Sunday, December 11, 2011

Floods in Ayutthaya

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Ayutthaya's 'forgotten' temples: Lesser-known historic sites in the ancient capital were severely damaged by the floods and now that reconstruction has begun they may be forever abandoned in favour of more prominent spots. Ken May has lived in Ayutthaya for seven years. He has published several tourism-related books and nearly 50 articles about education. He is currently researching Muslim and Chinese historic sites in Ayutthaya. He also has created Now he writes about the situation after the flood and shows pictures: Read.


12.00 am Ayutthaya's historical sites have withstood centuries of flooding, but the latest deluge may have delivered a fatal blow to some of the ancient capital's World Heritage-protected sites. Fine Arts Department civil engineer Therdsak Yenjura says the structures have brick bases resting on soil without proper foundations. When the soil is soaked, the walls of the structures subside and lean in on each other. Uneven weight distribution of the structures increases pressure points. Subsidence and weakening of the structures can be eased if the floodwater surrounding a historical structure is let out slowly, but this year over-eager local officials pumped the water out too quickly. Archaeologists need to conduct further inspections to determine how many of about 130 flooded ancient sites in Ayutthaya have been seriously affected. As a precautionary measure, authorities have decided not to quickly drain two-metre-deep floodwater surrounding Wat Chaiwattanaram, a major tourist attraction, for fear it could cause further damage. (Bangkok Post)


6.11 pm Angry Residents block new flood barrier: Hundreds of unhappy residents of a flood-hit community prevented irrigation officials from blocking the natural flow of water in a major canal in Ayutthaya on Monday, saying they had already suffered enough to save Bangkok from flooding. This happened at a bridge across Khlong Khaomao at kilometre marker 14 on the Asia Highway in Uthai district. Workers instructed by irrigation officials were driving sheet piling into the canal beneath the bridge there to block the natural flow of the waterway in a bid to save downstream areas from flooding. Later t was agreed sheet piling would not be installed in the canal at this time. However, work could resume if the water level in the canal recedes by 20 centimetres. (Bangkok Post)

Who catches a crocodile, gehts 1000 Bath: Crocodiles are lurking in the floodwaters of Ayutthaya. Around 100 of them have escaped from farms. Authorities have issued a 1,000 baht ($33) bounty for each crocodile caught alive, said Public Health Minister Vitthaya Buranasiri. (AFP)


Video of Ayutthaya Flooding by rogerarnold7


CNN-video from Ayutthaya

Shocking: Burglars strip flood homes: Thieves paddle along flooded residential areas and call out to see if anyone is inside their homes. No reply means a green light for them to break into a home and take everything they can lay their hands on. (Bangkok Post)

Bang Pa-in latest casualty of flood: On Wednesday morning, Bang Pain district was completely submerged. (The Nation)

Video: Airborne Flood Relief: Flood affected residents of Ayutthaya received supplies of water and food on Tuesday distributed by the Royal Thai Police via helicopter. (Bangkok Post)

900 manufacturers hit by floods At least 900 factories have been inundated by the floods, affecting more than 200,000 workers, Industry Minister Wannarat Channukul said on Wednesday. Manufacturers in Bang Wa (Hi-Tech) and Bang Pa-In industrial estates have now also halted operations to minimise damage in the event that flood water inundates the industrial zones. (Bangkok Post)


Video of flood evacuation in Ayutthaya

Princess visits flood-hit Ayutthaya (The Nation)

Uncertain future for Ayutthaya refugees

Flood-hit firms in Ayutthaya halt production. Most of them are in the electronics components, electrical and logistics-warehouse sectors. (The Nation)

There's no place like home: evacuees: More than 1,000 flood victims have taken shelter at Thammasat University's Rangsit Campus. (The Nation)


Video of flooding of Ayutthaya

Thai Army fights to protect historical sites in Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In.

"Ayutthaya only reachable by boat" (The Nation). Also military trucks couldn't pass anymore.

"Ayutthaya left in chaos" (Bangkok Post). The rising water also forced the evacuation of the provincial hospital. Some 300 of the hospital's 600 patients were moved to the town hall while those in need of intensive care were flown by helicopter to hospitals in Bangkok.

