Wat Kai Thia is one of the buddhist temples that are found at the Chao Phraya River and most of the Ayuthaya Day tours from bangkok that combine a bus and boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River start their Chao Phraya River Cruise from this boat docking station beside a buddhist temple or wat at the MEKHALA docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai temple set in a tranquil rural village in the banks of the Chao Phraya River at Pathumthani Province as the first or last stop of the tour is at the Bang Pa In Summer Palace, which is located just a 10 minute drive north of the temple. They also offer an overnight stay at the temple if you booked a 2 day ayuthaya tour with cruise. You have a 10 minute stop at the temple so you can take some pictures and videos around it if you like, before riding the big tour bus that goes to the Bang Pa In Summer Palace.
The Chao Phraya is on of the major river in Thailand (the other is the mighty mekong river), with its low alluvial river plain marking the mainland of the country in the Central Region. The Chao Phraya runs from north to south for 372 km from the central plains to Bangkok and the Gulf of Thailand (however, most chao phraya river tours are located in bangkok or in ayutthaya).The trip along Chao Phraya River is a very exciting and enjoyable thing to do for visitors either in the day time with a lunch buffett or in the evening with dinner served on the river cruise. Prices of Chao Phraya day Tours to Bang Pa In and Ayuthaya is 2,100 Baht with buffet lunch included. The river cruise stops or starts (depending on the river cruise if its in the morning or afternoon) at the Wat Khai Tia Boat docking station about 10 minutes drive from Bang Pa In Summer Palace and the cruise to and from bangkok runs fro 2 1/2 hours and it starts or ends at the river city complex in bangkok.
This will be a multi part tip in and around the Bang Pa In Summer Palace area and the assorted structures and sites found inside the complex, with pictures and some videos.
Ayuthaya King Prasat Thong originally constructed the complex in 1632 since his commoner mother owned the land and he is attached to it and it was renovated by the well known King MONGKUT (of the King and I fame) in the 1800's. Hence it became well known for foreigners because of Englishwoman Teacher ANNA Leonowens, who stayed in the palace. The Palace was formerly used by the Thai kings as a summer dwelling but the recent Thai Monarch, King Bhumipol Adulyaej has rarely use it at present. The palace is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya Province.
The Summer Palace at Bang Pa In has vast gardens and landscaping, and among them are the following: Wehart Chamrunt (Heavenly Light), a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room; the Warophat Phiman (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode), a royal residence; Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower; and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art (Divine Seat of Personal Freedom), a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond.
There is a 100 Baht entrance fee for Bang Pa-In Palace for tourists and is free to thai residents and it opens daily between 08:30 and 12:00 and 13:00 and 16:00. You can hire a golf cart for 400 baht to tour around this huge complex.
I went on a guided tour to Ayutthaya and Bang Pain was included, basically Bang Pa'in is the most boring place you could ever imagine going. It's a lot of houses with old furniture and you are banned from taking any pictures, in fact if your camera is out while in the houses they will confiscate it (i saw this happened to someone in our group) Avoid this place like the plague. It was the worst tour I have ever been on, and Bang Pa'In by FAR the worst attraction I have ever been to while traveling. Truly miserable.
The major attraction of Bang Pa-In is Bang Pa-In Palace. Here's the major place in the area of the palace, Phra Thinang (Royal Residence) Aisawan Thiphya-Art (The Divine Seat of Personal Freedom), is a Thai-style pavilion with four porches and a spired roof built by King Chulalongkorn in the middle of an outer pond in 1876. There're more attractions in the area of the palace, I put some photos in my travelogue..
Loosely translated as the Royal Residence of Heavenly Light, this 2 story palace with Chinese archictecture was a gift to King Rama V from the Chinese government and business community in 1889. It is one of the few buildings open (periodically) to the public.
The inner palace is separated from the outer by a louvered covered bridge seen on the left of the accompanying image. The bridge protected the privacy of the women withing the inner palace region. Behind the Warophat Phiman palace in the picture, there are extensive private gardens.
This pavilion with 4 porches and a Thai-style roof is a direct copy of the Aphonprimok Prasat at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. It houses a bronze statue of King Rama V. Perhaps more than any other, this pavilion is the touristic personification of Thailand.
This building located in the middle of big pond on the front of this palace.It was built in King Rama V's reign to replace the old one which built in King Rama IV's reign.The style of building 's a copy of Aphron Phimok Hall in the Grand Palace Bangkok. And inside housed the statue of King Rama V.
One of the things you will notice in Thailand is how easily beautiful flowers grow. Here at Bang-Pa In the grass is lush, the topiaries sculpted, the flowering bushes burgeoning AND there are wonderful pots of flowers too!
Pictures were not allowed inside this building modelled on a Chinese temple. You can see how the carved screens provided privacy, but also let the breeze through. As it is considered a temple, shoes must be removed before entering.
The name of the Chinese-style palace translates to "Heavenly Light" and was a present from the king's subjects of Chinese ancestry. The ground floor as a nice open quality, suitable to letting the breezes pass through. The interior and contents are very elaborate.
King Rama V ordered to built this temple in 2421 B.E. for his Buddism ritual between his vacation in Bang Pa-In Palace. He decided to built in different style from others Thai temple and he thought about Gothic church. Though all details connected with European Art but the functions are for Buddhism ritual. It's hard to see in Thailand.
-Ubosot in Gothic style.
-Some beautiful construction in European style ,ex. monk residences.
Ho (Shrine) Hem Monthian Thewarat.
(Golden Palace of God King)
This Ho is a shrine not tower likes other Ho.
Ho (Shrine) Hem Monthian Thewarat is a small stone structure in the form of a Khmer-style ( corncob-shaped structure)
Built by King Rama V
Phra Thinang Aisawan Thiphya-Art
(The Devine Seat of Personal Freedom)
Have you ever visit our Grand Palace in Bangkok yet? Phra Thinang Aisawan Thiphya-Art ,is a Thai-style pavilion with four porches and spire roof, was built by King RAMA V. It’s a copy of the Pra Thinang Aphonphimok Prasat in the Grand Palace. This long name of this architecture was named by King RAMA V after King Prasart Thong’s original pavilion. King RAMA V bronze statue is housed in Phra Thinang Aisawan Thiphya-Art.