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Khlong tour in Ayutthaya

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1. The Splendour of the World Heritage Site on the Three Rivers

The cruise around the city island starts from Hua Ro Market, along the city moats where the Lop Buri and the Pa Sak Rivers meet. Several significant temples are situated on the riverfront, including Wat Choeng Tha and Wat Salapun. The city moat runs into the Chao Phraya River at Ban Hua Laem, the site of the woven barb (pla tapian) hangings. A further cruise on the Chao Phraya River takes visitors through the great riverside monuments, including Wat Phutthaisawan, the Church of St. Joseph, Wat Chai-watthanaram, Wat Kasattrathirat, the Queen Si Suriyothai Memorial, Porn Phet (Diamond Fort), Wat Phananchoeng, and the Chantharakasem Palace, ending at Hua Ro Market, where raft houses can still be seen. Time permitting, one can take further cruises from Porn Phet along the Chao Phraya River, enjoying the sight of typical Thai houses, churches, mosques, temples, and folk fishery lifestyle. Not to be missed are the former Portuguese and Japanese Villages on the riverbank. At Bang Pa-In Summer Palace Pier, boats are available for a cruise around the island, before taking a cable car across the canal to Wat Niwet Thammaprawat. Those who are fascinated by the simple and peaceful lifestyle in the countryside can travel some distance further to Khlong Rang Chorakhe in Sena District, where pleasant canal tours are offered, along with homestay accommodations in Thai houses by the canal, entertained by hospitable hosts.


Khlong Rang Chorakhe

One finds here an ecotourism community, where unique Thai rural lifestyle is preserved, and the canal is kept clean. Fine wooden Thai houses from the old days line both banks of the canal. Visitors are afforded a chance to be in close touch with folk fishery lifestyle and experience the traditional warm hospitality of rural Thailand.
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Woven Pla Taphian Mobiles Production Site

The fish known in Thai as pla taphian, or carp or barb, is the symbol of abundance of the rice field and the water, as it grows and proliferates quickly when the water is high. The craft of weaving palmyra leaves into hanging mobiles shaped like barb originated in Ayutthaya with the Persian Muslim merchants who conducted their spice trade along the Chao Phraya River. They fashioned the barb hangings from palm leaves to entertain their children on board. Later, the Muslims at Hua Laem area developed the household item into a cottage industry, weaving the barb mobiles and painting them in beautiful patterns.

Queen Si Suriyothai Memorial

The pagoda was built in dedication to Queen Suriyothai, who was killed in a battle on elephant back in 1548.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Built in 1630, during the renaissance of Thai arts and culture towards the end of the Ayutthaya Period, the temple plan was based on Buddhist cosmology. The main pagoda represents the epicentre of the universe, surrounded by four satellite pagodas at the four comers, as the four continents. Buddha images in full royal dress are placed in surrounding niches.

The Church of St. Joseph

Situated in the French village in the Ayutthaya Period, the original church was destroyed at the fall of Ayutthaya to the Burmese in 1767 and was rebuilt in the reign of King Rama IV of Rattanakosin.

Wat Phutthaisawan

Wat Phutthaisawan was built in the area of the residence of the first monarch of Ayutthaya, King U-Thong, prior to his self-acclamation as king, reigning from 1350 to 1369. The king commanded the temple to be built in 1353, as a memorial. In the residence of the Lord Abbot, Somdet Phra Phutthakhosachan, murals from the Jataka stories (the former lives of the Lord Buddha) and a painting of the pilgrimage of a revered monk to the Lord Buddha's footprint in Sri Lanka can be found. A statue of King U-thong was put up in front of the main pagoda.

Chantharakasem Palace

The palace was built in the reign of King Maha Thanunaracha (1569-1590) as the residence of the viceroy, or the Prince of the Front Palace. The present structure was constructed in the Fourth Reign of Bangkok, housing a national museum with a display of artifacts.

The City Island of Ayutthaya

At the heart of the city island is the Historical Park of Ayutthaya, the old royal capital, which was originally circled by 12-kilometre-long walls, presently U-Thong Road, the main avenue to the royal palace and significant temples that represent the past glory of the capital city, are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
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Pom Phet Diamond Fort

The Diamond Fort is situated at the meeting point of the Chao Phraya and the Pa Sak Rivers at Bang Kacha, the site of a whirlpool where several shipwrecks occurred in the past. From the fort, watchmen had a clear view of ships and boats approaching Ayutthaya. The fort is in brick and laterite, with alcoves, presumably for cannons to be placed on the fort.

Wat Phananchoeng

It is located at the juncture where the Chao Phraya River meets the Pa Sak River at Bang Kacha, when Ayutthaya was a major port, and. the meeting of Chinese merchants operating maritime trade. In the prayer hall, one rinds the major Buddha image known as Phru Phuttha Trai Rattananayok.

Japanese Village

The Japanese originally came to Ayutthaya as traders. Later, in the year 1592, Japanese volunteers joined the armed service under the command of Yamada Na-ngamasa, with the high-ranking Thai title of OkYa Senabhimnk. At present, the Japanese village is an annex to the Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre. There are exhibitions on foreign relations of Ayutthaya with China, Ryukyu Islands, Portugal, Japan, Holland, Britain, France, India, Persia, and Malaya.

Portuguese Village

Portuguese made up the first foreign mission to Ayutthaya in 1511. They were granted a piece of land to build their settlement southwest of the city island, with penuission to establish a church for their religious services. The church that can be seen at present was built in the reign of King Songtham (1610-1628). At the excavation carried out by the Fine Arts Department, a large number of artifacts were found, including chinaware, skeletons, and crosses.
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2. The Royal Palace in Thai, Chinese,
and European Styles on a River Island

Bang Pa-In is a major island in the Chao Phraya River, the main artery from ancient times. Even today, the stretch of the river from the city island of Ayutthaya to Bang Pa-In is plied with barges laden with rice, sand, water jars, and pots. Islands and islets also line the river, such as Ko Phra, inhabited by a Muslim community to the west and Buddhists to the east, with Wat Yom as the community centre.

Visitors with limited time can travel by road and cross to the island at the Bang Pa-In Palace Pier. A boat tour around the island can be made before a stroll is taken to view the palace. On the way back, a stop is normally made at the Bang Sai Folk Arts and Craft Centre, where craft works from all regions of the country are made by farmers. A comprehensive collection of native fish is also found in the centre.
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Wat Niwet Thammaprawat

Built by King Rama V and completed in 1878, the temple is in Gothic style. The door and window frames are decorated with stained glass, in the manner of a Christian church. A portrait of King Chulalongkom, decorated with coloured glass, was placed above the main entrance to the prayer hall.

Bang Pa-In Palace

Different architectural styles have been employed at the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, reflecting Influences from various sources: Thai, Chinese, and the West. Major structures are the Aisawan Thipphaya At, Warophat Phiman, Utthayan Phuruisathien, and Wehat Chamrun royal halls, and Withun Thatsana Tower. From Bang Pa-In Palace Pier, one can take a cable car across Khlong Bang Pa-In to Wat Niwet Tharnmaprawat.



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