Lad Chado Riverside Market

Lad Chado Riverside Market

Lad Chado Market in Phak Hai district of Ayutthaya, is an old market that has been revived over recent years. The local community and canal are named after the Great Snakehead fish (Pla Chado) which used to be abundant in the canal many years ago. Like many old riverside markets around Thailand, this used to be very lively and also the center of the community. However, with the building of roads, the importance of Lad Chado market declined. However, about five years ago, the local authority helped revive this 100 year old market. At the start of Buddhist Lent every year, hundreds of locals take part in a boat procession to the market.

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Queen Suriyothai Monument

Queen Suriyothai Monument

Queen Suriyothai was a royal consort during the 16th century Ayutthaya period. She is famous for having given up her life in order to save her husband, King Maha Chakkraphat in a battle during the Burmese-Siamese War of 1548. This patriotic monument, unveiled in 1995, is situated about six kilometres northwest of Ayutthaya Historical Park. The focus is the giant statue of a war elephant with King Maha Chakkraphat on its back. He is guarded by four Siamese soldiers. The monument is in the middle of a lake which is a popular recreational site at the weekend for Thai families. During the week you will probably have the place to yourself.

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Baan Teelanka, The Upside Down House

The Upside Down House

The latest tourist attraction in Phuket has literally turned itself on its head in order to attract attention. It is called Baan Teelanka which translates as the Upside Down House. As soon as you arrive and walk past the upside down car and upside down garbage bin you know that you are in for an unusual adventure. And it’s not only the garden that is in reverse order. The house itself is fully furnished and everything that should be on the floor is now fixed to the ceiling. Taking pictures in the house can prove to be fun but you need to think about the shots first. Any picture that you take needs to be flipped around so that you are upside down. But the furniture in the house will then be the right way up. A lot of fun.

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

One of the most visited historical site of Ayutthaya, Wat Chaiwattanaram rests on the bank of the Chao Phraya river, to the west of the city island. The temple was ordered to built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother, featuring the architectural style influenced by Angkor temple in Cambodia—its unique feature is a large, central prang (Khmer-style pagoda) surrounded by smaller prangs, symbolizing Mount Sumeru, the gods’ mountain according to Hindu belief. The lighting at night makes the temple even more exotic and beautiful.

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Paknam Observation Tower

Paknam Observation Tower

This is the Paknam Observation Tower (หอชมเมืองสมุทรปราการ) in Samut Prakan. They say that the 179.55 meter high observation tower will be completed within two years. The tower will contain educational facilities for children and local people that will include a library and museum. There will also be a viewing platform at the top.

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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

The most iconic temple building in Ayutthaya is Wat Phra Si Sanphet (วัดพระศรีสรรเพชญ์). It was built in 1491 and was the only temple located inside the compound of the Grand Palace. Like The Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, this temple too didn’t have any resident monks. During the height of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, this was the largest temple in the city. Ashes of some Ayutthaya kings were stored here. It was damaged and left abandoned after the collapse of Ayutthaya in 1767 but the remaining structures still help us picture the temple in its former condition.

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Royal Elephant Kraal Pavilion

Royal Elephant Kraal

Situated in the north of the Ayutthaya Historical Park, the Royal Elephant Kraal Pavilion was used as a royal seat for the monarchs to witness the elephant round-up. Elephants were the essential animals for wars and transports in the past, and there were often a round-up ritual gathering wild elephants to be trained for wars and transportation. No longer carried on, the last time the round-up took place was in 1890 to welcome Nicholas II of Russia during his visit to Siam.

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Government House

Government House

The Government House (ทำเนียบรัฐบาล) is the offices of  the Prime Minister of Thailand and the cabinet ministers. It also contains conference rooms and is used for state functions and receptions of foreign guests. It was designed by Italian architects with building work commencing in 1923. Other buildings date back to the 1940′s. The main building carries a golden dome housing a statue of Phra Phrom (Brahma) and its façade resembles that of the Ca’ d’Oro Palazzo in Venice.

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The White Temple

 The White Temple

One of the most beautiful temples in Thailand, done in a modern contemporary style, is undoubtedly Wat Rong Khun. This temple, which is in Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand, is more well-known among foreigners as The White Temple. The temple is located in Ban Rong Khun, about 13 kilometres south-west of Chiang Rai city along Phahonyothin Road. It is the brainchild of Thai artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat who started building it back in 1998.

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Statue of Luang Pu Thuat

statue of Luang Pu Thuat

A famous pilgrimage site in Hua Hin is the statue for Luang Pu Thuat (หลวงปู่ทวด) at Wat Huay Mongkol. Luang Phu Thuat was born in 1582 and is said to have performed miracles. Amulets created in his image are said to have great protective powers and will protect you from things like car accidents. Older amulets are sold for high prices. The statue in Hua Hin is the largest in Thailand.

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