The Boat Museum Ayutthaya Thailand



Most people visit Ayutthaya Thailand because it was an ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam. It’s extremely pretty and historically significant enough to credit the UNESCO World Heritage Site honor it earned in 1991.

We went there to kill three days while waiting for our Chinese visas to be processed at the embassy in Bangkok.

By the time we got to Ayutthaya my kids were wat-ed out. In fairness, we were at the end of an eight week tour of South East Asia and they had had their fill of temples and ruins and then some. That said, as any respectable parent knows, expecting two children to sit quietly in a hotel room for three days is asking the impossible so I proposed a walk.
I believe I said: “C’mon, let’s go explore the ruins, it’ll be fun”.
Judging by their reaction, you’d have thought I said: “C’mon, let’s go replace all your fillings”.

I won’t paint a picture of what happened next, you’ve been there, it’s not fun.

An hour later we were inspecting crumbling 16th-century wats, my boys both exercising their rights to practice their world-champion scowling skills. So I took a different tack. Earlier, we’d passed this street sign:


“Let’s go check out that Boat Museum”.
The brothers Murphy, possibly figuring that boats had to be at least marginally better than wats, agreed.

I haven’t found a mention of this Boat Museum in any guide book. Finding and visiting it was the very definition of being sidetracked by kids while traveling. The museum takes up most of the floor space of this master carver’s home. The boats themselves are works of art, the dioramas help describe more clearly the different boat types and their uses.

Some examples of the different styles of boats on display at the museum:



As I said, the owner and his wife welcomed us into their home and proudly showed us the boats and boat models in their collection – and then posed for a photo :)


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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

2 thoughts on “The Boat Museum Ayutthaya Thailand

  1. Danee Sarman

    I really enjoy these types of small, local museums. It reminds me of the Khufu Boat Museum I visited in Cairo. Thanks!

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