Ayutthaya

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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.

The Park Ayutthaya Resort and Spa
The Park Ayutthaya Resort and Spa
3 out of 5
23/28 Moo 3 Nareasuan Rd, T.Thawasukri, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs1,323 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Ayutthaya Historical Park and Wat Ratchaburana. Wat Phra Mahathat and Wihan ...
3.7/5 Good! (115 reviews)
Hammock in the Garden
"A great location next to the main ruins and an easy walk to restaurants. The room was newly renovated and very clean. Friendly service. The best part for me was lounging in the hammock in the lush courtyard garden."

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

The Park Ayutthaya Resort and Spa
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 Rs5,178 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Ayutthaya Historical Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Wat Yai Chaimongkon ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (109 reviews)
Very good hotel
"Very good room, service, breakfast, dinner"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2020

Kantary Hotel and Serviced Apartments, Ayutthaya
Pludhaya Resort & Spa
Pludhaya Resort & Spa
3.5 out of 5
12/3 Moo 7 Klongsuanplu, Ampur Pranakornsriayutthaya, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs3,452 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Situated in Ayutthaya, this spa hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Ayutthaya Historical Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ayuthaya Floating Market and Wat Ratchaburana. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (74 reviews)
"We really enjoyed our stay in this unusual Thai traditional cottage style hotel with swimming pool. Great breakfast too."

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2022

Pludhaya Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kamalar Palace Longstay house
Kamalar Palace Longstay house
3 out of 5
1/8-28 Hualaem Market, U-Tong Rd., T. Thawasukree, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs2,301 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Situated in Ayutthaya, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Ayutthaya Historical Park and Wat Lokayasutha. Wihan Phra Mongkol Bophit and Wat Phra Si Sanphet ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (39 reviews)
"We booked the villa with 3 bedrooms and got a big 4 bedrooms, 2 storeys villa. The area outside the house looks a bit run down. However the inside of the house is clean and nice. It has basic amenities (fridge, microwave, cutleries). I forgot to check if they have stove since we didn't use it. They ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Kamalar Palace Longstay house
Onvara Place
Onvara Place
3 out of 5
40/28 Moo 3 Khlong Suan Plu, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs2,301 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Situated in the historical district, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ayutthaya Historical Park and Wat Yai Chaimongkon. Chao Sam Phraya Museum and Wat ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (17 reviews)
I cannot recommend this place
"When we arrived there was no one. Just 2 little barking dogs that mad the place small like a dog's place. Soi dogs (friendly) on the stairs. The landlord only talked to my wife. No registration of my passport. This is not according to the law. The room is spacious and is actually a small appartment. ..."

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2020

Onvara Place
The Heart Ayutthaya Holiday Home
The Heart Ayutthaya Holiday Home
2.5 out of 5
16/68 Naraesuan Road, Pratuchai, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs10,720 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Situated in Ayutthaya, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Ayutthaya Historical Park and Wat Ratchaburana. Wat Phra Mahathat and Wihan Phra Mongkol Bophit ...
1/5 (1 review)
Pésimo servicio y cucarachas en las habitaciones.
"Sucio. Mal servicio. Feo. Cucarachas. Desayuno horrible. No hablan inglés. Casa con 4 habitaciones con mucho ruido exterior. El lugar está realmente feo. Ubicación aceptable. Difícil de encontrar. No lo recomiendo a nadie"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2016

The Heart Ayutthaya Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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