Study Trip

A day in Ayutthaya: Revisiting Siam’s Great Capital (Part II)

Saturday, 18 November 2017
Leader: Mrs. Somlak Charoenpot, Honorary Secretary



Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam from its foundation in 1350 until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767, and at the height of it power was one of the richest and most magnificent cities in Asia. It was a great capital city with hundreds of temples and palaces, canals and rivers, and a port frequented by merchants of many nations. Ayutthaya became known in Europe as the Venice of the East, especially in the 17th century. At one stage so many different nationalities, including Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, English and French were settled here, many of whom lived in their own ghettos and had their own docks for the export of rice, spices, timber and hides.

Today Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ruins of ancient temples and other monuments are widely scattered on the island of Ayutthaya and surrounding area. Several of the principle temples built on the island or along the encircling rivers would have been visited by members of the Siam Society on previous visits to Ayutthaya. However, there are many hundreds of ruins of temples and monuments in the surrounding areas constructed of brick or stone and wood which are very little known and perhaps not yet visited by member of the Siam Society.

The Siam Society therefore is arranging a visit to the ruins of these lesser-known temple ruins located outside the island of Ayutthaya. These are not grand temples, but all are interesting and are examples of the artistic style of the Ayutthaya period or earlier periods.

Members will depart from the Siam Society by bus on Saturday, 18 November at 8.30 a.m. and we expect to return to the Society on the same day at 7.30 p.m.  We expect to visit Wat Worachet, Wat Phutthai Sawan, Wat Nang Kui, Wat Phya Kong, Wat Kra Sat Tra, Wat Thammaram, and Wat Khok Phraya.


Your contribution of Baht 2,150 will cover transportation, lunch, entrance fees and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. Baht 2,350 for non-members.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.