Rachathiwat Ratchaworawiharn Temple was built before the Ayutthaya peroid. King Rama IV resided here while he was in the monkhood"
The temple is situated at the end of Samsen Soi 9 on the banks of the Chao Phraya river .Inside the temple grounds an unusual stone bell tower.Climb to the top and check out the bell and view over the temple.In the main temple you can see a Thai Fresco mural painted by an Italian artist name Mr Regoli .If you want a little tour of this temple ask one of the monks who will be more than glad to help.
To get to this temple from Bunglumpoo catch bus number 3,33.60 and get off oposite McDonalds. .
Ayutthaya is a province located only 76 km north-outside Bangkok and one of the most popular attractions in Thailand. You can take from the capital city boat, train or bus.
Attraction Type: Architecture, Wat-Temple, Buddha Image, Archeology, History
Close to: Bangkok
Location: Central Thailand
Pictures and information in the web: Ayutthaya
Photos: You can take great photos of the Monuments (a lot of monuments)
Last Visit: September 2007
First Photo: Bang Pa In Palace in Ayutthaya
Second photo: Wat Lokayasuttharam in Ayutthaya
Third photo: Elephant Centre in Ayutthaya
Forth photo: Ancient Ayutthaya
Fifth photo: Ancient Ayutthaya
Ayuthaya is about 90km north of Bangkok - around a one and a half hour's worth of easy driving. (And the train goes there too, as it lies on the line to the key northern cities.)
Ancient ruins spread around a rambling parkland area it reminds me somewhat of Windsor Great Park meets Angkor Wat crossed between Durham (because of the river) and upcountry Thailand. There are more than enough ruins to satisfy the rabid temple fiend (me), restaurants by the river to suit lunchtime relaxation snackers and boozers (us), and real Thai life vignettes for those interested in watching real life going on, in and around some ancient history (me again).
If you can plan it this way it often works best. Get your own driver to take you for the early morning when its cooler and the sun plays interesting patterns on the stones / parkland. Relax for one hour plus for some great riverside lunchtime nosh (watching the working boats lazily tramping by). In the heat of the afternoon get into some of the Art / History museums. By late afternoon, time to wander some of the larger complexes and hang around for sunset. In the evening many of the temples are lit by floodlights, so its well worth only returning back to Bangkok after 8.30pm. (...and if you go mid week it seems like you get the place to yourself.)
Here's a link to VT Ayuthaya Pages if you are interested in seeing how an "Ancient Bangkok Capital" may have looked:
Click on Here
Ayuthaya...Huge ancient place. Relaxing, fresh warm air. Two days better than one.
As to getting out of Bangkok and seeing the surrounding area, there are many day trips to choose from and probably the best is to go to the ruins at Ayuthya. The temples here are quite good and represent several different styles including Thai, Khmer and Burmese. Many are being restored and are under protection by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. No visit to Bangkok would be complete without spending some time on the river Chao, and visiting the Wat Pro and the reclining Buddha. You can arrange most everything when you get there as every hotel has a travel desk and the prices in the hotels are cheaper generally than what you pay had you bought initially in the USA.
You should take the time to explore Bangkok, the people are incredibly kind and generous (minus the touts and a few less scrupulous taxi drivers) Take the time to get our and visit the city. If you get lost hail a cab and give them the card with the hotel and say metered please! (They all know to turn their meters on but some need reminding.) This is minor compared to the rich experience you’ll get with visiting one of the most wonderful cities in Asia.
Take a short trip to Ayutthaya by 3rd class coach on a local train, you will see a lot of local people (it cost only 15Baht).
Most of them are very kind and friendly. Please remember, do respect everyone you see even if they looks a bit poor or don't understand foreign language. I ever saw a tourist who just got up the train at the station near airport, and gave some unwanted trash to the boy in the photo, and the innocent boy received it happily.
The historic former capital of Thailand is Ayuthaya -- and easy hour or so north of Bangkok. You can get there on the bus or by boat -- or both:) We took a tour that bussed us up and boated us back. Please see my Ayuthaya page for the details!
If you don't have time to make it to Angkor Wat in Cambodia or Sukhothai in Thailand (in the middle of the northern areas) you should make a day trip to Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya used to be the ancient capital of Siam at one point in history and now there are many temple ruins there. You can make a day trip from Bangkok for as little as 400 baht p/p inc transportation. Well worth the day!
