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Wat Mai Prachumpol or Wat Mai Chumpol (often called Wat Mai by natives) is located on the East bank of Pa Sak River in Nakhon Laung.

According to the legend this temple was constructed sometime between middle - late Ayutthayaperiod (1610-1629 AD). The father of Thai History, HRH Prince Damrong Rajanuphab believed that the temple was built in the reign of King Prasart Thong. However, some sources say before it was converted to a temple, the building was initially intended to be a residence of King Song Tham during his boat trip to worship Phra Buddha Baht Saraburi. The temple underwent restoration during the reign of King Chulalongkorn, King Rama V in 1893.

There are several significant architectures within the temple: (1) a main stupa (chedi) built in twelve-indented corners standing on a square platform 15 meters wide and 25 meters high, (2) an ordination hall (Ubosot) renovated on the former base, (3) a sermon hall (Vihara) situated Buddha images in the style of meditating and subduing the devil, and (4) mural paintings on the interior wall of the Vihara show the scenes of the life of Lord Buddha.

Wat Mai Prachumpol was registered as a National Ancient Monument on April 9, 1999.

The temple is small but it’s a great piece of Thai history. The murals and Chedi are worth a visit and can be combined with a stop at Prasat Nakhon Luang that is close by.

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Wat Hasadavas วัดหัสดาวาส

Wat Hasadavas is located north of the city island near Wat Na Phra Meru. It is categorized as a reconstructed ruin.

It is comprised of three primary structures. There is a reconstructed sermon hall, which consists of only an outline of its basic foundation layer. One chedi rests at the front of the sermon hall. This bell-shaped chedi is constructed in the Sri Lanka style. It is basically round with multiple rings leading
to its spire. The harmika is present and the spire has at least 30 rings. This chedi sits on a
square foundation that is decorated with brick balustrades. Excavations around this chedi
revealed stucco pieces of elephant statues (similar to the ones at Wat Maheyong). These
elephant images suggest that Wat Hasadavas may have been constructed during the Early Ayutthaya period. A second bell-shaped chedi rests at the back of the sermon hall. This has an octagonal base, and its upper portions are missing from the top of its relic chamber. In addition, the monastery walls have been rebuilt at the ground level, and there are traces of smaller chedi in situ. There is still part of a moat surrounding Wat Hasadavas.

Records show that this temple served as site of an armistice treaty between Burma and
Siam. King Chakkraphat signed this truce in 1549 to gain a short reprieve from a war that began when he refused to present a white elephant to the Burmese King (Bayinnaung) as a gift. King Chakkraphat realized that the Burmese army was too enormous to withstand without causing massive destruction to the city. Therefore, he decided to accept an
invitation to meet with the Burmese King to negotiate a truce. He ordered that officials
erect a royal building and two royal thrones equal in height and space. These were
constructed at Wat Phra Meru and Wat Hasadavas.

King Chakkraphat then offered to give the Burmese king four white elephants instead of
the two that he had originally requested. The Burmese King asked that he also b..

Wat Chumphon Nikayaram, classified as a royal second class temple. It is adjacent to the Bang Pa-in Royal Palace and to the Chao Praya River. It is believed that the temple was established in the reign of Prachao Prasat Thong during the Ayutthaya Era in 1632. The temple was later restored in the reign of Rama IV and Rama V of the Rattanakosin Era.

What is interesting here is the magnificent monastery in which seven principal Buddha images made of sandstone mixed with stucco are installed, which makes it different from what ordinary temples have. The mural paintings depicting the life of 7 Buddhas on the inside of the monastery are well kept but with time passing, some parts are showing their age.

The temple possesses a square-based stupa with 12 indented corners in which Buddha's relics have been placed and the stupa was built in the Ayutthaya style.

Anyone visiting Ayuddhaya would be disappointed if they didn't visit Wat Choompon Nikayaram since it possesses marvelous architecture in Ayutthaya style mixed with that of Rattanakosin.

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We take a look at the night market north of downtown Bangkok in the Chokchai 4 (Chokchai see as the Thais call it) area of Lad Phrao. The market is a place to try some local Thai street food as well as spend an evening shopping. In this video I show you what it’s like during a Friday evening. I also show you the upcoming expansion of the yellow line BTS and the local market full of Thai street food.

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In 1760, King Alaungpaya of Burma ordered an invasion of Myeik, which was a part of Ayutthaya Kingdom. At that time, Khun Rong Palat Chu, a well-known fighter, grouped up and led four hundred sword-fighters under the name 'Kong Attamat' to accompany the army. His group received a command to obstruct the Burma's army at Wa Khao Bay.

