Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Phra Si Sanphet is important temple that built in then Grand Palace compound like Wat Phra Si Rattanasatsadaram ( Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok ). This place was a residential palace, it became a monastery in the reign of King Ramathibodi I ( Phra Chao Au Thong ). After that Somdej Phra Borom Tri Lokanat moved palace to north, and this residential palace was given to be a temple and use only for royal ceremonies, so this temple does not have any monks.

When the reign King Som Dej Phra Ramathibodi II ordered 2 Pra Stupa and put the bone of his father ( Phra Borom Tri Lokanat ) , brother ( Som Dej Phra Borom Rachathirat III) and built viharn and Buddha image was cast covered with gold in Viharn ” Phra Sir Sanphet Dayan ”

When the city loosed, Burmese tried causing a fire that destroyed the both image and temples.

When during the reign of King Rama I was transferred to Wat Phra Chetuphon ( Wat Po in Bangkok )

The third Chedi Phra Borom Rachathirat IV ( Phra Nor Phuthangkurn ) was built the chedi for put the bone of his farther ( Phra Rama Thipodee II ).

So, Three chedi is Sri Lankan -style. Then King Phra Chao Boromakot was renovated the chedi again that you can see until today.

the bronze core of the image was transferred to Wat Phra Chetuphon in Bangkok, where it was placed inside a specially built chedi.

Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat is the east of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. It was built during in the reign  the King Som Det Phra Borom Rachathirat I,Wat Mahathat was a large central prang which collapsed and was later rebuilt.

The highlight of Wat Mahathat is an ancient Buddha head being engulfed by the roots of  Sacred fig ( Po Tree).

Wat Mahathat is open everyday from 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Admission fee is 10 Baht for Thai , foreigner 30 Baht.

Wat Ratchaburana

Wat Ratchaburana is opposite Wat Mahathat. King Phra Borom Rachathirat

( Chaosampraya) commanded two pagodas built on the ground where Chao Ai Praya and Chao Yi Praya combat on elephant’s back, and the both were died. Aftet that he established a Wihan is height 63 meters and wide 20 meters and  combined with the pagodas and upgraded it to be monastery. Open everyday starting 08.30 a.m. – 16.30 p.m. Admission fee for Thai 10 Baht, foreigner 50 Baht.

Ayutthaya

The ancient city of Ayutthaya or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, the Thai capital for 417 years, is one of Thailand’s major tourisst attractions.

The place for to visit of Ayutthaya Province the most is ancient temples example Wat kasattrathirat, Wat Phukhao Thong, Wat Na Phra Meru, Wat Thammikarat, Wat Worachettharam, Wat Worapho, Wat Phraram, Wat Barom Phuttharam, Wat Borammawong, Wat Khunsan, Wat Suwandararam, Wat Ayotaya, , grand palaces examples Wang Lang or the Rear Palace, Chantharakasem National Musem or Chantharakasem Palace or Front Palace, Grand Palace and Bang Pa-In Palace.

Ayutthaya is 76 kilometers from Bangkok. It is conveniently accessible due to good roads and a short distance from Bangkok an hour.

The locational of Ayutthaya is plains. There are 3 rivers pass, Chao Phra Ya River, Pa Sak River ( Mae Nam Pa Sak ) and Lopburi River. A wall once encircled the entire island.

How you get to Ayutthaya ?

– Car from Bangkok take highway No.1 (Phahon Yothin), No.304 ( Chaeng Watthana) or highway No.302 (Ngam Wong Wan), hightway No.306 ( Bangkok – Nonthaburi-Phathumthani) or expressway No.9 (Si Rat Expressway).

– Bus there are buses and air-conditioned buses leaveing the Bangkok Mor Chit 2 (Northern Terminal Station ) every 15 minutes daily, starting from 4.30 a.m. – 7.15 a.m.

– Train you can take the both northbound and northeast bound trains. Leaving Bangkok Raiway Station (Hua Lampong) daily, then there are Sam Lor (Three wheels Taxi) can be taken from the railway station into the city.

– Van you can take the van taxi from Bangkok. Leaving from Victory Monument – Ayutthaya, South Terminal Station – Ayutthaya and Future Park Shopping Mall Rangsit  station – of Ayutthaya.

