Chanthaburi is famous because he built a fleet of warships there, many of them reconstructed from Chinese junks
Chanthaburi, Thailand (PRWEB) December 31, 2011
Guests at Faasai Resort and Spa will join the celebrations in Chanthaburi to honor a former king of Thailand, who led an historic battle to save the country in the 18th century. The owner of the resort, Bronwen Evans says the king was originally a soldier who fled the besieged capital of Ayutthaya, with a small band of soldiers, when it was attacked by Burma in 1767.
"Chanthaburi is famous because he built a fleet of warships there, many of them reconstructed from Chinese junks," said Bronwen. "When the monsoon season in 1767 ended, he sailed his fleet along the coast up the Chao Praya River, where he successfully defeated the Burmese, who had occupied Siam for seven months. After his victory, he was made the king and was later given the title Taksin the Great. He established a new capital for Thailand in Thonburi, on the West bank of the Chao Praya river, although the capital was later moved to Bangkok on the Eastern side of the river."
She says Chanthaburi was an ideal base for building the warships as it was an ancient trading port, with an existing shipbuilding industry. Taksin was also able to recruit soldiers from among the ethnic Chinese who had settled in the province and established pepper plantations there.
The people of Chanthaburi annually celebrate their important role in Thailand’s history by honoring the memory of King Taksin the Great during the New Year festival. The festival is held at a shrine that was erected for King Taksin, shaped in the form of a soldier’s hat. Every year, from the 28th December to the first week in January thousands of Thais from around the country pay their respects at the shrine and wish for good luck in the year ahead. Various activities are also held at the same time including the Miss Chanthaburi Beauty Pageant.
The fortress Noen Wong Fort, in Chanthaburi, is also a famous site in Thailand’s history said Bronwen, as it was there that Taksin ordered his soldiers to smash their cooking pots before going into battle, as he told them they had to win or die. The fort has now been turned into a National Maritime Museum, which houses replicas of ancient trading ships and artifacts from sunken ships, as well as exhibitions about Taksin and early Chanthaburi.
Interested persons can also visit the ancient shipbuilding yards at Laem Singh in Chanthaburi, which is believed to be the site where King Taksin assembled his fighting fleet.
Faasai Resort and Spa organizes tours to visit the King Taksin shrine and other historical sites around the province of Chanthaburi.
Awards won by Faasai Resort and Spa
- Best Small Hotel Thailand Green Awards 2011
- Green award and special award for cultivation and use of herbs and spices from the Governor of Chanthaburi 2011
- Outstanding service to the environment and nature in the Eastern region – Thailand Boutique Awards 2010
- Best Small Hotel Thailand Green Awards 2009.
- Runner-up in the budget category in the 2008 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards.