Two centuries of Thai-American friendship

via Bangkok Post, 20 Feb 2018: Part of the celebrations include a US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) allocation to restore and conserve Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, which was damaged by floods in 2011.

To commemorate the bicentennial of diplomatic ties between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand, the US government and the US Embassy and Consulate in Thailand have been organising various activities in celebration of the important occasion.

Source: Two centuries of Thai-American friendship

Three buildings damaged in Ayutthaya temple fire

via Bangkok Post, 18 Feb 2018:

AYUTTHAYA: Three ancient Thai-style wooden buildings inside Wat Senasanaram Ratchavoraviharn in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district of this former capital were damaged by a fire early on Sunday. Nobody was hurt.

Source: Three buildings damaged in Ayutthaya temple fire

Tourist returns stolen bricks to Thai temple

via Deutche Welle, 05 February 2018: Tourist steals bricks from Ayutthaya, suffers an ‘unpeaceful’ life, returns them by mail.

An envelope containing three bricks believed to be centuries old and a note in Thai was sent to the Tourism Authority of Thailand last week, said Panupong Paengkul, a tourism official in the ancient city of Ayutthaya where the bricks were reportedly stolen from. “The note indicated that the bricks should be returned to any temple in Ayutthaya because the sender had not lived a peaceful life since, but it didn’t elaborate on what had really happened,” Panupong said. “The note was written in Thai. I suspect it was translated by Google,” he added, declining to reveal the name and nationality of the sender.

Source: Tourist returns stolen bricks to Thai temple | Deutche Welle

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Ayutthaya ruins to be promoted as night-time tourist destination

via Pattaya Mail, 20 October 2017:

The city of Ayutthaya is planning to install special lighting systems at all its major ancient sites to attract tourists to visit at night-time. Support Pattaya Mail – Click Here Director of the Ayutthaya Historical Park, Sukanya Baonert, said a budget of more than 300 million baht has been allocated to make Thailand’s ancient capital […]

Source: Ayutthaya ruins to be promoted as night-time tourist destination – Pattaya Mail

Wall built to protect Ayutthaya historical sites from flooding

via Bangkok Post, 09 October 2017: We’ve been getting heavy rains in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand, with some floods already reported. Ayutthaya has previously been susceptible to floods, and there have been some mitigation measures put in place – it remains to be seen if they can last this year’s downpour.

Ayutthaya local authorities and officers from the Ayutthaya Historical Park have built a flood defence wall to prevent damage to archaeological sites.

Source: Wall built to protect Ayutthaya historical sites from flooding

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Thailand: Plan to promote night tours of historical sites in Ayutthaya

via Travel Daily News, 26 September 2017

A former capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya is famous for monumental remnants of old palaces and temples spread across a tranquil landscape.

Source: Thailand: Plan to promote night tours of historical sites in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya ruins to be promoted as night-time tourist destination

via NNT/Pattaya Times, 03 July 2017:

BANGKOK – The city of Ayutthaya has planned a special budget to install a lighting system at all its major ancient sites to attract tourists to visit at night. Director of the Ayutthaya Historical Park, Sukanya Baonert, has disclosed that a budget of more than 300 million baht has been allocated to make Thailand’s ancient […]

Source: Ayutthaya ruins to be promoted as night-time tourist destination – Pattaya Mail

Trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand, recalls glory days of old Siam – CNN.com | CNN Travel

via CNN, 27 June 2017: A travel story on the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a day trip from Bangkok. Disclosure – I’m quoted in the article.

Ayutthaya has long been a popular Bangkok day-trip destination. But a recent influx of cool dining and sleeping options is tempting many to stay for the night.

Source: Trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand, recalls glory days of old Siam – CNN.com | CNN Travel

Wanted: Ayutthaya tour guide who encouraged bad behaviour

Daily News (Thai), 9 May 2017: A formal complaint was leveled against the Ayutthaya tour guide who led a group of Chinese tourists over the wall of Wat Si Sanpetch (thus bypassing the ticket booths); the police is now looking to prosecute the man.

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