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Visit Ayutthaya

For an interesting day trip away from Bangkok, visit this former Thai capital, a historical park with ruins and magnificent statues.

If you’re after a day trip away from the hustle and bustle of central Bangkok, this historical park featuring ruins and giant statues is the perfect place. Ayutthaya was once the capital of Thailand, and a trip here reveals a lost Siamese kingdom and a hidden world.

At the ruins of Ayutthaya, you can learn all about the fascinating history attached to this area, as well as sampling it first-hand. Visitors can check out the towers of the temples, monasteries and palaces and gaze upon the bronzed statue of Buddha that features prominently at the site. You can also browse for hours in the on-site museum, where your curiosity will be rewarded by the many archaeological finds from the region. The Chao Sam Phraya Museum houses the largest collection of archaeological relics.

Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and is a hugely historical site, having been founded centuries ago in 1350. The site is often attributed with having and ocean connection, as it was formed in a position where three rivers converge. By the eighteenth century, the character of Ayutthaya had changed completely, with the area becoming a sprawling urban area with increasing socio-economic, religious and political importance. However, the city was to change in character forever later in that century, when a Burmese invasion in 1767 effectively destroyed it. As a consequence, its thousands of residents fled.

When you cross the area today, whether by bike, ferry or tuk-tuk, you’ll notice that once upon a time, the main part of the city was entirely surrounded by a wall, which is still partly intact today, with the Phet Fortress being one part still standing in its original form.

Most of the ruins at this particular site are located in the north-western corner. There are also a number of temples to explore that bring a sense of historical resonance and beauty to the site. Of the temples, the largest is the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, notable for the headless statues of Buddha which feature prominently in its design.

Ayutthaya can be reached either by train, or by booking a day tour. It is well worth considering an overnight stay if you would like to visit Ayutthaya, as it’s located some 90 kilometres from Bangkok. There are numerous guesthouses in the locality, and many offer sunset tuk-tuk tours so you can see the city at night, in all its glory.

Top hotels in Ayutthaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Classic Kameo Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Ayutthaya
Classic Kameo Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Ayutthaya
4.5 out of 5
210-211, 148 Moo 5 Rojana Road, Tambol Pailing, Aumphur Phra Nakhon, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
Rs4,967
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22

Located in the heart of Ayutthaya, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ayutthaya Elephant Village and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Ratchaburana and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (149 reviews)
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"Good service and with kind smiles, ayutthaya the best"…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019

Classic Kameo Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Ayutthaya
Krungsri River Hotel
Krungsri River Hotel
4 out of 5
27/2 Moo.11 Rojchana Rd., Ayutthaya Riverside, Ayutthaya
Rs5,379
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

Situated in Ayutthaya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ayuthaya Floating Market and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Phra Si Sanphet are ...

3.8/5Good! (76 reviews)
Good location

"Overall the stay was fine. I found the beds not as comfortable as most hotels I stay in. The hallways and paint looked a a bit old and warn. The location was excellent and the breakfast very nice with a lot of items to choose from. Unfortunately when you eat at the riverside restaurant in the evening ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2019

Krungsri River Hotel
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4 out of 5
9/2 Moo 4, U-Thong Road, Pratu Chai, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
Rs8,698
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in the heart of Ayutthaya, this hotel is steps away from Wat Chao Prap and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Ratchaburana are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (219 reviews)
Nice area but too open

"This hotel is nice for photography for sure. The room, the red wall and the pool, are as stunning as on the photos. However the room really needed more dusting on the white wall. I was attracted to the huge window that overlooked the river. But I was given a room just next to the restaurant and on ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2019

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Popular things to do in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya Historical Park
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Ayutthaya Historical Park

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Find out about the history of Ayutthaya Historical Park, one of the top monuments in Ayutthaya. While in the area, you can find time to visit its temples.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet
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Wat Phra Si Sanphet

5/5(2 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Ayutthaya with a visit to Wat Phra Si Sanphet. While in the area, you can find time to visit its temples.

Wat Ratchaburana
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Wat Ratchaburana

5/5(2 reviews)

Find out about the history of Ayutthaya with a stop at Wat Ratchaburana. While in the area, you can find time to visit its temples.

Wat Yai Chaimongkon
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Wat Yai Chaimongkon

4.5/5(4 reviews)

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Wat Phanan Choeng
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Wat Phanan Choeng

4.5/5(6 reviews)

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Wat Phu Khao Thong
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Wat Phu Khao Thong

4/5(2 reviews)

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Jun 27, 2019

Nice Place about historical City.

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Feb 12, 2019

Interesting historical city with some nice restaurant and cafes. Enjoyed going around on a bicycle.