This bicycle tour has been designed to bring you from Ayutthaya to Bang Pa-In in the most economic way. The bicycle track is about 40 Km long and is paved all the way. You will use two different boat ferries, the first one in the south of Ayutthaya, the second one in the east. The first part of the track brings you along the Portuguese settlement and the return way goes over the Japanese and Dutch settlements. Biking takes about 2-3 hours, but visiting all the Points of Interest will occupy you the whole day. The main target of this track is a visit to the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace and Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, so avoid losing too much time on the way visiting less important reference points. The Bang Pa-In Summer Palace starts blocking visitor entry at 15.00 Hr as it closes an hour later. Wear proper dress, covering arms and legs, when visiting the palace. Be aware there is an entrance fee.
Bang Pa-In Palace is situated by the riverside of the Chao Phraya River, south of the former capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya, and about 60 Km north of Bangkok. The original royal summer palace dates back to the Late Ayutthaya period, during the reign of King Prasat Thong (r. 1629-1656). In 1652, he commissioned the palace to be built as a summer retreat. This original palace was the Isuan Thippaya Ahsana Pavilion, surrounded by royal residences. Soon after, Wat Chumpon Nikayaram was erected as a temple built to commemorate the King’s mother, Nang Or-In, who was a native of this village. The temple functioned as a center where royal ceremonies were conducted.
The palace was very popular as a summer retreat by the monarchs until the end of the Ayutthaya period in 1782, when the capital of Siam moved from Ayutthaya to Bangkok. During the Early Ratanakosin period, the palace was deserted. Some eight years later King Rama IV (r.1851-1868) re-activated the palace site. The king commissioned Phraya Ponlathep to restore the palace and subsequently to add three new buildings to the palace compound. He changed the name of the river island from Bang Nang In or Bang Or-In to Bang Pa-In, for aesthetic reasons and out of respect for the name of King Prasat Thong’s mother. The present major palace buildings were mostly added under the commission of his son, King Chulalongkorn (r.1868- 1910).
A few highlights on this itinerary have been listed more for the sake of smoother navigation and referencing, although they may also appeal to many cyclists as points of interest. Individual cyclists can choose where to stop according to their own taste and time constraints.
If you are interested in viewing photographs of the temples in advance or would like additional historic information about some reference points, visit this website.
Markings: Historical signboard in situ is marked as (*) Entry fee required is marked as ($)