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1 IN KING NARAI’S TRAIL SINGBURI – AYUTTHAYA By Tricky Vandenberg Update 01 October 2010

2 AYUTTHAYA KAYAKING EXPERIENCE is a subsidiary from AYUTTHAYA HISTORICAL RESEARCH Promoting quality ecotourism in Ayutthaya! By Tricky Vandenberg

3 THE LOPBURI KAYAKING PROJECT King Narai (r ) used the Lopburi River for his boat travels between the Grand Palace in Ayutthaya and the palace in Lopburi. The latter was built during the years and once served as the King's residence and administrative center during his regular annual stay.

4 THE LOPBURI KAYAKING PROJECT The King boarded at the Wasukri landing in front of the Grand Palace in Ayutthaya, turned into Khlong Sra Bua, to join the Lopburi in the north. He disembarked at the old royal harbor at the back of the Lopburi palace and entered the Lady's Court through the western gate "Yatra Kasattri" after climbing a flight of stairs, called "the fifty-one steps". We will follow in King Narai's steps...

5 THE LOPBURI KAYAKING PROJECT Sport event - Kayak the whole stretch from the mouth of the Lopburi River in Singburi till its confluence with the Pa Sak River in Ayutthaya. Cultural event - Experience the importance of waterways in the Ayutthayan era - the veins of life of the former Kingdom. Ecological event - Water = life. Make people aware that the river - a heaven for birds, animals and fish and a source of sweet water - should not be used as an open sewer and garbage collector. OBJECTIVES

6 DAY I

7 THE LOPBURI KAYAKING PROJECT Recce Track Bang Phutsa - Pho Kao Ton (1/3) executed on 20 Feb 10 and 11 June Km - long route goes west of the City of Lopburi. Conclusion: Mouth of the river is obstructed for about 100 m. Descend of the river possible from Wat Tuk Racha onwards. No water hyacinth blocking passages. River is fairly open. Sufficient water level. Minor obstacles: Fishing nets on 2 places near Asian Highway Bridge. Floating bridge near Tha Wung Yellow Bridge.

8 THE LOPBURI KAYAKING PROJECT Major obstacles: Two dams: Ton Pho Dam. Pho Kao Ton Dam. R&R points: Wat Sri Pho. Wat Sanam Chai. Wat Khok Mo (Lodging at hotel in Lopburi).

9 Mouth of Lopburi River Asian Highway Ton Pho Dam Wat Tuk Racha Fishing nets Wat Phra Prang Muni DAY I – TRACK I Rd Crossing

10  Mouth of the Lopburi River (confluence with the Chao Phraya River) near Bang Phutsa.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Obstructed.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

11  Wat Tuk Racha Bridge.  Photos taken 11 June 10.  Status: Obstructed on N-side.

12  View near Wat Tuk Racha.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.

13  View near bridge over Rd  Photos taken 11 June 10.  Status : Weed concentration – not dense.

14  Ton Pho Dam.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Obstruction - Kayaks to be taken out of the water prior arriving at the dam. Ropes needed to ascend and descend the sloops.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

15 Ton Pho Dam

16  Wat Srattha Phirom Bridge  Photos taken 11 June 10.  Status: Free

17  Muang Mu.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Fishing nets.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

18  Asian Highway Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Fishing net obstacle.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

19  Wat Phra Prang Muni Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

20  View South of Wat Phra Prang Muni.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

21 R&R Point 1 Wat Sri Pho Wat Pak Nam Bridge Wat Phrom Buri Bridge Wat Rampharam Bridge DAY I – TRACK I/II

22  Bridge Rd  Photos taken 11 June 10.  Status: Free.

23  Wat Pak Nam Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

24  Wat Phrom Buri Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

25  Wat Sri Pho Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.  Rest & Recuperation Point 1/1.

26  Wat Rampharam Bridge.  Photos taken 11 June 10.  Status: Obstacle – New bridge in construction.

27 Tha Wung Yellow Bridge Wat Ket Bridge Wat Pinyo Samoson Bridge Wat Tha Rab Bridge Wat Sua Bridge Wat Pak Khlong Bridge DAY I – TRACK II

28  Wat Ket Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

29  Wat Pinyo Samoson Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

30  Tha Wung – Yellow Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

31  Wat Tha Rab Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

32  Wat Sua Bridge.  Photos taken 11 June 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

33  Wat Pak Khlong Bridge.  Location: Bang Khu.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

34 Pho Talat Kaew Crossing Wat Sanam Chai Bridge R& R Point 2 DAY I – TRACK III

35  Pho Talad Kaew Road crossing #311.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

36  Wat Sanam Chai Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.  Rest & Recuperation Point 1/2.

37 Overnight Pho Kao Ton Dam Wat Pho Ngam Bridge Wat Phrom Mat Bridge Narai Palace Lopburi Wat Pho Rahat Bridge Wat Thong Thaeng Bridge Wat Klang Bridge Wat Amphowan Bridge Wat Thep Khun Chon Bridge DAY I – TRACK III Wat Sing Bridge Wat Maprang Waan Bridge

38  Wat Thong Thaeng Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

39  Wat Sing Bridge.  Photos taken 11 June 10.  Status: Free.

40  Wat Pho Rahat Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

41  Wat Klang Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

42  Wat Amphowan Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

43  Wat Thep Khun Chon Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

44  Wat Maprang Waan Bridge.  Photos taken 11 June 10.  Status: Free.

45  Wat Prom Mat Bridge.  Confluence with Chonlaprathan (canal) at Lopburi City.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Confluence obstructed by weed.

46  Wat Pho Ngam Bridge.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.

47  Pho Kaw Ton Dam.  Photos taken 12 Feb 10.  Status: Free.  Status unchanged on 11 June 10.  Night stop – Hotel Lopburi.

48 Pho Kaw Ton Dam

49 END OF PART I


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