The battle began and continued through night until noon the next day. Although many Burmese soldiers were killed in the melee, the smaller number of Thai soldiers could not resist the larger opponent's army and lost their lives in the war. Some were herded and drown in the sea, some were crushed by elephants.

This tragedy discouraged the whole town of Wiset Chai Chan; villagers were too overwhelmed with the lost to do anything. As a sign of moving forward and memorial for the sacrifice of the brave soldiers , Wat Si Roi (literally meaning 'four hundreds' temple) was founded in 1770 to enshrine 'the spirits' of the Wiset Chai Chan soldiers.

Another great temple near Wat Si Roi is Wat Pa Mok.

A beautiful gilded reclining Buddha image is located within the compound of Wat Pa Mok Worawihan. The image nearly 23 meters from topknot to feet, believed to originate from the Sukhothai period.

According to lore, this Buddha image was swept along the river and finally sank in front of this temple. Locals recovered the massive statue, and enshrined it in the temple. King Naresuan the Great paid homage to the image before leading his army in an attack against his rival Phra Maha Upparacha.

Both temples are very historic and important to the local Thais and well worth a visit to see.

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Kham Yat Palace is located in Kham Yat Sub-district north west of Ayutthaya. 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 he wrote out his thoughts on the palace. 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 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.

Today, the Fine Arts Department has renovated the Kham Yat Palace and listed the place as ancient monument. The former palace is interesting to see and appreciate the builders skill. It is small and not much else to see in the area. It’s not really worth a special trip to see but worth a look if you are nearby.

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Wat Chaiyo or Wat Ket Chaiyo was built during the Ayutthaya Period. It became important during the reign of King Rama IV. The venerable Somdet Phra Phutthachan (To Phromrangsi) of Wat Rakhang Khositaram built the large Buddha image in a subduing Mara gesture and placed it outdoors. However, the image collapsed soon after construction. He re-built it in the same pose but smaller, covered it in plaster and without gold leaf. As the image could be seen from far, the villagers called it Luangpho To (meaning huge image). Further temple restoration during the reign of King Rama V the Buddha image collapsed again. The King ordered the renovation of the image with steel bars inside. The new image was covered in gold leaf and monks’ robes and was given the new name by King Rama V the Great “Phra Maha Phutthaphim”. A new main chapel was constructed to house the image. Upon completion, King Rama V the Great established the temple as one of the royal temples.

To pay respect to Luangpho To, you need a bunch of flowers, incense and a candle. People living in Ang Thong believe that a sinful person will never have the chance to pay respect to the sacred Luangpho To as he/she will feel that the image will collapse on him/her. The holy water from the temple is also believed to be able to cure any sickness. A story spread among the villagers said that people saw Luangpho To in their dreams making them become faithful to him. This story aligned with the belief of Buddhists that the Buddha image represents the Lord Buddha. Worship of it will make people want to do good deeds. The practice of the basic Buddhist principles along with the worship of the Buddha image will make one’s life forever happy.

When visiting Wat Chaiyo, there are three must-see sites. The first is Phra Ubosot, which extends from the front part of the chapel and is constructed in the beautiful traditional period Thai style of King Rama V. Inside are beautiful mural paintings depicting the life o..

Urak Lawoi อูรักลาโว้ย are an Aboriginal Malay people residing on the island of Koh Lanta Thailand. They also reside in several other areas in the region. They are known by various names, including Orak Lawoi', Lawta, Chao Tha Le (ชาวทะเล), Chao Nam (ชาวน้ำ), and Lawoi.

The population of approximately 6,000 speak a language related closely to Malay but influenced by Thai. The Urak Lawoi are one of several southeast Asian ethnicities referred to as "Sea Gypsies" (chao leh in Thai). The local culture has been changing rapidly in recent years with the modern world influencing their way of life.

This part of Thailand is very unique and interesting. The island has so many different things to offer and explore. If you want to see more about these people the museum in old town Koh Lanta has more to offer about their history.

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Wat Khun Inthapramun is an ancient temple that was constructed during the Sukhothai period, its vast size is still outlined by the 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 Rama IX, 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.

The area and statue are worth a visit. It’s not on the normal tourist trail but can be combined with other sites as a day trip from Bangkok or Ayutthaya.