– Boat travelling by boat to Ayutthaya is popular for foreigners, because they can see beauty lifestyle of the people on the both sides of Chao Phraya River, and also reflects the life in history at the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom when the river served as a transportation in trading with foreign countries.

Places of Interest :

Ayutthaya Tourist Center is the tourist information center. It’s the first place that the visitor should to come for get the information and map for traveling. Admission is free.

Ayutthaya Historical Study Center is a national research institute devoted to study of Ayutthaya. especially during the period when Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand. The c enter is responsible for the museum of the history of Ayutthaya, which exhibits reconstructions from the past. They also supports an information service and a library containing historical materials about Ayutthaya.

Japanese Village in the late 16 Century, there were more foreign commercial traders coming to Ayutthaya. There were more and more Japanese coming to Ayutthaya ever since. A Japanese headman at that time was Nagamaza Yamada. He was a favourite of King Song Tham  and was appointed Okya Senaphimuk before being promoted to be the Ruler of ์ Nakhon Si Thammarat where he lived till the end of his life.

Wat Borom Phuttharam This temple unlike other temples, the king had all buildings roofed wit yellow glazed tiles and the temple beccame known as ” Wat Krabueng Khlueap ” or the ” glazed tile temple”  The construction took 2 years.

Chao Sam Phraya National Museum the construction of this museum was funded by the proceeds from the sale of votive tablets discovered in the underground crypts of the principal. It was the first museum in the country to present a new form of exhibition, displaying not too many object in an interesting presentation.

Khum Phaen’s Residence It’s Thai-style house conforms to descriptions in a popular Thai literary work.

Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit a large bronze cast Buddha image, the building and the image were badly destroyed by fire, the one currently seen was renovated but does not have as beautiful craftsmanship as the previous ones.

Wang Lang It was originally the royal garden where the king made a visit from time to time.This place was only the residence of royal family members.

Si Nakharindra Park The park covers a vast stetch of land with plants in Thai literature,, a Thai pavilion and remains of ancient monuments. Part of the area is being developed into a herb garden.

Chedi Phra Si Suriyothai The momorial for the first heroine in Thai history, this ancient place is of much importance as a proof of houour that ancient Thai society gave to Thai women. Phra Si Suriyothai, clad in a warrior’s suit, interrupted the fighting with the intention to provide assistance for her husband. She rode her elephant in the way of Phrachao Prae, a Burmese commander, and was cut to death by this sword.  After the end of the war, Phara Mahachakkraphat arranged a funeral and established the cremation site to be a temple named ” Wat Sopsawan”.

Khon Kaen

Khon Kaen is the city in Northeastern (Isan) of Thailand. The location is Korat plateau. It’s also educational center of  Northeastern.

The name of Khon Kaen the people said before there is tamarind is a large stump that died several years, after that the leave grow up again. If somebody do some thing bad or not respect then will fall in immediately. It’s wonder.

So, the people help to built the pagoda cover stump tamarind and put the  Buddha teaching  9 chapter into the pagoda  for worship. The first pagoda the shape is Prang. After that they have renovated change the shape is Chedi, and name is Phra That Kham Kaen. Now the pagoda is Chetuphumi temple Ban Makam Tambol Makam Nampong Dristrict in Khon Kaen Province.

Pagoda Kham Kaen is considered a holy sanctuary of the people of  Khon Kaen. They will have ceremony about sacrifice in sixth month of every year.

So, they use the name of the city is  Kham Kaen but they called wrong name until change is Khon Kaen.

Khon Kaen is the center of silk industry and the own designs, Chonnabot district is popular about quality silks and beautiful. On December every year the city has Silk Fair, they will show and sell the best materials of silks.

How you get to Khon Kaen  : Khon Kaen is 445 kilometers from Bangkok you can take the bus , air-bus from Mor Chit 2 ( Northeast Terminal Bus Station ).It’s about 6 hours. There are many company that you can choose.

– Train  (Bangkok – Khon Kaen )

– Airplane ( Thai Airway) Bangkok – Khon Kaen

Place for to visit in Khon Kaen :

– Phu Wiang National Park is famous Dinosaur fossil

– Bueng Kaen Na Korn : It’s the place has monument of Chao phia Muang Phaen, who the one fonder Khon Kaen and the place for relax and do activity

– City Pillar Shrine

– Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakorn

– Khon Kaen University

– Art and Culture Center

– Wat Chai Sri

– Wat Pa Saeng Arun

Culture of  Khon Kaen :

– Dok Khoon Siang Kaen Festival and Kao Niao Road (Sticky rice Road ) is start 13 – 15 April to celebrate the Songkran festival or water splashing.