Off the beaten path in Thailand takes on a whole new definition... I like Ayuttaya.. the former capitol city of the Kindom of Siam.
Beautiful, prestine charming. Pure thai culture at its best.
Other ideas.. find a local thai person from 'Issan' and take a over night trip up to Udon Thani. If you are not moderately fluent in thai I strongly reccommend that you have a guide or translator for this trip.
Want some sun? Avoid the crowds and high tourist prices... go to Samui (or Koh Samui)... Located down the Malay penninsula on your way to KL. Can be access by a half day train ride. Samui has a private airport that is serviced by Bangkok Airpways (code PG) only. They have daily flights from Bangkok and is reasonably priced. For pacakges try a local thai travel agency. All the tropical beauty of Phuket and service, but with 75% less people and 50% cheaper prices. If you have a female friend, she will like to too. Although she may NOT like to lay in the sun getting a tan!
Elephant: Elephant played important cultural & economic role in this country. In the past, the kings & princes of Ayutthaya rode into battle on war elephants while 'White Elephants' were symbols of royalty.
AYUTTHAYA: An ancient city & Thai capital for 417 years. It was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. 33 kings & 5 dynasties had ruled from this city until it was destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese. About 1 1/2 hours (76 km) from Bangkok by bus, this ancient city is a great place for a day-excursion especially if you love ancient ruins.
To get to Ayutthaya, take the skytrain to Moh Chit Station & then either get a bus or taxi (about 10 mins) to Mo Chit Mai (Northern Bus Terminal). From here, one could take the coach (costing 45 baht = US$1.10) to Ayutthaya. It's about 1 1/2 hours from Bangkok. There's a service every 30 mins.
Pictured here is WAT PHRA SI SANPHET which is located in the grand palace compound & was formerly a residential palace of King Ramathibodi I.
I can almost anticipate you asking me - So, how do I get to this place??
Well, there are several options really that you can take:
1. Join a 1-day excursion which you can book with your hotel concierge in Bangkok. This was the option we took. Paid 950 bahts (I bargained with the OTS Travel Agency for further discounts! Am I smart or what?!!). ;-) The only snag is that we were picked up from our hotel at 6.45AM. Yawn... I thnk I must be crazy to wake up this early even when I'm on holiday!!! Sigh.
2. Take the public bus to Ayuthaya. God bless you.... I foresee a looong, winding and dusty journey ahead. :-) Not for the faint-hearted like me. There is a daily bus service which runs from Bangkok to this city and vice versa. But pleeeeease don't ask me for the bus schedules. I don't have them!!! I reckon you can contact either the Land Transport Authorities OR contact the Thai Embassy for more details.
3. Hop onto the train from Hua Lampong Station in Bangkok to this city . I do know that the train leaves every half hour on the hour. Again, you'd be safe if you check directly with the relevant authorities.
4. A most interesting way to travel to Ayuthaya is via longtail boats from Bangkok, but the trip can be rather looooong. So, set aside at least 3 hours for traveling if you choose to travel via this method.
Spend some time to explore the ancient city of AYUTHAYA, located just 85 kilometers (?? miles) north of Bangkok.
With a population of about 60,000 people (my guidebook said so), this city is reputed to be the oldest in Thailand.
I would also highly recommend that you visit the interesting and famous 'Historical Park'. Most of the temples in the area had been destroyed by the Burmese army during one of the many wars Siam fought with her neighboring countries.
Today, what's left of this entire area of temples are - plain ruins. But they are still oh-so-awesome! This city isn't large so you will be able to get around and see most of the sights and ruins within one day.
Phonto Below: That's me in the pic below amongst the temple ruins of Ayuthaya.
If you wish to know more about AYUTHAYA, please check out my BANGKOK TRAVELOGUE page (top right hand corner of this main page).
in Bangkok, u can join a day tour to Ayutthaya.
Bus going to Ayutthaya, cruise back to Bangkok.
Ask for more info at any booths or hotel reception.
The large bronze cast Buddha image originally enshrined outside the grand palace of Ayutthaya.
Ayyuthaya is only a 1-2 hour train ride away and it has some very nice ruins and photo opps to offer. It's hot there- so take a hat. Or umbrella.