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Ayutthaya which includes a temple or place of worship and heritage architecture

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.

Vanida Resort - Halal
Vanida Resort - Halal
3 out of 5
80 Moo 10, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs1,699 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
Situated in Ayutthaya, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Chai Watthanaram Temple and Wat Lokayasutha. Wat Chao Prap and Wihan ...
Vanida Resort - Halal
Kantary Hotel and Serviced Apartments, Ayutthaya
Kantary Hotel and Serviced Apartments, Ayutthaya
4 out of 5
168 Moo 1, Rojana Road, Tanu, U-Thai, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs4,594 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Wat Yai Chaimongkon and Ayuthaya Floating Market. Wat ...
4.4/5Excellent! (109 reviews)
Very good hotel
"Very good room, service, breakfast, dinner"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2020

Kantary Hotel and Serviced Apartments, Ayutthaya
Krungsri River Hotel
Krungsri River Hotel
4 out of 5
27/2 Moo.11 Rojchana Rd., Ayutthaya Riverside, Ayutthaya
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs5,992 per night from 3 Jul to 3 Jul
Located in the heart of Ayutthaya, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ayuthaya Floating Market and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Yai Chaimongkon ...
3.8/5Good! (81 reviews)
"I have marked down on service... 1) Dining, only the Italian restaurant open (understandable and not a problem). Presented with and chose from the Italian menu. During the meal, it was noticeable that Thai customers were reading from a different menu. It transpires, three menus were available, Chinese ..."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

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