Monday, October 5, 2009

Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun is also known as the White Temple, is designed in white color with some use of white glass. Wat Rong Khun is different from any other temple in Thailand. The bridge leading to the temple represents the crossing over from the cycle of rebirth to the Abode of Buddha.

It is the realization of a dream for Thailands noted artist, Mr Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed and is supervising the construction of this beautiful white temple and its many statues of figures based on religious beliefs.

The construction started in 1998 and is expected to be completed in 2008. In addition, there is a gallery nearby exhibiting his paintings. To get there from the city of Chiang Rai, drive north along Asia Highway.

Chonburi - Koh Lan, Pattaya

About 7.5 kilometers off of Pattaya by a 45-minute ferry or 15 minutes by speed boat ride, the island measures 2 kilometers by 5 kilometers and offers several white sandy beaches, notably Hat Ta Waen, Hat Laem Thian and Hat Thong Long, the latter facing coral reefs.

Visitors can choose either snorkeling or viewing the coral from glass bottom boats.

Ferries to the island leave South Pattaya pier (Tha Na Baan) daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Cruises by sailing junks, with lunch provided are also available.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bang Pa-in Palace - Ayutthaya

Bang Pa-In Palace is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya Province. The Palace was built by King Prasat Thong also known as the Summer Palace.

Bang Pa-In Palace was build in 1632, and though it lay empty and overgrown throughout the late 18th and early 19th century, King Mongkut began to restore the site in the mid-1800s. Most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn.

Bang Pa-In Palace comprises a collection of buildings of various ages and various architectural styles surrounded by a lake.

Bang Pa-In was the residence of all the kings in the Ayutthaya period but it was let unoccupied when Bangkok became the capital.

The facilities include vast gardens and landscaping, Wehart Chamrunt , a Chinese-style Royal Palace and throne room; the Warophat Phiman, a royal residence; Ho Withun Thasana , a brightly-painted lookout tower; and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art , a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond.

Visitors can only go inside two of these building

1. Phra Thi Nang Wehat Chamrun - a Chinese-style building intended for use during rainy seasons.

2. Phra Thi Nang Withun Thatsana.
Visitors are requested to be dressed properly and appropriately upon entering the ground of Bang Pa-In

Palace. Thus the following dress – code (applicable to both ladies and gentlemen) will be strictly enforced:

1. Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, as well as tights can not be worn as outer

garments.2. See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culotters or quarter length trousers can not be worn.3. Sleeveless shirts or vests can not be worn as outer garments.4. Sandles (without ankle or heel straps) can not be worn.5. All shirt sleeves, whether long or short, can not be rolled up.6. Sweat shirts and sweat pants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers can not be worn.

Admission Fee: Foreigner 100 Baht , Thai adult 30 Baht, Student, monks, nuns 20 Baht.Opens daily : 08:30 - 16:30.Electronic Golf Car Rental : Foreigner 400 Baht/Hr , Thai 250 Baht/Hr

How to get there:

Bang Pa-In Palace is often approached as a tour from Bangkok and often combined with a visit to Wat Niwet Thamaprawat which is directly opposite the palace. It is possible to get there yourself by van from Chao Phrom Market in Ayutthaya (fare 10 Baht) or bus from the Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok (fare around 20 Baht for an ordinary bus and around 50 Baht for an air-conditioned bus). There are also river tours available directly from Bangkok.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

HuaHin - Mrigadayavan Palace

Mrigadayavan Palace is Located midway between Cha-am and Hua Hin, Phetchaburi province, about 130 km from Bangkok.

Mrigadayavan Palace is “The Wooden Palace”, it was constructed under the Royal command of HMK Rama VI (Vajiravudh) in 1923 and used as the Royal Summer Seaside Palace during his time.

Marigadayavan Palace was proudly billed as the longest Golden Teak Palace in the world and often referred to as “The palace of love and hope”. The palace consists of 3 two-storeyed wooden pavilions connecting to each other, all facing out to the sea.