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In this video we explore the area around Pak Kret Pier and see the new river walk. The river walk allows you to see the sights along the Chaopraya River as well as catch boats to tour the area. The reason for the video was to see how easy it is to get to Koh Kret island now.

Koh Kret is a great weekend get away for people in Bangkok. It’s very popular for people to get out of the city, see a few temple and shop in the market for food and snacks. The river walk and newly built piers allow easy access to the island by longtail or public ferry. The pier at Pak Kret and the surrounding area is worth exploring also with a sprawling market thst goes down the main road and the smaller side streets.

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Prasat Nakhon Luang is situated on the east bank of the Pa Sak River in Nakhon Luang District of Ayutthaya province. The former royal residence is situated near the Pa Sak River.

Prasat Nakhon Luang is one of the five royal residences or palaces outside the city of
Ayutthaya cited in the old documents.

The Royal Chronicles of Ayutthaya mention that King Prasat Thong sent a Siamese delegation to Angkor in Cambodia in 1631 AD with the task to bring back plans of the City of Angkor and its palaces. He then ordered a royal palace built, based on these plans, as a resting place half way between Ayutthaya and Tha Ruea. Tha Ruea was the final debarkation point for the royal barges, as from here travel continued on land towards the Buddha’s Footprint in Saraburi.

Prasat Nakhon Luang was erected by King Prasat Thong, being a design copied from the royal Khmer palace at Angkor Thom, to celebrate the event of the renewal of Cambodia's allegiance to Siam. The relations with the vassal-state of Cambodia were troubled after the death of King Srisuphanma of Cambodia in 1618. Although no record can be found in the royal chronicles of an invasion of Cambodia in the reign of King Prasat
Thong, it is assumed that a show of force was sufficient to renew Cambodia’s allegiance.

Prasat Nakhon Luang was used by the Siamese kings for day and overnight stays along the river.

Prasat Nakhon Luang is with Wat Chai Watthanaram and the two chedi of Wat Chumphon Nikayaram, one of the most important monuments of the Third architectural sub-period (1629-1732 AD), which saw the revival of the Khmer style, with the prang as the principal monument of the monastery.

On the site, north of Prasat Nakhon Luang stands a pavilion on a mound, containing an unfinished Dharma Chakra or “Wheel of the Law”, an early representation of the Buddha’s teaching. Wheels of the Law or Doctrine were carved long before the first representation of the image of the Buddha. This unfinished wheel, resembling the mo..

A special charity night market promoting the 120th anniversary of the Red Cross in Bang Bua Thong is going on now from June 10th to the 19th. The market has hundreds of food and clothing vendors as well as countless other activities for the whole family. This market is very popular for the locals and offers a huge variety of local street foods and snacks.

I show you what to expect from this market. It runs from 6:00 in the evening to around 10 pm. You can see what things are like in this part of Bangkok that is far away from the tourist areas. It is really a genuine part of what life is like in Thailand. In this market there are treats from noodles to sweet deserts to grilled crocodile.

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Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisak
Anusorn or Wat Leng Noel YI 2 was
bullt in 1996 to commemorate the
50th anniversary of King Rama 9’s
accession to the throne.

The architecture of the Viharas In the temple were Influenced by Mahayana or
Chinese Buddhist phllosophy and
Buddhist doctrine.

The Viharas consist of 3 Buddhas; the past, the present and the future. There is also a statue of Chinese goddess, Guan Yin Bodhisttava which is carved from a whole tree. She Is a major goddess of the Mahayana sect.

Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn Is usually crowded with people who come to
make merit, enhance thelr fortune and
redeem their bad luck regarding thalr
zodlac year. If it is your birth year under the Chinese calendar worshipers will come to perform the “washing away bad luck” ceremony.

The temple is full of details and in interesting part of Thailand. It’s relatively new in terms of Thai temples but worth a visit. I would recommend to anyone that has time to see this temple and to also take a look at Wat Mangkon in Chinatown to compare the new to the old.

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Wat Phra Phutthabat วัดพระพุทธบาท is a Buddhist temple in Saraburi, Thailand. It is among the best Buddhist temples in Thailand. Its name means "temple of Buddha's footprint", because it contains a natural depression believed to be a footprint of the Buddha.

Phra Phutthabat temple was built in 1624 by King Songtham of Ayutthaya, after a hunter named Pram Bun found a large depression in the stone, resembling a huge footprint, near Suwan Banpot Hill or Satchaphanthakhiri Hill. The hunter reported his find to the king, who ordered workers to build a temporary mondop to cover the footprint; this later became the temple.

