Visiting Wats at which are a little away from the main Ayutthaya Temple area.
Several Wats and Chedi which are well worth visiting and located on the outer edges of Ayutthaya, Thailand. The following temple locations are more on the outskirts of Ayutthaya and probably not visited by organised tours. In
reality it's too far to walk to them especially when the weather is hot but they all are easily (and very enjoyably) reachable by sorting out some sandwiches and then hiring a bicycle for the day.
Wat Na Phra Mane at Ayutthaya in Thailand.
Situated on the north bank of the Lop Buri River, Wat Na Phra Mane is the only temple to survive the Burmese invasion. The main Bot was constructed in 1503 by Angel Indra during the reign of King Ramathibodee II. The Wat has outside columns which are topped with lotus cups and slits instead of windows in order to let ventilation through - which is a fairly typical Ayutthaya style.
Wat Phu Khao Thong (Golden Mountain).
This Wat is situated in open countryside around 2kms north of Wat Na Phra Mane. Whilst
occupying Ayutthaya in 1569 the Burmese erected a Mon-style Chedi to commemorate their victory over Siam - when the Thais regained the city they put up with it
for around 200 years as it was against Buddhist law to destroy a religious monument. When it collapsed King Borommakot built a Chedi on the old base only for the Burmese to once again invade the city in 1767. The Chedi has since been restored and painted white and is
quite an unusual sight rising out of the fields. Behind the Chedi there are quite a few buildings which seem to be part of a small monastery and still occupied.
Wat Chai Watthanaran.
From Si Nakarin Park continue along the road then after crossing the bridge on the left go left again and this will bring you to the Wat. The Wat was built in 1630 by King Parsat Thong - possibly to commemorate his victory over Cambodia -
it was constructed in the Khmer style and is similar to some of the temple complexes which can be seen at Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia. 4 small prang and 8 tiered and tapered
Chedi encircle the main large corncob prang. Although a large amount of brickwork now shows through it is still possible to spot fragments of stucco in places.
Our other Topics related to visiting and looking around in Ayutthaya.
More destinations for which we have travel and holiday guides are for Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, India, Cyprus, lots of Greek Islands, The Algarve and several Canary Islands.
Also many Topics about England - Wild Flowers, National Trail Walks, Churches plus quite a few canals including The Kennet and Avon Canal, The Oxford Canal, The Grand Union Canal, The Regents Canal - also two rivers and about walking The Thames Path.
Please visit our Resources Page