|AYUTTHAYA KAYAK TRACK 3 - KHLONG KHAO SAN
|This kayak tour is designed to bring you along one of the most important former canals east of Ayutthaya. The area was probably already populated during
the Dvaravati era (6-7th to the 11th centuries). There is evidence that a community settled in this area much earlier than 1351- the official date of
establishment of the city of Ayutthaya. Sources suggest that the Khmers occupied the area as early as 850-1000 AD and established an outpost here, naming
it Ayodhya after the ancient and one of the holiest Hindu cities of India (the old capital of Awadh in the Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh).
This ancient Ayodhya community was situated on the stretch of land formed by Khlong Hantra, Khlong Ban Bat (Kamang) and the Pa Sak River. The area
was later invaded by Anawrahta, the King of Pagan (r. 1044-1077) and controlled by the "Burmese"; for about a hundred years. After the Burmese influence
waned, it was conquered once again by the Khmer and held until the mid 13th century. The Tai seized political power shortly afterward by combining the
Lavo and Suphannaphum Kingdoms. When King U-Thong arrived at Wiang Lek in 1347, a number of architectural structures already existed.
The tour will take 2 to 3 hours depending on your kayaking ability and the tide. A few sites have been listed for the sake of smoother navigation. Paddlers
can choose where to stop according to their own tastes and time constraints.
If you are interested in viewing photographs of the temples in advance or would like additional historic information about these ruins, visit this website.
Historical signboard in situ is marked as (*)
Entry fee required is marked as ($)
Boat dock present marked as (+)