– Phra That Kam Kaen Fair

– Silk Festival and Phuk Sieo Traditiona or Red Cross Fair : This festival is during the end of November to 10 December in every year. They will sell silk product of the local. They also have ” Puk Sieo ” is a native tradition of Northeastern to tighten friendship.

Bun Bung Fai Rocket Festival

Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival is celebrate every year in the sixth or seventh lunar month ( May) , It’s popular celebrated at Yasothon Province in Northeastern of Thailand. It’s beginning of rainy season and the farmer ready to planting for the rice.They  worshiped with fire, They make the rocket send to the heavens to impress to the god can hear and help them with plentiful rain for rice cultivation.

The rockets, they have to prepare or make for one -two month then decoration  is colorful before the actual event. Some rocket is nine meters and carries the gunpowder is 20-25 kilograms.Most they decoration the rocket must more fun and the head of rocket like “Naka”

Before the rockets were made from natural  materials, but these days they have developed the rocket into a form of a competition with prizes for the the biggest rocket, best explosion, greatest distance etc.

On the festival day the rocket’s parade the villagers will dress up in colorful ,playing, dancing. There are competition of parade too.

The rocket that go to the sky greatest height is declared the winner. The owner of the rocket dance and cheer. If whose rocket that not go to the sky, failed to fly or broken, They will catch the owner rocket and throw in the mud.

However they wishes and believe this festival help promote harmony among the villagers.

Sonkran Festival

Songkran Festival is the tradition Thai New Year. Songkran is come from Sanskrit is mean movement or change.

Songkran Festival start on April 13  – 15 every year and it’s national holiday in Thailand. It’s also is family day.

Songkran Festival use the water pour together , pouring and prayer to  elder for lucky, happiness. So most the people have  go back to home on Songkran Festival and it’s attention to the tourist come to see this custom.

Activity that you can do on Songkran Festival :

– Offer food to the monks.

– Pouring water onto a Buddha image.

– Pouring water to the elder or teacher that show respect to them for lucky and happiness.

– set birds or fish  free for good luck.

– Build sand castle.

There are also important celebrations through the country  for tourist destinations:

– In Bangkok the event is held on the 10 – 15 of April. In Rattanakosin Island district, Kao San Road.

– Norther Songkran Festival ( Lanna Songkran) : Songkran Festival, Sukhothai,  Songkran Festival ,Chiang Mai.

– Northeastern Songkran Festival :  Fantastic Northeast Songkran, Golden Shower Tree and ‘Kan’ Festival    and Sticky Rice Road in Khon Kaen,  Grand Northeast Songkran Festival, Nong Khai, Songkran Nakhon Phnom and Thai-Lao New Year Celebration.

– Southern Songkran Festival :  Grand Songkran Festival and ‘Nang Dan’ Parade, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkran on the Beach and Phuket Bike , Hat Yai Midnight Songkran at Songkhla.

– Central Songkran Festival : Phra Pradaeng Songkran Festival, Samut Prakarn, Amazing Songkran, Suphan Buri, Old City Songkran Festival, Ayutthaya.

– Songkran Festival, Chon Buri.

Bang Nam Pueng Floating Marketing

Bang Nam Pueng is part of Bangkok at Phrapradaeng District , Samutprakarn Provice. It’s close Bangkok.

Bang Nam Pueng is from the project of Bang Nam Pung official and the people there. They have agreement that want to make the floating market is an important point of sell for OTOP (OTOP is product from the knowledge of local people use something that have in their area or recycle, then make it’s useful , high quality for example herbs, food, some drink, souvenir, fragrant incense, chili paste, flowers made from scale of fish etc.

They also sell the fruit from their farm, vegetables. There are art corner for painting. You can rent to boat 20 baht per hour follow the canal.

If you walk around the market until tried, then you can get  massage from them. The price is cheap, you will feel good and relax too.

There are home stay for the people that they want to sleep overnight. Some house is on Chao Pra Ya River or Tradition Thai house is more than 100 years old.You can choose which one you do like to stay ?