The Bunnoowaat sutra tells of the flight of the Buddha to the peak of Mount Suwanbanphot, and of how he left his footprints. It is believed there are five footprints of the Buddha in different places including Phra Phutthabat temple. Some believe that worshiping the footprints, sprinkling water, or placing gold leaf on them will lead to the forgiveness of sin, success in life, or eternal happiness.

The temple is one of the first class temples in Thailand so it is one of the top temples in the country. The footprint, museum and temple buildings are very interesting to see and well worth a stop to see them yourself.

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Rajabhakti Park อุทยานราชภักดิ์ is a historically themed park honouring past Thai kings from the Sukhothai period to the current royal house of Chakri. It is located just south of Hua Hin Thailand. It was built by the Royal Thai Army, on Thai Army property, with approximately one billion baht (US$28 million) in funds donated by the public and private sectors. King Bhumibol Adulyadej gave the historical park the name "Rajabhakti Park", which means 'the park that has been built with people's loyalty to the monarchs'.

The park consists of three distinct areas. The first is dominated by the statues of seven notable Thai kings. They are King Ram Khamhaeng of the Sukhothai period, King Naresuan and King Narai of the Ayutthaya period, King Taksin of the Thonburi period, and King Rama I, King Mongkut and King Chulalongkorn of the Rattanakosin period.

Each statue is made of bronze, with an average height of 13.9 meters. They were designed by Thailand's Fine Arts Department. Casting of the statues and construction of the multi-purpose plaza took 10 months, from November 2014 to August 2015. There are plans to add statues of two additional kings in the future.

The park is worth a visit to anyone interested in Thai history. There are many displays in Thai as well as English for visitors to read. It’s just south of town and east to get to.

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WAT KHRUTHARAM (วัดครุธาราม)

Wat Khrutharam or the Monastery of the Garuda is located off the city island in the northern area of Ayutthaya. The temple is situated on the east bank of Khlong Sra Bua in a locality called Thung Kaeo.

Originally the temple was called Wat Khrut.

Wat Khrut stood in the center of a community which basic occupation was to mold large
storage jars mainly for water called "Nang Loeng" (นางเลิ้ง). After molding, the jars were dried and then fired following the open bon fire
technique.

Wat Khrut was one of the thirty known land markets outside the city of Ayutthaya.

The monastery is still in use by the Buddhist clergy. The oldest area in the temple compound has a walled ordination hall or ubosot built in the Early Ayutthaya style.

The temple is small but the highlight is the restored ordination hall. Its worth a bit of your time to see if you are in the area.

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The fortifications of Bangkok consist of several series of defensive structures built to protect the city during the late Ayutthaya to early Rattanakosin periods. The earliest structures were built when Bangkok was an outpost of Ayutthaya guarding entry to the Chao Phraya River during the 15th–16th centuries.

Modern day Bangkok was established in 1782 in an area now known as Rattanakosin Island. This was centered around the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The western and southern sides were already protected by the Chao Phraya River. So, a moat was dug along the northern and eastern sides in 1785 by prisoners of war. This created an artificial island. This moat is now known as Banglampu Canal in the north and Ong-Ang Canal in the east.

A city wall, measuring 7.2 kilometers long was then built along the moat together with 14 forts and 16 tower gates. Only two of these forts and a section of wall survive today. In 1852, the population of the city had grown so much that King Rama IV ordered the building of Phadung Krung Kasem Canal to serve as an outer moat. In addition, eight new forts were built, though this time no wall was constructed. Only the remains of one of these forts remain.

Only Phra Sumen, Mahakan, Wichaiprasit and parts of Pong Patchamit Forts have survived.

Almost all of the walls and defensive structures have been demolished and the bricks were reused as roads but what is remaining is still impressive. I would’ve loved to have been able to walk around the city on the walls but those days are long past.

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Located on the western bank of the Tha Chin River. It is a royal temple as evident from the royal emblem of King Rama IV on the gable of the wihan. While practicing austerity during his monkhood, the king found this temple and had it restored after his succession to the throne.

It is believed that this royal temple was built during the glory days of the town. King Katae assigned a young Mon to renovate the temple in the year 1181. A huge Buddha image known as ‘Luangpho To’ in the elegant image hall or Wihan is the centre of faith for Buddhist people.

With a height of 23.46 metres, the Buddha image is seated in the European style in the posture known as Palilayaka, accepting offerings from an elephant and a monkey, the art from U-Thong Suphannaphum period.

