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

Hellfire Pass - Kanchanaburi

Hellfire Pass is the name of a railway cutting, famed for its cost in life, on the Death Railway in Thailand, known by the Japanese as Konyu cutting. It was built in World War II, in part by POWs. Work by torchlight at night gave the pass its name.


The Konyu cutting was a particularly difficult section of the line to build due to it being the largest rock cutting on the railway, coupled with its general remoteness and the lack of proper construction tools during building. A tunnel would have been possible to build instead of a cutting, but this could only be constructed at the two ends at any one time, whereas the cutting could be constructed at all points simultaneously despite the excess effort required by the POWs.

The Australian, British, Dutch and other allied Prisoners of War were required by the Japanese to work 18 hours a day to complete the cutting. Sixty nine men were beaten to death by Japanese and Korean guards in the six weeks it took to build the cutting, and many more died from cholera, dysentery, starvation, and exhaustion (Wigmore 568). However, the majority of deaths occurred amongst labourers whom the Japanese enticed to come to help build the line with promises of good jobs. These labourers, mostly Malayans (Chinese, Malays and Tamils from Malaya), suffered mostly the same as the POWs at the hands of the Japanese. The Japanese kept no records of these deaths.

The railway was never built to a level of lasting permanence and was frequently bombed by the Royal Air Force during the Burma Campaign. After the war, all but the present section was closed. There are currently no plans to reopen it.

Present day

There are no longer any trains running on this stretch of the line. The nearest railway station is at Nam Tok, where trains of the State Railway of Thailand can be taken for a trip over the famous Whampo Viaduct and across the bridge over the River Kwai to Kanchanaburi, which is the nearest major town and tourist base. Visitors to the museum usually base themselves in Kanchanaburi. It is possible to roll into one day a trip to the Erawan Waterfall in the morning, followed by a visit to Hellfire Pass and its museum in the afternoon, and then catch the train back to Kanchanaburi to cross the famous bridge around sunset.

There is a museum co-sponsored by the Thai and Australian governments at the site to commemorate the suffering of those involved in the construction of the railway. It was opened by the then Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard. As a part of the museum experience, it is possible to walk through the cutting itself and along a section of the former railway track bed. An audio tour including recorded memories of surviving POWs is available at the museum.

In 2006, proposals to create a railway network linking eight south-east Asia countries would see a railway link restored between Thailand and Myanmar. It is not clear if this would follow the original Death Railway route through Hellfire Pass, since this route was necessarily built quickly and to low standard of curves and gradients.

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Wat Yai Chaimongkhon - Ayutthaya

Wat Yai Chaimongkhon

Wat Yai Chaimongkhon Initially
, this monastery was constructed by King U-thong in 1900 B.E. to accommodate the monks that once were ordained from Phra Wanratana Mahathera Bureau in Ceylon. This denomination is called "The Pakaew Group".

Thereby this monastery was named "Wat Pakaew". Later on many people were faithful in this denomination. Many of them were ordained the monks of this denomination so that Pakaew Group became prosperous rapidly during that time.

Phra Rachathibodi then appointed the director of this sect as the right-sided patriarch named "Phra Wanratana" while "Phra Putthakosajarn" held the position of the left-sided patriarch. Since the patriarch stayed here, this monastery was named "Wat Chao Phayatai".

The ubosot of this monastery was the place where King Tianracha had prayed for the throne before he could beat Khun Worawongsathiraj, another candidate for the throne. In 2135 B.E. in the reign of King Naresuan the Great, Phra Maha Uparacha of Burma marched his army to Ayuthaya in order to take control over the Thai Kingdom. King Naresuan then marched his army to combat the invader.

They met at Nong Sarai, Suparn Buri district. King Naresuan had a fight on elephant back with Phra Maha Uparacha. King Naresuan was able to kill his rival but he could not destroy the enemies army because his soldiers were further behind.

King Naresuan was full of rage when he came back to Ayuthaya and wanted the commanders to be executed because they were unable to follow him. However, Phra Wanratana of Wat Pakaew asked him for the death penalty and suggested him to build a Chedi to celebrate the victory instead.

King Naresuan the Great then decided to construct a large Chedi in this monastery named Phra Chedi Chaimongkhon. This monastery became "Wat Yai Chaimongkhon" later on.

The Great Chedi Chaya Mongkhol

The Great Chedi Chaya Mongkhol was built by the command of King Naresuan the Great, to commemorate his decisive victory over the Burmese invasion in A.D. 1592. The event was climaxed in the momentous elephant combat between the King and the Burmese crown prince Maha Uparaja, in the province of Suparnburi the renown of King Naresuan was such that there was no more outside invasion for the following two hundred years.

Thus, the Great Chedi serves as a symbol of prowess and sacrifice of the King and his soldiers, who with their national and religious devotion have brought about calm and peaceful assurance to the Thai people.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol is located near the main Ayutthaya ruins and a short distance from the walls of Ayutthaya. It is famed for an impressively large statue of the Reclining Buddha inside the temple compound. Built by King U Thong (Ayutthaya’s first ruler) in 1357, the temple is also known as "Chao Phaya Thai Temple" and has a large Chedi that dominates the skyline.

The Chedi was built in 1592 to celebrate King Naresuan’s single-handed defeat of the then Burmese Crown Prince after an elephant back duel. The size of the Chedi was intended to match that of Phu Khao Thong – a Pagoda purportedly built by the Burmese which is visible in the distance from the temple. This is a great site to visit and wander around so give yourself plenty of time for a visit.

Details: Admission is 20 Baht and the temple opens daily between 08:30 and 16:30.

How to get there:

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol is in the Southeast of the town and easily accessible by Tuk-Tuk or rickshaw for around 30 Baht.

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