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.

Jidapa Resort
Jidapa Resort
2.5 out of 5
39 Moo 7 T. Pratuchai, A. Mueng, Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
The price is Rs1,498 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Situated in Ayutthaya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Chao Prap and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Lokayasutha and Chai Watthanaram Temple are also ...
3.7/5Good! (3 reviews)
"These are basic accommodations but they are priced as such. They were comfortable. They are well located if you are interested in the Wats of Ayutthaya. Staff was friendly. Parking available. Overall this is a great option for those who want to be budget minded and want to be in the heart of historic ..."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

Jidapa Resort
Ban U Thong Accommodations
Ban U Thong Accommodations
3 out of 5
39/11 Moo 1 U Thong Road, Pratuchai, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs2,060 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Situated in Ayutthaya, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chao Sam Phraya Museum and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Ratchaburana ...
3.5/5Good! (17 reviews)
"Wanted the kids to feel the old style house of Thailand_ Wood, of course had modern toilet and A/C.The view along the river was nice ,restaurant food was great, people working there nice. Hard to find the hotel but enjoyed the stay."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2018

Ban U Thong Accommodations
Baan Canalee
Baan Canalee
3 out of 5
53/6 Moo 7, Tambol Pailing, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs3,558 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in the heart of Ayutthaya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ayuthaya Floating Market and Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wat Yai Chaimongkon and Wat Phra ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
"ดีงามมาก สะอาด เจ้าของน่ารักแนะนำที่เที่ยวได้ดี เงียบสงบ กลับไปนอนอีกแน่นอน"

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2020

Baan Canalee
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.
Onvara Place
Onvara Place
3 out of 5
40/28 Moo 3 Khlong Suan Plu, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya
The price is Rs2,247 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
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 ...
3.9/5Very 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
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 Rs6,928 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (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
Baan Yudya
Baan Yudya
3 out of 5
128/23 Soi Mu Ban Ban Suan Phlu, Ayutthaya
Situated in Ayutthaya, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Wat Yai Chaimongkon and Ayuthaya Floating Market. Wat Ratchaburana ...
Baan Yudya
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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