Bangkok @ Day 2
I booked Ayutthaya Summer Palace Tour from Malaysia @ 1500 Baht per person including Shuttle Transfer, English speaking guide, Admission fees, and Lunch. When you book them through their website, you have to pay 10% deposit to confirm your booking while the balance is paid to the tour guide when they pick you up from the hotel. The pickup time for us is 6.50am-7.10am and they picked us at 6.55am from the hotel lobby. Once the picked everyone from their hotel, they will stop in a particular location to change van with others where it will be going to Ayutthaya. The journey from my Hotel to Ayutthaya is about 1 hour 45 minutes.
Our first stop is Wat Phananchoeng, which is the most revered by the inhabitants of Ayutthaya and was built in A.D 1325.
Our second stop is Wat Yai Chaimongkhon. Huge image of a reclining Buddha in brick and stucco.
Our third stop is Wat Maha That where you can spot the famous tree that has grown around the Buddha head. When taking photo of you and the Buddha head make sure you sit on your knees to show respect as it is considered holy by Thais.
Our fourth stop is Wat Phra Si Sanphet where the temple is located within the Royal Palace compound and the original from which the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok has been copied. Three outstanding Sri Lanka style pagodas were build during the 15th century to enshrine the ashes of three Ayutthaya King. (King 8, King 9, and King 10)
Our fifth stop is Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit. Phra Mongkhon Bophit a large bronze cast Buddha image was originally enshrined in the open area outside the Grand Palace and later covered by the building in the reign of King Songtham. During the fall of Ayutthaya, the building was badly destroyed by fire for 7 Days and 7 Nights.
Our sixth stop is Bang Pa-in Summer Palace, which was used by the royal court as a summer retreat in the 17th century. However, the palace was destroyed with the fall off Kingdom of Ayutthaya and was restored by King Rama 4 in the mid- 19th century. Most of the buildings that exit today date from the reign of King Rama 5, who regularly spent his summer here. Now the Royal family of Bangkok spent their summer here either in the month of November or December. The structures of the Summer Palace represent a variety of agricultural styles like Chinese style, Italian style, and Thai Style.
After visit the Bang Pa-In summer Palace, they send us back to the Hotel. After a small nap, we went night market nearby by our hotel to buy our dinner. The night market opens everyday from 6pm-10pm and the foods are cheaper and delicious compare to Phuket and Krabi foods.