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AyutthayaThailand

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

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sala ayutthaya
sala ayutthaya
4 out of 5
9/2 Moo 4, U-Thong Road, Pratu Chai, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs7,354 per night

Located in the heart of Ayutthaya, this hotel is steps away from Wat Chao Prap and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Chao Sam Phraya Museum and Wihan Phra Mongkol Bophit ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (239 reviews)

"Execellent hotel with amazing view and great service. The room was amazing ! Too bad the pool was under renovation as Ayutthaya czn be pretty hot."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

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The Cavalli Casa Resort
The Cavalli Casa Resort
3.5 out of 5
139/1-2 Moo 2, Bankao, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs2,985 per night

Situated in Ayutthaya, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya Elephant Village and Ayuthaya Floating Market. Wat Yai Chaimongkon ...

3.5/5Good! (46 reviews)

"Hotel was difficult to find. Staff was very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019

The Cavalli Casa Resort
Silp-Pa Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Silp-Pa Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
3 out of 5
1/18 Moo 1 Rotjana Road, T. Pratuchai Phra Nakhon Si Ayuttha, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs2,655 per night

Situated in Ayutthaya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Phra Mahathat and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Chao Sam Phraya Museum and Wat Ratchaburana are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (175 reviews)

"Nice hotel in a good location. Friendly staff. Rooms are nice but missing a chest of drawers to keep clothes so you live out of your suit and there’s lots of room to add one. No wardrobe either but you get a few hangers. Good shower but noisy A/C. Good breakfast. Overall I would recommend."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2020

Silp-Pa Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Popular places to visit 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, a well-known monument in Ayutthaya. 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)

Learn about the local history of Ayutthaya when you take a trip to Wat Yai Chaimongkon. While in the area, you can find time to visit its temples.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet
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Wat Phra Si Sanphet

4.5/5(3 reviews)

You can learn 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.

Chai Watthanaram Temple
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Chai Watthanaram Temple

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Ayutthaya when you spend time at Chai Watthanaram Temple. While in the area, you can find time to visit its temples.

Wat Phanan Choeng
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Wat Phanan Choeng

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Find out about the history of Samphao Lom when you spend time at Wat Phanan Choeng. While in the area, you can find time to visit its temples.

Wat Phu Khao Thong
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Wat Phu Khao Thong

4/5(2 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Phu Khao Thong with a stop at Wat Phu Khao Thong. While in the area, you can find time to visit its temples.

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28 Jan 2020

Lots to see and really interesting. Everywhere is very spread out and not easy to follow the maps. No real centre.

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27 Jun 2019

Nice Place about historical City.

4/5 - Good

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12 Feb 2019

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