AYUTTHAYA WESTERN BICYCLE TRACK 7
This bicycle tour has been designed for the exploration of some of the most important historical sites along the western rim of Ayutthaya (just off the
main city island). Many ruins in this western section are historically linked to warfare against the Burmese, and some of them distinctively mark sites of
important battle. This off-the-beaten-track route will lead you to many magnificent ruins and some seldom seen by tourists.

These western Ayutthaya neighborhoods are bordered in the north by the Chao Phraya River and in the east by
Khlong Takhian - called "Canal du
Grand Cochon" by early French visitors. Highway #3060 loosely frames its western boundary. Geographically, the nearly defunct
Khlong Klaep,
running north of
Wat Chai Watthanaram, more or less indicates the border between two important fields - Thung Prachet and Thung Pak Kran. The
Thung Prachet field is in the north, and the Thung Pak Kran field is in the south.

This section of the city was the least populated area during the Ayutthayan period. One reason for this may be the local belief that the West is
considered inauspicious and represents death, impurity and the setting sun. Ghosts are said to gravitate toward the west, and a number of the sites on
this route are still considered haunted by locals. Burma caused much destruction in this area during numerous military invasions of the past. Therefore,
it is perhaps appropriate to associate the west side of Ayutthaya with death, ghosts, and war atrocities. Much of this land in the west is still
undeveloped. Rice fields, small forests, and jungles of wild vegetation are typical views. Nevertheless, a modern population has grown here during
recent times. There are now large Buddhist and Muslim communities especially along the Chao Phraya River.

The tour will take 4 to 5 hours depending on the time spent at each location point. Riders may not want to stop at every highlight listed on this tour
itinerary. A few sites have been listed more for the sake of smoother navigation. Individual cyclists 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.


Markings:

Historical signboard in situ is marked as (*)
Entry fee required is marked as ($)
(Downloadable pdf-files)