Flood seen from Rojana Plaza, part of the Rojana Industrial Park, the province's key industrial zone, unter water.
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Attempts to protect the inner districts of Ayutthaya and key industrial factories have failed. Read more

See Morning Focus video by Bangkok Post.

Floods hitting Nonthaburi and Ayutthaya:
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The city island is surrounded by three rivers and is home to the Ayutthaya Historical Park and the main business district. Residents have already been advised to leave the island and make their way to an evacuation site. A flood embankment collapsed under the weight of the water. With this the flood reached an industrial estate. Honda was the first inundated plant. The Asian Highway remained closed in parts around the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Motorists were advised to detour via Taling Chan – Suphan Buri or Phahon Yothin road. Read more

Situation seen from Rojana Plaza
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Water around Wat Chai Wattanaram
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace พระราชวังบางปะอิน: Where Europe meets Thailand

See the locarions on Bang Pa-In and Ayutthaya Google Map

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Aisawan Thiphya-At Pavilion and the Devaraj-Kunlai Gate ประตูเทวราชครรไล

Something like Versailles in Thailand: Bang Pa-In Palace, also known as Summer Palace, has neem built by King Prasat Thong in 1632. It was abandoned, when the Burmese army sacked Ayutthaya in 1767. In the 1850s King Mongkut (Rama IV) restored a part of the site. But what you see today is the work of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). He developped a garden filled with European-style buildings in 1872-1889. In 2001 the Palace was restored.

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Saphakhan Ratchaprayun สภาคารราชประยูร. The colonial-style building, originally built for the King's brothers, today houses a museum about the history of the palace.

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Aisawan Thiphya-At Pavilion พระที่นั่งไอศวรรย์ทิพยอาสน์. The only Thai-style building in the palace, it's the archetype of the Thai pavilion (sala Thai). The statue of Rama V, standing in the moddle, was erected by his son.

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Devaraj-Kunlai Gate ประตูเทวราชครรไล

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Sages' Lookout (Ho Withun Thasana หอวิฑูรทัศนา). Served as lookout tower for viewing the countryside.

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Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun พระที่นั่งเวหาศน์จำรูญ, built by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in 1889. This opulent Chinese-style palace is full of red, gold, dark woods and inlaid mother of pearl. Inside you discover a dragon sculpture carved from camel bone.

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The mansion of Sri Savarindira พระตำหนักสมเด็จพระศรีสวรินทิราบรมราชเทวีพระพันวัสสาอัยยิกาเจ้า

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Phra Thinang Utthayan Phumisathian พระที่นั่งอุทยานภูมิเสถียร

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Warophat Phiman Hall พระที่นั่งวโรภาษพิมาน

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The house of Cha Chom Maanda Saer เรือนเจ้าจอมมารดาแส ภายในพระราชวังบางปะอิน จังหวัดพระนครศรีอยุธยา ประเทศไทย

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The mansion of Saisavali Bhiromya พระตำหนักพระวิมาดาเธอ พระองค์เจ้าสายสวลีภิรมย์ กรมพระสุทธาสินีนาฏ ปิยมหาราชปดิวรัดา

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The mansion of Sukhumala Marasri พระตำหนักสมเด็จพระปิตุจฉาเจ้าสุขุมาลมารศรี พระอัครราชเทวี

From the palace across Chao Phraya River is Wat Niwet Thamprawat วัดนิเวศน์ธรรมประวัติ, built in 1878. This is a buddhist temple looking like a Gothic church. You get there Getting there by a cable car. The station is behind Bang Pa-In parking.

Open: Daily from 8am till 16pm, entrance fee 100 Bath. You can rent a golf cart for driving around for 400 Bath.

How to go: Buses from Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Moh Chit) every 30 minutes (takes nearly two hours). Minibuses from Ayutthaya central BKS Station (take 40 minutes). By train: From Hualamphong Station in Bangkok take the train to Ayutthaya an Chiang Mai, some trains stop at Bang Pa-In.