Experts said the Buddha image must have formerly been in the gesture of giving the first sermon and was built outdoors to be seen from a great distance. This style was widely found in the pre and early Ayutthaya periods. The huge Buddha image houses 36 relics of the Lord Buddha. The temple holds big celebrations for the Buddha image twice annually during the 7 th -9 th days of the waxing moon of the 5 th and 12 th lunar months.

Behind the temple buildings is a traditional Thai house known as ‘Khum Khun Chang’. It is a large group of traditional Thai houses on stilts made of teak, which was built as described in Thai literature ‘Khun Chang-Khun Phaen’. The house exhibits pictures depicting scenes from the literature, as well as old-fashioned equipment, ceramics and furniture.

The temple also features some amazing murals depicting scenes from Thai literature. The whole complex is a treat to visit and I would recommend a visit to anyone in the area.

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Wat Khao Tham Thiam is a small temple from the Ayutthaya period that is accessible by stairs through the jungle. From the top of the hill you can see some nice views of the valley below. The main attraction in this area is nearby the temple, a giant stone Buddha.

Bhutsaya Khiri Sri Suvarnabhumi is the name of a giant stone Buddha image in Suphanburi province that belongs to the nearby Buddhist temple Wat Khao Tham Thiam. The giant stone carved Buddha image is the largest stone carved Buddha image in the ASEAN region.

The statue has been carved from natural rock at an abandoned quarry in U-Thong Thailand. Inside the quarry they are in the process of building a massive complex for people that come to see the statue. There is a man made cave with marble carved Buddha statues as well as many other things to see. The area around the statue is still under construction but it’s open for visitors to see the main area.

The statue itself is amazing. Above the Buddha head is an ancient Chedi that sits on the hilltop that had the marble quarried below it. It’s a few hours outside of Bangkok but definitely a unique experience to see it.

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0:00 Introduction
0:33 Hike To The Temple
2:50 Wat Khao Tham Thiam
5:50 Giant Buddha
10:11 Cave
13:10 Quarry
14:00 Small Cave
15:46 Ancient Chedi #11
16:26 Pictures

Just off the island to the west in Ayutthaya is a surprising floating market called Krung Kao Floating Market. Its located between the river and the Wat Tha Karong temple or in Thai it’s วัดท่าการ้อง.

The temple itself dates back prior to the first conquest of Ayutthaya by the Burmese. During the second capture of the city it was completely destroyed for the grounds to be used to set up cannons to shell the city. Since it has been rebuilt and is again a working temple.

The temple complex is a maze of shrines and a mix of different religious displays for people to pray to. It is probably the most unique religious site I have ever seen in Thailand for the amount of stuff going on.

In addition to the old temple the floating market is a great way to spend a few hours shopping and eating food. There are plenty of local favorites to enjoy while you shop or go on a boat trip around the area on the Chaopraya River.

I show you what to expect if you ever find yourself at this temple and floating market. It is something to see and enjoy. There are better floating markets but this one is near the old capital and very easy to get to.

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Wat Singharam (วัดสิงหาราม)

Wat Singharam or the Monastery of the Lion is a restored ruin located on the city island, on the Rajaphat Institute campus.

The monastery stands opposite Wat Borom Phuttharam on the east bank of Khlong
Chakrai Noi. The ruins of Wat Suan Luang Khangkhao are situated south of Wat
Singharam on the same canal bank.

The site consists of a sermon hall (vihara), two bell-shaped chedi, chedi rai and a
mandapa.

Its historical background and period of construction are unknown. It was possibly built in the Middle Ayutthaya period (1488 - 1629) and was restored in the Late Ayutthaya
period (1629 - 1767).

Fragments of Chinese porcelain decorated with stucco designs were found at the
entrance in front of the vihara. This type of decoration was found back on some other
monuments restored in King Borommakot's reign (1733-1758).

Old maps of this area list this temple as Wat Kot (วัดกด), probably making a reference to King Borommakot.

The Fine Arts Department reconstructed the brick bridge over the remaining stretch of
Khlong Chakrai Noi in the vicinity of Wat Borom Phuttharam and Wat Singharam. This bridge is called Saphan Sing (ตพานสิง) or Lion Bridge.

The temple is small but in fairly good shape considering it’s age. For me the highlight would be the persian Influenced stone bridge over the remains of the canal. It’s not a must see but worth a walk around if you happen to be in the area.

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The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) hasn’t used steam locomotives for regular commercial use since the early 1980’s. There are five that are still in good working order and are used during special occasions. They have two Pacific locomotives, two C56 locomotives and one Mikado locomotive.

