There are so many surprises and so much to see at Ayutthaya’s ruins, the ancient capital of Siam for 417 years! It is amazing how many buildings are still intact among the ruins.
The interesting Wat Lokayasutharam Buddhist Temple sat surrounded by the partial remains of its former walls. The public were allowed inside if they are dressed properly and after removing their shoes.
Upon entering the temple you immediately notice the large reclining Buddha which almost filled the entire room.
Known as the largest Buddha in Ayutthaya, people still visit the reclining Buddha for worship and meditation even though the temple had not been restored. Several people performed an incense lighting ceremony and kneeled at the side of the reclining Buddha. It was one of the few Buddhas which were not designed in the traditional sitting pose. The Buddha, called Phra Bhuddhasaiyart, was made with bricks/stone and covered with plaster. Its head was placed on a Lotus and the legs were defined to show the toes.
The golden cape draped around the Buddha seemed to add a sense of dignity in this religious setting.
There was a feeling of serenity on the tour as thought experiencing another time while the guide told the stories about their life and customs.
Ayutthaya was once a large important city destroyed by the Burmese
There are over 40,000 Buddhi temples throughout Thailand (2004).
Just one hour from Bangkok, while you are in Ayutthaya don’t miss their forts, temples, museums, elephant camp, city wall and gate.
Other big stops are the nearby Summer Palace (Bang Pa-in Palace), the Portuguese Village, the Japanese Village, and other sights.
Special Events: The Bang Sai Arts and crafts Center holds a special Loi Krathong evening celebration in November including floats, a beauty contest, handicraft demonstrations, exhibitions, and Krathong launching on the river. www.tourismthailand.com
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that this year’s Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2012 trade fair will highlight the amazing variety of tourism products, experiences and attractions the Kingdom offers under the theme “Customize Your Experience.” TTM+ 2012, which will take place at IMPACT Exhibition Center Halls 5 & 6 in Bangkok during June 6 to 8, will see over 330 buyers from countries across the globe meeting with more than 380 Thai sellers of tourism products and services.
“The TAT is delighted to welcome operators and industry practitioners from all over the world to join TTM+2012, where they will discover how they can help their clients ‘Customize Your Experience’ to explore Thailand in the way that meets their individual interests and preferences.
TTM+ 2012 is focusing on four key tourism categories, which are golf, ecotourism, weddings & honeymoons, and health & wellness. Thai tourism products and services in these categories have experienced tremendous growth over the past few years, and this trend is expected to continue in the future, especially among repeat visitors who account for about 60% of all international arrivals to Thailand.