal pavilion compound where he used to stay before the founding of Ayutthaya. The area was referred to in the Royal Chronicles as “Wiang Lek” or “Wiang Hlek” from inconsistent writing. This subdistrict was the first location where the king and his subjects had settled down in 1350 before Ayutthaya was established as the capital city. Unfortunately in 1353 there was a plague, so the king decided to evacuate and set up a new royal palace near Nong Sano (Bueng Phra Ram) where Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is currently located. On the other hand, Wiang Lek became Wat Phutthaisawan to commemorate the founding of the first capital city.In 1353 when Ayutthaya was declared a new capital city, King U-thong ordered the construction of Wat Phutthaisawan in remembrance of the subdistrict where he used to settle down. Later on this developed into a royal tradition in which following kings commanded the building of permanent structures. Wat Phutthaisawan was one of the temples survived the Burmese destruction during the collapse of Ayutthaya in 1767, so the temple remains in its decent condition. At present, there are numerous historical remains await your visit. For instance, the main Khmer-style Prang on Pai-tee pagoda base in the monastic quarter, 2 mandapas in which the main Buddha images are enshrined, the assembly hall located west of the Prang, a dozen of pagodas, the hall enshrining the Declining Buddha image, etc. In addition, there is the residential building of Somdet Phra Phutthakosajarn, one of the senior monks in Ayutthaya. The interior of this residential hall is decorated with mural paintings about deities, hermits, the worship to Buddhapada (the footprint of the Buddha), the pavilion of Jatukam Ramathep, as well as the Chinese junk with which Somdet Phra Phutthakosajarn travelled to Ceylon. Nevertheless, these mural paintings became dilapidated and faded as time goes by. 

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14 Min. ( Approx. 6.02 Km.)

Wat Phra Mahathat

Wat Phra Mahathat, Thailand, was a royal temple of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It is one of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya as it housed the Buddha’s holy relic. Many important royal ceremonies of the Ayutthaya era had been hosted here. When the Ayutthaya Kingdom failed in 1767, Wat Phra Mahathat was severely damaged by fire and was since abandoned. The temple is located in the area of the Ayutthaya Historical Park nowadays. Attractions in Wat Phra Mahathat of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya include remains of important old buildings such as pagodas, octagonal pagodas, royal hall, small temples, murals under a Bodhi tree, and the famous sand-stone Ayutthaya-style head of the Buddha image in a tree’s root. Nearby attractions -  The Ancient Palace, with only the basement of the building left to be seen today. - Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, an important temple in the royal palace of the Ayutthaya era. - Wat Ratchaburana, which stands opposite to Wat Phra Mahathat and is famous for its elaborately decorated main pagoda. - Wat Phra Ram, which was built in the reign of King Ramesuan in the area where his father, King Ramathibodi I, was cremated. - Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bo Phit, which was named after Phra Mongkhon Bophit, the sitting Buddha image with the gesture of Subduing Mara.

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Day 3 : Ang Thong

Kham Yat Palace

Kham Yat Palace is located in Kham Yat Sub-district, 2.5 kilometers west from Wat Pho Thong, on a one way road. Nowadays, the 10-meter-wide and 20-meter-long building has only 4 cement walls left and stands in the middle of a rice field. But, there are still traces of beauty of artworks such as the decorations at the Jaranum facade, porticos at the front and the back, laterite paint inside and wood flooring. When King Rama V visited Kham Yat Palace in 1908, his thought on the place appeared on his writing, Phra Ratchahatthalekha Ruang Sadet Praphat Lamnam Makham Thao. It said that he originally thought that Krom Khun Phonphinit (Khun Luang Ha Wat or Prince Uthumphon), who had ordained at Wat Pho Thong, built this palace to live as a monk because of its suitable location. However, when King Rama V saw that the palace was elaborately built, he changed his mind because he thought that Khun Luang Ha Wat would never think of building his temporary residence or base for fight, this grand and beautiful. Therefore, he assumed that this palace was built in the reign of King Boromakot to be his residence during trips just like King Prasat Thong who had built the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace as his summer palace because he often visited the area. These two kings had visited Phra Non Khun Inthapramun twice. And in the same time, Krom Khun Phonphinit (Khun Luang Ha Wat or Prince Uthumphon), who had ordained at Wat Racha Pradit, had brought his servants and his loyal monks on a boat with him to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, to stay at Wat Pho Thong and at Kham Yat Palace to join Bang Rachan villagers in battle. Today, the Fine Arts Department has renovated the Kham Yat Palace and listed the place as ancient monument. If you want to visit the Kham Yat Palace, the place is located in Kham Yat Sub-district of Ang Thong Province, 2.5 kilometers west from Wat Pho Thong.   

