TSEP School Trip 2014
November 24, 2014

On Friday 7th December TSEP took their annual School day excursion. As usual it was a day packed with activity and loads of fun. This year the destination was the historical city of Ayutthaya, a beautiful and ancient capital and, modern city, in the Central Plains of Thailand, 85 km north of Bangkok. All of our pupils and teachers fitted into a luxurious fleet of seven coaches, complete with a police escort.

The first place visited was Bang-Pa In Palace, which is a complex of royal residences first built in around the 17th century to serve as a summer palace of Ayutthaya kings. The students were guided round the Palace in groups, and introduced the many features on offer.

Gong Khong market, gets its name from the way you have to bend low (Gong Khong) to get a closer look at what is offered for sale. There you can find fresh fruits and vegetables grown organically, woven baskets, clay figurines, pots, lamps and garden ornaments, food and desserts. A tasty lunch was served there and much shopping was done at the variety of shops.

After lunch the school visited three temples in and around Ayutthaya. The first of these was Wat Suwan Dararam, formerly known as “Wat Thong”. The temple was constructed by the father of King Rama I in the Ayutthaya period.

The next stop was Wat Thammikarat, which is just outside of the eastern wall of the royal palace, near the river. Although it is largely in ruins, it is still an active temple.

The last stop of the day was Wat Tha Ka Rong. This is a very special Buddhist temple located on the southern bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is famous for its smiling Buddha, and was established in the 16th century. It also won an award for the best toilets in Thailand in 2006.

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After this everyone boarded the coaches for the final journey back to Bangkok. It was a great day out, with beautiful weather, and everyone had a really nice time.