Admission Fee : 30 baht for adults, 15 baht for children
Bicycles for Rent : 20 baht

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mun Nork Island

another 1 hour by boat to the island. This island is situated about 35 kms. away from “Samet Island” but use different pier. Many activities such as skin diving, walk around the island in the morning, kayak boat and banana boat at extra or just laid by the beach quietly spending time with someone or yourself. This place is a place for sea lovers who seeks for peaceful vacation. Do not expect night life or five stars faculities there but spending time here is truly comfortalbe and difference.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sai Yok Noi Waterfall - Kanchanaburi

Sai Yok Noi Waterfall or Khao Phang Fall is about 2 kilometers from the present end of the 'Death Railway' line which is called Nam-Tok Station.

Sai Yok Noi is a waterfall in the Sai Yok district 77 Kms. from Kanchanaburi, Thailand. It is the most popular attraction of the Sai Yok National Park for domestic and foreign tourists alike. The immediate vicinity features a Buddhist shrine, a train and section of rail tracks of the Death Railway that once serviced the area, a highway rest stop, and a small market geared toward travellers.

Mueang Sing Historical Park - Kanchanaburi

The ancient prehistoric civilization flourished in the western part of Thailand dates back to several tens of thousand years. From Kanchanaburi province especially in the basin of the two branches of the Kwai Yai and Noi rivers, many archaeological objects have been discovered.

One of the most important sites found in the Kwai Noi River basin is an ancient city site named Muang Sing.

The important discoveries made near the ancient city remains include prehistoric human skeletons together with metal tools, vessels and ornaments; brick bases of the Dvaravati period architecture; and the laterite ruins of the13th century.

This Muang Sing must have been an important outpost of Angkor as it was mentioned in the Prasat Phra Khan inscription made during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.

At present, Muang Sing on the bank of the Kwai Noi River is included in Muang Sing sub-district. The vestiges of the ancient city comprise several layers of rectangular walls and moats, having Prasat Muang Sing in the middle. Other three lesser monuments in ruins are also found in the area. From the main monument has been discovered a number of Mahayana Buddhist images.

The three lesser monuments could have been built in the same period as Prasat Muang Sing in the 13th century, in the area which had been on the important communication route that connected central Thailand to Lower Burma.

Realizing the importance of the site, the Fine Arts Department initiated the renovation of Prasart Muang Sing in 1974. The site then was a mound covered with heavily overgrown vegetation. When the renovation work of the monument was completed covering an area of around 640 rai of land, Muang Sing Historical Park had the official opening presided over by H.R.H. Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn on April 3, 1987. Since then Muang Sing Historical Park has become a proud cultural heritage site, serving as an educational source as well as an interesting tourist attraction in the region. In the boundary of the historical park, there is a museum which houses various artifacts and sculptures displayed comprehensively for an easy understanding of the local history.

Muang Sing Histrocial Park is provided with various facilities. Excellent roads are constructed to make it easily accessible and comfortable accomodations are established on the bank of the Kwai Noi River. Thus, Muang Sing Historical Park became an important place to visit in the study of art and culture, as well as to relax in a comfortable surroundings.

The laterite sanctuary was constructed in the late Lop Buri Period ca. 11th-13th century A.D. It has a square plan covering a total area of over 800 rai and surrounded by a laterite wall measuring 880 metres wide. Influenced by ancient Khmer culture, Its principal tower is encircled by a laterite wall, moat and earthen mound and was built in a mixture of the folk school of art and Bayon style of King Jayavarman VII's period in Cambodia.

Prasat Mueang sing located some 7 km. from Ban Kao National Museum. Take Highway 323 (Kanchanaburi - Sai Yok),turn left at Km.15, and continue for another 7 km. to Prasat Mueang Sing.

Opening :
daily, 9:00 - 18:00
Admission fee: 40 Baht per person + bicycle: 10 Baht,motorbike: 20 Baht, car: 30 Baht
By Rail: get off at Thakilen Station

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