|AYUTTHAYA - NAKHON LUANG BICYCLE TRACK
|This bicycle tour has been designed for a 35 km bike trip from Ayutthaya to Nakhon Luang and back to visit Prasat Nakhon Luang. It is the shortest
possible route by bicycle. The route follows the Pa Sak River on both banks. The track starts in Ayutthaya and goes over Suan Phrik, Ban Ko,
Khlong Sakae, Bang Duea and Bang Rakan to Nakhon Luang. The return route on the left bank of the Pa Sak River and follows mainly road #3063
and #3053 until Ayutthaya.
Situated on the east bank of the Pa Sak River, Amphoe Nakhon Luang, Prasat Nakhon Luang was a royal residence for Ayutthayan kings during
their trips to Lopburi and the Buddha's Footprint Shrine in Saraburi. It is assumed to have been constructed during the reign of King Songtham
(1611-1628), but was improved to be a brick and plaster building during the reign of King Prasat Thong (1629 - 1656). Another source - "A history
of Siam - W.A.R. Wood - Page 187" - state that Prasat Nakhon Luang was erected by King Prasat Thong - a design copied from Angkor Thom -
to celebrate the event of the renewal of Cambodia’s allegiance to Siam. Although no record can be found of an invasion of Cambodia in the reign of
King Prasat Thong. It is assumed that a show of force was sufficient to renew Cambodia’s allegiance. Dutch writers refer more than once to
preparations made by King Prasat Thong, during his reign, to subdue Cambodia, which had proclaimed independence in 1618 after the death of
King Srisuphanma of Cambodia. A full description of Prasat Nakhon Luang can be found here.
The tour will take about 2 to 3 hours depending on the weather conditions and your physical fitness. The full track is paved. There are passages
involved over main roads with heavy traffic. Be very careful in these locations.
There is no entrance fee.
Historical signboard in situ is marked as (*)
Entry fee required is marked as ($)