[THAILAND] - Bangkok: Walking in the history's footsteps of Siam

Who doesn't love Bangkok? The great food and rooftop bars, the soothing massages,the vibrant city vibes.. but have you explored this place thorough enough yet? This article is going to share with you a couple of nice spots in the suburb of Bangkok, giving you a new idea for your next visit to this lovely city.


Ayutthaya was once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam and a prosperous international trading port from 1350 until the city was completely destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. It was now a magnificent historical site that can be accessed by train or driving. I highly recommend you guys to do a day tour here as it is a one-of-a-kind experience that you can ever experience in Thailand. Here we go!

Wat Mahathat

The history of Wat Mahathat could be traced back to the 14th Century and has been considerably altered over the years, most notably by the young Prince Mongkut who would later become King Rama IV of Thailand. Originally built to house a relic of the Buddha, Wat Mahathat is one of the oldest shrines in Ayuttaya.  

The most popular thing to see here is the famous Buddha head entwined in tree roots. It's probably the most photographed object in the area. According to the locals, this was no artefact as the Buddha head was put there before the tree roots grew over time. Visitors are required to sit on the ground so as to take photos with the Buddha, as it is a kind of respect to the religion. 

Address: Naresuan Rd, Tambon Tha Wa Su Kri, Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chang Wat Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

The three Chedis of Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the holiest temple on the site of the old Royal Palace and the grandest and most beautiful temple in this ancient capital. One interesting fact is that it actually served as a model for the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, in Bangkok. The three gilded mondops held objects of worship, so remember don't climb up or step on the area. 

Address: Pratuchai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand

Wat Lokayasutharam

Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, here lies a 42m-long giant Wat Lokayasuthara, ostensibly dating back to the early Ayuthaya period. Visitors can donate money in exchange to cover a orange robe on the Reclining Buddha as a pray for blessings. 

Address: Phratuchai Subdistrict, Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand
Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram lies on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, outside Ayutthaya island. It is one of Ayutthaya's major tourist attraction and is seen as a "small version of Angkor Wat". The Wat Chaiwatthanaram structure reflects the Buddhist world view, such breathtaking view here will give you a moment of inner peace and allow you to walk through history of Siam. 

Address: Ban Pom, อำเภอ เมืองพระนครศรีอยุธยา Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand

Erawan Museum

Erawan Museum is a museum locates in Samut Prakan constructed by Lek Viriyaphant, a Thai millionaire and patron of culture. It takes just a 30-min ride from the centre of Bangkok. It is well known for its gigantic three-headed elephant art display that stands over the entire Erawan Museum. The three storeys contain antiquities and priceless collections of ancient religious objects are  to Khun Lek Viriyapant, who is the museum owner. The pink and white ladders work exotic magic, it certainly is one of the most unique architecture in town. The circular path around the museum stands a total of 

Entrance fee: 400 Baht
Address: 99/9 Moo 1 Bangmuangmai, Samut Prakan, Bangkok 10270, Thailand

Ancient Siam

Another magnificent construction by Lek Viriyaphant. Here, you are going to explore the entire Thailand in a day. It is one of the largest outdoor museums in the world and is essentially a scaled-down version of Thailand. You get to see all the unique replicas and reconstructions of the historically significant constructions. I highly recommend you rent a bike or golf car (you don't need a driving license) to explore around the site as it is very huge. It is one of the most interesting things to do in Bangkok and I have to say I love it so much!!

Entrance fee: 400 Baht
Address: 296 1 หมู่ 7 Sukhumvit Rd, Bang Pu Mai, Amphoe Mueang Samut Prakan, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10280, Thailand


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