Each year the SRT organise six steam train trips every year. Tickets cost 299 Baht. You can buy at any station or online a month in advance. The trips alternate between Ayutthaya, Nakhon Pathom, and Chachoengsao.

The trains that are used usually are two Pacific locomotives. Number 824 (imported in 1949) and Number 850 (imported in 1951). These were manufactured by the Japan Association of Railway Industry and there were originally 30 of them in Thailand, Numbers 821-850. They were designed with 4-6-2 wheel configuration. In 2012, they were completely restored and modified. They had a new boiler, electric generator, and genset air compressor fitted.

The train is a great way to spend a day. The reactions from everyone, from the people on the train to locals that line the tracks to see the antique steam engines, is worth the small cost of the ticket.

After arriving in Nakhon Prathom six hours are scheduled to explore the 110 year old downtown market as well as the first class temple and 120 meter tall Nakhon Prathom Chedi.

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Wat Phra Ram วัดพระราม

Wat Phra Ram is a restored ruin located in the Historical Park of Ayutthaya in Pratu
Chai Sub-district and situated close to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet in a
swampy area called Bueng Phra Ram. The monastery was constructed on the cremation
site of the first Ayutthayan monarch, King Ramathibodi I.

The exact time of its construction is not known as the various Chronicles of Ayutthaya
give different timings of its construction. The oldest version, the Luang Prasoet, written
during the Late Ayutthayan era, states its establishment in 1369 . Later versions
written in the post-Ayutthayan era put its construction in the year 1434, after the death of Borommaracha II somehow 65 year later.

The Luang Prasoet version tells us that Wat Phra Ram was the first constructed temple
at the time King Ramathibodi I passed away. The later versions could also be interpreted
as that the monastery was expanded with a Khmer-styled prang and a vihara. Nobody
knows exactly.

The general time line of its construction followed by most scholars is that King Ramesuan ordered the construction of Wat Phra Ram in 1369 at his father’s cremation site. King Ramesuan abdicated after a year while the construction was not yet completed. His successor King Borommaracha I probably carried on Wat Phra Ram’s construction work. Another assumption is that King Ramesuan resumed the work after his return to the throne.

Constructing a temple was regarded as highly meritorious and the deed that brought most merit. By donating the site to the monkhood, the king could acquire merit at the same time as he showed his reverence for his royal ancestor, commemorated in the temple. To deposit the remains of a former king inside a prang or chedi would also ensure his eventual rebirth as a Buddha.

The same concept of merit was applicable to valuables deposed in crypts. It has long
been a funeral custom to deposit valuable and cherished belongings of the deceased together ..

Other than Hin Lek Fai and the Monkey Mountain, a less known beautiful viewpoint in Hua Hin, Thailand, is the Wat Khao Sanam Chai Temple Hill. Apart from monks, it is unlikely you are going to see any living soul, tourists or locals, up there. A great place if you want to enjoy some incredible views of Hua Hin and the surroundings at peace.

Wat Khao Sanam Chai is located outside Hua Hin on a mountain top and consists of white temple buildings with gold accents, flags, and bells including a a chedi (a Buddhist shrine) and an ubosot (ordination hall) as well as a Buddhist footprint. The temple offers a panoramic view of the hillside, beach and nearby harbor.

It’s a bit out of the city but worth it for a great view of the area from a different perspective. The temple is known for a place for meditation.

The temple would also be a great place to see the sunrise or sunsets.

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Wat Choeng Tha - Wat of Many Names

Now a mere shadow of its 17th-century glory, Wat Choeng Tha was once situated in front of the royal boatyard, directly across the Lopburi River from the Royal Palace.

Probably established before the founding of Ayutthaya, the temple has had many different names. It didn’t become Wat Choeng Tha until King Rama IV renamed it in the mid 19th century. Wat Thin Tha (Water Grass Temple), was one of the many previous names it was know for over long history.

The centrepiece is a medium-size Khmer-style prang built in the early Ayutthaya period and adorned with damaged white-stucco standing Buddha images in the Halting of Evil posture, which were left behind when looters raided the crypt. West of the prang, you’ll find minor chedis along with an ancient ordination hall guarded by lion images.

The temple is relatively unknown by tourists and a visit here would be worth it for anyone that wants to learn more about the former capital. Located just to the north of the island, on the banks of the Lopburi River, it’s not difficult to find. It is well worth an hour or more of your time.

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