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Wat Chantharangsi

Anyone who pass Ang Thong Province and would like to pray for “good health and fresh life and body”, we suggest to pray from Luang Pho Sot. Also there is a free vegetarian food for Buddhists on Saturday and Sunday at Sala Virat Kanchana Sakka Sopan. Wat Chantharangsi’s area covers two sides of the road. On the east side, there is a sacred Buddha statue. People called this “Luang Pho Yok”. And the west side of the road is Phra Maha Wihan Chaturamuk Phra Mongkhon Thep Muni (Luang Pho Sot). It is the world’s biggest statue. The total statue was built from metal covered with gold. It is 6 meters and 9 inches wide and 9.9 meters high. The construction started in 1996 by Phra Tham Rattanakon, the assistant abbot of Wat Paknam Pasi Charoen. Moreover, he built the statue of Guan Yim with thousand hands. It is 5 meters and 8 inches high and was made from giant scented wood from China. The statue was imported and located here on 15 March 2009. Travelling Wat Chantharangsi is in Ban Na, Mu 9, Hua Phai Sub-District. From the 49th km. of Asia Route, turn left to the Rural Road (5042) for 3 kilometers or go straight and turn left to Mueang District of Ang Thong Province for about 1 kilometer. Turn left at the temple’s name sign and continue driving for about 1 kilometer.  

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Wat Khun Inthapramun

Wat Khun Inthapramun is ancient temple that was constructed during the Sukhothai period, its vast size still outlined by brick ruins. The largest and longest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand, 50 meters from topknot to feet, is enshrined here.  Originally, the reclining Buddha image was housed in the image hall, or Wihan, but after a fire raged through the temple, the image was abandoned to the elements for hundreds of years. Many Thai kings have paid homage to the image, including King Borommakot in 1753, King Rama V in 1878 and 1908, as well as the current king, who presented royal Kathin robes in 1973 and 1975. Inside an all-purpose pavilion, there is a statue of Khun Inthapramun (a much-storied figure) as well as his presumed remains. According to legend, Khun Inthapramun was a revenue officer who secretly embezzled from the government to build the massive Buddha image. When the King asked how he obtained the funds, Khun Inthapramun did not reveal the truth because he was afraid that merit from the construction of the image would be passed on to the King.  He was finally sentenced to death. There are three ways to get to the temple. First, take Ang Thong - Amphoe Pho Thong Route (Route No. 3064), then take a right turn at Km 9 for approximately 2 kilometers.  Or take the road from Sing Buri province towards Amphoe Chaiyo and take a left turn at approximately Km 64-65 for 4 kilometers to reach the temple. Alternatively, take the Amphoe Wiset - Chai Chan Pho Thong Route (along the irrigation canal road) and take a right turn when arriving at  Amphoe Pho Thong. Continue for 2 kilometers to reach the temple.   The temple is open daily from 8.00 am-5.00 pm.

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Wat Muang

This temple has several must-see highlights. The Ubosot(ordination hall) is surrounded by the largest lotus petals in the world. The ground floor of one of its image halls, Wihan Kaeo, is home to a museum (open on weekends from 9.00 am-5.00 pm), with sacred objects, antiques and figures of nationally venerated monks on display. The upper floor of the museum houses the first and largest silver holy Buddha image of the country, which was created in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne.  Within the temple compound, there are depictions of heaven and hell, a Thai deity paradise, a Chinese deity paradise, and a huge statue of KuanIm, a Chinese female goddess.  In addition, there are figures narrating the history of the Thai-Burmese battle in Wiset Chai Chan.  At the back of the temple, there is a fish preserve, where Ang Thong signature treats and souvenirs are for sale. Wat Muang is located at Mu 6, Tambon Hua Taphan, approximately 8 kilometers from downtown. To get there, from Ang Thong - Wiset Chai Chan route (Highway No. 3195) turn at Km 29 for 1 kilometer; the temple will be on the left side of the road.   For more information, please contact 0 3553 5789.

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Lyle's Flying Foxes at Wat Chantaram

Many of Thai children used to hear this guessing game’s question, “What is a bird with ears and a rat with wings?” The answer cannot be something else but bat. We all know that bats are very unique animal because of their weird hunting time and way of life. Even though it is quite hard for us to see the lives of bats, but for those who are interested to see that, Wat Chantaram is the answer. Wat Chantaram is an old temple surrounded by dense trees acting as a perfect habitat from Lyle’s flying foxes and many species of birds for many generations. Lyle’s flying fox is a species of bats that is different from other kinds of bats we have seen. They are bigger than usual bats and have two colors on their bodies; light brown at their bodies and wings and black at their legs. Each leg can be over 80-90 centimeters long. So we can see that they are quite big bats. Lyle’s flying foxes hunt at night and hang on black trees’ branches during day time, making the area look all black from afar. Those who interested can see the Lyle’s flying foxes’ lives here in every season. Many people might have learnt that bats are ferocious and frightening creatures. But, they would change their minds after seeing charm and cuteness of these Lyle’s flying foxes. However, tourists have to be careful not to wake these hanging bats and careful when standing under these trees while the bats are resting as they might release their body wastes with unpleasant smell on you when you are unaware. 

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