Sleep and eat
: Around 2 kilometres south along Chao Phraya River you find Ayutthaya Garden River Home. Read reviews of ths resort.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ayutthaya off the beaten track

On a boat around Ayutthaya

Ready for a Walking tour, a bicycling tour, a boat tour or a kayak tour in Ayutthaya?
Ayutthaya Historical Research has published nice useful guides. You can download them here:

Walking Tracks:
Ayutthaya Historical City Walk Track I

Bicycle Tracks
Ten Tracks to download

Boat Tracks
Ayutthaya City Island Roundtrip
Where to rent kayaks and where to paddle


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Your Guide to Ayutthaya

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Your Guide to Ayutthaya พระนครศรีอยุธยา

You discover Ayutthaya พระนครศรีอยุธยา through the eyes of people, who have been there. This blog collects their voices from blogs and travel-related forums like or and their pictures from and other sources. Google Maps help you to create your own tour. Links give you background. Welcome to Ayutthaya!

What remained from a city of enormous wealth: The temple ruins of Ayutthaya Click

Beds for dreaming of the old times: Hotels, Guesthouses and Resorts in Ayutthaya Click

Shoppers and eaters paradise: Markets in Ayutthaya Click

Mouthwatering food in Ayutthaya: Restaurants and reviews Click

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Markets in Ayutthaya พระนครศรีอยุธยา:
Shoppers and eaters paradise

See the locations on Ayutthaya Markets Google Map

Ayutthaya Floating Market: Don't expect a traditional floating market, this is a new one. Shops and food stalls along walkways built around a large pond - mainly for the pleasure of Thai people flocking here. Read more on Time Travel Turtle. Nearby you find Ayothaya Elephant Village.

Chao Phrom Market ตลาดเจ้าพรหม: This day and night market never closes. You get everything - from fresh and dried foods (fruits and vegetables, meat, fish) to clothes, household items, electronics and amulets. More shops are open during the day. Entering from Naresuan road you will discover stalls with tasty food. Read more about this market.

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Gong Khong Market in Bang Pa-in: Bangplap Rd., Ban Phlap. You can find fruits and vegetables grown organically, baskets, clay figurines, pots, lamps and all kind of food and desserts. Open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Mangosteen at Gong Khong Market

Hua Ro Market ตลาดหัารอ: 164 Moo 9, Tambon Hua Ro.
You enter from U-Thong road or by a pedestrian bridge across Klong Ku Muang. The yellow market building hosts mainly non-food shops: clothing and household items (open from 4am to 17pm). The other building on the western side and next to the channel and bridge hosts food stalls of all kinds. On the back side there is a small San Jao (Chinese-style temple). Red more about this market.

Khlong Sa Bua Floating Market ตลาดน้ำ อยุธยา คลองสระบัว: 44 Moo 5 Tambol Klong Sabua. Located north of Wat Na Phra Men. The market is set around a lotus pond, so it's not really a floating market. The boats of the marketwomen float around the lake. See picture by SuthinSoonthorn. There are water dancing performances, see video by earthmagictours. Open every weekend and holiday from 10am to 17pm.

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Lat Chado Weekend Market ตลาดลาดชะโด: A century-old canal-side market in Phak Hai district with well preserved wooden shophouses on both sides of a U-shaped walking line. Most vendors are elderly residents with talent for cooking and creating handmade products, so you discover handmade pillows and cotton bags as well as Thai desserts and traditional dishes such as thong yod, foi thong, tod man, hor mok and mee krob. A shophouse has been turned into a cinema hall. Old Thai movies that were filmed in Lat Chado are shown. A museum documents the history of the community and shows tools of farmers or species of fish found in the canal such as chado, which belongs to the same family as the snakehead fish. Karnjana Karnjanatawe tells the story of this market in Bangkok Post and also in this article by Patsinee Kranlert. The market was rated among the best preserved wooden buildings by the Association of Siamese Architects. Nearby Wat Dusit Ratchamatcha, also called Wat Lat Chado, with the Buddha image of Luang Phor Toh dates back over 200 years.

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Na Wangchankasem Night Market ตลาดหน้าวังจันทรเกษม: It's located in a square between U-Thong Road and the Pasak river, about 300 meters away from Hua Ro market. There are tables along the riverside. From here you can also get boats for a river cruise or for crossing over to Wat Monthop. Stalls open around 17pm. Read more about this market.

Wat Tha Ka Rong Floating Market ตลาดน้ำ วัดท่าการ้อง: See picture by SuthinSoonthorn

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