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Wehat Chamrun is a Chinese-style two-story mansion at Bang Pa In Palace that was built by the equivalent of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and presented to King Chulalongkorn in 1889. Prince Ookhtomsky recorded that, " It is really a palace of romance, with ornamented tiled floors, massive ebony furniture, gold, silver, and porcelain freely... Continue Reading →

Aisawan Thiphya-At

Also know as the divine seat of personal freedom, Aisawan Thiphya-At is a Thai style pavilion sitting in the middle of the pond within the grounds of Ban Pa In Palace.

Sages’s Lookout

Ho Withun Thatsana, also known as Sages Lookout, was built by King Chulalongkorn in 1881 as a lookout tower for viewing the surrounding countryside of Bang Pa In Palace.

Bang Pa In Royal Palace

Approximately 60kms north of Bangkok, in the province of Ayutthaya, lies Bang Pa In Palace (Thai: พระราชวังบางปะอิน) - the summer palace of the King and Queen of Thailand. The original Palace was built by King Prasat Thong of Ayutthaya early in the 17th century however it was left abandoned for nearly a century after the... Continue Reading →

Just before leaving Oxford to emigrate to Sydney Mel gave me Oxford Bear.  Since 2007 he has come with me on my travels. I introduced him to Matthew.  They get on well.  And now Oxford Bear is exploring Asia.  Ayutthaya was one of his favourites.    

One of the highlights of our trip to Bangkok was a visit to the Ayutthaya historical park.  It was once one of the largest cities in the world.  The ruins still beautiful.   History Ayutthaya city (full name Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thai: พระนครศรีอยุธยา) is the capital of Ayutthaya province in Thailand.  Located in the valley... Continue Reading →

Buddha Tree

The Buddha Tree at Ayutthaya. The Buddha Tree grows amongst the ruins of Wat Mahathat and is one of the most iconic images of Thailand. The head was once part of a sandstone Buddha image occupying the Wat in Ayutthaya, which was the capital of Thailand (then called Siam) at the time. In 1767 the... Continue Reading →

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