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Bang Pa-In Royal Palace in Ayutthaya

There are attractions that were built with tourists in mind, and there is an attraction that was designed with Thai kings in mind. Given a choice, which would you visit? Of course, an attraction that was used by Thai kings is interesting to say the least. This makes the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace one of the most popular attractions in Thailand.

This is actually a whole complex along the Chao Phraya River and was made by King Prasat Thong back in 1632. Another king, King Mongkut, made renovations during the middle of the 19th century. On the other hand, King Chulalongkorn added more buildings to the complex from 1872 to 1889. So as you can see, the complex was made, renovated, and improved with the ingenuity, creativity and demand for quality of kings.

The complex is one of the best maintained attractions in the world since King Bhumibol Adulyadej still use it for special occasions with his family. But on days when they’re not using it, it’s open to visitors. So make sure to visit and enjoy your day like a king.

Visit this attraction on a Private Day Tour around Ayutthaya.

Ayutthaya Historical Ruins

Ayutthaya is primarily an ancient city in Thailand that offers historic monuments, museums, galleries and temples. But there are also activities like elephant riding, hiking, biking, golf and river cruises in Ayutthaya. The biggest attractions, however, are in the Ayutthaya Historical Ruins, in the western half of the river island, while the modern city is in the east. Considering it importance, the Ayutthaya Historical Park was given a UNESCO World Heritage Site status, including the ruins of ancient palaces and historic temples scattered throughout the area. This is a city sacred to the Thais, filled with historical and Buddhist shrines.

Historians comment that Ayutthaya was one of the most flourishing cities in it’s time. It was a highly developed international urban centre with a huge population, similar to that of the popular European capitals. The prosperity and riches of Ayutthaya resulted in the greed of the neighbouring country, Burma, and was subsequently looted and  ransacked by the Burmese army. Now, the most visited ruins include Wat Phra Si core Sanphet, the largest temple in Ayutthaya, Wat Mongkhon Bophit and Wat Phra Mahathat. The peripheral Phramongkol Viharn Bophit includes one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand.

Ayutthaya Historical Information Centre

Ayutthaya was once the capital of Thailand so naturally, it has a lot of rich background and history. Unfortunately, a lot of these stories have been buried and forgotten. Fortunately, the Japanese Government recognized the importance of making sure that the present generation understands the history of Ayutthaya. This is the reason why they funded the Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre.

If you’re thinking that it’s boring, you’re mistaken. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how the centre was put together. Of course, the centre features an impressive museum filled with displays that bring you back to the time when Ayutthaya was the nation’s capital. You’ll see the rise of the city and you’ll also see its cultures and traditions. There is also a library filled with materials that show the city’s history.

The centre is open from 9:00am to 4:30pm but it wouldn’t take the whole day to check out the whole centre. You can also visit the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum afterwards since it’s close to it.

Visit this attraction on a Private Day Tour around Ayutthaya.

Visit the Elephant Village

Traditionally, elephants used to be the regal transportation for the Royal families in Thailand. They were also primary in carrying woods from the jungles and for various other heavy duty works. But now due to diminishing natural habitats, these elephants can bee seen at sanctuaries called elephant villages.

This place is a great tourist’s location where these magnificent animals are given proper care, taught and trained to do wonderfully amusing acts. Visit the elephant village for some fun elephant rides inside the forests and jungles, through streams and rivers. It is unique experience like none other.

Often the elephant village has a roundup where awesome tricks and demonstrations are performed by the gathered elephants. The gigantic mammals are well trained and tamed so no need to be afraid. The crowd pullers are definitely the cute and naughty antics of the young elephants. So don’t forget to visit an elephant village for some extraordinary experiences.

Visit this attraction on our Thailand Royal Coast Experience tour.