We travel up north for approximately one hour to Bang Pa In in Ayutthaya province and visit Wat Niwet Thammaprawat. King Rama V had this temple constructed in the style of a European church. The stained glass windows and unusual architecture make it one of the most unique Buddhist temples in Thailand. The resident monk is always in for a chat with its visitors.
From here we continue by private long-tailed boat. It is a nice way to experience local life along Chao Phraya River with cool breeze, fresh air, and friendly people. The boat trip ends at Wat Phanan Choeng, a temple older than Ayutthaya itself with an impressive sitting Buddha, the largest in the province. A lot of Thai people come here during the weekend to worship the Buddha image for happiness and prosperity.
At lunch time we enjoy a delicious Thai meal at a local restaurant.
After that we travel back in time to see old Siam (former name of Thailand). We go sightseeing in a comfortable minivan around Ayutthaya historical park, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Several impressive temple ruins dating from the time Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam can still be seen. We will visit Wat Mahathat,Wat Lokayasuttharam, and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet (a royal temple similar to Wat Phra Keaw in Bangkok). Last but not least, outside of the historical park we visit Wat Chai Wattanaram, an impressive temple ruin built in Khmer (Cambodian) style.