They also can learn their living , eat delicious food or you can join to cooking with them also. Tomorrow in the  morning they can offer food to the monks. Even you can do activity such as cycling around Bang Nam Pueng and  night time you rent the boat to see firefly follow the Chao Pra Ya River, Then  you  can see the Industrial Ring Bridge.

Their main policy is integrated Eco tourism a unique of sufficient economy and learning Mon life, it’s suited to visit and buying food and product that is important of Bang Nam Pueng.

How you get to Bang Nam Pueng ?

– You can take the bus number 138, 140 , 82  from Bangkok to Bangna Intersection, Sanphawut Road , Then you take the boat across Chao Pra Ya River to Bang Nam Pueng Nok or Bang Nam Pueng Nai, After that take the motorbike taxi go to floating market

– You can drive the car go to Bangna – Daw Kra Nong high way and turn left to Suksawat , go straight to Phrapradaeng intersection and turn left , Then turn left to Phetchhueng Road about 5 kilometer , then go to Phetchhueng 26 , Then you can stop at parking and see Bang Nam Pueng floating market.

Bang Nam Pueng open on the weekend at 7.00 a.m. – 15.00 p.m.

Contract : Tel 01-171-4930 or 02- 819-6762

Amphawa

There is a new floating market Amphawa at Samutsongkam Province and on the Amphawa canel. It’s 63 kilometer from Bangkok. You can take the care about half hour from Bangkok to go there.

Before most life on the canal and use the canal for washing, fishing, using, or shower. After that the government officials after they retried then they began to sell food or souvenirs.

From a few shops. And started sell more shop and they are come to join to sell on the Amphawa canal  together until became the evening market. Noe they open at 3.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.

Some seller is old already but they still to sell until now. They sell is  very cheap and there are a lot of delicious food , noodle, mango sticky rice, Wangsaeng cofee, coconut Amphawa, spring roll, pomelo, lychee,  special Thai dessert etc.

They also have home stay that you can join with the owner house, see how they are  living and see the view bamboo house the both side of the canal.

Activity that you can do at Amphawa floating market that  you can offer food the monk in the morning , cycling, take the boat to see firefly or take the boat to see the fruit farm and gardener. They have a choice for you to choose what you would like to go , which temple do you want to see ?

Amphawa is attention of  a self-sufficient, The house is  for hundreds of years old and they have beautiful culture. That it’s  of UNSEEN IN THAILAND.

Transportation : You can drive the car about half hour from Bangkok to go there  or take the bus (Bangkok – Samutsongkram)from South Terminal Station 05.40 a.m. – 21.00 p.m.


Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. We known in Thai as Krung Thep Mahanakhorn. Before the foreigner know of Bangkok name is Siam.

The Chao Pra Ya River is long river from Norther pass Bangkok until the gulf of Thailand. That is climate of Bangkok that make the tourist like to do activity with Chao Pra Ya River, Cruise follow the Chao Pra Ya river or take the boat look around the both side of Chao Pra Ya River.

Bangkok is the economic , transportation , education , communication center of Thailand . Many people from each region move to Bangkok, and even the foreigner also.

Bangkok the city’s have visitors come to visit every year, Because there are many beautiful place such as the temples, Wat Prakaew, Wat Po, Wat Arun, Wat Trinimit, Wat Suthat, Wat Benchamabophit.etc,

Bangkok is center of  Air Transportation , Because have Suvarnaphumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport, There are modern transportation such as  BTS , MRT , It’s make the people is convenience for go to work or go to some where in the town.  They also have Taxi, Tuk-Tuk,bus , Motobike Taxi, train and Boat Taxi . That you can choose which one is comfortable for you.

Bangkok havre many place for to shopping for example  Siam Paragon, MBK, Central World, (For the people like to buy brand name and comfortable to shopping but the price is very expensive) , if the people like to buy some thing is cheap price or if you can buy wholesale then you can get the cheap price, you can go to  Chachujak Market (The weekend market) , Platinuim Mall, Panthip, Saunlum Night Plaza. That place you can look for the clothes, handmake,bags, shoes, etc.

Bangkok is crowded with entertainment place  that the tourist can go to hang out in the night time,  RCA, Ratcha soi 4, Sukhumvit, Silom, Thong Lor, Kaset Navamin Road etc.