Palm Leaf Fish Mobile Weavers of the palm leaf fish mobile, and other palm leaf products,
in this province are Thai Muslims. The skills have been inherited for over 100 years.
It is assumed that Thai Muslim spice traders who sailed their houseboats along the
Chao Phraya River in the olden days were the first to have woven fish mobiles from
palm leaf, out of inspiration from their affectionate bond with water and their surroundings,
referring to a Thai barb with which they were familiar and using leaves from various
species of palm grown locally. Originally, each woven fish mobile was not as colourful
nor numerously composed as in the present, using only a mixture of natural pigment
and varnish for the final touch. The fish mobile, mostly in red, is usually hung
above a baby’s cradle so that Thai children are familiar with it since their babyhood.
Bamboo Fan Bamboo fan weaving in Amphoe Ban Phraek, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, has
been inherited from the olden days. Formerly, the fans were woven with a quite simple
technique into a rough design. The border was usually trimmed and sewn by hand with
plain white cloth. Later, its form changed to imitate that of a Bodhi leaf or a heart
shape. The border is trimmed with gold cloth while the weaving techniques and designs
have become more complicated.
Palm Leaf Hat A handicraft that has been inherited since ancient times. Weaving a
palm leaf hat requires no less craftsmanship than any other kinds of basketwork.
The weavers have to be skilled and patient as the crafts will have to undergo a number
of weaving steps. The palm leaf hat is now an OTOP product of Tambon Bang Nang Ra,
Amphoe Bang Pahan, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. It has gained popularity among Thais
and foreigners and is available in various provinces around the country.
Roti Sai Mai A snack composing of candy floss ( Sai Mai ) wrapped with flat bread
( Roti ) was thought up by Thai Muslim vendors.
Typical nightlife available in Ayutthaya:
The city has a couple of discos which are popular with the younger trendier crowd.
Some live Music Joints play Thai folk
Karaoke clubs can be found in some of the many hotels and customers can either sing
to everyone or rent a private room
Barbecues are large Thai-style restaurants which play music and serve alcohol.
Sing-a-Songs are popular with Thai males. Singers sing on the stage.
Down by the river there are few bars which are popular with tourists who fancy a
Most of the guesthouses down by the river sell alcohol and play music.
Due to the old areas being historically important in regards to religion and the
monarchy, the nightlife is very low-key.