One of Ayutthaya's beautiful parks - Ayutthaya, Thailand

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, Ayutthaya - Thailand.

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 Na Phra Mane, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Wat Na Phra Mane Wat Na Phra Mane idol at Auytthaya in Thailand. Wat Na Phra Mane in Thailand.

Wat Phu Khao Thong, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Phu Khao Thong, Ayutthaya, Thailand.

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 Phu Khao Thong Wat Phu Khao Thong at Ayutthaya in Thailand. Wat Phu Khao Thong Wat Phu Khao Thong

Si Nakarin Park at Ayutthaya in Thailand.

Although Phram Park is really nice to wander around there is another far quieter and much larger park on the outskirts of Ayutthaya which seemingly hardly anybody visits.

Si Nakarin Park at Ayutthaya

is located alongside Uthong Road and close to Chao Phraya River to the south of the city. With it's wide paths the park is very easy to cycle around. The large park has lots of canals, is teeming with wildlife and has quite a few old Wats and Chedi amongst it's beautiful trees and grass areas. (picnic time maybe?)
Si Nakarin Park, Ayutthaya in Thailand. Si Nakarin Park canal, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Si Nakarin Park chedi, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Si Nakarin Park at Ayutthaya in Thailand.
Wat Ubosot Si Nakarin Park, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Wat Chao Phram Si Nakarin Park, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Chedi Yai Si Nakarin Park, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Wat Wang Chai Si Nakarin Park at Ayutthaya.

Wat Chai Watthanaram, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Chai Watthanaram

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.
Wat Chai Watthanaram, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Wat Chai Watthanaram Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Chaiwatthanaram's Prang, Ayutthaya, Thailand.
120 headless seated Buddha's line the outside gallery and two large seated Buddha's gaze out over the river Chao Phraya. At one time the entrance to the Wat was from the river and the views must have been very impressive as the Wat was approached. The whole area is quite open and really pleasant to wander.

Wat Worachet, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Worachet sculpture, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Wat Worachet on the outskirts of Ayutthaya in Thailand.

Wat Worachet Thep Bamrung.

The Wat is located on the western edge of Ayutthaya and not within reasonable walking distance. You have to go along the busy main road towards Sana Suphanburi but it was quite easy to cycle there using the cycle lane. It's well worth the effort of finding this Wat as it is in quite good condition and nicely set in a tree-line area. Some of the carvings are excellent.
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